Welcome to the Creamery Arts Center

Welcome to the Creamery Arts Center!


Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays

upstairs gallery

 The historic Challenge Butter building, built in 1939, was given new life in 2006. The renovation that took nearly a year to complete became the impressive Creamery Arts Center. Visitors can enter the custom made front doors and explore the open floor plan which displays the works of over 60 local artists and authors. We offer paintings, photography, woodworking, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry, leather, bronze and stone sculpture, glass, greeting cards, books and more. And yes, we even serve ice cream!


The second Friday of every month, from 6~8 pm, the Creamery hosts an opening reception for its most current art exhibit. This gala event is free to the public and features refreshments, a cash wine and beer bar, great art, and excellent company. Don’t miss our spectacular bathrooms, which were designed and created by two of our artists.

January Classes at the Creamery Offer a Cure for the Winter Blues

Cabin fever got you down? Winter is the perfect time to take an art class! The Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss has some great classes coming up that you won’t want to miss. To register for any of these classes call the Creamery Arts Center at 970-872-4848.

Pam Benda example

Learn to Paint the “Painterly” Way with Pamela Benda ~ 6 week session, January 24th through February 28th.  Classes will be held on 6 consecutive Saturdays from 1-3pm. $130 (students supply their own materials. Click here for the materials list.) This class is for all skill levels, beginners through advanced, and students can use either acrylics or oils. During this class students will learn to paint landscapes, still life, portraits and figures using the painterly technique, which involves laying in large masses of color and refining (far easier than drawing first). This easy to learn method involves a short lecture & demonstration followed by individual instruction in a group setting. The painterly technique involves a style or approach that doesn’t try to hide the fact that a brush or knife was used to create the artwork, instead, it uses this technique to create an image that could only be done with paint. The term painterly carries the implication that the artist is reveling in the manipulation of the paint itself and making the fullest use of its sensuous properties. Pamela Benda trained at the prestigious Arts Students League in New York City. She has been painting and teaching for over 30 years. She is the recipient of numerous awards including first and second place for portraiture and landscape in the John Sloan Competition in New York City. For more information see Pam Benda’s Painting Class flyer.

JodeenGet to Know Your Digital Camera with Jodeen Stephenson ~ Saturday, January 24th from 10am to Noon. For ages 12 to adult ~ $20. Learn how to get the best photographs possible from your digital camera. Technology changes quickly and learning new skills and keeping them current is the best way to develop your creative potential and take the highest quality photos. This class is an introduction to the various settings, functions, and possible effects that your digital camera is capable of. (Reminder: bring fresh or back-up batteries) Instructor Jodeen Stephenson is an experienced artist and wildlife photographer, who has developed patience and an eye for capturing creative composition and beautiful color. Whether sharing her personal vision, or helping others to express their own visual story, Jodeen Stephenson is particular about producing high quality images.


Thank you for voting us “Best Art Gallery in Delta County”.Best Art Gallery Award


Did You Know?

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 In June 2013, the North Fork Valley received CERTIFIED Creative District status from Colorado Creative Industries, a Division of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development & International Trade.  Click here to learn more.

Our Dancing Elephants - You don't have to be beautiful to dance!

On a nice day you will see people sitting under our pavilion and enjoying the “Dancing Elephants”.  After all, you don’t have to be beautiful to dance!

Located at 165 W. Bridge St.in Hotchkiss, our hours are 11~6 every day except Sunday. For information on exhibits, events or classes, contact the Creamery at (970)872-4848 or information@creameryartscenter.org.

We are proud to be supported in part by the Colorado Creative Industries!Colorado Creative Industries


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