Our View: Local artists go strong in Craig
Noelle Leavitt Riley
We’d like to take this opportunity to commend the local artists in Craig and all they do to help improve our community.
This week, local artists Janele Husband and Roberta Hawks visited the Moffat County Commissioners and Craig City Council to discuss the economic impact of local artists.
Specifically, they told commissioners and city council members that there are about 90 art-related jobs in Moffat County with an average weekly income of $663, according to data compiled by Yampa Valley Data Partners.
“We are a growing economic sector in Moffat County,” Husband told government officials. “We’re involved citizens and contributing members of this community that we love.”
We’d like to tell Husband, Hawks and all other artists: We appreciate and love your contributions to our city and county.
Hawks and Husband are retired teachers, and our art community has grown exponentially since they retired. They had a vision of what they thought the arts community could be in Craig, and they launched it.
Not only that, but they, along with other artists, have grown the art community in wonderful ways.
We absolutely love the Pop Up Galleries they organize. The galleries give community members an opportunity to really see the talent we have in Craig.
Both Hawks and Husband, along with dozens of other talented artists, have art work at Colorado Northwestern Community College, and if you haven’t had the opportunity to see the art displayed on the campus, we highly recommend that you make the trip.
Last week, the Empty Bowl Fundraiser was held in which Hawks and other artists created nearly 350 bowls to raise funds for hungry people in our community. They spent months crafting the bowls, and we think that’s a fabulous way to give back to the community.
Additionally, the local artisans have the Artisans Market in December each year, an event at which artists come together to sell their creations. It’s a very professional production.
Hawks, Husband and other local artists are a good example of how to take an idea and make it reality.
They don’t just sit around hoping for something to change. They work hard and bring life to their ideas.
Well done. We’ll be watching for their next big creation.
Sharing thanks, enjoying some laughs, and shedding a few tears are an indicator of the emotional levels that always seem to come with Moffat County High School graduation.