July 14-15 ArtStroll Features Textiles, NeedleArts

by Toddi Darlington

Textile arts of all kinds will be featured during the Second-Friday ArtStroll in downtown Thermopolis, July 14, 5-8 p.m. The W.O.W. Store is the host business. Artists’ Receptions will be held Friday evening; and artists and demonstrators continue Still Strolling Saturday, during regular business hours. Strollers will enjoy a visual treat from the variety of wares for sale, on display, and in demonstrations. Summer is a perfect time to treat yourself to a new work of art or to learn a new technique.

We know folks take up textile arts for many different reasons, and end up enjoying healthful benefits from these activities. Deb Stewart, a multimedia artist who creates in many types of needlearts and is a retired mental health professional, explains her passion as “encouraging others to explore art and to use it for self-discovery. My work as a mental health professional in healthcare settings reinforced my confidence in how making art is a healing force in our lives”. And, as you will see during your strolling on Friday night and Saturday during the day, honing one’s skills in one craft often leads to learning another.

Deb Stewart and a sample of her many textile creations.

Deb Stewart will feature her fiber arts at Flying Eagle Gallery on Friday night, along with Gavin Turner who will demonstrate cording to knot a bracelet. Buy a kit and make a bracelet; Flying Eagle Gallery will sell kits.

Donald Vincent demonstrates knitting and will explain the role of men in the ancient textile technique.

Donald Vincent, who first took up knitting in 2009 as a way of coping with depression from homelessness and difficulties of ADHD, will be showing his knitting techniques at the W.O.W. Store. Don will also share his interest in the history of textile arts, and how he learned that men were traditionally involved in knitting and other needlearts.

Come join quilt maker Nellie Corley celebrate her 89th birthday during the ArtStroll.

Our own Nellie Corley will share samples of her lifetime of quilt making at Hazel N Pearls, along with her birthday cake celebrating her 89th birthday. Local quilters will have their work on display in Gooseberry Garden Quilt Shop, and Nature’s Corner. And Owl Creek Graphics will host Rachel Turner’s rug hooking demonstration and sales table. Bring the whole family for Friday evening’s art activity at Hot Springs County Museum. There will be a textile-themed scavenger hunt and an opportunity for everyone to Color Thermopolis on the Smoking Waters Art Guild’s large mural, Friday evening from 5-8 p.m.

Other locations and artists to visit are Wesaw Studio to see Sallie Wesaw’s many textile artworks for sale and hear Mike Howland with his acoustic covers of folk and country tunes.   Storyteller, our indie books store and coffee bar, will host Jennie Blakesley and her jewelry demonstration and sales table. Stephanie Conrad, owner of S Squared Designs, will have new handmade items and will do repurposing demonstrations. Hazel N Pearls will also feature Ana Mosser’s jewelry, Barb Rice’s repurposed items, the Hospital Auxiliary bake sale, and great music performed by Harold Hutson and friends. Also at The W.O.W. Store will be the Textile Gals – Joyce Fletcher, Andrea Linn, and Jane Oldridge, as well as healing oils demonstrations with Susan Langford. Jennifer Taylor-Jen’s Crazy Goats will be set up at the Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center with her handmade soaps and lotions. There will be an Open Mic at One Eyed Buffalo on Friday evening. All are welcome.

Saturday, July 15 Still Strolling Saturday will feature Deb Stewart demonstrating how to use a Sizzix machine for cutting fabric, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the W.O.W Store. And Saturday evening is an opportunity to honor the memory of a most talented musician and good friend, Rick Phipps. The Rick Phipps Second Annual Memorial Concert will take place at the Pavilion in the Hot Springs State Park 6:30-10 p.m. Donations will benefit the Hot Springs Hospice Foundation.

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, the W.O.W. Store, on Friday evening to be entered to win a piece of art donated by the artists.

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 our local businesses, Main Street Thermopolis, and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism.