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Pop-up gallery attracts many Craig art patrons

Amy Andrews displays her collection of homemade beaded jewelry during the pop-up gallery in downtown Craig. The event began Thursday, complete with a reception and will continue through Saturday.

Hang a portrait in a museum, and people will come to the same location to view it. Display it in a new place, and it will be like rediscovering it all over again.

The pop-up art gallery in downtown Craig has proved to be a considerable attraction, with people quickly filling the space Thursday afternoon during its opening reception. Ranging from serious art lovers to curious passersby wondering what the tie-dye banners and balloons outside could be promoting, folks were quick to take a look at the kind of specialties within and affixed to the walls of 512 Yampa Ave.

The gallery, which will be available through Saturday, is intended to bring a quick shot of culture to the area with one sizable spot to show the works of local artists. There were 17 painters, photographers, sculptors and other creative minds exhibiting their pieces, among them jewelry-makers Lory Campos and Amy Andrews.

Though her booth was labeled "wire art," Campos said it's still jewelry either way, with her process to "just start twisting" metal until she's created something unique.

Andrews, on the other hand, uses seed beads in her necklaces and bracelets.

"It's very relaxing," she said of the stringing process.

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Some artists affixed price tags to their works, while others were just displaying them to add to the ambience, which also included wine and appetizers Thursday for the chance to nibble, have a sip and take in some lovely things while also listening to live music.

Jean Jones, Janele Husband, David Morris, Patti Mosbey, David Foster and more had their pieces up, many of them on hand to discuss the creative process with those who dropped by the gallery.

Barbara Wilaby said her selection of paintings were each inspired by the landscapes within Moffat County's own Browns Park National Wildlife Refuge, with the exception of one work, depicting flowers from her front yard.

"It's just so beautiful out there," she said of the natural wonder. "I really appreciate Pam (Foster) letting us use the space for this."

The vacated building that used to house Pam Designs provided a unique opportunity when organizers were trying to find a spot for such a project. With the pop-up gallery only around for a short while, artists can capitalize on a burst of excitement from the community that might not be around if a permanent art space were to open.

This way, they can make it more of an event with some spontaneity, though the need for more opportunities for more artistic showcases is still present.

Beth Gilchrist, who showed her photography and glass art, listed events like the February art walk downtown and September's Art'n the Park'n Lot could use some boosts in the meantime to keep residents hungry for some creative expression.

"I don't know what the next place might be, but it'd be fun to just pick a business and say, 'Hey, can we put up a pop-up gallery for the weekend?'" Gilchrist said.

A sign-in sheet at the door of the gallery indicated that those in the crowd were interested in seeing more events of a similar nature.

While gazing at the various artworks Mike and Suzanne Brinks praised those who helped bring the gallery to fruition, even for a short time.

"Craig needs more good ideas like this," Mike said.

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