MEET YOUR MERCHANT Art on 8th grows from Mountain Valley Weavers
MEET YOUR MERCHANT
Name of business: Art on 8th
Description: A gallery of fine craft and a weaving studio
Owner: Mountain Valley Developmental Services
Address: 209 Eighth St., Glenwood Springs
Date business opened: Sept. 13, 2013
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How did your business start?
In 1988, Mountain Valley received an endowment (and three looms) from an Aspen family to start a weaving program. Individuals receiving services from Mountain Valley who expressed an interest in the craft were taught to weave. For several years, their handwoven products were sold at local fairs and holiday bazaars. In 1996, the program was expanded to include a production weaving studio and retail shop that provided an opportunity for the weavers to work in a community setting.
The retail shop sold yarn and textile goods for many years.
In 2013 the retail shop was transformed into a gallery and now sells fine craft by local artists as well as supporting the Mountain Valley weavers.
What do you sell?
Weaving products produced by the Mountain Valley Weavers including hand towels, placemats, aprons, hot pads and mitts, scarves, baby blankets and bibs, market bags and knitting bags and more; and fine crafts including pottery, stoneware bells, glass platters, plates mirrors, hand painted furniture, hand crafted bird houses, jewelry, fabric art, art quilts, ceramic masks, mosaics, collage art, metal work, handmade journals and boxes, painted gourds, landscape pottery, sculpture and more.
Why do you like what you do?
This gallery highlights the work and talent of the Mountain Valley Weavers. They are a remarkable group of special needs adults who are filled with talent and ability. They are great to talk to and visit Monday through Friday, and hear about what they do and why.
The local Colorado artists or fine crafts — men and women, show a variety of talent and professional work not seen in most galleries. The work is beautiful, provocative, and professionally finished. The consignment work is always changing throughout the year. Bringing an ever-changing visual experience and a variety of gifts to suit any occasion.
What strategy do you use to hire
The weavers are individuals served by Mountain Valley Developmental Services and who show an interest in weaving. The gallery clerks are local individuals who are interested in art and working with special needs adults.
What is your strategy for growth
in the next year?
Our strategy for growth is to do more openings with new artists and have them hold demonstrations of how they do their art and share that with the public on weekends. To advertise more directly and bring more new people into the fine craft gallery and the weaving experience.
What is the best thing about running a
The Roaring Fork Valley is full of individuals who love to support good causes and who also prefer to buy local. This is a win/win for Art on 8th.
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