2022 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients announced

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Nina Tyler wears many hats in her involvement with the Actor’s Mission – actor, playwright, director and composer, Sarah Wessel has a long history as a music educator in our school district and through Sweetwater BOCES, as well as volunteering for the Sweetwater County Concert Association and RJ Pieper has been committed to perfecting his fine art photograph skills for many years and also supports the arts in our community, serving on the Community Fine Arts Center board for over 12 years – Photos submitted by Debora Soule’

Wyo4news Staff, [email protected] [PRESS RELEASE]

ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING — Mayor Tim Kaumo, along with organizers Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency (URA) and Community Fine Arts Center, announce the recipients of the second annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

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 This recognition celebrates artistic achievement as well as extraordinary support for and contributions to the arts. Acknowledging these individuals and organizations affirms the value of the arts as a source of creativity, innovation and pride and supports the development of the arts and culture for all Rock Springs’ residents.  According to Mayor Tim Kaumo, “the arts are an important part of our community and I’m excited to help honor these wonderful contributions to Rock Springs.”

The Sweetwater County Concert Association has been bringing live performances to Sweetwater County for over 80 years, all through volunteers committed to their goal of affordable cultural programming.  Pictured are (l to r) Norm Garrey, former Rock Springs High School theater manager, Bernadine Craft, Jed Gutherie, Tina Price, and Jock Gutherie. The Gutherie Brothers presented SCARBOROUGH FAIR, a Simon and Garfunkel Experience in 2017 – Photo submitted by Debora Soule’

Four awards will be presented on March 31 at the Broadway Theater. The public is invited to attend to honor the following individuals and organizations:

  • The Sweetwater County Concert Association has served our community for many decades bringing professional artist to perform in Sweetwater County. The association is run by volunteers who are dedicated to presenting quality performances as well as educational opportunities for students in local schools. 

  • Nina Tyler wears many hats – actor, playwright, director and composer – in her role at The Actor’s Mission. As a former music instructor, she collaborated with students to write a song for the DARE program and supported United Way with her original music.

  • Retired music educator Sarah Wessel never really retired as she still supports fundraising for the Sweetwater Concert Association, helps coordinate Sweetwater BOCES strings, choir and orchestra programming, and plays the organ at both Catholic churches as well as other churches who need her help for services.

  • Photographer and longtime Community Fine Arts Center board member RJ Pieper continues to pursue educational opportunities in his chosen field just having received his masters from the Professional Photographers of America, along with receiving several awards for his images. His efforts to assist with events and fundraisers at the CFAC since 2009 has contributed to an annual scholarship for Rock Springs students and artwork marking the 50th anniversary of the CFAC.

The Rock Springs Mayor’s Arts Award is open to any Sweetwater County citizen, organization or business whose accomplishments reflect substantial contributions made in Rock Springs that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts.

The public is invited to attend the celebration on March 31, reception at 5:30 p.m. and presentation of awards at 6:30 p.m. at the Broadway Theater. The Community Fine Arts Center and Rock Springs Main Street/URA work together to promote the arts with multiple events, concerts, and art-related activities.

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