Gallery Shop Fulfills Garrett County Arts Council's Mission

Last Updated on Nov 22, 2017 at 10:24am | Arts & Culture

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. Editor: Mary Sincell McEwen. Photo Credit: Mary Sincell McEwen.
 
 
The Gallery Shop is the retail space of the Garrett County Arts Council, located on the ground level of the Sincell building at 108 S. Second Street in Oakland. The GCAC has announced that the gallery’s “first birthday” will be celebrated with an open house event on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25, during the normal business hours of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
 
In the Gallery Shop, the public may view the work of more than 150 talented regional artists, while considering unique handmade gifts for the holiday season. There will be light refreshments and the chance to register for door prizes, including a Gallery Shop gift certificate and a certificate for a hands-on arts experience.
 
On Saturday morning between 10:30 and noon, simple craft projects for children will be available in the shop. These activities will have a winter or holiday theme and will be suitable for all ages.
 
Since opening in 2000, GCAC has provided a place for regional artists to sell their work. Many local artists do not want to operate their own retail space. The GCAC provides a space, staffing, marketing, inventory control and all other related services as one means of support for the artists. These efforts all point toward the mission of the council, which is to support and promote the artists and art of the mountaintop.
 
“The Gallery Shop is the best known thing the Garrett County Arts Council does,” said Karen Reckner, executive director. “It is our physical presence, our flagship. We are very proud of the look and feel of the shop and the quality of work our artists provide us to display and sell.”
 
The storefront showcases fine arts and crafts of artisans from Garrett County and any contiguous county. Since opening, The Gallery Shop has welcomed more than 380 artists to show and sell their creations. Artists may submit their work for consideration in a review process. If accepted, the work is placed for sale with a small commission added to contribute to some overhead expenses.
 
The Garrett County Arts Council handles all business related to the shop, including staffing, advertising, and general operating expenses. The work is exchanged several times throughout the year to keep the artists working on their skills and keep the inventory fresh for the customers. Special exhibits and demonstrations are held throughout the year.
 
This location also houses the administration office of GCAC.
 
“Of the community galleries we have visited, we feel our collection is one of the largest, most diverse and of highest quality in the region,” Reckner said. “However, this is only one of many very important programs we provide.”
 
To become a member of the GCAC, which directly supports such endeavors as The Gallery Shop, persons may send their tax-deductible contributions to Garrett County Arts Council, 108 S. Second St., Suite 1, in Oakland. The office phone number is 301-334-6580; email address, garrettarts@earthlink.net; website, www.garrettarts.org; and on Facebook as Garrett County Arts Council.