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Craig’s Holiday Artisan Market displays local talents

Craig photographer Patti Mosbey displays her many snapshots Friday during the Holiday Artisan Market at Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The weekend event continues Saturday, with about 30 local artists and craftspeople showing their materials, including ceramics, woodworking, knit items and more.

If you're looking for a unique and beautiful gift to put under the tree this season, you'll find all kinds of surprises at the Holiday Artisan Market.

The fifth annual event began Friday and continues through Saturday, with about 30 area artists and craftspeople selling their hard work at the Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

An enthusiastic early response told organizer Roberta Hawks the choice to move to the venue was the right instinct after setting up at Center of Craig previous years.

"We're all on the same level, there's better lighting for everyone, and people can walk around and see everything," she said. "I think it's worked out for us."

Hawks added she expects Day 2 to be even better.

"People like to go home and make their Christmas list and come back the next day," she said.

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Art of all kinds, from photography to pottery to quilts, was on display for patrons to observe and purchase.

Lorrie Butler featured crocheted hats and scarves as well as handmade sock monkeys on her table, though her favorite wares were a number of doilies she made.

"It's really a lost art form," she said about the delicate, lacy items.

Butler said she is a regular at such events, though often more as a customer than as a vendor.

Melody Bascom is almost entirely new to the scene, only recently beginning to sell an inventory of humorous signs, and she's hoping to turn her wood-burning hobby into something more.

"My friends and family were telling me I should start selling them, and they make great homemade gifts," she said.

Hawks said the market allowed for a great variety of skills to showcase their art.

"We really do have a lot of talent here," she said.

She added that in the past year, local artists have been able to make themselves known with events like pop-up galleries displaying their style in whole new ways.

Hawks hinted that another gallery is in the works, but when and where are a mystery for now.

"You never know where we're going to be," she said while smiling.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

If you go

What: Holiday Artisan Market

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Moffat County Fairgrounds Pavilion

Details: Homemade arts and crafts items by local artists and craftspeople will be on sale. Refreshments and activities for children also are available.