Category Archives: Scene

Spear-O-Wigwam: A unique learning experience

Spear-O-Wigwam: A unique learning experience

SHERIDAN — Located at 8,300 feet in the Bighorn Mountains, the Spear-O-Wigwam Mountain Campus — now starting its fifth summer as part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District — creates unusual challenges and benefits for staff, students and community members. Built in the 1920s — 29 miles from Sheridan College — the cabin first… Continue Reading

Column: A Boxing Day adventure

Boxing Day is a time for giving gifts to those who have proven to be loyal servants, whether they have chosen their lot in life or not. Considering the treatment that was shown to slaves during the height of the British slave trade, Boxing Day can be a handy time for owners to try to… Continue Reading

Wood Carvers of the Big Horns

SHERIDAN — Most people look at a chunk of wood and see…a chunk of wood. But members of Wood Carvers of the Big Horns look at a chunk of wood and see ducks, Santas, ballet dancers, walking sticks, whimsical houses, fish swimming upriver, Western caricatures of cowboys riding horses backwards and much more. Wood carvers… Continue Reading

Senior Theater Players entertaining for four years

SHERIDAN — Since 2009, actors with the Senior Theater Players have been entertaining audiences at the Sheridan Senior Center with a variety of plays and performances. The group has performed one-act plays, a radio play, a staged reading and even an original work written by one of the members. “The first group we had, there… Continue Reading

Summer distractions; ‘12 Angry Men’

I have two issues on my mind for this entry. Nothing more than a couple of brief musings; present and future. And, I’m not planning on answering anything huge — I mean to bring some issues up for general discussion. A few years ago, a fellow stage artist brought to my attention the idea that… Continue Reading

Coffee house hopes to provide an open stage for local artists

SHERIDAN — In a town full of creative talent and artistic ability, a community organization that offers frequent performance opportunity is not only ideal but is also a necessity. One of Sheridan’s newest venues, The Living Room Coffee House, fullfills this need and goes above and beyond. Tucked away behind the former LuLu’s building, this… Continue Reading

Dayton artist wins Purchase Award

SHERIDAN — Four Wyoming artists received Purchase Awards from Gov. Matt Mead recently during the 2013 Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition reception held at the State Museum. Sonja Caywood of Dayton was a recipient of a Purchase Award for her oil painting “Sunday Morning Fellowship.” Other Purchase Award winners included: • Travis Ivey, Laramie. • Eileen… Continue Reading

Defeating the wedding gods

June is the month of cottonwood blizzards, irrigating shovels, speeding tickets, finger responsibilities, finger injuries…and the wedding gods. Thirty-plus years of playing at Sheridan weddings and funerals, along with my wife Trudy delivering babies for many of those years, automatically pays our membership in to the “hatch ’em, match ’em and dispatch ’em” club. With… Continue Reading

Fireworks shows Thursday night

SHERIDAN — The First 25th Annual Fireworks Extravaganza at the Big Horn Equestrian Center will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday. Live music provided by Dave Munsick and Friends will begin at 6:30 p.m., and the fireworks display will kick off at 10 p.m. with a show choreographed to music on Z94 FM. Food and drink… Continue Reading

Masterpiece forms on canvas of sky

Masterpiece forms on canvas of sky

SHERIDAN — For artists, the space in which they create is a precious commodity. In that space, line, color and form must come together to represent life or emotion. Some artists prefer small spaces — 5 inches or 8 inches. Some prefer large — 5 feet, 8 feet or a wall-sized mural. And some prefer… Continue Reading

A showcase for starving artists

By Lucy LaRosa SHERIDAN — Are you an aspiring artist hoping to catch the public’s eye or simply an art enthusiast? Then clear your plans for Saturday for the Sheridan Art Jubilee “Starving Artists Sale at the Sagebrush Art Center. The sale offers a chance to sell or buy various styles of paintings, glasswork, sculpture, ceramics,… Continue Reading

Thoughts on Commedia

By Danny Lee Hodnett It’s time to walk the walk. I’ve been talking theater talk in Sheridan for two years as a college theater teacher and a columnist. This weekend, I’ll make my Sheridan stage debut as the character of Pantalone, a miserly, impotent old merchant in Gerry Hansen’s hilarious Commedia dell’Arte comedy “Hyperbole.” I’m… Continue Reading

Local singer living a dream singing professionally

SHERIDAN — The Baltimore Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, The Vancouver Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Greenhorse, Wren — local soprano Karen Clift has sung with them all and more. Clift was raised in Nebraska and moved to Wyoming in her high school years. She has been singing all her life with the… Continue Reading

From part-time hobby to full-time profession

From part-time hobby to full-time profession

SHERIDAN — Since the mid 1990s, Paulette Kucera has been creating custom works of stained glass art from her studio on the corner of Fourth and Gould streets under the business name PK Custom. Kucera began her career in stained glass after taking a six-week educational art class at Wagner’s Art Supply. The hobby turned… Continue Reading

Ending the suspense

By Aaron Odom Many of you have come to me within recent months expressing excitement and curiosity about what I have in mind for the fall play at Sheridan High School, having either read past columns, or have heard through the grapevine about what plays may currently be on my night stand. For those of… Continue Reading

Art camps: A creative outlet for kids

SHERIDAN – It may not lead to the Broadway stage or an art gallery in the Guggenheim, but it could lead to increased self confidence and a new passion in life. Plus, it will give those kiddos something to do now that school’s out for the summer. Sheridan County YMCA and Sheridan Artists’ Guild, et… Continue Reading

A great gig for a picker

By Dave Munsick This past month I’ve had the chance to play what I play best — country. When I say country, I do mean country — as in the music that emanates from different people and places in our country. The beginning of the month saw me playing for Dan Scott’s memorial service. A… Continue Reading

Start a musical journey by taking a lesson

SHERIDAN — So your child came home from school today and announced that he wants to begin playing an instrument. Where do you start? Local music instructors and business owners say the first thing to do is gauge the level of dedication and interest. • Does you child have an instrument at home to practice… Continue Reading

Class brings out the inner artist in seniors

SHERIDAN — Approximately 50 watercolor paintings made their debut in the Inner Circle of the Sheridan Fulmer Library last week. The paintings are work of members of the Sheridan Senior Center art class and have been in progress since last fall. The class is taught by Gail Sidletsky who has taught art at the center… Continue Reading

Small nabs NAMA award

SHERIDAN — Gary Small & the Coyote’ Bros were awarded the “Best World Music” music award at the 14th annual Native American Music Awards show, held at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Events Center May 10. The group secured the award for their most recent album, “Hostiles & Renegades.” Small has won several NAMA awards… Continue Reading

Commedia comes to Sheridan

By DannyLee Hodnett What do Buster Keaton, Red Skelton, Abbot and Costello, the Marx Brothers and Charlie Chaplain have in common? Well, they are funny! Funny as they are, however, there is little originality to their performances. Theater history teaches us that the funny walks, confused identities, character types and broad physical and facial antics… Continue Reading

Dancing about expression, feelings, motion

Dancing about expression, feelings, motion

SHERIDAN — In Sheridan’s studios, colors fly. Pale, baby pinks whirl in airy loop de loops. Shiny black dots spatter here — there — bouncing like laughter. Curls of yellow, red and gray punctuate emotion. Art happens with energy-driven creativity. In these studios, however, the canvas is a wooden floor. The colors are pink tutus… Continue Reading

Pick Your Poison improv ready to set sail

With two successful performances over the past weekend, I hereby christen the good ship HMS Pick Your Poison into the seas of Sheridan theatre. I’ve been performing in improvisation since my junior year of college. It’s an art form that has always fascinated me. I’ve often seen an outstanding improv performance, watching as the characters… Continue Reading

Leather workers passionate about craft

SHERIDAN — It may not be the most popular craft, but those who create art from leather are passionate about what they do. Beginning Monday, leather crafters from around the world will descend on Sheridan to host and attend workshops and the 20th annual Rocky Mountain Leather Trade Show. “There will be stuff from other… Continue Reading

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