Galleria at the Park debuts at Whittle the Wood |

Galleria at the Park debuts at Whittle the Wood

Noelle Leavitt Riley
Members of the Yampa Valley Artisans show off their art last July at one of the group's Pop-Up Galleries. Several members of the group have created Galleria at the Park — a free art show for those who attend Whittle the Wood this week.

Yampa Valley Artisans — the group that hosted Pop Up Galleries over the past couple years throughout Craig — has a new art show that will be on display at Whittle the Wood Rendezvous this week.

It’s called Galleria at the Park, and it’s the first art show of its kind at Craig’s premier annual festival.

“We put out a call to Colorado artists, and we have 13 Colorado artists participating,” said Janele Husband, a member of the group. “Their work will be represented at the Galleria at the Park.”

Though Whittle the Wood has a $5 price tag for Saturday this year, those wanting to visit Galleria at the Park do not have to pay to see the art show, as it’s free, Husband said.

The show will have a presence at Loudy-Simpson Park Thursday through Saturday with the following hours:

• Thursday: 3 to 7 p.m. with a free opening reception

• Friday: noon to 7 p.m.

• Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For Husband, perhaps one of the proudest aspects of the show is the fact that the local artisans continue to make their presence known.

“The Yampa Valley Artisans group has been trying to grow the art economy in Craig,” Husband said.

Art will be for sale at the galleria, and each of the 13 artists will display at least eight pieces of their work at any given time.

A selection of the art on display will be eligible for the People’s Choice Award, in which attendees can vote on their favorite art for $1 per vote, Husband said.

One artist is from Loveland, one from Steamboat Springs and the rest are from Craig.

“I’m so excited,” said artisan Roberta Hawks.

Not only are the artisans pleased to be a part of Craig’s Whittle the Wood festivities, they’re also proud that all of the food, wine and beer was purchased locally for the opening reception, putting money back into the local economy, Hawks said.

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