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Dubois Plein Air Painting Map

Below are the most popular location In Dubois, Wyoming, this week 150 artists have gathered for our annual workshop. A exciting part of the experience is to do a little plein air painting. To help with this, we have created a "Plein Air Location Map."...

A Unique Exhibition Deep in the Art of Texas

‘The Life & Times of Charles Goodnight:’  A Unique Exhibition Deep in the Art of Texas By Spring Sault | Texas Hill Country | July 3, 2018   A new fine art exhibition, opening at the Bryan Museum in Galveston on June 30, focuses on western folklore with “The Life...

“Lonesome Dove” Comes to Life at The Bryan Museum

The incredibly talented Bill Wittliff will join J.P. Bryan in The Bryan Museum’s Conservatory for a conversation about Bill’s life as a famed Texas storyteller, photographer, publisher, book collector, archivist, and writer. As the producer of the...

New exhibit tells story of Texas trailblazer

By BARBARA CANETTI  Correspondent - July 1, 2018 GALVESTON, TEXAS A new exhibit at The Bryan Museum is an art installation as well as a history lesson telling the story of Charles Goodnight, one of the best known Texas cattle ranchers in the 1800s. A dozen large oil...

Goodnight Exhibit Opens at the Bryan Museum

The Life and Times of Charles Goodnight Innovator, entrepreneur, conservationist: Charles Goodnight left his mark on the West. With his partner, Oliver Loving, he pioneered the Goodnight-Loving cattle trail. He invented one of the earliest food-trucks, the chuckwagon,...

Chris Rowlands Adds a New Dimension to SKB

  Chris Rowlands writing a song with students at the Dubois public school     By Bob Bahr   Longtime SKBers will remember Joe Bohler tickling the ivories at mealtimes, playing saloon songs and rags. David Yarger not only played classical music pieces, he explained...

Learn From SKB’s Frame Expert: Jeanne Mackenzie

  By Bob Bahr Artist Jeanne Mackenzie has seen it all in the domain of picture frames. She's a key player at High Plains Frames, a frame shop in La Porta, Colorado, and an SKB stalwart, present at nearly every Dubois workshop we can recall. She's watched artists win...

Darlene Cecil: Art Industry Professional Here to Help

By Bob Bahr The fantasy of most artists is to simply create art, leaving the business side of painting to professionals. This is particularly true about marketing and sales. Artists dream of having a gallery that takes care of everything, and simply cuts checks to...

Introducing the Person Who Will Feed You in Dubois

by Bob Bahr It's hard to imagine a Dubois SKB event without Janene Grende. Nonetheless, this year Grende retired from cooking for the Dubois Rendezvous/Workshop. Luckily, we won't have to go completely without her—in fact, we'll have more opportunities than ever to...

17th ANNUAL ARTISTS RENDEZVOUS & WORKSHOP

SUSAN KATHLEEN BLACK FOUNDATION 17th ANNUAL ARTISTS RENDEZVOUS & WORKSHOP September 16-21, 2018 HEADWATERS ARTS & CONFERENCE CENTER DUBOIS, WY We are pleased to announce that two very talented instructors have agreed to become the newest members of...

The True Tall Tale of Colter’s Run

by Bob Bahr In my research for a book on visual art in the Wind River Mountains, I am coming across many compelling tales of Wyoming and its early explorers. The story known as Colter's Run has been told many times since 1809, when the actual events transpired. Some...

Siblings That Rival Each Other in Kindness

by Bob Bahr You hear it so often at SKB events that it is on the verge of becoming a cliché: SKB is one big family. There are plenty of other workshops out there, and beautiful places to paint, and opportunities to get away and further develop your artistic skills....

Caleb Goggans’ Quick Draw at SKB Dubois 2017

By Bob Bahr Thomas Caleb Goggans painted a mountain scene for the Quick Draw event at SKB's Artist Rendezvous in September in Dubois. We photographed several stages of the painting's development and peppered him with questions while he worked. Here's what he said....

Small Works Winners: The Full Report

By Bob Bahr John Seerey-Lester, one of the judges of the 2017 SKB Small Works Exhibition, exclaimed before the awards were given out that the Watercolor division was particularly stocked with excellent paintings this year. "There were so many and all so good, it was...

SKB “Small Works” Exhibition / Competition 2017

SKB WORKSHOP fine art “Small Works” exhibition - Every year... as an integral part of the SKB Workshop in Dubois, Wyoming, the Foundation mounts an actual fine art exhibition of "Small Works" on the 2nd floor of the Headwaters Art & Conference Center....

SKB Instructors’ Quick Finish & Auction Gallery

SKB Instructors' Quick Finish / Paint Off & Auction - One of the highlights of the SKB Workshop is the annual Instructors' Quick Finish that they conduct where all of the instructors create a work of art in about an hour. This is always a wonderful and often...

At the SKB Workshop 2017

First day at the SKB Workshop in the tiny town of Dubois, set in the extraordinary landscape of Wyoming's high country... 7,500 feet. Artists began arriving on Saturday. And last night was the big kick off party in the Headwaters Center. Bright and early...

What Role Should Electronics Play in Art Education?

By Bob Bahr It's not unusual for a 2nd Grader to own a smartphone in today's world. It's not uncommon to see a table full of teenagers sit in silence as their thumbs fly over their phone screen. Studies abound that warn about the dire consequences of modern children...

SKBers Gather to Help Shanika Raise Parks Funds

by Bob Bahr Ken Shanika, the Rose Award winner, artist, and key SKBer known for tutoring teen artists toward award-winning careers, put out a call for entries for two fundraisers this summer in Colorado. The response was rapid. "The minute I asked Wanda [Mumm] and...

One Student’s View on PLACE

We caught up with the lively and bright PLACE participant Dre during last week's event. Here's what he had to say. https://youtu.be/s_S8g9MIUp8  

A Sense of PLACE: SKB and the Boys & Girls Club of Dubois Team Up

By Bob Bahr Dubois, Wyoming is a unique place, with ancient Native American migratory and trade paths intersecting, nearby passes over the Absoraka Mountains and Wind River Mountains urging passage, and the Wind River itself offering water, food, relatively temperate...

On the Road and in the Skies With Watercolorist Georgia Mansur

By Bob Bahr Georgia Mansur is in demand. The watercolorist fills workshops all over the world, from her native Australia to France, Spain, Italy, New Zealand, Mexico and… Dubois, Wyoming. Mansur is one of the three featured instructors for the Susan Kathleen Black...

Jocelyn Russell’s Monumental Accomplishment

By Bob Bahr Sculptor Jocelyn Russell had two years to finish a commission. That should be plenty of time, right? OK…even if the commission involves five full-size elephants and five lions? Now that is a stretch. It meant that Russell worked at the foundry during the...

How Do Birders Bird, and How Do Artists Go Birding?

By Bob Bahr One morning at the TexArt workshop SKB organized in Kerrville, Texas last May, James Coe led a birding tour through the Kerr Wildlife Management Area. Not surprisingly, the group of artists that joined him spread out far and wide. Most were wildlife...

Live Facebook Panel Discussion at TexArt

A 0ne-Hour “Live Video” session on Facebook featuring a wrap-up session with a discussion panel comprised of the various instructors that taught a variety of subjects at the TexArt Workshop, on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. This...

Anthony Cannata Is Not a Tech Geek

By Bob Bahr SKB staffer Anthony Cannata will admit that he is especially adept at fixing things. And his knowledge of computers is plain to see. But he is not a tech guy, actually. And SKBers who have benefited the most from his help know it. They know that Cannata is...

How Steve Boster’s Art Helps Those in Need

by Bob Bahr Painter Steve Boster is lucky. He's had a successful career in medicine and is comfortably retired, so he doesn't need art sales to pay the bills. In fact, he's ready to give back to the world. So Boster donates all the proceeds from his artwork to his...

SKB Instructors, Training the Next Art Stars

By Bob Bahr The public school district where Ken Shanika lives is well-funded, and it is relatively serious about art. But his private students win about 80% of the awards given in that area. What's up with that? Shanika is not going to toot his own horn, but he is...

James Coe: Painting—and Birding—in Israel

By Bob Bahr In March 2017, SKBer James Coe joined a group of artists from several nations to paint and go birding in Israel and Jordan. Coe was participating in the Artists For Nature project "Bringing the Dead Sea to Life Through Art and Music," a collaboration...

Kim Diment in the Fishbowl

By Bob Bahr Several of the participants in this week's TexArt event huddled with Michigan artist and longtime SKBer Kim Diment to experiment with a method of drawing she has taught for decades with great success. They met in Schreiner University's Fishbowl, a...

Where Was Suzie When She Won the Rose Award?

By Bob Bahr This is an important question, because it indicates why she received the Rose Award in the first place. The Rose Award is an award not given every year at the SKB Dubois Workshop—only when there is a clearly deserving recipient. This past year, Suzie...

The Ultimate Greg Beecham Demo

By Bob Bahr Many SKBers have enjoyed watching Greg Beecham paint at the Dubois workshops, mainly at the Quick Draw event. Some have taken workshops with the artist. One person has received special attention from Beecham for six years. And that person strongly felt...

Mumm Honored With Solo Museum Show at the Hockaday

  By Bob Bahr One of the most gratifying achievements for an artist is to get a solo museum show. For Wanda Mumm, her exhibition now on view at the Hockaday Museum of Art, in Kalispell, Montana, is a "dream fulfilled." Mumm reports a good turnout for the opening on...

Andy Wei Sets Houston Rodeo Art Auction Record: $235,000

By Bob Bahr At age 18, SKBer Andy Wei has seen one of his paintings sell for $235,000. The talented Texas high schooler painted John Finley and his dog Merlin in oils on an 18"-x-24" surface; this was picked as the Grand Champion at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show and...

Dubois Workshop 2017

16th Annual SKB Workshop, Dubois, WY Headwaters Arts & Conference Center Sep 17-23, 2017 If the authentic American West, the golden leaves of Aspen, abundant wildlife and majestic scenery make you yearn for an unsurpassed art adventure, this workshop and location...

Giving Greg McHuron His Due

By Bob Bahr A plein air painter and wildlife artist with a wide effect on painters in the Grand Teton area is the focus of a new book by Susan Hallsten McGarry titled Gregory I. McHuron: Plein Air Master and Mentor. In it, McGarry explores how McHuron integrated...