Wyatt opens show; Isakson beating youngsters

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Artist Dianne Wyatt has opened a show at SAGE Community Arts. The gallery is located downtown, 21 W. Brundage St. It’ll run through Nov. 1. A reception will be held Oct. 12 from 5-7 p.m. and the public’s welcomed to attend.




Congrats to Mark Isakson of Sheridan. He was one-half of the winning team of the Wyoming Golf Association Four Ball Tournament held late last month at the Powder Horn. Craig Reasoner of Casper was his partner. They were 11 under par and finished two shots ahead of the field. A four-ball tournament is where four balls are in play with two teams of two-person golfers going head-to-head. A team’s number of strokes is that of the lower scoring partner on each hole.

When I rolled up that day to have lunch wearing winter coat and hat, I thought: who in world is playing today? Rain, wind, temperatures in the 30s. Pure-dee cold. Golfers — and carts — were wrapped up in layers. British Open weather. Some 136 golfers from all over Wyoming competed in the two-day tournament; Isakson and Reasoner were the baddest cats in the alley.

Isakson is 60 and usually beats up on guys half his age. He’s a scratch golfer and has won every WGA state tournament except the state amateur, a tournament where he’s been runner-up.




I see by the paper……

Barney Smith is a 96-year-old retired plumber and artist. His medium is toilet seats. He’s painted and decorated some 1,310 of them and has a museum at his home near San Antonio. The museum opened 25 years ago. Some are festooned with occupational tools, like what’s used in the practice of dentistry or gastroenterology. Some are painted, or shellacked with memorabilia. Yet another features debris from the space shuttle. A Navy commander gave Smith Saddam Hussein’s toilet seat after his downfall.

Smith tells Texas Monthly magazine he doesn’t know “squat” about what the museum is worth and he’s not “flush” with cash given his former profession. But his daughter is taking offers. It’s the only toilet seat art museum, she says, in the U.S.






“There’s more drama that goes down in a rodeo than one hundred plays you can go see. It’s a real confrontation, a real thing going on. I’ve been in a few rodeos, and the first team roping that I won gave me more of a feeling of accomplishment and pride of achievement than I ever got from winning the Pulitzer Prize. At the same time, I’m glad the plays are successful and they do something to people.”


Sam Shepard, American actor, playwright and rodeo competitor, 1943-2017, from an interview with American Theater magazine, 1984


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