ArtStroll Features Area Woodturners May 12-13

Blog by Toddi Darlington

Worland Wyoming Woodturners demonstrating atBig Horn Basin Folk Festival August 2016.


The woodturning art of member artists from the Worland Wyoming Woodturners will be featured during the Second-Friday ArtStroll in downtown Thermopolis, May 12, 5-8 p.m. Artists’ Receptions will be held Friday evening and artists and demonstrators continue Still Strolling Saturday, during regular business hours. Come stroll and enjoy a visual treat from these woodturners. Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14 and you can find something special for the special moms in your life.

“I’ll turn just about any kind of wood I can get my hands on and try my hand at pretty much any design”, woodturner Dave Morgan says. “I do make a lot of firewood in my attempts! Woodturning is my passion! I love what a piece of wood can become with a little work.” Stroll by to learn about woodturning, but be careful, you might just catch the passion and become a woodturner yourself.

The club will be set up on Friday evening and Saturday morning in front of the WOW store and the new Flying Eagle Gallery space next door. Join Dave Morgan of Thermopolis, Barrie Lynn Bryant of Kirby, Jodi Bennett and Mike Patrick of Worland, and other club members as they put on a good show by presenting all the fine things they make on a lathe. Bowls, lidded boxes, platters, yo-yo’s, pens, and much more round stuff besides. Be prepared to learn about the craft and the club, and consider attending their monthly regular club meetings in Worland. Dave Morgan explained that “most folks are not aware of the process turners go through to get to the finished product so we’re gonna help educate them. There will be two lathes set up so we can be turning and displaying on one of the tables to show where we start, up to the finish. There will be raw wood and examples throughout the process”.

Bring the whole family for Friday evening’s art activity at Hot Springs County Museum. This month, families will Color Thermopolis on the Smoking Waters Art Guild’s large mural, Friday evening from 5-8 p.m.

The ArtStroll in downtown Thermopolis is always fun – you never know what you’ll see or whom you’ll meet. This is one of the events that truly makes Theromoplis stand out as a vibrant community. And remember this is a good opportunity to pick out some gifts for the moms in your life. Stroll to Wesaw Studio to see Sallie Wesaw and hear Mike Howland with his acoustic covers of folk and country tunes.   Owl Creek Graphics has two artists this month. Cindy Clancy will be selling her multi-media repurposing art, and Shawna Zimmer will sell and demonstrate beadwork and kaleidoscope art. Storyteller, our indie books store and coffee bar, will have two artists – Cindy Dragon and Jane Norskog, both from Thermopolis. Cindy will be selling her mason jar lights and related items and Jane will be leading sidewalk chalk art activities. Stephanie Conrad, owner of S Squared Designs, will have new handmade items and will do repurposing demonstrations. Hazel N Pearls will kick off a Spring Fling and Sidewalk Junk Sale Friday night with Ana Mosser’s jewelry, the Hospital Auxiliary bake sale, the Red Dirt Gardeners, and great music performed by Harold Hutson, John Brooks and Michael Wright.

Still Strolling Saturday, celebrating Mother’s Day, will feature Verla’s Pies for sale and free plants. The W.O.W. Store will have Joyce Fletcher, Andrea Linn, and Jane Oldridge and friends demonstrating textile arts as well as healing oils demonstrations with Susan Langford. There will be an Open Mic at One Eyed Buffalo on Friday evening. All are welcome.

Pick up a Stroll map at any Stroll business to find the location of artists, demonstrators and musicians. Return the map to the host business, Hazel N Pearls on Friday evening to be entered to win a piece of art donated by the artists.

Come downtown for Still Strolling Saturday and be sure to attend the presentation at Hot Springs County Museum at 2 p.m. Our very own Ray Shaffer will regale us with tales of “Blazing Trails for Western Civilization – Early Mail and Stage Routes and Post Offices into and through Thermopolis and Hot Springs County”. Come hear lots of history and insight into early pioneer days here in Hot Springs County. The program is free and light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Hot Springs County Historical Society and Hot Springs County Museum.

The Second-Friday ArtStroll and Still Strolling Saturday are organized by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation and Smoking Waters Art Guild with additional help from Main Street Thermopolis and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism. The Saturday program at the Hot Springs County Museum is sponsored by the Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation, Smoking Waters Art Guild, Big Horn Basin Folk Festival and Wyoming Arts Council.