Craig’s love affair with Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate continues |

Craig’s love affair with Art Walk, Taste of Chocolate continues

Sara Beason bites into a cluster of chocolate-covered pecans prepared by her mother, Renata, as part of the Art Walk and Taste of Chocolate Saturday in Craig. Chocolatiers, artists and musicians were spread across multiple downtown businesses.
Andy Bockelman

Delicious was one word you could use to describe one part of Saturday in downtown Craig. Enlightening for another part. The night as a whole: Fun.

Downtown Business Association’s 21st annual Art Walk and 10th annual Taste of Chocolate welcomed lovers and friends alike to experience different forms of art and a checklist of sweet treats.

Patrons filled their boxes with sugary goodies as they strolled around Yampa Avenue and Victory Way, with shops housing chocolatiers, live music or exhibits by local artists, many offering all three.

Renata Beason, owner of The Embroidery Shoppe, featured a tasty item of her own making: a batch of chocolate-covered pecans, her third time entering the Taste of Chocolate, each time a different selection.

“I have Polish recipes or come up with my own; just mix and match,” she said, adding that her clusters were a triple threat with white, milk and dark chocolate in each bite.

The floor of the store had art on display in the form of Rodney Snowden’s nature photographs.

“Wildlife, scenery, I’ve been playing with some reflections stuff, just whatever strikes me at the time,” he said of his pictures. “Take advantage of what you see.”

Those with tickets could vote on their favorite concoctions, among them Aspen Matthews, offering up Rolo pretzel turtles.

“I was a patron last year walking around and loved it, so this year I wanted to volunteer,” she said. “Everyone’s so nice, love is in the air, and it’s just a fun event.”

Matthews set up her candy shop at the Center of Craig, amid the fifth annual Cherish the Little Things Art Show, featuring 300 artworks by local students, provided by Connections 4 Kids. Coordinator Betsy Overton said the turnout for the three-day show was a little less than in previous years leading up to Saturday, but the final day was a bigger push.

“People like the new setup, it’s been more open,” she said, noting the different use of space and colorful, balloon-filled décor. “It’s been real positive.”

Winners for Taste of Chocolate and Cherish the Little Things’ biggest vote-getter will be announced Monday.

In the upper level of Center of Craig, the second annual Valentine’s Dance went on as kids and adults cut a rug, while outside, Alice Pleasant Park offered a warm spot in the winter evening with a fire pit and hot chocolate provided by Yampa Valley Young Professionals.

For those who needed a break from sweetness, a taste of the savory was available in the basement of Museum of Northwest Colorado, as local potters and representatives from Colorado Northwestern Community College sold homemade bowls and homemade soups.

The night proved profitable for some — artist Kayleigh Norman was able to sell some of her masterpieces thanks to a prime spot at Kester Jewelry, her specialty anime and cartoon drawings.

“I’ve been doing it since I was 10 years old but I’ve only recently taken it seriously,” she said. “It’s really nerve-wracking to let the public view my work, but it’s really rewarding to see what they think.”

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