Art Walk gets under way Saturday

Winter's annual "break from monotony" is scheduled Saturday as some 26 local and regional artists will be on hand at 16 downtown businesses for the Historic Downtown Craig Art Walk.

"We want to continue to keep attention on downtown but we're also interested in making the community realize there are talented local artists," said Linda Booker, organizer of the event and owner of On the Shelf Bookstore.

"It's a venue they (artists) wouldn't otherwise have."

While the event is scheduled to run 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, activities will likely start earlier that afternoon at some locations.

"We look at The Center of Craig and museum as the two hubs," Booker said.

Brad Smith, the Steamboat Springs "cowboy glass blower," will demonstrate his craft beginning at 2 p.m.

"We wanted to have some demonstrations somewhat out of the ordinary from previous years," said Jan Gerber, assistant director at the museum.

Despite his billing, Smith actually won't be blowing glass but will demonstrate other crafting techniques, Gerber said.

Smith -- who also will sell his works -- is scheduled to be at the museum through the evening.

Local women making up the group "Loose Threads" will be at the museum spinning and weaving wares, while Craig painters Barbara Wilaby and Deana Messing also will show works.

Music will start at 5 p.m. with Craig guitarists Jim Simpson and Jim Voorhees, to be followed by Yampa Valley Brass at 6 p.m. and the Cedar Mountain Strings at 7 p.m.

Gerber said last year's Art Walk attracted about 300 visitors over the four-hour event.

Patrons Saturday could opt to start the night at The Center of Craig, which also has a full music line-up. Chili and hot chocolate will be sold -- on request, in handmade bowls crafted by pottery students from Colorado Northwestern Community College. Proceeds from the sale will help purchase materials for the CNCC pottery class.

CNCC pottery instructor Susan Erickson will give demonstrations on her craft.

Businesses active in this year's event stretch mostly up both sides of the 500 block of Yampa Avenue and include Timberworks at 13 W. Victory Way.

Booker said weather isn't a worry, as crowds turned out the inaugural year in temperatures of about -16 degrees.

"We never count on anything," she said.


Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 or at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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