Welcome to the Creamery Arts Center

Welcome to the Creamery Arts Center!

Our Summer hours are 11 am to 6 pm,  Monday through Saturday, closed on Sundays.

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 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.

 The Tibetan Monks visit the North Fork Valley!

Monks with the Elephants

It takes one week to create a sand mandala

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The Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery have returned to the North Fork Valley the week of August 25 – 30 to create a sand mandala at the Creamery Arts Center. Their opening ceremony was on Monday, August 25, at 6 pm.  We are honored that the monks will construct this centuries-old art form at the Creamery and we are asking for your support for this very special artistic and cultural celebration.

In 2010 the monks of Drepung Loseling donated a sand mandala to our community. They worked hard for a week to create this intricate painting of sand. Folks from all over ~ ranchers, miners, moms and kids, cowboys, and hippies ~ dropped in to watch the monks at work, chat, take pictures, and learn a little about the culture and history of Tibet. Hundreds of people visited each day, and attended the elaborate opening and closing ceremonies.

The week-long mandala event and ceremonies are entirely free and open to the public. The monks are touring North America to raise funds for their monastery-in-exile in India. Money that is donated will go directly to feed, house, and educate young Tibetans enrolled in the monastery to study and maintain their greatly imperiled culture. Please help us raise funds to bring the sand mandala event to our community.  You can donate online at:


If you prefer you can send a check to North Fork Sangha, c/o North Fork Bank Center, Grand Avenue, Paonia, CO, 81428. Or you can make a tax-deductible contribution by writing a check to Drepung Loseling Monastery Inc., c/o McGarry, 1755 Harding Rd., Paonia, CO 81428.

Even a small donation makes a big difference!

Thanks for your support and Tashi Delek!
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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!

Now that summer is here, 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.

Thank you to our Sponsors!