Explore the Arts Scene in Gillette, WY
Attractions include an art center, planetarium and more
PHOTO CREDIT: Michael Conti
Arts and cultural attractions draw attention in Gillette and Campbell County and are accessible to the public, ranging from entertainment options to special attractions and even poignant memorials.
AVA Community Art Center
With a slogan of “building a better community by enriching lives through art,” 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 a 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 and children.
Housed in its own building at Sage Valley Junior High School, Campbell County School District Planetarium 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.
Paint Your Canvas
This arts and crafts supply store and art gallery also hosts painting classes where adult students learn to paint a completed painting in two hours, and no experience is necessary. Teachers provide step-by-step instructions in a relaxed atmosphere of music and art. Paint Your Canvas also has weekly children's classes.
The Donkey Creek Festival on the lawn at Gillette College has entertained residents each summer since its humble beginnings in 2006. Today, the late-June festival features three days of free music performances by artists from many genres. Attendees can also check out a car and motorcycle show, browse among arts and crafts booths, sample foods from various vendors, and participate in events such a the 5k run/walk and disc golf tournament.
Meanwhile, Gillette Main Street's Brewfest event entered its second year in July 2015 and offers residents the opportunity to enjoy craft beer and live local music on Gillette Avenue downtown.
Children's Memorial Walkway
Children's Memorial Walkway at McManamen Park combines art and nature into 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.
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