ArtStroll March 9-10


The Second Friday ArtStroll/StillStrollingSaturday in downtown Thermopolis, March 9 and 10, celebrates Young at HeART, artists of all ages, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Students will be showing and selling their creations, along with other artists of all ages, and musicians at the businesses.  StillStrollingSaturday continues Saturday during regular business hours.  Many of the downtown merchants will be running specials in conjunction with the ArtStroll.

The arts are an essential ingredient in giving children – all children, no matter their zip code – the tools they need to navigate this world, to make their personal choices and contributions, and to give them the hope they need to better the world.” – Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester, regional arts organization 

This month’s ArtStroll presents opportunities to admire and purchase art from younger people as well as artists of all ages.  Strollers will have the opportunity to see what our students are accomplishing and to visit with other local artists.

Thermopolis Print Zone and Copy Shop/Discover Thermopolis, the host business, has expanded the roster of artists on display.  In addition to Beth Stehlin’s hand-embroidered notecards and Bob Stehlin’s meticulously turned wood creations, owner Howie Samelson has added work by Claudia Augustin (multimedia), BL Clothier (sketches), Allen Darlington (painting), Marcia Nelson (fused glass and painting), Gayle Phipps (painting), Glenda Ramsey (paintings), Levi Shinkle (photography), and Angela Siems (painting).

Gooseberry Garden Quilt Shop will have art on display by the Children’s Resource Center and will have a new display of quilts.  Owl Creek Graphics will feature art works from our Head Start students.  Storyteller will have a one-man show of work by Jared Little.  Jared, a high school senior, likes to express himself through his art.  He works mostly in pencil and loves to draw wildlife.  His parents tell him he was born with a pencil in his hand, and he continues to keep that pencil sharpened.

Hot Springs County Museum and Historical Society will be open and will feature Gayle Phipps showing and selling her paintings and live music by the Songbirds.  The W.O.W. Store will have a full house – art from students at the Preschool Academy, Brenda Boren’s centerpieces and dream catchers, and Andrea Linn and Jane Oldridge demonstrating and selling knitted and crocheted items.  Nature’s Corner welcomes soft pastel artist Sherry Stottler from Worland.

The featured artist at Tom Butler’s Flying Eagle Gallery is Gavin Turner, who describes himself as “Jack of All Arts”.  Stephanie Conrad’s S Squared Designs will have repurposed art and demonstrations.  Hazel N Pearls features repurposed art, Ana Moser’s jewelry, and musician Harold Hutson and friends.  In addition, Thermopolis Junior National Youth Leaders, four 8th graders raising funds to attend the Junior National Youth Leaders program in Washington D.C. in June, are running a silent auction and bake sale.  The silent auction includes a 30”X40” canvas print of the Swinging Bridge with ominous skies in the background.

Saturday, March 10

On StillStrollingSaturday, celebrate libraries!  Stroll the downtown shops again and then join the 1 p.m. tour of Thermopolis’ historic Carnegie Library (328 Arapahoe).  Then head over to the Hot Springs County Museum and Historical Society for a program about Wyoming’s historic Carnegie libraries. The free program starts at 2 p.m. with a talk by David Cunningham, historian and Director of our neighboring Meeteetse Museums, and a special surprise guest.  This will be followed by our librarian Tracey Kinnaman who will talk about our library, followed by a reception and light refreshments.

After dinner in town, stop in at One Eyed Buffalo for some music 8-10 p.m.   Tom Walker, singer/songwriter from Powell, will entertain with his blend of soulful vocals and acoustic, fingerpicking guitar styles.

Strollers are encouraged to pick up a map at any stroll business to find the location of artists and musicians. Return the map to the host business, Thermopolis Print Zone/Discover Thermopolis, at the end of Friday evening’s stroll to be entered to win a piece of art work donated by the artists.

The Second-Friday ArtStroll and StillStrollingSaturday are organized by Hot Springs Greater Learning Foundation and Smoking Waters Art Guild with additional help from Main Street Thermopolis, Hot Springs Travel & Tourism, and local businesses.