In my last post, I shared with you that we get to request art for our offices. Once the Center’s treasures returned from Georgia, the painting I wound up with is the beauty pictured here, Carl Rungius’ In the Foothills (Antelope). Isn’t it gorgeous? If you’re in the Center for a visit, stop by my office and check it out.
This edition’s perks are just a recap of my Cody adventures: some of the things you can do and programs you can experience here without any effort. All this has been or is available to the public, but I can experience it anytime (and often do!) just by walking out my door.
In the last two months, with only a 30-second walk, I’ve been able to listen to Mindy Besaw discuss James Bama and his photography and art in connection with the special exhibition of his photographs in our Kriendler Gallery; Dr. Matthew Kauffman discuss long-distance ungulate (deer, elk, bighorn sheep, etc.) migrations—who knew we have such a thing in Wyoming?; Dr. John Byers discuss a year in the life of a pronghorn antelope; and Emiline Ostlind and Joe Riis, creators of our current Pronghorn Passage exhibition, discuss their research on the pronghorn.
We’ve also been able to chat with Craig Johnson as he signed his latest “Walt Longmire” novel (but missed the talk – bummer), attend the opening of Textured Portraits: The Ken Blackbird Collection, visit with two of this summer’s artists in residence, Michele Farrier and Gianluca Giarrizzo, volunteer at the 33rd annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow, and catch several of our raptor programs (I’ve seen it so many times, I think I could present it myself!). And that doesn’t even count the talks and events I missed! Would you believe me if I said I love working here? There is always something new to learn.
Another fun perk today was being able to walk out the front door of the museum, walk around the grounds and view the parade line-up for Cody’s July 4 (and July 3) Stampede parade. The parade starts right in front of the museum and is really neat. I’m sure lots of others will do posts about the parade so I’ll refrain. Not too late to catch tomorrow’s parade—July 4 at 9:30 a.m.