(Gillette, Wyo.) Alla Lala in downtown Gillette is more than just cupcakes and homemade soups. The bakery has decided to take advantage of their open-air style shop's wall space by starting a monthly artist exhibition. Owner Laura Chapman has kicked off the new gallery by displaying some mixed media artwork of her own, but she has 11 other artists lined up through 2016, all from Gillette (or local to Gillette.) [image: 20160119_165351.jpg] "We get a lot of foot traffic through here and I thought we could create a happy place to give some local artists a little bit more exposure," said Chapman. The Gillette art community is thriving, but often artists are limited to the Cam-Plex, the AVA center
, or sometimes
Wyoming Art & Frame in order to get their work seen. Chapman wanted to be
able to add to that list of art spaces.
"My hope is that this comes together and is successful for the artists,"
Some of the people featured were part of the trial process last year, like
Sarah Ferguson, but others like Sandi Aberle, Mary LIttle, and Nancy Brown
will be showing their work this year, as well. Rob Mansheim is a former
resident that now lives in Denver that will be coming up from Denver for a
reception of his work in March.
The bakery takes a small commission for selling the art, but mainly it's a
chance for local artists to get their names out there. In addition to the
displays, Alla Lala hosts a monthly art critique after hours called "Art
Talk." The meeting combines artists of all experience levels and mediums
for an open discussion about their process.
"You can't create art in a bubble," Chapman says. "You need feedback from
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