The Local Artisan Collective is a new retail space for local artists and authors to sell their arts and books and for the community to take classes. They will open at The Junction in Ogden at a temporary location while their permanent location in the historic Kiesel Building is remodeled. To celebrate, they are holding their grand opening Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 11am to 6pm. The address is 2371 Kiesel Avenue in Ogden and you won’t want to miss the lineup.
Food and drink will come from local restaurants including Lucky Slice Pizza, Grounds for Coffee, O-Town Kitchen, and Lost Texan BBQ. Live music will be by Sweet Biscuits. In addition there will be book signings, necklace making and demos from artists.
“Our mission is to create a beautiful community space for local Weber artisans,” said one of the founders of The Local Artisan Collective, Stephanie Howerton.
The collective will showcase artisan and crafters work that is handmade by people who live or work in Weber County. The space provides an opportunity for artists to join a like-minded affordable community and artists a space to sell their products in an affordable way. In addition to art there will be classes offered in pottery, water coloring, jewelry making, yoga, upcycling furniture and more.
Henna tattoo artist Candice Lya Ortiz from Gaia Henna is part of the collective. She’ll have hand painted treasures at the store as well as a henna night every quarter. She’ll be at the grand opening as well.
Stephanie says they wanted to have a venue for Weber county artists to share their talents. The shop will carry everything from jewelry, to toys, household items and home décor. You can see artists working in the studio space then be able to buy what you see being made. In advance of the opening, 14 artists have already signed up with The Local Artisan Collective. They will sell their art through a membership option, pay a monthly fee and work in the store in exchange for selling their art and teaching classes at the collective. In addition, 35 additional artists have committed to selling their work on consignment.
All artists who work with The Local Artisan Collective must live or work in Weber County, making the shop truly a local artist collective.