The North Fork Valley (Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford) is designated as a creative district by the state of Colorado. The valley is home to many artists, performers, writers, musicians, theaters, and publications. Definitely check out the Paradise Theater and the Blue Sage Center for the Arts to find out what’s happening when you’re in town. Check out the galleries in town, such as the Eccentric Artist, the Cirque, and Elisabethan’s new upcycled clothing store. Elsewhere Studios also has monthly art shows, with work by artists-in-residence from all over the world.