The One-of-a Kind Bowl Paired Well With The Chocolate Mint Brownies Mackendricks Wife, Judy, Contributed To The Fete.
Nearly a dozen shops and galleries participated in the walk and Small Business Saturday. By Greg Ruland Saturday, November 28, 2015 There was plenty of delicious chocolate at every shop where patrons punched their card for a gift basket drawing, but it was the art created by Palisades most talented residents that drew hundreds downtown for the Art and Chocolate Walk on Saturday. Nearly a dozen Palisade shops and galleries offered free chocolate to art lovers and saavy Christmas shoppers during the annual event Blue Pig Gallery helped launch about six years ago, said Kay Crane, gallery director. The homemade chocolate delights prepared by Blue Pig Gallery members were just a few of the reasons the gallery was fairly packed at the very start of the event. Its an eclectic and interesting mix, Crane said. People appreciate theres something different for every taste here. Besides Blue Pig, several other Palisade art galleries took part in the walk, including Wedel Clay Studio and Gallery, Casual Gal Silversmith, Sandy King Gallery and Lupitas Bizarre Bazarre. Colorado nature scenes painted by Jerry Jensen, 56, of Grand Junction, for example, were available at bargain prices for those who, like Jensen, appreciate the power of oil. First time I picked up a paintbrush, I fell in love with it, Jensen said. First of all, I love oil. I love the smoothness of the medium. Its just real buttery and color-wise, its got a real nice richness to it. For those in search of functional art, there was the work of Ron MacKendrick, 72, a Cedaredge resident of 16 years who took up wood carving in earnest after he retired. One of the beautiful wooden bowls he crafted, named Bibendum in honor of the Michelin Man, was made from eight different types of wood formed into a single board and then cut into rings and stacked by size in descending order. The one-of-a kind bowl paired well with the chocolate mint brownies Mackendricks wife, Judy, contributed to the fete. Even stores that didnt sign up officially to take part put out chocolate and opened their doors to the art walkers. Its a nice time of year to show that Christmas cheer, said Collin Miller, service manager at Rapid Creek Cycles, a full service bike shop. The shops windows were painted in festive colors to match the rest of downtown. Kim Leach, 50, said she moved to Palisade four months ago. The Art and Chocolate Walk was her first lingering visit to downtown and its many interesting shops. I love it here.
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