Jentel Presents

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Jentel Presents

Tuesday night the Jentel Foundation showcased its current artists in residency there, with each giving their own presentations of their different arts. Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott went down to the Sagebrush Community Art Center in the old train depot to check it out and brings us this story.

Now, I'll be the first to admit it, I just don't plain understand art, much less the artists. I just don't get it, especially that abstract stuff, to me, it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. Give me a cowboy and a horse that looks like a cowboy and a horse and I'm happy.

Tuesday, I had the opportunity to go down to the old train depot and listen to six artists in residency at Jentel, out east of town. I didn't understand a whole lot about the artist jargon, but what I did hear was passion and heart.

Jentel is an month-long artist residency program, and once a month, the artists, four visual and two writers come to town and present what they do.

Heidi Kumao uses photography, video, and projection to create illusions and tell stories. It's her stories that touch the heart and yet, coming to Wyoming helped her.

Alice Pixley Young came here from Cincinnati. She describes her work.

Now, I don't think she's talking about installation, like installing an engine or air conditioner.

Her just talking about and showing slides of her work was captivating and yes, immersive.

Magnolia Laurie paints small, intimate landscapes. We're not talking our Wyoming landscapes with rolling hills and mountain tops. These were different, abstract again, but to hear her talk, again passion for what she does, spoke out.

I'm thinking if we all were more passionate about what we did, we'd all be a lot happier. Magnolia defines her work.

I'll have to think about that one. Michel Paxton is a 6th generation Virginian. He does these giant wall paintings or huge charcoals on canvas. He describes Wyoming in one word.

“Jentel Presents” is always held the first Tuesday of every month at the Sagebrush Community Art Center on 5th Street.

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