Both displays, which are exhibited together to complement one another, will be on display through January and viewable during regular library hours.
About Wyoming Grasslands: Photographs by Michael P. Berman and William S. Sutton
On display: January 5 – January 31, 2016
“We either learn to see these landscapes, or we lose them,” said Michael Berman, one of the two photographers who have captured the subtle beauty of Wyoming’s landscapes in the Wyoming Grasslands exhibition. The exhibition will visit the Laramie County Library between Tuesday, January 5 and Sunday, January 31. An open house and reception will be held on Wednesday, January 6, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
The artists spent three years traversing Wyoming, logging many miles in an old pickup truck and on foot. Their travels took them to public and private lands, including several properties with conservation easements held by The Nature Conservancy. The images offer a raw and dramatic glimpse of a landscape – from prairie grasslands and meadows to sagebrush-steppe and foothill grasslands – that is disappearing faster than the Amazon rainforests.
The stop is part of a tour of 14 public libraries in the state, as well as the Wyoming State Museum and the Ucross Foundation during 2015-16.
Information about other stops on the Wyoming Grasslands exhibition tour may be found at nature.org/wyoming.
About Invasive Paper IV
On display: January 5 – February 14, 2016
What are weeds? To some, they may be a nuisance, to others, they may be art. This invitational exhibition of works feature pieces produced from handmade paper containing native and invasive Wyoming plants.
Seventeen artists have rethought their relationship with weeds, and have produced a variety of objects from sculptures to photographic prints.
Carlos Martinez del Rio, the director of the University of Wyoming biodiversity Institute has studied the invasive plants in the region, and observed the artists from the beginning stages of creation to the final product. “The task of living with invasive weeds is that of Sisyphus. But these are just two examples in a provocative, thoughtful, and gorgeous exhibit. Its participants do not have answers, but that is not art’s task. The task of artists is to ask difficult questions and to force us to rethink our relationship with the world and with each other. I hope that we take the challenge that this exhibit presents, because it is urgent and necessary.”