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.
The October exhibit in the Galleries at Riverby, home of the French Art Colony, features the work of the internationally renowned sculptor, Fletcher Benton, a native of Jackson, Ohio. He was born in 1931 and, as a youth, was a successful sign painter.
After serving in the Navy, he attended and graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, earning his B.F.A. degree in 1956, when he moved to California His teaching career began in California, where he taught until 1986, including California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland; San Francisco Art Institute and California State University in San Jose.
Starting in 1959, Benton did solo exhibitions, including the famous Gump Gallery in San Francisco, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, Dimensions Gallery in New York, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Galeria Bonito in New York, Milwaukee Art Center, Galerie Francoise Mayer in Brussels, Belgium, and Galeria Bonino in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to name only a few.
Through the end of 2015, local tattoo shop, Envy Ink, is showing its support for cancer survivors by offering free nipple reconstruction, eyebrow and cancer related scar cover-up tattoos, at no charge. Owner, Joshua LaBello, said these types of services, historically performed by doctors or nurses, are relatively new to the tattoo industry.
“It makes sense that people with an art background should start taking this on,” said shop owner Joshua LaBello. “We’re getting to a place in society now, where tattoos and tattoo shops, and the culture, are more accepted and more integrated. So, it’s not so crazy to walk into a tattoo shop to get your eyebrows done.”
Annually, Fruth works to recognize associates who excel in their job duties, responsibilities, and customer service. This year, Fruth will honor employees in the following categories:
- Pharmacist of the Year
- Pharmacy Technician of the Year
- Manager of the Year
- Associate of the Year
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