Landscapes, Leather, and Live Edge Local Art Exhibition Featuring 5 Laramie, Wyoming Artists
You’re invited to “Landscapes, Leather, and Live Edge,” a group fine art exhibition and free public art show featuring the work of five Laramie, Wyoming based participating artists including Celeste Havener, Gary Havener, Abi Paytoe Gbayee, Niki DeLancey, and Allison Pluda of Seneca Creek Studios on display and for sale for the entire month of July 2018 at the new non-profit ArtConnect Gallery in historic downtown Laramie, Wyoming.
“Landscapes, Leather, and Live Edge” is a contemporary art exhibition to appreciate the spirit and culture of Wyoming through the creative perspective of five different local artists, each who derive some of their inspiration from the surrounding Western landscape and lifestyle and have used a different medium to transform their individual Wyoming experiences into art. The exhibition features familiar Western themes and subjects such as rugged landscapes of the Snowy Range Mountains, dark Wyoming starry skies, Sheep Mountain, red Indian Indian Paintbrush flowers, big bull moose, cowhides, animal furs, horses, wooden furniture, leather, coyote skulls, and all the colors in a beautiful Wyoming sunrise.
Included in the exhibition is Allison Pluda’s stunning and vivid metal print fine art photography of local landscapes and starscapes, Celeste Havener’s original oil paintings of the captivating beauty of the Centennial Valley and her 3D doodle sculptures made from bailing wire of moose, horses, and pronghorn, Abi Paytoe Gbayee’s one-of-a-kind hand painted animal skulls and silk scarfs inspired by Wyoming road trips, Niki DeLancey’s unique tooled leather artwork and earrings as well as her BS Bench that won peoples choice award at the Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition at the Wyoming State Museum, and Gary’s contemporary live edge furniture made from the hands of a true craftsman with almost 50 years experience working with wood.
Stop by to view the exhibition or take home a piece of Wyoming and support a local artist July 1st through July 31st Thursdays 12 to 6pm, Fridays 12pm to 7pm, Saturdays 10am to 6pm, Sundays 12pm to 4pm, or by appointment at ArtConnect Gallery located at 302 S 2nd St next to Works of Wyoming on the southwest corner of 2nd and Grand in historic downtown Laramie, Wyoming.
The public is invited to a free opening reception on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 from 5-8pm as part of Laramie Jubilee Days and Laramie’s 150th Anniversary Celebration so that community members, visitors, and collectors have a chance to meet the artists, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and support and mingle with the local creative community.
LIVE ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS
Experience art making up close and watch featured artist Celeste Havener work on one of her newest paintings in person as she sets up her easel for a live artist demonstration that is free and open to the public on Sunday, July 15th from 1-4pm at ArtConnect Gallery. Celeste has lived and gardened in Centennial Valley for over 40 years and the native wildlife and landscape around her provides a constant source of inspiration for her oil paintings. She has both BS and MS degrees in Soil Science from the University of Wyoming and owns High Horse Farms, along with her husband Gary, whos furniture is also featured in the exhibition. Together they grow and sell salad greens and edible flowers to the Big Hollow Food Coop and have been involved with farmers’ marketeering for 15 years.
Watch featured artist Abi Paytoe Gbayee’s animal bone painting techniques as she hand paints an elk shoulder blade and animal skull in person for a live artist demonstration that is free and open to the public on Saturday, July 21st from 10am – 2pm at ArtConnect Gallery. Abi enjoys helping create beauty out of death by painting on skulls using specialty inktense pencils and nu-pastels. Abi has grown up and lived within a 200 mile radius of south east Wyoming, received her BA in Art Education from the University of Wyoming in 2004, her MA in Educational Leadership from the University of Wyoming in 2013, and is currently working on her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Abi is now the past president for the Wyoming Art Education Association, and is currently co-chair of the Wyoming Arts Working Group.
CLOSING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALKS
The public is invited to a free closing reception on Thursday, July 12th, 2018 from 5-8pm with artist talks starting at 7pm. Listen to the artists tell their stories and techniques behind their work, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and support and mingle with the local creative community.
Seneca Creek Studios will be celebrating their 11th year in business that week as well and to celebrate, owner and artist Allison Pluda will be offering a special gift with all print purchased to thank all the collectors and supporters over the years.
For more information about the “Landscapes, Leather, and Live Edge” Group Art Exhibition, call ArtConnect Gallery at (307) 460-3304 or (307) 460-9304 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibition is co-hosted and sponsored by the Wyoming Womens Business Center, ArtConnect Gallery, Works of Wyoming, Triumph High School Catering, and Seneca Creek Studios.
Contact Allison if you are interested in purchasing a metal print or gift card at Allison@SenecaCreekStudios.com or call us at (307) 298-0462.
HOW DO I RSVP?
We’d love for you to stop by and see the exhibition for yourself in person. Join the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2117136378539025/
WHEN AND WHERE CAN YOU VIEW THE EXHIBTION?
“LANDSCAPES, LEATHER, AND LIVE EDGE” GROUP FINE ART EXHIBITION FEATURING 5 LOCAL LARAMIE, WYOMING ARTISTS HOSTED BY ARTCONNECT GALLERY
302 S 2ND ST, HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LARAMIE, WYOMING
SW CORNER OF 2ND AND GRAND NEXT TO WORKS OF WYOMING
ON DISPLAY AND FOR SALE JULY 1ST THROUGH JULY 31ST, 2018
THURSDAY JULY 12TH, 2018 5-8PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
AS PART OF LARAMIE JUBILEE DAYS
THURSDAY JULY 26th, 2018 5-8PM
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
LIVE ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS:
SUNDAY JULY 15TH, 2018 1-4PM OIL PAINTING BY CELESTE HAVENER
SATURDAY JULY 21ST, 2018 10AM-2PM ELK SHOULDER BLADE PAINTING BY ABI PAYTOE GBAYEE
(307) 460-3304 or (307) 460-9304