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Date(s) - 09/21/2018 - 09/22/2018
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Downtown Rawlins


Please join us for the 2nd Annual ArtBeat event on Friday, September 21st from 5-8pm and Saturday, September 22nd from 10a-4pm.

On Friday the 22nd from 5-8pm artists from all across Wyoming, including jewelers, photographers, woodworkers and more will be gathered in Downtown Rawlins to showcase their talents.

On Saturday from 11am-4pm there will be artists in businesses joined by kid-friendly activities.

For more information, call Rawlins DDA/Main Street at 307-328-2099.

ArtBeat is brought to you by Downtown Rawlins, WY – DDA/Main Street and Uplift Artists Guild. Produced in cooperation with the Carbon County, WY Visitors Council.

Sponsored by:
Sage Creek Realty
Bank of Commerce Rawlins
Hofmann and Ramsey
Dallin Motors
J.H. Kaspar Oil
Wyoming Trader

Artists Profiles

Ken Cureton

Ken Cureton

Ken has been working in the engraving arts since 2004. He received a certificate of completion from GRS Training for the Art of Engraving. He also attended the NRA Gun engraving school. He has gone to work shops with Dave Anderson and Manny Gongoles on silver smithing and buckle design, gun engraving, and knife engraving.

Connie Grunewald

Connie Grunewald

Originally from Minnesota, Connie moved to Wyoming in 2004. She is a recent student of jewelry design. She has taken courses in Florida, Wyoming and Colorado in metal working, stone carving, stringing, and needle work to create many types of jewelry.

Jarred James

Jarred James

Jarred James is a diverse self-taught artist who was born and raised in Rawlins, Wyoming. After graduation, he studied landscape architecture at College of the Redwoods where he spent his spare time exploring California, Colorado and Canada. While traveling, he drew inspiration from his surroundings by spending time in nature: fishing, hiking and kayaking. This tradition remains the same today as he continues to breathe life into his artwork through his portrayal of wild life, scenery and all things fishing. His diversity allows him to create pieces using airbrush, acrylics and watercolor while also using a chain saw to shape woodcarvings. While his artwork can be seen in many native Wyoming homes, he also enjoys showing them at outdoor events, such as the Choppers Jamboree, Music in the Park and Jackson Hole Arts Festival.

“Art is Cool.”

Marge McCrea

Marge McCrea- Featured at Red Desert Arts

Marge runs a gallery and art studio in downtown Rawlins named Red Desert Arts. She works and teaches painting, drawing, and pottery.

“I love Rawlins and Rawlins people.”

Betty Salisbury

Betty Salisbury- Featured at Artistry in Glass

“I am a Rawlins native and am presently the owner of Artistry in Glass.  I began working with stained glass over 30 years ago.  I learned the craft while I was still working as an Engineering Technician for the Highway Department.  The studio added ceramics to its lists of available arts approximately 15 year ago.  I have done some canvas work but I prefer to work in the field of glass.  I have been doing some fusing work for the last few years. In the past I have done design work for clothing. I designed and constructed a number of wedding dresses for family members.”

Gayle Shaw

Gayle Shaw- Featured at Rasmusson’s Furniture

Gayle was born in Colorado and lived there through the 6th grade when she moved to Rawlins, Wyoming. She attended the 6th-12th grades in Rawlins. When she graduated she moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where she attended and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She taught the 2nd grade in Little Snake River Valley for 13 years. In 1993 she moved back to Rawlins and taught school in Sinclair for another 20 years. She retired from her life long love of teaching in 2013 and now fills her time sitting on many community boards and jewelry making. She has worked with jewelry now for 15 years, including stringing, weaving, clay, wire wrap, and is always looking for new methods to try.

Chantelle Sidun

Chantelle Sidun

Chantelle has loved drawing, painting and horses ever since she was a little girl. She caught her passion for unicorns and horses and painting from watching her mother paint and draw. Chantelle has owned horses and painted for fun through the years, but it wasn’t until 2015 when she was casually asked to paint a friends horse that she could turn her passion into a business.

“I love making people happy with my work and at times helping them cope with the passing of their dear friend over the rainbow bridge.”

Michelle Sidun

Michelle Sidun- 

Michelle began drawing at a very young age and art has always played a part in her life. Whether it is drawing, painting, beading, sewing, costume design, leatherwork, decorating a home or landscaping- Michelle creates. It is a part of who she is. Michelle looks at everything through an artists eye, seeing color, shape and composition.

“My art varies from practical, life-like to very abstract, including the spectrum in between. I enjoy combining mediums, pushing the limits and ‘coloring outside the lines,’ so to speak.”

Douglas Starks

Douglas Starks

Douglas currently lives in Victor, Idaho. He named his business 2trades because of the two trades he has a passion for, wildlife photography and musical/percussion instrument making. He is a retired music teacher of 23 years serving in WY, MT, AZ, and CO. He studied in Casper,Wyoming and received his associates in Fine Arts.  He also received a Bachelors in Music Education and his Masters in Percussion Performance from University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO. He studied West African drumming in Mali with Abdoul Doumbia and in Tucson AZ with Abdoul Aziz Ahmed. He then formed the local African Drum/Dance group “AYA.” For 7 yrs “AYA” performed many times for the Art Fair of Jackson Hole, and for many other varied venues in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Teton Valley, ID.

Susann Ward

Susann Ward-Featured at Red Desert Arts

Susann Ward is Trial by Fire Art. She is professionally trained and certified in Veneciano Stone Plaster applications, specializing intranslucent/layered processThis process transferred easily to layered glaze applications on thrown, slab and coil built pieces of pottery. Nature and Botanical have a strong emphasis on the pieces. She creates in both impressions and the application of glazes.

Ina Welch

Ina Welch- Featured at Artistry in Glass

“I have lived in Rawlins, Wyoming for 39 years. I have been carving with my Paragrave tool for 26 years. By utilizing different carving tips, I am able to carve and engrave on a number of surfaces, such as wood, metal, glass, eggshells and nuts. The Paragrave tool was invented by a dentist. It is similar to a dental tool, only much faster. The tip rotates at 400,000 rpm. It also uses some of the same tips that a dentist uses. The speed of the tool makes the cuts very smooth, with no vibration. I especially enjoy carving eggshells. I have carved chicken, duck, goose, peacock, emu, ostrich, cocktail, and others. I also carve nuts, such as apricot and peach pits.  I have been making porcelain cameos for about 7 years. I purchase colored porcelain slip and molds. The porcelain slip is molded, cleaned, fired, and then polished to a finished cameo. I also pour porcelain dolls and figurines. My artwork can be seen and purchased year round at Artistry In Glass.”

TJ White

TJ White-

TJ White has enjoyed all art since she was a young child. She started in calligraphy, then moved to graphite and charcoal portrait drawing. She also enjoys watercolor and acrylic.

“I have a deep interest in art history and love to travel to museums to view the art of artists that have come before me. Sometimes I have to at least just touch a corner of an artwork. I am touching something that one of the great artists touched themselves many years ago. It’s a feeling almost like being there with them while they’re creating.”

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