St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Windows


Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church in Casper Wyoming was inspired by the iconography commissioned by Paul-Gordon Chandler for the dioceses of Wyoming, which I completed a few years ago.

The church wanted to use the images I created, for windows in St. Mark’s new Narthex. What an honor! I worked with Andy and his team at Pearl River Glass in Jackson Mississippi, and in April they were installed.
Pearl River did an amazing job re-creating the images. Thank you!

I would also like to thank Paul-Gordon Chandler, Peter Wold, and Jim Shumard. I loved being part of this project.

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
701 S. Wolcott Street
Casper, Wyoming

Discover the vibrant world of “Fusion” – An Art Exhibition by Melissa Strickler

Sponsored by Central Wyoming College May 7, 2024

Embark on a journey of color, creativity, and inspiration as Central Wyoming College proudly presents the captivating “Fusion” Art Exhibition by Melissa Strickler. Set to grace the halls of the CWC Robert A. Peck Arts Center from May 10 to August 9, this exhibition promises to ignite your senses and stir your imagination.
Wham-O Super Stuff, 24" 30", Acrylic

Meet the Artist: Melissa Strickler

Melissa Strickler, the visionary behind “Fusion,” invites you to delve into her world of mixed mediums and mark-making. With an insatiable curiosity and a penchant for creativity, Melissa seamlessly blends colors and textures to create mesmerizing pieces that speak to the soul.

In Melissa’s own words, “Unabashedly, I love color.” Prepare to be immersed in a kaleidoscope of hues! From serene landscapes to abstract compositions, each piece tells a unique story, inviting viewers to explore the depths of their own imagination.

Blue Reflection 24 " x 24" OilA Fusion of Art and Expression

What sets Melissa’s work apart is her incorporation of words into her art. Whether it’s a poignant lyric, an inspiring verse, or a thought-provoking quote, Melissa infuses her pieces with words that resonate with her creative soul. Through this fusion of visual and verbal expression, she invites viewers to ponder the beauty of language and its power to evoke emotions.

“The monochromatic short days of winter have passed. May this artwork remind you of the colors of life, all around us,” states Melissa. “We often become benign to the things that brought us wonder and stirred our senses when we were young, such as drifting clouds, blooming flowers, dripping water, and even the painted faces of the rodeo clowns were all worth a second and third look. Let us embrace the fusion of nature and mankind, during this Wyoming summer.”

Peace from the Psalm, 30" x 40", AcrylicEmbrace the Fusion

Let Melissa’s artwork transport you to a world where creativity knows no bounds and where every brushstroke tells a story. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or simply looking for inspiration, “Fusion” promises an experience like no other.

Don’t miss your chance to witness the magic of “Fusion” by Melissa Strickler at the CWC Robert A. Peck Arts Center. Mark your calendars for May 10 to August 9 and prepare to be captivated by the beauty of art in all its forms.

Event Details:

  • What: Fusion Art Exhibition by Melissa Strickler
  • Where: CWC Robert A. Peck Arts Center
  • When: May 10 to August 9
  • Artist: Melissa Strickler, Sacred Wind Studio

We look forward to welcoming you to this extraordinary celebration of artistry and imagination!

Embracing My New Friend

A Tribute to Rev. John Roberts

by Melissa Strickler
Reverend John Roberts, Egg Tempera, 23 Kt Gold - Commissioned

The time I spend writing icons can be a lonely time, but in the best way. Madam Guyon (1648-1717), a writer and mystic once said, “I love the lonely creative hours with God.” If I could speak to Madam Guyon today, I would tell her I couldn’t agree more.

During the creative hours of writing an icon I am talking to the Lord. I start my day and end my day with a more formal icon prayer, but during the hours I sit before an icon creating, the talk is more casual. I talk to God about all who will view the icon, and that it will bless them in ways seen and unseen. I pray for those who will commission the icon, and their family now and generations to come. And since there are many hours involved, I pray for the struggles and pain in the world. I pray for the best representation of the figure or figures I am painting, so those venerating the icon will feel a connection. There is something that happens which is hard to explain, but basically, I also find a true connection.

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Lander Artist Created Work for Bishop’s Consecration

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5th Anniversary – Alchemy a artists’ cooperative

5th Anniversary Alchemy

Kindness is the Chain

Kindness is the Chain
Melissa Strickler used the front window of the Alchemy artists cooperative in downtown Lander for a hand-painted message of cooperation and appreciation as the community addresses the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Photo by Mary Kay Baldez

Saint Matthew, Saint Mark, Saint Luke, and Saint John

Installation of the Four Gospels took place on April 4th, just in time for the start of Holy Week, 2020.
They adorn the alter at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Auburn Nebraska.

ALCHEMY is closed.

We will be following the local and state government guidelines for closure and reopen dates.

Stay home, Stay safe

ALCHEMY is closed.

RAD WOMEN: Art Show

RAD WOMEN: Art Show, Riverton Branch Library, Riverton Wyoming

March 1st – March 31 2020
March 25 Reception Postponed due to Covid19 Pandemic
To attend the exhibition, go to facebook/Rivertonbranchlibrary and click the virtual show

The Garden Party Opening


The Garden Party Opening was a lovely evening in June, when the unseasonably cold summer decided to cooperate and warm to a nice temp.

Chokecherry Mojitos were served along with cucumber sandwiches, melt in the mouth cookies and other goodies.

The ladies and gents who attended the opening were greeted with music by Melissa Scheer and Deryle Matland,..oh and yes, Ricky Nelson’s Garden Party was sung.

The flowers were just starting to bloom in Lander, so we picked what we had blooming at our homes, and raided a few flower beds around town, so we could have plenty of vases of fresh blooms scattered about.

Myself, along with the three other artists were appreciative for all who turned out for the opening, and we hope our floral art and jewelry made everyone feel summer and it’s colors are here to stay for a while.

Summer is finally here, and so is the Garden Party Exhibition!

Opening is June 7th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.
4 Woman Show
Exhibition will be displayed until July 20, 2019
Come enjoy the party, the Garden Party!

Lander Art Center, 224 Main Street, Lander, WY 82520
(307) 332-5772

You are Invited to a Party,… a Garden Party!

Rose of Lima Icon

Saint Rose of Lima
Patron saint of gardeners and florists

Garden Party Exhibition
June 7 – July 20th, 2019
Lander Art Center
Lander, Wyoming
Opening 6:00 PM, June 7th, 2019

If you are in the area, stop in and see this exhibit, inspired by gardens, florals, and the beauty of the nature that surround us.

Melissa Strickler, Lennie Poitras, Katie Stewart, Cristin Zimmer are the exhibiting artists.

Come enjoy this 4 Women Show, and if you have the need to wear a breezy dress and a large sun hat,…please do!

Third Anniversary Celebration – ALCHEMY

Join us for appetizers, hot apple cider and the art of conversation.
November 9, 2018
4-9pm

MADRES AND MARGARITAS

On May 4th 2018 ALCHEMY will be hosting our 3rd Annual Madres and Margaritas Event from 4;00 to 8:00 PM.

Come Join the ALCHEMY artists for margaritas, mockaritas, and chips. It’s a night of laughs, fun and of course art!

320 Main Street, Lander Wyoming

First Fridays in Lander Wyoming

ALCHEMY:an Artists’ Cooperative will participate in the Lander Chamber of Commerce’s FIRST FRIDAYS.

We will be open until 9:00 PM on the First Friday of the following months: May, June July, August, September, and November.

Along with ALCHEMY, there will be several businesses downtown that will keep their doors open late for locals and tourists.

ALCHEMY – Rookie of the Year Award

ALCHEMY recently received this letter from the Lander Chamber of Commerce: ALCHEMY has been nominated and awarded the Chamber’s Rookie of the Year Award for your energy, enthusiasm and creativity in your first year of business! This award will be handed out at our annual Community Awards Luncheon held next Friday February 3rd at the Community Center (12-1pm).

We Made It

Celebrate the Arts in the City of Bronze, Paint and Clay

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