The Artisan Shoppe in downtown Gallipolis officially expanded on Friday when they cut the ribbon on their new studio space. The Artisan Studio is located across the hall from The Artisan Shoppe in the Lafayette Square.
“We just want to give artisans, visitors and locals the space and opportunity to create and learn about arts and culture,” said co-manager Kelsey Kerr. “We love being located in our beautiful and historic downtown area and we want to promote shopping and opportunities here in Gallia County.”
Currently, The Artisan Studio and Shoppe will be open on Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are plans to add additional hours in the near future.
The studio is open to both practicing artisans and the general public. Some art supplies, like easels, brushes, canvases and water color paper, will be available to purchase for those who do not have their own supplies. Those artisans with their own supplies can use the space for a small fee. Opportunities to rent the space for art and music classes are also available.
"We are so grateful for the help and support of community members and groups such as Terry Lane, Lane Capital, The Downtown Revitalization Project (DRP), all of our participating artisans and all of our amazing customers,” said co-manager Valerie Thomas.
The Artisan Shoppe and Studio is part of the Gallia County Artisan Market, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote arts and culture in the area. All funds generated through the Artisan Studio will be used to further the group’s mission.
Stop by The Artisan Shoppe and Studio, located at 300 2nd Avenue, Gallipolis or follow them on Facebook to learn more.