(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Five years of collaborative research documenting the Cowboy State’s outdoor heritage by the Wyoming Arts Council and the University of Wyoming American Studies Program has resulted in a new exhibit, “Art of the Hunt: Wyoming Traditions.”
The exhibit celebrates how the Wyoming outdoor lifestyle has influenced renowned artisans who have created hand-crafted hunting and fishing gear, crafts and other artistic objects highlighting activities such as hunting and fishing.
On display at the Wyoming State Museum July 18 through June 30, 2015, a variety of events will be held in conjunction with the exhibit. An opening reception for the show will be held Aug. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the State Museum. Many of the artists with works featured in the show will be on hand.
On September 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., an event held in conjunction with the show will include artist demonstrations, hands-on activities and gallery talks.
The exhibit features more than 70 objects by over 50 Wyoming artisans used by hunters, anglers and which celebrate the results of a successful hunt. Some of the hand-made objects in the exhibit include fishing flies, bamboo fishing rods, taxidermy, pack saddles, engraved firearms, knives, recurve bows and more.
Artists included in the exhibit are: Dan Galloway, Afton; Pat Rentsch, Aladdin; Kim Olson, Baggs; Kirk Rexroat, Banner; Marvin Nolte, Bar Nunn; Jim Warner, Basin; G.K. Fraker, Buffalo.
Herb Meland, Robert Stone, Dale Storey, and Leroy York all of Casper; John Aurzeda, Gary Koc, Charles McCall, Tom Mulhern of Cheyenne; Von Ringler, Clark; Dick Castle, Brian Robertson, Don Schmalz and Tim Wade of Cody.
Susan Fandek, Daniel; Elizabeth Dolber, Kurt and Lyn Gordon, Tom Lucas, Karen Mott and Anita Thatcher, Dubois; Glen Miller, Evanston; Glenda Trosper, Ft. Washakie; Wayne Baker, Freedom; Jim Blair, Glenrock; Fred Pickett, Green River; J.R. Butler and Carla Snook, Hulett; Jay Buchner and Scott Sanchez, Jackson; Tex and Dale Frazier, Kinnear.
Amanda Alley and Jack Mease, Lander; Jerry Andersen, Jerry Johnson, Janie Van Oss and Rob and Crystal Vogel, Laramie; Rich Wormington, Lovell; Audra and Mike Draper and Ed Fowler, Riverton; Elizabeth Capozza, Rock Springs; John Jones, Rozet.
Don Butler, Don Gould and Barry King, Sheridan; Al Darlington, Thermopolis; Wade Stoll, Wheatland; Mark Whitlock, Worland; Roger Green, Washington; and Annin Soldierwolf, Australia.
–Provided by the Wyoming Arts Council