Sunday, May 24, 2009

Main Street Gallery

I'm working at one of my co-op galleries today. Main Street Gallery in Blowing Rock, NC. We're artist-owned and operated and we currently have 15 members. We have other work on consignment, but the consignment artists don't have to work in the gallery. We collect a higher commission from them.

Downtown Blowing Rock is really quaint and tourist-y. Our gallery is in an old stone building that has a US Coast and Geodetic Survey benchmark which was installed in 1936. It states that we are at an elevation of 3,579.150 fee above sea level. (See the round spot on the wall between us and the realty office.)

This is part of my jewelry display. I share the two cases with another jewelry artist - Debbi Ordan. In the background are photographs by Richard Rapfogel.

This is the other side of the display. In the distance, against the wall, is more jewelry, this by Jim Rice.

We have stained glass by Dianne Radford, pottery by Jamie Kirkpatrick, paintings and sculpture by Chrissie Callejas, digital art prints by Pat Pilchard...

... hand woven clothing by Leslie Wright, pottery and paintings by Stephanie Welden...

...painting and collage by Cathy Taylor, and pottery by Jen Garulski-Stas.

The other things we have are pottery by Carlos Robledo and Eric Reichard, baskets by Barbara Sox, photography by Linda McCalister and Carol Lawrence, furniture by Bill Lindau, and fiber arts by Elaine Brookshire. Also miniature dolls by Marie Evans, photography by Marty Hulsebos, turned wood by Ron Mechling, monoprints by Will Pilchard, lampwork glass beaded jewelry by Debbie Keen, silk clothing and scarves by Mary Vandercraft, and crocheted wire and beaded jewelry by Sharon Bass. Quite a diverse mix of mediums.

It's a good deal for us artists. By working our days in the gallery (about 2 days a month), we only have to pay a minimal commission on our sales each month, usually between 10% and 15%, plus a small monthly fee. We close in the winter and the monthly fee allows us to do that. Plus, we get to meet our customers and be part of a group of like-minded people.

The other co-op I belong to is Hands Gallery in Boone, NC. More about that the next time I work there.

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