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Art Walk in Atlantic City puts creativity on display

Jul 29, 2012 - From staff reports

Artists, crafts people and authors will display their work at several locations in Atlantic City when the community hosts its sixth annual Open House and Art Walk on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year, there will also be a poker crawl with available cards at five businesses and a 50/50 drawing. There will be space for anyone who wants to bring a table and sell their wares.

Vendors are welcome to set up tables at no charge. Call Jo Trumble at 714-0717 with any questions.

Expect plenty of entertainment and attraction at the annual open house.

The Miner's Grubstake Cafe on Main Street will celebrate a grand reopening of the completely remodeled cafe and bar, featuring its 33-foot-long red cedar bars -- claimed to be the longest bar from a single tree in Wyoming.

Atlantic City Mercantile owners Dan and Alex Schultejann will offer one-year-anniversary lunch and dinner specials and drink specials. Dinner reservations are not necessary but would be appreciated.

Farther west, at Wyoming Dot Com's new computer center, snow cones and cotton candy will be available as well as several other tables with wares for sale.

The day will feature live music and information about keeping Fire Wise at the Atlantic City Battalion 9 Fire Hall during the day, followed by the Strumlords, a local Atlantic City band performing at 3:30 p.m.

Trumble's Treasures will offer etched glass Wyoming souvenirs for sale. St. Andrew's Episcopal Church will serve coffee all day at its fellowship hall.

At the Miner's Delight Inn Bed and Breakfast, five authors will answer questions and sign copies of their books.

Jon Lane and Susan Layman's "South Pass City and the Sweetwater Mines" (a historic Arcadia photo book) was released in the spring. Also appearing will be Sara Wiles, author of "Arapaho Journeys: Photographs and Stories from the Wind River Reservation," and Marcia Hensley, author of "Staking Her Claim: Women Homesteading the West," as well as Joe Hutto, author of "The Light in High Places."

Sandy and Doug Lowinske of Country Woodworking will show their custom aspen wood furnishings and décor. Riverton Art Guild President Sali Allard also will be available to discuss her work.

Across the street at Wild Bill's Guns, handmade knives are for sale as well as hunting and fishing licenses and ATV permits.

The Atlantic City Historical Society will provide T-shirts with art by the late Philippina Halstead and free brochures for self-guided tours of the town. Three weeks later, on Aug. 25, the organization will hold its annual meeting featuring a historic tour led by Steve Gyorvary.

Starting in 2007, Atlantic City businesses have welcomed hundreds of visitors to the Open House and Art Walk each summer. The Art Walk usually includes pottery, rock jewelry, quill and bead work, quilts, wood sculptures, pen and ink drawings, paintings, handmade knives and books.

A tiny community that boasts "about 57 residents" on its entrance sign, Atlantic City was named by gold miners in 1868 because of its location on the east side of the Continental Divide. It is located 30 miles southwest of Lander off Wyoming Highway 28, near where the Oregon, California and Mormon trails crossed South Pass.

The Open House on Aug. 4 is sponsored by the Atlantic City Historical Society, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Atlantic City Mercantile, Miner's Delight Inn Bed and Breakfast, Miner's Grubstake, Trumble's Treasures, Wyoming Dot Com and Wild Bill's Guns.

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