The Ellensburg Arts Commission has selected poet and artist Richard Denner aka Jampa Dorje as the recipient of the annual Arts Treasure Award for 2022.
The Arts Treasure Award goes annually to a local artist in recognition for their contributions and/or service to the community. It started as a way for the Arts Commission to recognize and educate the community about someone who has chosen to make their art and life in Ellensburg.
“Whether known as Richard Denner or by the Tibetan Buddhist name given him by Lama Tsultrim Allione meaning ‘Indestructible Loving Kindness,’ Jampa Dorje has long been a unique presence in the Ellensburg arts community and in the fabric of the town,” said Alex Eyre, Ellensburg Arts Commission Chair. “Drawing from life experiences that include mixing with the Beat Poets in 1960’s Berkley to cattle ranching during his early days in Ellensburg in the 1970’s and later owning the Four Winds Bookstore in downtown for twenty years, Richard is today a poet, hosting a poetry program on Ellensburg Community Radio, a publisher, a prolific multimedia artist and an unmistakable spiritual presence often seen on the streets and at exhibitions of his work in the galleries of Ellensburg.”
Denner’s art is available to view on his websites, www.dpress.net or www.capala.net.
The Ellensburg Arts Commission will recognize Denner’s Arts Treasure status at First Friday Art Walk on June 3, 2022 at Gallery One, 408 N. Pearl St.
“The Ellensburg Arts Commission celebrates Richard Denner and all of the gifts he brings us through his pursuit of art and philosophy and hope that he will share them with us all for many years to come,” Eyre said.
Previous Arts Treasure recipients have included Lenny Price (2017), Rob Fraser (2018), Therese A Young (2019), and Don O’Connor (2021).
For additional information, contact Arts Commission staff member, Josephine Camarillo, at (509) 962-7252.