A Symphony of Art: Gillette recognizes local Artists

Tracy Wasserburger (left) speaks with other attendees during the WAC reception last night

(Gillette, Wyo.) The Gillette community welcomed and praised the astounding work of local artists Rede Ballard, Tricia Scheele and Tom Ford last night at the Gillette College Pronghorn Center.

Herds of Pronghorn Antelope ran across the walls of the main stairway.

The Pronghorns created by Tricia Scheele.

Unique monoprint and painting hybrids depicting epic local landscapes graced the main conference room.

A monoprint hybrid landscape painting created by Rede Ballard

A massive mosaic style Gillette College sculpture created the center piece for the upstairs running track.

The mosaic style Gillette College sculpture by Tom Ford

The three artists discussed their works with interested enthusiasts, who had a lot of praise the artists’ workmanship.

“I love everything about it,” said Carol Seeger, a close friend of Scheele’s, as she admired the herds of pronghorns cleverly positioned in a way that would direct foot traffic through the stair way.

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The positioning was intentional, according to Scheele.

“The level of detail is just… I can’t think of anything that would fit any better.” Seeger expressed.

Tracy Wasserburger, a neonatal nurse at the Campbell County Memorial Hospital, stated that her favorite work was a landscape created by Rede Ballard, because it was representative of the region and the culture.

The painting captured a beautiful scene of hay bales lying in an open field that resembles a farm in the area, Wasserburger said.

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“I have a fondness for hay bales,” Wasserburger expressed. “But that’s because of my upbringing. I really appreciate the hard work that that lifestyle brings.”

The project that brought these incredible works of art to Gillette College is one of several projects currently underway to bring art to the people of Wyoming, and marks the completion of the 17th Wyoming Arts Council’s Art in Public Buildings project.

Michael Lange, executive director of the council, said the project had originally been established in 1991. In every case, the selections of art are unique. On occasion, artists will work with local architects to create works of art that are specific to a certain space within a new building, says Lange.

“What I like about the program is that every project is different,” Lange said. “Because it’s all community members.”

Local community members form the council that decides which art is selected by the program, with no interference from the WAC.

Lange was hopeful that the project will continue for years to come.