Variety of events coming to Rock Springs related to art and Wyoming’s Red Desert

(Statewide) – The Wyoming Wilderness Association, Wyoming Outdoor Council and Community Fine Arts Center invite the public to participate in our celebration of Wyoming’s Red Desert. Art and Landscapes of the Red Desert is a professional-level juried art show that will be exhibited at the Community Fine Arts Center January 3 – 28, 2013. The Community Fine Arts Center is located at 400 C Street in Rock Springs, Wyo. The exhibition is composed of fine art and photography that communicates personal perspectives of, interactions with, and experiences within the public lands of Wyoming’s Red Desert. The intent of Art and Landscapes of the Red Desert is to create a dialogue about public lands in the Red Desert and communicate how these lands are used and their significance to those who live, work, play in, and otherwise value this area.
The events surrounding the exhibition include:
Wednesday January 2, 2013
Free Public Lecture and Discussion by Joan Hoffmann
“History of American Landscape Painting and Public Lands”
7 pm – 8 pm
American Landscape painting and its history in the West is especially rich and interesting. Painters came west with the Survey Parties in the 1870’s and with John Wesley Powell even earlier. There were oil painters sketching and making watercolors on the spot when the last rail spike was pounded connecting the two coastlines. Painters such as Thomas Moran lived and worked in Yellowstone before it became a National Park in 1872. His oils inspired congress to declare Yellowstone America’s first national park. American art and paintings have developed and thrived in the American West. Cowboy artists William Mathews and Donna Howell-Sickles are contemporary painters depicting today’s cowboys and cowgirls.
Joan Hoffmann will tell some of these stories while presenting a slide show of her paintings titled, “Mountains of the American West”. These large oils were inspired by her field paintings traveling and living in the west for forty years. She grew up in California and her family collected landscape oil paintings by early California Artists.
She attended Colorado State University in the Fine Arts, studied at Banff School of Fine Arts and has joined numerous painting workshops from Scottsdale Artist School to Workshops with the Plein Air Painters of America.
Thursday January 3, 2013
Landscape Painting Workshop offered by Joan Hoffmann
Joan Hoffmann will offer a three hour landscape painting workshop. This will be for beginners as well as experienced watercolor or acrylic painters. She will work with you individually and give a short painting demonstration. She will review basic techniques all painters use. The cost is $35 for this three hour workshop. To sign up call the Community Fine Arts Center at 307-362-6212.
Thursday January 3, 2013
Free Exhibition Critique
4:30 pm -5:30 pm
Following the landscape painting workshop, Joan Hoffman will lead a discussion of the art show paintings. Everyone can learn from how paintings are composed and seeing how the paint is applied. Come with your questions and join a fun afternoon painting and enjoying art!
Thursday January 3, 2013
Free Public Exhibition Opening Reception
Free refreshments!
5:30 pm– 7:30 pm
For more information contact Jennie Trefren at 307-438-2179 or or visit WWA’s website at or contact the Community Fine Arts Center at 307-362-6212.