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Palisade's annual Art & Chocolate Walk set for Saturday

PALISADE, Colo. - Palisade artists know how to make Christmas shopping fun! Candies, hot chocolate, brownies - all kinds of free chocolate goodies will be served - at each of the seven galleries, shops and studios participating in the fourth annual Palisade Art and Chocolate Walk, Saturday, Nov. 24, in downtown Palisade.Palisade is known for its artists and this event is a great opportunity to meet several of them. People are encouraged to begin the tour at Blue Pig Gallery, located on the corner of Main and Third Street. There you'll find maps showing the way to the other shops, most within a block of one another.Participating shops and studios include Wedel Pottery Studio, The Blue Pig Gallery, Twisted Brick Studios, Mumzel's Crumpets Cups and Cones, Casual Gal Silversmith, Lavender Lady Gift Shop and Lupita's Bizarre Bazaar Too.Complete a punch card after visiting each site and then enter it in a drawing for a chance to win a large basket of art and chocolate. You don't have to be present to win."It'll be very, very fun, very festive," Twisted Brick Studios artist Dianna Fritzler said. "We can feast on chocolate."It's a good opportunity to buy gifts, starting at $10, she added.New this year is a special speed-painting benefit for Zachariah Walker, a local man who is battling leukemia. Upstairs, above the Blue Pig Gallery, a room will be hung from floor to ceiling with large blank canvases. Throughout the day, people of all ages are invited to "speed paint" for one minute before moving on to the next canvas to paint again for one minute. All materials will be provided. The event is free, although donations for Walker are appreciated."We tried it out and it was a lot of fun," Blue Pig Gallery director Kay Crane said. "And you don't have to have an artistic bone in your body."Donations will go toward Walker's medical expenses. The canvases will later be cut up into smaller, 8x10-inch pieces that will be for sale at a later date, proceeds of which will also benefit Walker.At Twisted Brick Studios, artists Mary Mansfield and Fritzler will have a 40-percent off clearance sale of mostly original artworks.Also at Twisted Brick, the nonprofit Light Gives Heat will be selling handcrafts from Uganda, including hand-woven scarves, hand-crafted nativity sets, woven grass earrings and pouches, paper bowls and more.Additionally, the Art and Chocolate Walk will coincide with the Blue Pig Gallery's opening of its annual miniature artworks show, "This Little Piggy."

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The Post Independent Updated Nov 21, 2012 08:35PM Published Nov 21, 2012 06:37PM Copyright 2012 The Post Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.