The Alderson Artisans Gallery has launched an online Generosity fundraiser, and needs your help. The Alderson Artisans Gallery is a new venture spearheaded and supported by Alderson Main Street, a nonprofit organization aimed at revitalizing the town. The gallery officially opened its doors in April of 2015, staffed by volunteers from the community. It offers a home for the creative energies of local artisans and brings an opportunity for the citizens of Alderson to enjoy a local art venue. The gallery also showcases art made by local schoolchildren.
Alderson Main Street President Jim Russell said, “The Artisan’s Gallery is one of Alderson’s real jewels. It proves that small town volunteers can accomplish great things.”
All contributions during this fundraiser will go towards making much-needed improvements to the gallery’s space in the historic Alderson Renaissance building, so it can continue bringing art to Alderson, support local artisans and bring local children’s art into the public eye. The gallery is hoping to be able to install safer wiring and lighting in their space this spring, pending availability of sufficient funds. The gallery is located along Rt. 12, at the Greenbrier County end of the historic Alderson Memorial Bridge.
The Artisans Gallery has been offering classes to the public with help from the Hollowell Foundation. Classes in rug hooking, pen and ink drawing, faux painting and stained glass, taught by local artisans, have brightened the winter months for many. All classes are open to the general public, some scholarships are available, and the fees support ongoing programming.
The gallery is proud to have been one of the few retail businesses in Alderson which stayed open through the winter. Gallery volunteers have worked hard to offer a shopping venue throughout the winter months where people can find unique, handmade, and often inexpensive, gifts. Additional volunteer support is always welcomed.
Donations of any size are accepted, and are tax-deductible. To donate, and for more information, visit https://www.generosity.com/community-fundraising/bring-art-to-alderson. The Artisans gallery can also be found on Facebook.
Mayor Travis Copenhaver said, “We are so pleased to have the Artisan’s Gallery complete its first successful year. They want to grow and the town wants to help. Please support their fund-raising campaign.”