Craig’s 15th annual Art Walk, 4th annual Taste of Chocolate set for Saturday |

Craig’s 15th annual Art Walk, 4th annual Taste of Chocolate set for Saturday

Nicole Inglis

Carol Allen sits at her workspace in front of a painting Thursday in her home. Allen will feature the piece, along with a few other paintings she recently finished, during Saturday's 15th annual Art Walk.
Shawn McHugh

Stefan Grabowski, left, and Reed Wade look at some of the many pieces of art that were displayed at the Center of Craig during last year's Art Walk. This year's event is from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Craig.

Nadine Daszkiewicz isn't sure what a "chocolate swoon" is, but she thinks it could be a contender in Saturday's fourth annual Taste of Chocolate.

"Truffles are the classic winner," said Daszkiewicz, who owns The Kitchen Shop in downtown Craig. "But who knows if they'll be knocked out this year by chocolate swoon or the chocolate tort with caramel sauce."

The annual chocolate-making competition will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at various downtown businesses during the 15th annual Art Walk festival.

Art Walk will feature 16 local artists stationed in different downtown businesses to showcase their work, do demonstrations and sell pieces.

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In addition to the artists, 16 chocolatiers will provide samples to those who have purchased tickets for the Taste of Chocolate event.

Tickets sold out Thursday, which is the earliest they have ever sold out, Daszkiewicz said.

"People love chocolate," she said. "Never underestimate the chocolate."

Those with tickets will sample 16 chocolate goods, from chocolate nut clusters to chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookies on a stick, and then vote on their favorite. The winner receives $100.

Art Walk, however, is free and open to everyone from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Event co-organizer Kandee Dilldine said it always is an interesting and enjoyable social event.

"It's lots of people, lots of fun and lots of art," she said. "And when I say art, I mean lots of different kinds of art."

She said many people think of art as a framed painting, however, Art Walk attendees will quickly learn to think outside the frame.

"We have quilts, we have jewelry, we have pencil sketches and oil paintings," Dilldine said. "We have water colors and woodworking. It's not like walking into an art museum. It's almost like walking into someone's home and having them say, 'Here's what I do.'"

During Art Walk, the Center of Craig will host a local pottery club that will sell hot chili and soup along with handmade bowls.

Daszkiewicz said her shop is too small to host an artist, but she will have a chocolate maker and, like many other businesses, will serve refreshments to guests.

Dilldine, who owns KS Creations on Yampa Avenue, will host a local painter and a chocolatier.

But she said her favorite part of Art Walk is seeing the community out wandering Yampa Avenue and standing in doorways catching up with friends.

"It's just seeing all the people get out of their houses and doing something in the winter," Dilldine said. "It's just walking around talking to people, and that's the best."

If you go

What: 15th annual Art Walk and fourth annual Taste of Chocolate

When: 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Craig

Tickets for Taste of Chocolate are sold out.