Art is what it is because of the creativity of the person who makes it possible, and whether they chose to work in bright colors or black and white, traditional media or something unorthodox, they all need a place to show their talents.
This week, the artists of Craig will have such a location.
If you go
What: Pop-Up Gallery
When: 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: 512 Yampa Ave.
The gallery will feature the works of numerous local artists in varying formats. Thursday will include an opening reception for all those who attend. For more information, call 970-824-1111.
A pop-up gallery is in the works in downtown Craig, operating out of 512 Yampa Ave., formerly Pam Designs. The idea behind the pop-up format is that instead of opening a gallery as a permanent business, artists and art lovers put their efforts toward a temporary site and give a new purpose to a building no longer in use.
Roberta Hawks said she and Janele Husband, among the organizers and contributing artists, wanted to put it together after getting a suggestion for it as part of Craig’s downtown business assessment.
The point, Hawks said, isn’t about opening a new shop and taking on a lot of financial risk, but instead investing small amounts of time and money and helping the concept spread.
“Who knows where else we can take this after this first time,” she said.
Besides the possibility of relocating to another building in town after the initial gallery, bringing in more artists also would be great, from within Craig and also Meeker, Rangely, Steamboat Springs and Baggs, Wyoming.
Before that can happen, the community will need to show its support for the pop-up on Yampa, which will be open from Thursday through Saturday. Its opening day includes a free reception for all who attend.
In addition to trying something new with the style of presentation, the gallery also promises a full array of the kinds of art the folks of Northwest Colorado have to offer, from paintings and photography to ceramics and jewelry to soap, gourds and spun fibers.
Donna Theimer, dean of instruction for Colorado Northwestern Community College, said she plans to display some of her work in addition to helping plan the event, which will include the works of 17 artists overall.
“Craig really has so many great artists, and people need something like this to be aware of it,” she said.
Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.