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IN The Gallery March 4-29:
Portraits of Pastoralism is a 20-image traveling public art exhibit of Cat Urbigkit’s black-and-white photographs of pastoralists around the globe, illuminating the challenges faced by people whose cultures involve the seasonal movement with livestock herds (transhumance).
This educational art exhibit allows the public to see the faces of the pastoralists and their animals, from cattle and sheep producers on the public rangelands in the American West, to goat herders in Spain, and women milking their yaks in Mongolia. It will help the public to understand that a cowboy on horseback in Wyoming is conducting the same activity as the Lesotho cattle boy, and the same holds true for various people and cultures throughout the globe. The exhibit will help the American public understand the vital importance of these seasonal movements of people and livestock, and the threats to continuing this practice. Urbigkit’s goal is to promote public support for maintaining this sustainable use of natural resources, while recognizing and treasuring the human value of a close association with the land. Global transhumance is a constant thread of Urbigkit's non-fiction nature book, Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds and the Natural World, released in October 2012 by The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton, and this exhibit provides a visual affirmation of the book’s theme.
The exhibit features photos from four continents, and is set to include images of pastoralists from the American West, Africa, Nepal, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Spain, Bulgaria, and Turkey. The exhibit is a celebration of humanity, with diversity from around the globe.
Visit Cat’s website at www.paradisesheep.com to learn more about her literature and art.
Coming in April:
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Rockpile Museum’s opening and we are celebrating with a series of events. During the month of April, the Rockpile Museum is hosting a community-based exhibit showcasing local citizens’ memorabilia from the 1970s. This was a decade of change and contrasts. The exhibit will feature items specific to Gillette and Campbell County people, businesses, organizations, schools, and events as well as general items symbolic of this colorful decade.
Come see the vintage fashions, toys, electronics, photographs, household furnishings, and collectibles from 40 years ago. Join us for a fun walk down memory lane!
Coming in May: