Creamery holding after-school classes

By Tamie Meck

After announcing last July that the iconic Creamer Arts Center in Hotchkiss would close its doors in August and end classes due to a lack of funding, a lot of calls came in regarding after-school classes, said program administrator Gail Smith. "So many parents were really upset. So we thought, what can we do to keep classes going?"

Turns out they could do plenty. The Creamery is now offering art classes Mondays and Tuesdays with Linda McVeihl, clay classes with David Strong on Wednesdays, and art classes with Suki Strong Wednesdays and Thursdays. Prices remain at $10 per class, or $36 for four classes.

Classes follow the Delta County School District schedule and aren't held during school breaks.

To help support the classes, the gift shop is open Wednesday through Saturday, and the clay studio is also available for rental.

The center has selected a new board of directors and is reorganizing with plans to re-open the gallery in 2016. While the artists' coop no longer exists, limited works by local artists are currently on exhibit, and there are plans to hold the annual Christmas Boutique, said Smith.

During October the Creamery will host a sculpture show and art market, as well as offer artist demonstrations, jack-o-lantern and Cinderella's Coach competitions. The board, in partnership with a dozen local businesses, is also seeking approval from the Hotchkiss Town Council to host Shop Hotchkiss Day the second Saturday of each month.

For details, call 872-4848 or email