SKB News

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 chaotic...

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...