This Is A Transformative Experience: We Will Never Be The Same (April 3, 2020)
With many galleries closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, online exhibition opportunities are becoming more frequent. This year, Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR initiated an inaugural online members exhibition. Called Visualizing 2020, members were asked to submit photo-based work that reflects their experiences in 2020 and their visions for the next six months. From more than 100 submissions, 242 images were selected for the exhibition. I was pleased to be included with images representing my View from Home series and made since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
I was pleased to have my panorama, Home of the Big Cone, Farson, WY 2017, selected for the live auction of the 2020 Annual Benefit for the Missoula Art Museum. The Missoula Art Museum brings important contemporary art to the northern Rocky Mountain region and I am happy to support them this year. Thank you to the auction jury for accepting my work for the 48th Benefit Auction.
Home of the Big Cone, Farson, WY 2017, installation view, Yellowstone Art Museum
I was very pleased to be included in the North X Northwest at the Yellowstone Art Museum. An inaugural annual, national juried exhibition for the museum, it was juried by Julia Andrews and presented 60 diverse works by artists representing 18 states. The exhibition was on view July 18 – September 22, 2019.
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine opened to the public on February 8, 2019 at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum in Leadville, CO. The exhibit runs through September 2019.
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine presents a contemporary response to place through works that explore the physical, historical, and cultural aspects of the historic Carissa Mine utilizing photography, mixed media, video and performance. As the first contemporary response to the mine, its history, architecture, and specialness of place, a new perspective on mining culture and industry is presented that pays homage to its past and celebrates its history.
Wendy Lemen Bredehoft, Susan Moldenhauer, and Margaret Wilson – mixed media artist, photographer, and dancer – have been working together under the name Sequencing since 2009. Their work explores the fundamentals of the creative process and how artists perceive, respond to and convey place through different expressive lenses. They have worked side by side in Wyoming, London, Venice, and the Carissa Mine at the South Pass City Historical Site in Central Wyoming.
Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine has been funded in part by the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and the development of the work was sponsored by the Friends of South Pass City and the Wyoming Arts Council through the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.
I was pleased to exhibit my work in the 6th Annual Biennial Touchstone Laramie 2018. One of the expectations of this local artist event is that new work not previously seen in Laramie be presented. Work from Sequencing Through Time and Place: The Carissa Mine that was on view in the Lander Art Center will be presented by myself, artist Wendy Bredehoft, and dancer Margaret Wilson. It focused on aspects of the mine that include industry and man, from tools and equipment to the process of transforming ore into gold.
In addition, I shared a selection of my two new portfolios, Becoming a Memory: The Clark Street Bridge and The Most Beautiful Tornado. Becoming a Memory captured Laramie’s Clark Street Bridge which now remains only as a memory of our community’s history. The Most Beautiful Tornado was a rare category 3 tornado that moved across the plains north of Laramie.