Posted at 2 p.m., Dec. 5, 2013

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Ceramist Sanam Emami will exhibit “Garnitures and Tableware” in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery.

Serving up culture, arts

Campus cultural events to fill spring semester

By Derek Hoffman
A&E Editor

Laramie County Community College will create a cultural tapestry with the events planned for the spring semester.

Kicking off the new year, ceramist Sanam Emami will exhibit “Garnitures and Tableware” in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery from Jan. 22–Feb. 20.
A reception for the artist will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. Emami will give a presentation after the reception.

“My pots and tiles are made with a specific intent, a function, but their meaning is layered with both factual and fictional narratives,” Emani’s website said.

Each ceramic piece has history

Though she started making pottery in college, she didn’t commit to a career in ceramics until her mid-20s. “I was interested in making things, and I was drawn to historical pots and other decorative objects. Both in public spaces such as museums and in intimate spaces such as the home,” Emami said.

“One of my favorite historical pots is a Delft 17th century vase with spouts,” Emami said.

These are blue and white vases, which resemble towers of vases, sometimes made with dozens of spouts so each flower had an individual place in the finished arrangement, which were popular during the Tulipmania craze that swept through Holland in the 17th century.

Students may be interested to know the stories and history that went into the making of each piece because each piece is based on history.

More events

In February, the Gerald and Jessie Chambers Speakers Series will host a presentation by Mel Hamilton on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Hamilton was a member of “The Black 14,” University of Wyoming football players removed from the team for wearing black armbands in a protest against Brigham Young University because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ policy at that time prohibiting people of African descent from holding a priesthood position.

In 2005, the Latter-day Saints’ Institute of Religion in Laramie invited Hamilton to speak. Hamilton and his associates have been praised by Darius Gray, an African-American Latter-day Saint, who came to Wyoming and tried to defuse the situation in 1969, for taking a nonviolent route in voicing their concerns.

In March, painter Joe Arnold’s exhibit “Mountaineer’s View” will be hosted by LCCC in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery. This will begin with a reception at the gallery at noon, Thursday, March 6. The exhibit runs through March 28.

All his paintings are from the mountaineer’s viewpoint rather than the normal horizontal view of the mountains.

On Thursday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Cheynne South High School Auditorium the Wyoming Tribune Eagle-sponsored series will present “Chanticleer,” a Grammy award-winning production, known to the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of 12 male voices from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of musical genres.

On Tuesday, March 11, at 7 p.m. at the Cheyenne Civic Center LCCC vocal and instrumental Jazz Ensembles will present “Legends, Myths and Stories.”

In April, the LCCC Jazz Ensemble will perform “Jazz…The Language of Now” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Cheyenne Civic Center, as LCCC celebrates jazz, a true American culturel music.

On Monday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church the LCCC vocal ensembles will perform their Spring Choir Concert. The Collegiate Chorale, Cantorei Singers, women’s and men’s ensembles will present this concert in preparation for their tour to Virginia in May. They will sing there as part of an arrangement set up with the organist James Kosnik, who came here to play for their performance this semester.

From April 9–May 1, LCCC art students will exhibit their work in the Esther and John Clay Fine Arts Gallery.

Starting on April 10, the LCCC theater department will present “Gruesome Playground Injuries” by Rajiv Joseph at 7:30 p.m. on April 10-12 and 17-19 on campus. The actors performing this will be chosen next semester closer to the time of the play. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and children.

“I picked this play to branch out on my students’ language, and when I read it, I loved it,” said Jason Pasqua, instructor of theatre and communication.

On Tuesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. at the Cheyenne Civic Center “Ticket to Broadway” will be performed by the LCCC Wind Ensemble, which has selected a wide variety of music from the Broadway venue from classics like “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Porgy and Bess” to the powerful production of “Les Misérables.”

“I spend many hours researching music for our performances to push our students to the next level and to make them well-rounded as musicians,” said Gary Hall, instructor of instrumental music.

At 2 p.m., Wednesday, the April 30, National Poetry Month Open Mic will be sponsored by the High Plains Register in celebration of all forms of written word. This is open to anyone looking to share his writing in the form of poetry, fiction, music or any other of the literature arts and will be held in the student lounge.

In June, the Esther and John Clay Clay Summer Watercolor Workshop will host painter John Hulsey June 9–13.

Husley is an accomplished artist, author and teacher, who has been working professionally for more than 30 years.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and his paintings are included in collections such as the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, the United States embassies in Australia and Jordan.

In addition to producing new work for exhibitions and teaching workshops, Hulsey continues to write educational articles about painting for national art magazines including Watercolor and American Artist.

The workshop is currently full, but the community is welcome to attend the reception and gallery exhibit.


LCCC Calendar of Events