Explore the Arts Scene in Gillette, WY
The arts and culture scene in Gillette deserves a standing ovation, for good reason. Gillette and Campbell County have a number of entertainment options along with special attractions – and even poignant memorials.
The Campbell County School District Planetarium is at Sage Valley Junior High School and has been an entertainment staple since 1981. The facility has one of only three Goto Chronos II projectors installed in the world, and is capable of showing more than 8,000 stars on its 30-foot-diameter ceiling dome. Night shows are free to the public, and laser shows are often accompanied by rock music. The planetarium is maintained by funds from Campbell County School District No. 1 and the donations of community supporters.
AVA Community Art Center
The AVA (Advocacy for Visual Arts) Community Art Center is a nonprofit organization that hosts numerous exhibitions located in the heart of Gillette. Each summer, it is home to the Community Art Show where local artists can put their work on display. You'll also find a variety of art classes at AVA, ranging from pottery and painting to birdhouse making and sculpting.
Hands On Pottery
Hands On Pottery allows children and adults to design and paint among the studio's hundreds of different ceramic pieces available. Clay, paint, glaze, greenware and other art supplies are provided to participants, and the craft room is especially colorful. Hands On Pottery opened in May 2012 and is at the corner of 4th and Warren in downtown Gillette.
Bricks for Vets
The Bricks for Vets Committee is giving residents the opportunity to honor area veterans for their service to the U.S. military. Bricks for Vets is an engraved walkway at Lasting Legacy Memorial Park that salutes local veterans who fought in any military conflict. The slogan for the memorial is “All Gave Some and Some Gave All” and features an area of remembrance and honor. For more information or a brick order form, check www.bricksforvets.com.
Children's Memorial Walkway
Children's Memorial Walkway at McManamen Park is a place of art and trees dedicated to the memory of all local children who have passed away. After the untimely death of a young girl as the result of an accident, the walkway has become a place of peace and tranquility for those in Campbell County who have lost a child far too early in life. On the first Saturday of every May, a remembrance ceremony is held for families and friends to remember, mourn and celebrate the lives of their children.
Burlington Lake is formed by Gillette Dam on Stonepile Creek, a tributary of Donkey Creek in Campbell County. Construction of the reservoir was completed in 1908 and it spans 145 acres, and is owned by the City of Gillette. Anglers will find a variety of fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbow trout. Spinning, bait-casting and fly fishing are all encouraged.
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