Carvings & Reflections

Joy Ufford photo Writer-rancher Mary Anne Almquist, standing, reads her piece about watching a rodeo from the crow’s nest as part of the Sublette County Artists’ Guild readings of past and present tales of life and observations on Oct. 14. The special event took place with artist Delsa Allen’s ‘Reflections of the Winds’ show at the Pinedale Library.

The combination of hearing literary anecdotes – many from schoolteachers and ranch women recording their impressions of the isolated but still social lives they lived across the county – with vivid splashes of color composed by fine-art photographer Delsa Allen’s unusual autumn leaves and landscapes meshed perfectly in their

The Sublette County Artists’ Guild, formed in 1928 as The Writers Club, had six charter members – Lora Neal Jewett, Maria Meyer, Louise Rathbun, Josephine Jons Jones, Mary Annette Murdock and Mary McAlister Sommers.

Since then, many other women carved out time to meet, write prose and poetry, visit and dine between ranch and business chores.

Members reading on Oct. 14 in the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room shared their personal favorites from the guild’s publications, the most recent being Carvings on the Aspens and Collection of Poems in 2004.

In the background, Allen’s videos and still shots of skies, water, fields and trees provided a moving backdrop that bridged visitors to her thoroughly modern “Reflections of the Winds.”

Carvings on the Aspens is sold at local stores; the treasured older publications are hard to come by. Delsa Allen’s fine art and nature prints on paper and aluminum can be seen at


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