Downtown Art Walk & Taste of Chocolate set for Saturday |

Downtown Art Walk & Taste of Chocolate set for Saturday

A display of Shirley Cromer’s Kahlua cake balls at Favorite Things Antiques on Yampa Avenue last year during the annual Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate. This year’s event takes place Saturday in Downtown Craig.

If you go …

What: Art Walk & Taste of Chocolate

When: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Craig

— The event will feature works by local artists and chocolatiers, complete with live music. Tickets to partake in samples of chocolate are $12. The Yampa Valley Artisans will provide soup before the event at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, 590 Yampa Ave. Call Kandee Dilldine at 824-2151 for more information.

Whether it's coming from an artist's palette or tickling the taste buds of your own, you can find more than one kind of aesthetically pleasing experience in downtown Craig this weekend.

Businesses along Yampa Avenue will play host to the annual Art Walk & Taste of Chocolate on Saturday.

From 5 to 8 p.m., residents can view and taste works of all types, be they on canvas or a baking sheet.

Organizer Kandee Dilldine said 15 downtown businesses will have local artists and their work on display, with their creative expressions in multiple media.

"We've got some painters, but we've also got quilters, photographers, woodworkers, people who make their own jewelry, all kinds of stuff," she said.

For example, Dilldine's shop, KS Kreations, will house an oil painting by Sharon Kohls.

"She's got kind of a Bob Ross technique, like 'happy little trees and clouds,'" Dilldine said.

The Art Walk portion of the evening, now in its 17th year, costs nothing for admission. The other half of the night has a price tag attached to it, but the admission will be worth the sweet rewards.

Tickets for Taste of Chocolate, in its sixth year, are $12 to sample the confections available from 13 chocolatiers. Just like art on display, the sweet treats come in different forms.

"In the past, we've had people who make fudge, truffles, brownies," Dilldine said. "I'm not sure what all we'll be having this year, but it should be good. Everyone is supposed to have at least 125 pieces for sampling."

The price of admission includes a box to carry around different items. After taking a taste of all the goodies, patrons can vote for their favorite, with the winner taking home a $125 prize.

Art abounds all over the downtown area, with the Connection 4 Kids art show, Cherish the Little Things, also taking place this week.

The event began Wednesday and continues from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday, alongside Art Walk, at The Center of Craig, 601 Yampa Ave.

Works entered by Northwest Colorado youth are up for use in the organization's 2012-13 calendar.

Likewise, people can purchase homemade pottery bowls for immediate use at the Museum of Northwest Colorado, as members of the Yampa Valley Artisans provide piping hot soup for the cool night ahead.

Although the event usually takes place amid brisk weather, this year's climate has been different, which could be a good thing.

Dilldine said the recent lack of snow could be beneficial if the weather stays the way it has been.

"We might see more people this year than we have before," she said. "It always gives people the opportunity to get out and see everybody and visit, especially since it's right before Valentine's Day. We always see families and couples and big groups of friends and it's a good way for them to spend time together."

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