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Sheridan artist Neltje will deliver a reading of her memoir North of Crazy at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 in the Grizzly Room of the Park County Library. A reception with the writer will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Northwest College Cody Center (inside the Park County Complex).
Neltje is known for her abstract expressionist paintings. Her recently published memoir North of Crazy tells her story – a seemingly idyllic childhood in the Doubleday publishing family is darkened by a colorful but alcoholic father, a mother incapable of love, a family divided by money and power struggles, and a secret that drove her as a young woman into emotional isolation; as an adult, she reconstructs her life in Wyoming to become an artist, cattle rancher, and entrepreneur.
Neltje has had solo exhibitions at the University of Wyoming Art Museum and Yellowstone Art Museum among others. In 2005 she received the Wyoming Governor’s Art Award. Neltje has endowed the Neltje Blanchan Award for the best nature writer in Wyoming, The Frank Nelson Doubleday Award for the best woman writer in Wyoming, as well as the Jentel Foundation Artist Residency Program. She lives in Wyoming.
This event is part of the Northwest College Writers Series. Neltje’s talk is funded in part by a grant from ThinkWY Wyoming Humanities and a partnership with the Park County Library.
NWC photography alumna Lindsay Linton Buk, whose Women in Wyoming photo series and podcast features Neltje, will deliver a brown bag lunch talk on Thursday, Oct. 25, from noon-1 p.m. at the NWC Cody Center.