Van Gogh, Poe and Greco get it: being an artist can be lonely, depressing and hard on the pocket book.

Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe and El Greco are famed for their creations now, but they lived awkward lives with little recognition and even scorn for being too “out there” when they were working as artists.

Perhaps life would have been better if they’d joined an artist guild and gotten a little artist love. Perhaps they should have lived in Sheridan where artists of all types seek each other out to share the joy of creating.

The largest arts group in the area is the Sheridan Artists’ Guild, Et al, with more than 250 members.

SAGE is housed in the Sagebrush Community Art Center in the old train depot on East Fifth Street. The art center bustles day and night with art and photography workshops for children and adults and visits to the member’s gallery and the front gallery that features local and national artists in monthly rotations.

In the last year, Sagebrush Community Art Center had more than 7,000 visitors from 49 states and 20 countries. More than 60 artists displayed work in the sales gallery and 1,000 students took art classes, including a popular monthly workshop called “Uncorked” that allows beginning painters to produce a finalized work in one night while enjoying fellowship and a beverage of choice.

The Sagebrush Community Art Center also offers a variety of art classes and camps for children and youth, utilizing partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Brinton Museum.

SAGE began 40 years ago as a loose-knit club and steadily added painters, photographers, potters and a variety of textile artists to its ranks. In 2006, it became an official nonprofit organization and began the search for a permanent space in which to meet and create and promote the arts.

Although methods and programs have changed over the years, SAGE seeks to “become the vehicle for a strong creative economy in the community” by offering training in art technique and marketing and opportunities to make, display and sell art.


More information

• Location: 201 E. Fifth St. in Sheridan

• Phone: 307-674-1970

• Website:

• Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.