Here is a brief touch on the Cheyenne Artists Guilds' long history.
In 1949 a group of artists decided to turn their passion into something more
The original Art Center was located at 112 East 8th Avenue
On May 19,1949, 13 people signed Cheyenne Artist's Guild Constitution their names were
President: Mary Ellen Seribrer Vice-President: Christine Lowery Secretary: Mildred Breitweiser Treasurer: Charles Letsche All those who joined in 1949 are considered "Charter Members" Hilma S Deleplaine Eileen Mackley Janet Rider Barbara King Gladys Spatz Jayne Letsche Alycemae Kastle Margaret brown Dorothy Feildman Helen Helzer M.J. Andrew Earnstine Dunlap Mary Scheicher Grace Bancroft Frederick Hutchinson Porter
November 9,1954 : First Cheyenne Art Center Dedicated to : " Further the efforts and studies of its members,to sponsor exhibits, and to promote interest in art in this locality"
1962 : Created Kruz-Andrews Scholarship honoring two early guild presidents
June 1966 : Guild sponsored Cheyenne's first Artist-Craftsman Exhibit in the Dairy Gold Building Capitol City's only public Art Gallery until 1970 Frederick H (Bunk) Porter : Director of interior renovation of the Carriage House
Restoration was preformed by members American National Bank and the community donated
Bricks Ceiling tile French Doors ( 3 pair ) Fluorescent Lighting Cash The haymow Area Ladder was replaced by stairs Re-floored Wired for electricity Insulated
Fire Escape (Steps on the side of building) was added later as a gift from Cheyenne Insurers Association whom also paid to have the roof painted. Stalls were temporarily left in place and used as art supply storage and sale areas
1969 : Seven-State Regional Art show started which was later renamed : 'National Show" 2012 marks the 42nd year for this event
1970 mortgage was paid off as a result of ' dedication and fundraising efforts'. Guild organized and staffed the first ' Fine Arts Division' of the county Fair
May 10, 1979 : Application for design as a National Register of Historic places was approved and present