Sublette County to host Wyoming Artists’ Association Convention June 9-11
May 24, 2023
The Wyoming Artists’ Association (WAA) has held its annual convention, uninterrupted since 1955, until Covid put a halt to things in 2020. WAA is a nonprofit organization that promotes Wyoming artists and provides an opportunity for its members to gather once a year to display their works, learn, inspire, and have fun. Traditionally, a three-day convention is held the first weekend in May, hosted by the current president, usually in their community. The convention hosts a judged exhibition for its members; two to three workshops with locally renown instructors; a Friday evening quick draw as its fundraiser; and a Saturday evening banquet. Historically, it has proven to be an incredibly fun weekend, and a great way for artists across the state to stay connected.
Covid played havoc with WAA’s traditions, as the 2020 president had to cancel their convention, and the 2021 president resigned due to stress caused by covid-related issues. Since there is currently not an acting president, a group of past presidents met recently to organize a convention for 2023 and get the ball rolling again. This convention will follow WAA’s past traditions, with a few minor exceptions. The dates for this convention are June 9-11, 2023, which is one of the exceptions, due to facility availability. The location will be in the events center at the Sublette County Fair Grounds in Big Piney, Wyoming. This convention will provide the traditional judged exhibition, workshops, quick draw, and banquet. Artists from across the state will be participating in the festivities.
The judge for this year’s art show will be Tammy Christel, a writer, journalist, and arts blogger from Jackson, Wyoming. Tammy is a freelance writer and editor. She consults on the arts for collectors, filmmakers, and non-profit organizations.
We are offering two workshops for the participating artists. One will be instructed by Heather McCullough of Venice, Florida (heathermcculloughartworks.com), a watercolor artist extraordinaire. The second will be instructed by Tammy Callens of Jackson, Wyoming (tammycallens.com), who is proficient in portraits & landscapes done in oil. Both workshops will be excellent opportunities to soak up good tips and information and both are open to all levels of artists.
The theme this year will be a tribute to three artists: Leonardo De Vinci, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso, all of whom resided in France at one time or another during their lifetime. Therefore, the weekend will be like a trip to France, full of French cuisine and décor. The weekend will be a treat for all who attend, whether you are an artist participating in the entire weekend, or an art lover looking for that special piece of art at either the Art Show or the Friday evening Quick Draw. The Art Show and Quick Draw are both open to the public.
Please come and enjoy the Art Show and Quick Draw Friday evening, June 9th, starting at 7pm, with a live auction to follow at 8:30pm. The Art Show will be open to the public on Saturday, June 10th from 2-5pm, and Sunday, June 11th from 9am – noon.