From the Kaweah Commonwealth, July 31, 2009 issue:
Artists are lucky. They get to work at home or wherever the inspiration hits them.
But there is one thing missing in this ideal working scenario. A storefront in which to display and sell their completed projects day in, day out.
A collaboration of area artists have solved this dilemma, and as of Friday, Aug. 7, the doors will open on The Art Co-Op in Three Rivers. There are six artists who are in on the ground floor of this venture: Tina St. John (see “Welcome to My Food Column” on page 5), Jana Botkin (see pages 6-7 for a sample of recently completed work), Nesi Mesman (see this week’s Neighbor Profile), Pamela Lockhart, Kim Elia, and Sam McKinney.
The Art Co-Op is a cooperative of artists contributing time, money and, most importantly, their talents.
“The artists involved will have ‘bread-and-butter’ art, which are pieces of art that are affordable to everyone,” said Tina St. John, artist and Co-Op partner.
The advantage of having affordable local art is that it makes great year-round gifts, as well as a memorable, one-of-a-kind souvenir of a Kaweah Country vacation.
Beginning August 7, The Art Co-Op will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. One of the artists will always be manning the shop during regular hours, so there will be the opportunity to discuss a potential purchase with an expert.
Other artists will also be involved in the Co-Op as one will be featured on a revolving basis. The August featured artist is Ginny Wilson of Blue Ridge Photography.
The public is invited to attend next Friday’s grand-opening reception with the theme of “A Celebration of Art on the River.” Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
For more information, call 561-1307.