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CHRONICLE October 8, 20151 The Lovell Chronicle I 13 Is it a sculpture? Is it a light? Northwest College alumnus Roland Simmons of Cowley creates artworks begging both of those ques- tions. An exhibit of his Lumalights opens Tues- day, Oct. 13, in the North- west Gallery. The "Roland Simmons: Where Light and Imagi- nation Meet" installation launches with a 7 p.m. art- ist's reception in the gal- lery, located in the Cabre Building on the Northwest College campus in Powell. Simmons' Creations range from 36 to 90 inch- es tall in various colors and undulating shapes that have withstood the test of time, holding up to four de- cades of change in artistic trends, architectural de- sign and home and office d cor. That record is made even more impressive when considering the ma- terial used to make the lights--single face corru- gatedThepaper.genesis of these l: : enduring artworks trac- es back to the late 1960s when Simmons was a ju- nior at Brigham Young University majoring in in- dustrial design. Feeling in- adequate compared to his fellow painting, sculpting and drawing students, and convinced his professors, if given a chance, would've COURTESY PHOTO JAMES WOODCOCK, N-WC Lumalights by Cowley artist Roland Simmons go on display Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Northwest Gallery. The enduring designs are made from single-faced corrugated parchment. voted him the "student "My teacher looked most likely to fail," Sim- at it. Held it. Turned it mons walked into class around and around and one day with a three-di-spent extra time examining mensional homework as- it," Simmons said. When signment that changed the teacher announced, everything. "I think you've got some- thing," he also ordered his previously underperform- ing student to spend the rest of the semester devel- oping the idea further. The object inspir- ing this sudden change in course was made from an 8-by-4-inch rectangle of sin- gle-faced corrugated parch- ment that Simmons scored and folded into a modular shape with six sides. Simmons took his pro- fessor's order to heart, de- veloping and refining his process, even making it the topic of his master's degree thesis. After a short stint in the industrial design field, he launched his own com- pany in 1976 and has made his living ever since pro- ducing Lumalights. The lights earn their nickname "zipper lamps" from the trademark zip- per that allows them to col- lapse for shipping. "I'm amazed at the vi- sual pleasure derived from a sculptured sheet of parch- ment as natural light plays upon its surfaces," Sim- mons said. "Equally pleas- ing are the transformations that occur as natural, ex- ternal light is replaced by artificial light from within, which produces a soft and peaceful light source." The lamps, featured in a 1996 issue of Cond Nast House & Garden, have won numerous awards and can be found in homes and of- rices around the world. Each one carries Sim- mons' signature and date of creation. Also included in the exhibit is one Luma- light made from a plastic material. "Roland Simmons: Where Light and Imagina- tion Meet" is displayed in Northwest Gallery through Nov. 13. Admission is free. Byron News BY PAMELA COZZENS HOPKINSON 307-272-8979 pamhopkinson@gmail.com Glen and I just re- turned from a quick trip to Salt Lake City for the open- ing of the newly refurbished church history museum. Glen had been asked a year ago to do a large painting of "the sacred Susquehanna River." The painting is four by five feet and hangs in an area of the exhibit showing the early beginnings of the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The museum has been closed for a year to install the new exhibit, which has been in the planning stages for three years. The former exhibit had been on display for 24 years and the new ex- hibit will also be a long-term installation. Glen put the final touch- es on the painting in July and delivered it to the muse- um for framing. The paint- ing was actually purchased by an art patron, who then loaned the piece to the mu- seum for this exhibit. Glen first painted a small painting of this scene several years ago after a family trip to the Harmony, Pc. area. He and daughter Heather and granddaugh- ters Chloe and Lily walked down to the banks of the Susquehanna River and played at the edge of the wa- ter. It was a beautiful day and the scene was memo- table. Glen returned home and portrayed the scene on canvas. Maryanne Andrus, the museum's exhibitions and programs manager, commented that she had searched through sever- al hundred photographs of images looking for a paint- ing to put in a special spot. She said she had about giv- en up when she decided to check some church art con- test entries and came across the image Glen had painted earlier. She said she knew immediately that this was the scene that needed to be in that particular spot. She contacted Glen and the painting progressed from there. The museum has had more than 7 million visitors Senior Chatter Defensive driving BY PHYLLIS BRONKEMA AARP is offering a de- fensive driving course for a nominal fee through the .... North Big Horn Senior Citi- zen Center on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $15 for AARP mem- bers and $20 for non-mem- bers and includes lunch. Participants should check with their insurance pro- viders to determine eligi- bility for the course. Reser- vations are appreciated, as it enables the instructor to bring the right amount of materials. The Public Health De- partment will be offering flu shots at the Center on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants need to bring their Medicare Part B Card or $20 to cover course offered the cost of the shot. Looking ahead to the Halloween party, partic- ipants may want to plan their costumes. Funny but useable white elephant gifts would be greatly appreciat- ed for the Halloween bingo game. Card players showed up at the Center on Thurs- day, Oct. 1, for their usu- al food and entertainment. Players were treated to an unbelievably large and de- licious slice of chocolate pie, which gave them the energy to play more skillfully than usual. Linda Robison capa- bly won high in pinochle, and Sheila Hansen grabbed the highest score from fel- low bridge players. The Center is closed Monday, Oct. 12, in obser- vance of Columbus Day. COURTESY PHOTO Byron artist Glen Hopkinson and his wife Pam check out an exhibit featuring one of Glen's paintings at the recently restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints history museum in Salt Lake City. since it first opened in the 80s. It was a pleasure to get a personal tour from Mary- anne, who shared many sto- ries of the decisions made pertaining to what was go- ing to be displayed and how. Many of the new dis- plays are interactive with touch screens and use a mul- timedia approach. There are many artifacts from early church history on display. The museum is open six days a week and admission is free. It is a good stop for those finding themselves in Salt Lake City. The tour can take 20 minutes and just hit the high spots, or a couple hours. Either way, visitors will want to return. It is always pleasant to hear from former Byronites who are now living in vari- ous places around the coun- try. I get a call once in awhile from Ray Havig, and Vernon (Keith) Dove is great about emailing. Local friends in Cowley, Lovell, Powell and Cody have called or stopped me on the street to comment about a column they partic- ularly like. My cousin Dave Cozzens, gives me a pat on the back from Texas where he now lives. These notes and visits are always uplifting, as it is good to know that some- one out there is reading this column and getting a chuck- le, a smile or a memory jog. Vernon's recent communica- tion was reminiscing about Al and Frank or the "Davis boys" as he referred to them. He wrote, "Just read your article on the grave- yard visit. Caused me to be- gin ruminating on my part of them there. Don't know if you would be interest- ed in my tidbit or not but here goes. Orson Lorenzo (Ren) Vail, Angus' brother, was briefly married to the grandmother of Brent and Brad Davis before she died, I think of pneumonia. That would have been Frank and Al's room. Don't know her name but she should be in the Davis plot. He really was hit hard at her death and would not allow any talk about her in his pres- ence. This was his only marriage, brief as it was. "Anyhow, I guess the Davis boys were briefly step-cousins of mine for a short while. I believe this all occurred when my morn (Virginia) was just a little girl. For what it's worth, it still remains part of the Byron story. It also might explain why both Al and Frank took such good care of Uncle Ren in his later years, when he was all by himself at the old Vail ranch before he died, as well. Just some ramblings from a maturing Byronite." I had not been aware of this connection between the Davis and Vail families and I was also interested to note that Ren Vairs real name was Lorenzo. Who knew? In talking further with Vern, he mentioned that A1 Da- vis, as a young man work- ing in the oil fields, would stop by Ren's place with a fresh made loaf of bread and jelly, or a casserole, and stay to sit on the porch and visit a while. Sounds like the "boys" thought high- ly of Ren. 9- m- We returned home from our trip late at night and were greeted by a chilly house. I told Glen I thought it would be fun to see how long we could go into Octo- ber without turning the heat on and instead, just add lay- ers like they did in the "old- en" days." As I sit here typ- ing with a cold nose and cold toes, I am rethinking that bright idea. Happy leaf crunching autumn days. Cowley News Nice to have Hinckleys around BY DRUE TEBBS-MEEK 307-548-6901 Alex Hinckley Cram- er of New York is visiting her family. She has been here two weeks and is stay- ing with her sister Maurine Cole in Powell. Her brother Chris Hinckley and his wife Sarah have recently moved to Rexburg, Idaho, and have also been in Cowley and Powell visiting relatives. It is very rare these days to have so many members of one family living in Cowley or near Cowley. Frank and Karen Hayes Hinckley and Schuyler and Ann Hayes Hinckley and sister Allison Hinckley Munkres and her husband Pony also live in Cowley. This almost makes those of us who grew up and settled in Cowley envious, as our sisters and brothers are living in other states. The late DeVere and Madge Marchant Hinck- ley are the parents of the Hinckley siblings. They are a close-knit family and luck- ily Chris and I are class- mates and Alex and I were very close friends, so I was in their midst quite a bit. It is so wonderful to have the people we love, appreciate and keep in touch with re- turn to their roots and cel- ebrate life and love with us. Our neighbors were the late Paul and Mary Hinck- ley Meeks. Mary was De- Vere's sister and their chil- dren are John Paul Meeks, Jessie Ann Meeks Hampton and Madelyn Meeks. Our lives have been entwined throughout the years and as we get older we appreciate the history we have in Cow- ley and the friendships that have kept us close. It is Monday and to- day the sun is shining and the temperature has ris- en. With those few days of wind, rain and cold weath- er, our furnaces were on and air conditioners were off. We hope we have a break and an Indian summer and we don't go into winter for another month. One never knows. Last week Maurine and Alex were at Schuyler and Ann's home for supper, which is the house where Paul and Mary Meeks lived. I was invited to visit and have supper with the fam- ily, as was Bobi Jo Leon- hardt. We all had a few hours together to reminisce and laugh and just be to- gether. What blessings we have all received as we were raised in Cowley and have such deep connections to each other, our classmates and our relatives.