Monday, February 27, 2012

Possible Topics for Your Blog

There are infinite possibilities and topics to blog about for artists. I picked he first 13 that came to my mind. This list is in no way exhaustive.  Click on the links for example posts.

1. Why you create art or why you created a specific work
2. What/who inspires you or artists you love or know and how their work relates to yours
3. Events relevant to your artwork
4. How your art relates to Art history
5. Projects or techniques you would like to try
6. What is currently on your easel, sketches, or a work you just completed
Fiber art by Denise Patton
7. What you do when you have a creative block or lack of motivation (then refer to this post when you have a lack of motivation or creative block)
8. List of favorite blog posts (your blog or blogs you read), supplies, art making tips, tutorials, art pieces, photos, your process
9. A little about you or your home and possibly studio or work space.
10. Create a walkthrough of one body of work or exhibition
11. A blog (or series of posts) could be dedicated to a project, residency or internship or an artist event
12. Your goals
13. Photographs you took over the weekend or on vacation that you want to use in a piece of artwork, for a body of work, or image that inspire you just because

What are some of your favorite blog topics?  How can you adapt one of these ideas to fit your blog, artwork or business?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wyoming Artists on Facebook

This flag is the image that pops up when your business page receives a new like.  It makes those of us who take our social media marketing serious very happy when we see this orange flag.  Here are some WOW members who you can make happy by liking their pages!!!

WOW Members with Facebook pages
Bethel Anthony - Bethels Beads
Berry O'Riley - Another Art page
Denise Patton - Wyoming Artists Page
Felicia Follum - Felicia Follum Art + Design
Heather Storey - Facebook Artist page

If you would like help creating a Facebook page or advice on using social media for your artwork feel free to chat with us here at WOW.  You can call 397.742.6574 or email for more information.

There are more WYO artist below

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Go Naked! Go Clothed! Go Figure!

Our second annual Figure show is coming soon.
We would love for you to RSVP if you are on Facebook.

Just like last year there will be a figure workshop.  Stay tuned for more information.
WOW is located in Suite 271 of the Laramie Plains Civic center. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Annual Works of Wyoming Figure Show Opens this Saturday,February 25th

Barry O'Riley-Artist
High Plains Drifter
2012 Go Naked! Go Clothed! Go Figure! Annual Show

Works of Wyoming annual figure show opens this Saturday with a reception from 4-6pm. It’s a juried show with 12 regional and local Laramie artists. There are Cash prizes for Best of Show and Peoples’ Choice, and a WOW! Membership. Come to the Reception and vote for your choice!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

WOW its cold

Artwork by Suzanne Morlock
WOW it is cold here in Laramie.  Did you know that WOW art gallery and gift shop is located in one of the coldest cities in the US.  According to the list of America's Coldest Cities on The Daily Beast we are ranked number 7.
Here is what how Laramie, Wyoming scored

Average winter temperature 2009:  19.3 degrees
Coldest day: -27.4 degrees, January 7
Warmest day: 61 degrees, March 30
Days with snow: 33%

Stay warm with some beautiful Wyoming artwork and this recipe for hot chocolate from Better Homes and Gardens (found on one of our member's blogs).  Be sure to come join us to see some great artwork, have a conversation, and maybe even drink some hot coco or tea (just ask and we will make some hot water) as well.  We are located on the second floor of the Laramie Plains Civic Center, suite 271.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Artist Open Studio at WOW

Open Studios with our Artist in Residence, Denise Patton, will be held every Tuesday night from 4-7pm here at WOW.  The Open Studios will offer an opportunity for you to work on your own art with several other local artists.  Call 307.742.6574 (WOW) or 307.460.3946 (Denise) for more information.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Photograph your work!

We still have space left!!!
Barnacles in photographed in  WA state by a WOW artist
Photographing your work is a skill that is highly valuable to nearly ever aspect of your art business. Here are some DOs and DON’Ts.

WOW is proud to present an opportunity for you to learn how to take professional quality photographs on a budget. Keeping your budget in mind, we are offering this class at an affordable rate. $20 before your member discount!

Topics covered:
Lighting for Jewelry
Lighting for Small Sculpture
Setups to Maximize Texture
Digital File Management
Existing Light Setups
Post Production Corrections

The Artwork Photography Workshop will be help Saturday, February 25th from 1 – 3 pm at Works of Wyoming.  WOW is located on the second floor of the Laramie Plains Civic Center, Suite 271.  Email  or call WOW at 307.742.6574

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tracy Wilcox: “Flower Triptic.”

The UW Libraries Purchase Award went to Tracy Wilcox for her “Flower Triptic.” These lovely flowers were collaged from tissue paper with details from upcycled magazines. They will be on display here at WOW until February 16 and then will be transported and installed in the University of Wyoming Library. Congratulations Tracy!

For more informaiton about the Salon des Refuses, Student Art League, or Works of Wyoming contanct one of the following.  WOW can be reached via email or by calling 307.742.6574.  Felicia Follum is the current SAL president and WOW intern and can be reached on her Facebook page or through WOW.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Welcome Home by Anne Luben

Anne Luben’s “Welcome Home” was selected because of its intricate detail and delicate beauty for the Student Art Leage’s cash award. This piece was created using print making, X-acto paper cutting, and sewing techniques.

Anne also has two works up in the Student Juried Show.  Visit the UW Art Museums page on for more informaiton.

Come visit this fascinating gallery exhibit.  It will be up trough February 17.  Works of Wyoming is located on the second floor of the Laramie Plains Civic Center in Suite 271.  Feel free to call 307.742.6574 or email us for more information regarding the Salon des Refuses or other events.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Prize Buck

Prize Buck won the WOW membership award at the Salon des Refuses: The Morning After.  Congratulations to Gary Schmitt!

Here is what Gary has to say about his work and how growing up in the west has influenced his work.

"Prize Buck is one of many pieces I have created in response to growing up in the old west. With this piece in particular I wanted to recreate the deer mount in a way that people don’t see everyday. Prize Buck is meant to resemble the ideals of western culture while at the same time poking a little fun at it. One thing is for sure, this prize buck looks good mounted over any fireplace."

We and those who have come in to visit us certainly agree that Prize Buck would be the perfect addition to any fireplace.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Croquis Update

Felicia Follum, Untitled Sketch
WOW's Figure Show
Student Art League's Croquis (life drawing) sessions are held Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm in the Visual Arts building room 250.  The sessions are $5 for community members, $2 for UW students and $1 for Student Art League members.

If you would like more information, please contact Felicia Follum, SAL President, via Facebook or email

WOW Life Drawing Session

Friday, February 3, 2012

Go Naked, Go Clothed, Go Figure!

Artwork by Amalie Baker,
a Wyoming Artist
Works of Wyoming is excited to introduce another figure show and we would love to have your work be a part of it.  Last year we had a ton of great work featured.

This show will be juried by Doug Russell a University life drawing professor, Anne Brande from Ludwig Photography, and Denise Patton WOW's Artist in Residence.

Art in all media celebrating the human form will be selected...
We are also searching for some graphic design promotional materials.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Salon des Refuses Opening

The Morning After

Student Art League’s 17th annual Salon des Refuses was a huge hit. There were three prizes awarded. Anne Luben’s “Welcome Home” received the SAL cash award, Tracy Wilcox’s “Flower Triptic” was given a Purchase Award by the UW library and Gary Schmitt was awarded a one year WOW membership for “Prize Buck.”
Keep a look out for more information about these three award winning works of art.

There are many more strong pieces for sale in the Salon.  Come support local artists and students through viewing and even purchasing a piece.  See the entire album on the Facebook page.

The Works of Wyoming art gallery is located in the Laramie Plains Civic Center. Suite 271.