Work on Art Walk gets under way

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A demonstration on the craft is an added attraction to next month's annual Historic Downtown Craig Art Walk.

"We're hoping to see more new artists because we're able to draw from participants in the art show (first weekend of last August)," said Linda Booker, organizer of the event and owner of On the Shelf bookstore.

What started eight years ago as a night on the town to "break up the monotony of winter" now attracts about 250 people, as a variety of artists display works inside businesses up and down Yampa Avenue.

The event is scheduled from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

An art show, sponsored by Colorado Northwestern Community College, again will occupy The Center of Craig. Pottery students, both past and present, will sell hand-made cups and bowls filled with soups or hot chocolate.

New this year, Susan Erickson, a CNCC pottery instructor, is scheduled to demonstrate how to make pottery.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado also will be a center of activity. A popular glass artist in last year's event will be returning, Booker said.

Local musicians will perform at the museum, The Center of Craig and other Yampa Avenue

businesses.

Some 25 shops and roughly 30 artists participated last year, while Booker suggested that this year's planning efforts are just now underway. Letters seeking participants were mailed to 46 artists and 25 downtown businesses, she said.

"It's just something to do in the winter -- a real community thing," said Booker, who notes steady crowds still turned out for the inaugural event despite -16 degree temperatures.

While getting the community out, the event also helps fill a void left by Craig's now-disbanded artists' clubs.

"Even if the work is fairly amateur, it gives them a chance to get out and show without threat (of judging)," she said.

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