Category Archives: Scene

The voice of the play and the artist

For this entry, I’d like to take a moment to consider just what the artistic “voice” of a production is, or rather, exactly who is communicating to us as an audience. As many of you might have done, I just finished the entire first season of HBO’s new series, “Westworld.” I may or may not… Continue Reading

No hoop skirts or swords, please

No hoop skirts or swords, please

SHERIDAN — When German composer George Frideric Handel premiered “Messiah” in 1742 in Dublin, Ireland, a polite plea went out to those planning to attend: men, please remove your swords, and ladies please leave your hoop skirts at home. Eliminating these bulky accessories enabled the largest crowd possible to enjoy what has become one of… Continue Reading

Celebrating a new addition

This year’s annual Dayton Art Loop Studio Tour marked the celebration of my new studio addition, completed just in time for the snow and the show. This entire build-on was an unusually smooth and joyful experience, and here’s why: When we built the first studio in the back 10 feet of our garage 15 years… Continue Reading

Craft Brothers strike a chord in Sheridan

Craft Brothers strike a chord in Sheridan

SHERIDAN  —The Craft Brothers have been playing music separately since they were young kids, and as a band for more than 20 years. They started in a wacky show that incorporated theater and comedy and evolved into a band with a definite sound and harmony. The band is made up of the three Craft brothers,… Continue Reading

The big empty

Christmas is a time for giving with a free heart.  Christmas can also be a time when presents are given out of obligation and guilt, or taken in an attempt to fill an internal emptiness.  The more we try to fill ourselves, the more hollow we can feel.  That’s because the good things that come… Continue Reading

Holiday Art Show to reveal Wyoming beauty

Holiday Art Show to reveal Wyoming beauty

BIG HORN — Brinton Museum’s Holiday Art Show duo is a pair destined to show together. Featured artists Mark McKenna and Jeffery Burnham Rudolph, both hailing from Cody, display the heart of the West and the beautiful culture it represents. “Our work is very similar in subject, so I feel like it really resonates well… Continue Reading

Is there anything to do in Sheridan on Sundays?

Is there anything to do in Sheridan on Sundays?

I have been asked this question as many times as I asked it myself when I first moved to Sheridan!  Sheridan certainly does not lack in weekly events and activities but Sundays can often seem quiet—especially for visitors.  This observation led the Whitney Center for the Arts to open the Edward A. Whitney Gallery to… Continue Reading

Maintaining the authenticity of the Kleiber Cabin

Maintaining the authenticity of the Kleiber Cabin

DAYTON — The Kleiber Cabin is considered an integral part of Dayton’s history. The roof has been leaking around the skylight and the chimney for many years. In order to protect the building and the artifacts displayed inside, the town of Dayton has decided to have the roof and skylight replaced. Sonja Caywood, who has… Continue Reading

Reading to therapy dogs at Fulmer

Reading to therapy dogs at Fulmer

SHERIDAN — Dottie is a great listener. You can find the black poodle curled up at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library while calmly listening to the words of a young child reading a book out loud. It’s one of the poodle’s favorite things to do, according to owner Deborah Smith. “Every time we put on… Continue Reading

North of Crazy: A Memoir

Scanning the audience with a welcoming smile, she extends a thank you to all. With little hesitation she launches into reading the prologue, which grounds the listeners in imagining the pull that the place beautifully described in “North of Crazy: A Memoir” has on the speaker.  The closing line dates the writer at almost four… Continue Reading

Painting without a plan

Painting without a plan

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This class was cancelled after this story went to print.    SHERIDAN — As an artist, his “Hallelujah!” moment came when he least expected it. Len Gross was attending a five-day workshop in Jackson, Wyoming. He had been trained in art and knew all about value, composition and how to visualize his end… Continue Reading

Looking back at the weather

Looking back at the weather

The changing of the seasons always brings a fresh sense of excitement along with the revealing nuances that Mother Nature provides. Fall is a time filled with transition: kids return to school, the days shorten and pumpkin-filled beers and coffee cups overflow in cafes and bars alike. The change is noticeable everywhere. Fall is the… Continue Reading

Halloween costume fads and favorites

Halloween costume fads and favorites

SHERIDAN — It’s that time of year when wicked witches and undead zombies, superheroes and villainous masterminds, mythical beings and enchanted princesses walk the streets and transform even the most severe adult into a kid for the night. Though some classic costume themes still prevail, with the constant creation of new movies, trending games and… Continue Reading

Gala production full of laughter, song

Gala production full of laughter, song

SHERIDAN — In 2001, A.J. Longhurst stood on stage to play the role of Max Garber in the play “Lend Me a Tenor.” At the time, he was a senior in high school in Utah. Now, 15 years later, he’ll get to play the role again in the WYO Theater’s gala production. The show has… Continue Reading

An enthusiastic approach

With hair fringing well below my ears and time to kill in Sheridan, I contacted a friend who’s a hairdresser and arranged for a quick cut. Angie had never cut my hair before, and I’d never seen her with such enthusiasm as with those scissors in her hand that day.  My primary thought as I… Continue Reading

Capturing the American West

Capturing the American West

SHERIDAN — When the west was still wild, William Henry Jackson was there to capture it all. The Brinton Museum is hosting its next exhibit, featuring one of the most iconic photographers in American history. The exhibit, titled “William Henry Jackson: Pioneer Photographer of the American West,” features a selection of historically important 19th century… Continue Reading

CTG to present ‘American Hero’

CTG to present ‘American Hero’

SHERIDAN — The Civic Theatre Guild will perform “American Hero,” a dark comedy written by Bess Wohl and directed by Chip King, at the Carriage House Theater. “American Hero” takes place in a franchise submarine sandwich shop in a strip mall of an unnamed American city. The story revolves around the three main characters and… Continue Reading

Standing ovation

A beautiful body is traditionally one that has not been marred by the hazards of living.  A newborn baby or an air-brushed model may each project perfection in the moment that they exist; their appearance, however, in no way reflects any depth to their lives.  A beautiful life is one that has been lived to the… Continue Reading

Occidental jam celebrates 10 years

Occidental jam celebrates 10 years

BUFFALO — The famous Occidental Hotel Thursday night jam is celebrating 10 years of weekly musical community gatherings and an anniversary concert is planned for Oct.15 in Buffalo. The special More Than Music celebration concert will feature award winning artists Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, local favorite Jalan Crossland, hit songwriters Brice Long and Kostas,… Continue Reading

Community partnerships to promote visual arts

SAGE continues to look for ways to partner with local artists, businesses, and nonprofit entities to support and enhance the visual arts in our community and surrounding region.  This month we have a fun and unique exhibit in our SAGE gallery that you’re sure to enjoy. The exhibit is curated by internationally known ceramics artist, … Continue Reading

Classics, out-of-the-box shows planned

Classics, out-of-the-box shows planned

SHERIDAN — Fall signals a lot of things to a lot of people. It means the start of school, the reappearance of pumpkin spice everything and the beginning of theater seasons. For the WYO Theater, the 2016-2017 season will be a busy one. It includes nearly 30 performances, screenings of films and live broadcasts from… Continue Reading

Inspired by Oregon

In early October, several Ucross Foundation staffers will make a trek to Portland, Oregon, to participate in the annual conference of the Alliance of Artist Communities. Ruth Salvatore, Ucross residency manager; Tracey Kikut, program associate; and I have planned a packed schedule of arts events to attend, kicking off with a reception at the Portland… Continue Reading

Upcoming fall workshops, local foods expo planned

Upcoming fall workshops, local foods expo planned

SHERIDAN — While the beginning of fall signals the end for the outdoor growing season, Landon’s Greenhouse and Nursery staff knows the work isn’t quite done yet. To that end, the greenhouse will host a number of fall workshops in coming months — many of which are free. In addition, a Local Foods Expo and… Continue Reading

At the Whitney Center for the Arts…

At the Whitney Center for the Arts…

While Sheridan College students and faculty have been enjoying their new studios and rehearsal spaces since school began in August, the Whitney Center for the Arts is pleased to announce to the community that public events begin this coming week in the Edward A. Whitney Gallery. The gallery will be open Mondays through Fridays from… Continue Reading

Copyright © 2015 The Sheridan Press or Sheridan Newspapers, Inc..