Painted Turtles, Dog Hair and Gold Leaf: ArtStroll June 9-10

by Toddi Darlington

The June 9-10 Stroll into Summer ArtStroll kicks off Friday evening with a gallery opening, artists, demonstrations, live music, and receptions. Most downtown businesses are open during the event. Paint a Turtle on a river rock art activity will be one of the activities during the stroll.

The event is family-friendly and a great way to expose family members to different forms of art. Whether you have an interest in art or just want to stroll with friends, Friday evening’s event is sure to please.  Many art activities will take place including coloring to relax, and painting a turtle on a rock. Lead by Smoking Waters Art Guild members, anyone can paint a turtle on a river rock for your room, yard or garden. Both activities will be held at the Hot Springs County Museum Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring your whole family. Expose kids to art and watch them blossom into creative adults! The activity is free.

Andrea Linn will demonstrate spinning.

Learn to spin with Andrea Linn at WOW Store. Andrea’s interest in spinning started with her love of animals.  She had a friend who had llamas, and she loved the idea of making her own fiber. Around 2000, she joined the Pinellas Weavers Guild.  Guild members taught her to use a drop spindle. Later she bought a spinning wheel.  Most members spun wool or cotton, but a few spun dog hair (chiengora)!  The preferred dog of choice was Samoyed, because guild members owned a few of these yarn producers.  It makes very warm fluffy yarn.

The most exciting thing Andrea’s has done is a “sheep to shawl” event.  The guild used a few sheep from the vo-tech school. They “groomed” these sheep (slowly not like local sheep shearers) as a demonstration.  Guild members carded and then spun the wool. The last step was to use a loom to weave the wool into fabric.  “Before I left to move here, the guild gave me a shawl as a thank you.  I am very proud of that because I participated in all the aspects of making it,” Andrea says with pride. Andrea will be demonstrating these skills and will have her shawl on display at WOW Store.

Joining Andrea with textile demonstrations are Joyce Fletcher, Jane Oldridge and Donald Vincent. Susan Langford will do healing oil demonstrations throughout the evening.  For those who love to build things be sure to stroll by the Storyteller, where Travis Hart will be demonstrating sculpting.

Barrie Lynn Bryant (left) and AB Word. Word creates the paintings, and Bryant creates frames specifically designed to truly complete the picture. Photo: Chris Paris.

Featured artists for this month’s ArtStroll are AB Word and Barrie Lynn Bryant. Barrie and AB have lived in Kirby for the last 23 years.   Both are accomplished artists and travel the United States participating in Art Shows and Festivals.   Their health has kept them closer to home these last few years.

Barrie was elected to the board of Society of Gilders (the international collective, promoting how to make all things gold using karat gold leaf). He was hired by West Coast Art & Frame Expo and The National Conference to teach during their January convention in Las Vegas. Barrie pioneered and developed a process of digital printing on gold-leafed paper, a process very few have endeavored to try. This connection led to corporate sponsorship for both Barrie and AB by Hahnemühle USA, a leading fine art paper manufacturer for both digital and fine art uses.  Barrie has been invited back to teach in Las Vegas for 2018, and AB will accompany him.

They are still participating in outdoor art fairs. They recently won Best of Show in Estes Park, CO. They’re headed to Saratoga, WY at the end of June and to Cheyenne Arts Festival in August (inside the Historic Depot Museum) as well as Evergreen Arts Festival, a week later. In October, they’ll be at the Sedona Arts Festival. Barrie also participates in the Big Horn Basin Folk Festival, as a member of the Worland Wyoming Woodturners. The couple will celebrate 25 years together this October.

Their art will be on display at host business Flying Eagle Gallery for the month of June.  Join AB and Barrie during an artist reception Friday evening and take a look around the new location of Flying Eagle Gallery. Now located at 541 Broadway the gallery has a new look and a new focus. The gallery will offer an expanded selection of arts and crafts supplies, glass art shows, custom framing, and engraving. New to the gallery is a play space for artists, crafters, and gamers. You can play Magic the Gathering (a trading card game) and Warhammer (a create-and-play strategy board game) in the newly created space.

Other artists joining the Stroll include Sallie Wesaw, multi-media (Wesaw Studio). Barb Rice, repurposing art and Ana Mosser, jewelry will be joined by the Hospital Auxiliary’s Stroll into Summer Bake Sale (Hazel N Pearls). Stroll to see Jennifer Taylor, Worland, goat milk soaps and lotions (Hot Springs County Museum) and Stephanie Conrad repurposing art (S Squared Designs). Barbara Clothier returns to the stroll with her photography and greeting cards (Storyteller) and Douglas Nelson will have his creative photography on display. (Owl Creek Graphics).

Harold Hutson and friends will be playing music at Hazel N Pearls. Want a chance to be on stage? Bring your instruments or props for the Open Mic session at One Eyed Buffalo.  Recite a poem, play a song, or do a dance. The microphone and your imagination is all that’s needed to be a star on stage.

Stroll into Summer Still Strolling Saturday invites you to downtown Thermopolis June 10 to see artists and art demonstrations.  Stroll to the Hot Springs County Museum to Color Thermopolis. Other activities on Saturday include a Running with the Buffalo 4K-Walk/Run and 8K-Run. Race Starts at 7:30 a.m. in Hot Springs State Park. Summer fun continues at noon with the 2nd Annual Kick Off to Summer Party at Thermopolis Golf Course. This event includes the 2nd Annual Taste of Wyoming Beer Tour, a golf and corn hole tournament, Calcutta, casino night and live music by Cowboy Hippie. Food and drinks will be served all day.

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, downtown businesses, and Hot Springs Travel & Tourism.