Friday, June 14, 2013

Art Is In Market - A New Home for Gossamer Tangles

As I've mentioned briefly in a few of my earlier posts, beginning July 1, 2013, Gossamer Tangles will be making a home at Art Is In Market, at Laurel Park Place Mall in Livonia, Michigan.  I am VERY excited about this ... and a bit nervous too, I'll admit.  This will be something completely new for me, as I have previously sold my jewelry and accessories only through my internet shops on Etsy and Art Fire, or at the occasional art fair, like the Berkley Art Bash last weekend.

Art Is In Market is a unique concept -- a place where local Michigan artists can display and sell their work, collaborate with each other, and interact with shoppers and browsers.  The Michigan artists who display and sell their creations there, also work in the store.  There are also Art Is In Market shops at Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and The Mall at Partridge Creek in Clinton Township.

Photo of Customer Appreciation Night at Art Is In Market, Laurel Park Place
Here's what the Art-Is-In-Market website says about the store:

Art Is In Market is more than an art gallery, more than a "Michigan Store", and far more than a gift shop.  Imagine your favorite art show that comes along only once a year.  Now imagine that show being open all year long!   Founded in 2005 with the idea of giving Michigan Artists a new type of opportunity to display their work, it has been hailed a success by many, including Channel 4 News Best Art Gallery of 2012.
From the moment you step into any one of the three stores you will be greeted by the Artists themselves.  Because you will always be talking to one of the Artists, a unique phenomena will be discovered along the way...a free flowing exchange of ideas. Often customers and artists walk away from a visit with newfound ideas, inspiration and perhaps even a new direction for their art. As a result, Art Is In Market is a constantly changing and evolving store, and is never quite the same, even from day-to-day.  
With art ranging from jewelry, clothing, photography, books, and Detroit sports, to pottery, painting and perhaps even a few things that can't be defined, that one-of-a-kind gift for every person, or occasion can nearly always be found.
Debbie La Pratt is the creator and current President of Art Is In Market.  She describes how the stores came into being:
I have been an artist for over 35 years, often my Holiday Season was spend traveling to art shows every weekend. My self like many Artists traveled around the state, often working at two or more art shows a weekend. Showcasing my art and craft around the state, but with a high price, lots of time setting up tearing down, traveling. Also this time took me away from my family and friends. Then over 7 years ago I was beginning to plan for my Holiday Season, and was wondering what shows I was going to do. As I walking through a local mall I had a thought... What if I could create a store for all my artists friends for a couple of months." I had contacted the mall to explore my thought. To my surprise they loved the idea and offered a temporary space for 2 months. From there it was easy, I called all my artists friends and invited them to end their holiday travel and try something brand new, display your work for 2 months, and work a little bit to sell everyone's work. As customers came into the gallery, we always informed them we where going to close in January, to my surprise we had an overwhelming response from them always telling us 'No you can't. We love this store. Every time we walk in we see something new and different!' As a result I renewed my contract for 3 months, then another 3 months. Now its has been over 7 years and Art Is In Market opened our third location at the Mall at Partridge Creek in November 2012. I attribute the success of the store to the hand selected artists who have a passion for their art, and sharing Michigan Made Art with everyone.

Debbie La Pratt is on the left in yellow in this photo taken at Customer Appreciation Night
from the Art Is In Market Facebook Page.
So, just a few more weeks and that's where I'll be -- Art Is In Market -- starting a new chapter in my art, my business, and my life.  If you're out at Laurel Park Place, stop in and check out the store. It is a fun and interesting place, whether you're shopping or just looking.  If it's on a day I'm working, be sure to say "hi".

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