Gallery ‘popping up’ again in downtown Craig |

Gallery ‘popping up’ again in downtown Craig

Barbara Wilaby shows off her landscape paintings of Browns Park as part of the pop-up gallery in June in downtown Craig. Another such event is in store this week starting Thursday at 518 Yampa Ave.

— Pringles had it right; once you pop, you can’t stop.

Local artists will host a new pop-up gallery this week in downtown Craig, briefly taking over the premises of 518 Yampa Ave. from Thursday through Saturday.

“We’re popping up again,” artist and organizer Roberta Hawks laughed.

The pop-up gallery, which features a temporary location to display all types of artwork, found success in Craig in June when the local collective of artists set up shop in the former Pam Designs space. With a strong turnout from people across town viewing what they had to show, it only made sense to do it again, slightly differently.

In keeping with the pop-up style, the location will be new, but not too much so, held at Pam Designs’ neighboring 518 Yampa Ave., which previously has housed Status Symbols Laser Engraving and Pro Image Photography.

“It’s beautiful inside with brick walls and hardwood floors and original tin tile ceiling,” Hawks said. “It’s really a lovely space.”

And in the new spot, art patrons can expect to see something entirely different than they did a month ago.

“We’ve asked all the artists to bring all-new stuff this time,” said co-organizer Amy Andrews, who displayed her homemade jewelry at the recent gallery.

Paintings, photography, fiber art, ceramics, mosaics and more will be shown by about 20 artists from the area, complete with a reception and live music for the Thursday crowd.

“Just meeting and greeting with all the other artists and seeing all the great stuff they do, that was my favorite part,” Andrews said.

It’s too soon to tell if the pop-up gallery will be a regular feature in Craig, Hawks said, though she hinted that another one should be in the works at least by the time fall arrives.

Besides, the spontaneity adds to the fun.

“We’ll just keep popping up in these empty buildings,” she said. “Nobody will know where to find us next, we’ll just pop up.”

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or

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