Explore the Arts Scene in Gillette, WY
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Conti
A number of crowd-pleasing arts and culture attractions in Gillette and Campbell County are accessible to the public, ranging from entertainment options to special attractions and even poignant memorials.
AVA Community Art Center
The AVA (Advocacy for Visual Arts) Community Art Center hosts numerous exhibitions each year in Gillette, with shows related to painting, sculpture, pottery, photography and other mediums. Each summer, AVA is home to the Community Art Show where local artists can put their work on display, plus AVA schedules a variety of art classes all year aimed toward adults as well as children.
The Campbell County School District Planetarium resides in its own building at Sage Valley Junior High School and has been an entertainment staple since 1981. The facility has a 30-foot-diameter ceiling dome for classroom sessions, plus the public is invited to view frequent free nighttime laser shows accompanied by rock music. The planetarium is maintained by funds from Campbell County School District No. 1 and the donations of community supporters.
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 open seven days a week at the corner of 4th and Warren in downtown Gillette.
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.
Bricks for Vets
The Bricks for Vets Committee gives 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, see www.bricksforvets.com.
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 spans 145 acres, and it is owned by the City of Gillette. Anglers will find fish including largemouth bass, bluegill and rainbow trout. Spinning, bait-casting and fly fishing are all encouraged.
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