Bev and Monte Paddleford visit with Lennie Poitras and Amy Russian from Lander PALS at a Governor's reception prior to the Arts Awards Banquet Friday night.

Bev and Monte Paddleford visit with Lennie Poitras and Amy Russian from Lander PALS at a Governor's reception prior to the Arts Awards Banquet Friday night. Bruce Richardson, Casper, Wyoming Arts Council Board member is in the background.

(Cheyenne) — The Little America Conference Center in Cheyenne Friday was filled with Fremont County residents to honor two local recipients of the Governor’s Arts Award, the Eagle Bronze Foundry and Lander PALS-Promoting Arts in Lander Schools. Additionally, the centerpieces of every table were adorned with glass art discs produced by high school students in Riverton, and past Arts Awards recipients were in attendance, including Marvin Brown from the Lander Community Concerts Association. Several members of Fremont County’s legislative delegation were there too, including Sen. Eli Bebout of Riverton and St. Rep. Rita Campbell of rural Shoshoni.

Mayor Mick Wolfe headed up the Lander delegation, which included Community Development Director Gary Michaud, Fremont County School District #1 Superintendent Dr. Mike Bowman, plus family, friends and colleagues of the award winners and local supporters of the arts. Lander’s David Neary was cited for his leadership of the Wyoming Arts Council Board of Directors, and Pavillion-area resident Ernie Over was recognized at the event for his one decade of service on the Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Commission, the last eight years as its chairman.

Gov. Matt and Carol Mead with Monte and Bev Paddleford and Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield.

From the proclamation: Eagle Bronze

WHEREAS, artistic endeavors and experiences greatly enhance the quality of life in Wyoming and contribute substantially to the cultural endowment of the state;

WHEREAS, Eagle Bronze Foundry, a small business launched in 1985 by Monte and Beverly Paddleford to cast sculptures for Beverly’s artist father Bud Boller, grew to become one of the top five foundries in the country for full-service bronze and stainless steel monument work with more than sixty-five full time employees;

WHEREAS, projects cast by Eagle Bronze are located all over Wyoming, the United States and around the world, including John Houser’s “The Equestrian” in El Paso, the world’s largest equestrian monument; “Trail Drive” in Dallas’ Pioneer Park, made up of three horses with riders and sixty three Texas longhorn steers; “Charging Bull” by Arturo DiModica, a 7,000 pound gift to New York City; the bronze panthers at the Carolina Panthers’ NFL stadium, and bronze sculptures at regional Cabela’s stores;

WHEREAS, Wyoming artists who have had their work finished by Eagle Bronze include Bud Boller, Jerry Palen, Sandy Scott, David Clark, Ed Frauton, Deak Dollard, Ben Foster, Rudy Gunter, Scott Weir, Bunny Connell, John Phelps and Pershing Geiger;

WHEREAS, Eagle Bronze, one of the largest employers in Fremont County, has brought to Lander more bronze sculptures per capita than any other city in the U.S. leading to its title of “The City of Bronze,”

WHEREAS, in 2006 Eagle Bronze opened Eagle Bronze Gallery of Fine Art on Main Street in Lander, providing a viewing and purchasing opportunity of quality bronze sculpture, etchings and paintings for artists. They also provide tours of the foundry to teach visitors about the founding process;

NOW THEREFORE I, Matthew H. Mead, Governor of the State of Wyoming, bestow the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts upon Eagle Bronze Foundry for growing its art-based business into one of the largest in the state and for opening up the world of bronze sculpture for the people of Fremont  County and Wyoming.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Executive Seal of the Governor of Wyoming to be affixed this 24th day of February, 2012.

Wyoming Secretary of State Max Maxfield with Amy Russian, Claudia Troxel, Lennie Poitras, First Lady Carol and Gov. Matt Mead.

From the proclamation: Lander PALS

WHEREAS, artistic endeavors and experiences greatly enhance the quality of life in Wyoming and contribute substantially to the cultural endowment of the state;

WHEREAS, Promoting Arts in Lander Schools (PALS) in Fremont County was established in 1999 to provide enrichment in arts education for K-12 students;

WHEREAS, in the spring of 2000, a larger parent-based volunteer committee formed that included representatives from PALS, Parents Interested in Education (PIE) from all three elementary schools, the junior high, the Lander Christian Academy and the Lander home schooler’s organization; the group called themselves PIE PALS;

WHEREAS, those first PALS grassroots efforts now operate with a stable volunteer corps of 70, and today serve over 1,700 students district-wide;

WHEREAS, working with partners such as the Lander Art Center, the Missoula Children’s Theatre, Dancer’s Workshop, the Wyoming Shakespeare Company, the Lander Children’s Museum, Fremont County Library, the Lander Community Concerts Association, and the many individual artists who are brought in under the “Visiting Artist” and “Arts in the Classroom” programs, PALS’ collaborations extend high quality art experiences across a wide range of artistic disciplines;

WHEREAS, visiting artist groups or individuals come into the classroom to enrich the curriculum standards using a variety of methods and students have the opportunity to partake in workshops and classes in theatre, literature, vocal and instrumental music, visual art and dance,

WHEREAS, as one student wrote in her support letter: “In a nutshell, PALS finds a way to capture my passion and emotions in an academic setting. The dividends from the work PALS is doing today will benefit not only Lander, but the entire state of Wyoming,”

NOW THEREFORE I, Matthew H. Mead, Governor of the State of Wyoming, bestow the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts upon Promoting Arts in Lander Schools for growing its art-based business into one of the largest in the state and for opening up the world of bronze sculpture for the people of Fremont  County and Wyoming.

IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Executive Seal of the Governor of Wyoming to be affixed this 24th day of February, 2012.

Gov. Matt Mead addressed the award recipients at an event prior to the awards banquet Friday night.

Previous Fremont County recipients of the Governor’s Arts Award:

2011 – Eagle Bronze Foundry

2011 – Lander PALS (Promoting Arts in Lander Schools)

2008 – Diane Springford, Lander, Wyoming Shakespeare Company

2007 – Lander Community Concerts Association

2007 – Mike McClure, Lander, photographer

2001 – Arts in Action, Riverton

1999 – Wind River Artists Guild/Headwaters Community Arts & Conference Center, Dubois

1985 – Bud Boller, Lander, sculptor

1984 – Margaret Peck, Riverton, Patron of the Arts

1990 – Eva McAdams, Fort Washakie, beadwork artist

1987 – Mary Back, Dubois, artist

1985 – Harmon Watt, Riverton,  Patron of the Arts

1982 – Tonia Burnette, Riverton, Arts in Action