The much-anticipated Touchstone Laramie Art Exhibition and Sale returns this year on November 10thand 11th, 2018 during Veterans Day Weekend in Laramie, Wyoming.
As one of Southeast Wyoming’s most intimate and unique art experiences, Touchstone Laramie is a biennial, artist-run exhibition hosted by the Laramie Artists Project, a local organization run entirely by Albany County, Wyoming artists that transforms an entire floor of hotel guest rooms into more than 30 individual artist-designed mini galleries that are as professional as they are personal.
Seneca Creek Studios will be unveiling a brand new series of fine art metal prints of Wyoming photography and astrophotography called “Starlight and Scenery: Wyoming Landscapes.” Experience the stars on the darkest nights, the vibrant colors of mountain sunrises, and the details of the unique rugged beauty of life above 7,200 feet by Centennial, Wyoming artist Allison Pluda which will take you on a visual adventure through some of Wyoming’s best local mountain visas including the Snowy Range, Medicine Bow Mountains, Sheep Mountain, Centennial Ridge, Vedauwoo, Happy Jack, Thermopolis, Yellowstone, and the Tetons.
The 2nd Series of Seneca Creek Studio’s portrait series called the “Wild Women Exhibition” will also make its debut at Touchstone featuring many of the artists exhibiting at the event. The Wild Women Exhibition is a fine art photographic portrait series by Centennial, Wyoming artist Allison Pluda celebrating the strength, independence, and uniqueness of local Wyoming women with a wild side worth talking about. Nominate a wild woman you know earn more about the project and see more photos at and learn more about the project at SenecaCreekStudios.com/WildWomen.
The exhibition will be on display and open for free public viewing at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, located at 1673 Centennial Drive in Laramie, Wyoming, on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 10am – 5pm and Sunday, November 11th, 2018 from 12pm – 5pm.
This years exhibiting artists include Alberto Alcantera, Joe Arnold, John D. Baker, Wendy Bredehoft or WLBart, Mack Brislawn, Jerry Glass, Billie Kay Gross of Studio Jardin, Brian Harrington of Legrand Wolf, Celeste Havener, Gary Havener of Ave in the Hole Woodworks, Favian Hernandez, Svetlana Howe, Jim Jereb, Timothy John, Ray Jordan, Lee Lane, Nancy Marlatt, Susan Moldenhauer, Crystal Lawrence of The Running Cat Studio, Linda Lillegraven, Ginnie Madsen, Jon Madsen, Allison Pluda of Seneca Creek Studios, Barry O’Riley, Robert Seabeck, Gail Shive of Stone Wall Studio, Jeny Stoesz of Jeny Originals, Doc Thissen, Wayne Thompson, René Williams of Science Loves Art, Mike Vanata, and Paula Wilson-Caziér of Honey Tree Studios.
Visit www.laramieartistsproject.org to learn more, meet the artists, and a get a sneak peak of the exhibition.
The Laramie Artists Project is a not-for-profit consortium of artists under the umbrella of the Laramie Community Foundation 501(c)3 working to provide a professional environment to view work in Laramie and Albany County; offer professional development for local artists; encourage public recognition of community artists and encourage collecting their work; and to promote Laramie as an arts center within the geographic region.
The purpose of the Laramie Artists Project’s is to contribute to the cultural climate and creative economy of Laramie and Albany County by supporting the high quality and diverse art forms produced in this community through exhibitions, projects, programs and educational opportunities. Toward that end, LAP’s operating principles include the following:
- Build community appreciation and support for high quality artwork created by artists living and working in and around Laramie and Albany County.
- Offer professional development opportunities for Laramie’s artists.
- Develop strategic thinking that establishes and furthers connections among the arts, artists, and arts audiences.
- Function as a regional catalyst for the arts.
Touchstone Laramie originated in 2004 with a 2-person exhibition by artists Susan Moldenhauer and Wendy Lemen Bredehoft. In 2005 it expanded to include 5 artists in an open-studio venue and now The Laramie Artists Project (LAP) has hosted the biennial exhibit Touchstone Laramie ever since. The first exhibitions took place at the Ramada Inn in Laramie and in 2010 the exhibition moved to the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Well over a thousand people each year have visited the small individual galleries to view the work Albany County’s top professional artists.
Each exhibition year not only are the artists required to display 90% new work that has never before been seen in the region, but the actual configuration of artists changes as well which allows for a blend of “old-timers” with “newcomers.” It provides viewers with the opportunity to personally meet Laramie’s artists face-to-face, to discover or reacquaint themselves with their favorite local artists work, to encounter original work, and to build new connections. For some, Touchstone Laramie is the only event in which they exhibit their work locally and many artists spend all year preparing for the show. It provides a wonderful opportunity for all artists to share new work, to meet new viewers and potential patrons, and to connect with the community. It also creates opportunities for professional development as participating artists actively engage in the business of art: curating their work for exhibition, developing marketing strategies, fundraising, installation of the exhibit and more. Artists learn from and encourage each other, working together on all aspects of producing successful events. Touchstone Laramie has become an established and looked-for cultural occurrence every two years. Well over a thousand people now regularly attend the exhibition and it has turned into an event that the entire community can look forward to.
This year’s event is supported by two grants from the Wyoming Arts Coucil and the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund as well as our generous local sponsors includingDeselms Fine Art & Custom Framing, First Interstate Bank, Seneca Creek Studios, Laramie Art Guild, CPA Group of Laramie, The Mortgage Source, Scott McFarland – State Farm Insurance, Skyline Self Storage, John McPherson D.D.S., Eagle Plumbing & Heating, Gertsch-Baker Engineering, Aaron C Taff, DDS, P.C., Toyota of Laramie, Bruce Adams, DDS, Cook & Associates P.C., Susan Moldenhauer, Big Hollow Food Coop, Honey Tree Studios, Laramie Dental Arts, CrossFit Laramie, Duane Toro Real Estate, The Sill, Sweet Melissa’s, Insurance Unlimited, Megan Hayes Attorney, Mountain West Farm Bureau Insurance Company,, Anton Collins Mitchell LLP, America Teletec, and Whites University Motors.
Stop by to view the 6thBiennial Touchstone Laramie Art Exhibition or take home a piece of Wyoming and support a local artist Saturday, November 10th, 2018 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, November 11th, 2018 from 12pm to 5pm at the Fairfield Inn and Suites located at 1673 Centennial Drive, Laramie, Wyoming.
For more information about Touchstone Laramie or the Laramie Artist Project, contact Allison Pluda at (307) 298-0462, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.laramieartistsproject.org.