Artistically Speaking: Pop-Up Gallery Shop in McHenry

Last Updated on Jul 14, 2016 at 10:30am | Arts & Culture

"Artistically Speaking" is a regular feature of The Lake-Front magazine, in cooperation with the Garrett County Arts Council, and is being reprinted here in its entirety with permission. This article originally appeared in the July 2016 issue.
 
 
The Garrett County Arts Council has opened another Pop-Up Gallery Shop. After the success of two temporary holiday pop-up galleries in late 2015, the new McHenry pop-up will be a continuation of GCAC’s commitment to both local visual artists and the public.
 
A pop-up shop, or in this case a pop-up art gallery, is a retail space that only remains in operation for a few days to a few months. As the board of directors of GCAC works though strategic planning and evaluates the future permanent home for The Gallery Shop, the pop-up location allows regional artists to continue to have their artwork available for sale to the public. The Arts Council supports the large artist community of Garrett County and the surrounding areas by providing the space and the staffing for the retail storefront.
 
The Pop-up Shop features one-of-a-kind, handcrafted gifts and works of art. Items available include jewelry, apparel, accessories, paintings (watercolor, oil, acrylic, & mixed media, both originals and prints), photography, glass, basketry, woodworking, furniture, and much more.
 
The Pop-Up Gallery Shop is located at 25227 Garrett Highway, McHenry, next to Archie’s Barbeque and will be open every day from now through Labor Day. Monday through Saturday hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Sunday hours are 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The shop will remain open throughout the fall and Christmas holiday season with projected closing date of December 31, 2016. Fall and winter hours will be announced. The phone number is (301) 914-1378.
 
The McHenry Pop-Up location is made possible by a generous donation of the building space from Stuck Enterprises of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. Stuck Enterprises is the parent company of Jacobs Petroleum and Oakland Oil & Propane.
 
In addition, the artwork will be displayed on antique furniture on loan from Carriage House Antiques, located at 257 North Third Street, Oakland. A retail storefront has been a project of Garrett County Arts Council since 2000. GCAC has been active with various other programs since 1976. As stated above, the Arts Council has undertaken an extensive branding and strategic planning process, which will evaluate all of its programs and projects. The Council expects to open a permanent gallery/retail venue sometime in the future. Until then, GCAC’s temporary Pop-Up Gallery Shop will help serve the artists and the community.
 
Garrett County Arts Council’s operations and programs are supported by an annual grant administered by the Maryland State Arts Council. Additional funding is provided through Garrett County government, membership support, and community contributions. To become a supporting member of Garrett County Arts Council, contact us at (301) 334-6580 or visit our website www.garrettarts.org.