ring by jaime jo fisher
gallery360 is my favorite place in the twin cities right now. i decided to check it out on saturday afternoon, after hearing about it for a few months. wow. this is the place i’ve wanted to open for years: a shop with unique handmade goods (mostly made locally) and a gallery towards the back of the store. looks like i was beaten to it. sniff.

i talked to the owner, merry beck, for quite a while. she scouts out artists at local and national shows (local artists include jennifer davis and sabrina from green lantern glass), and while she has a great eye for work that is high quality, she prefers work that reuses existing materials. she also tries to avoid trends: i commented to her that i didn’t see a single item with an owl or toadstool on it (popular subject matter in the craft world right now). she seemed to appreciate that i noticed! she works closely with the artists that show/sell work at the gallery to chose items that aren’t found in other gift stores, and tries to avoid purchasing from wholesalers. gallery360 has been around for 8 years, and i’m so embarrassed that it has taken me so long to stop in!

the current show, a gothic comedy…recent works by denise abbott is wonderful, but closes this sunday, the 20th. try to make time to see it – denise’s mixed media pieces are a fabulous mixture of humor and craft. merry mentioned that denise has been creating only recently, and that she encouraged denise’s emergence as an artist. wonderful! the next show, far from home…recent works by michael carina, opens on jan 26, and i’m looking forward to seeing it.

(i’ll admit that one of the reasons i stopped in was my favorite jewelry artist, jaime jo fisher, has some pieces there. i showed no self control when i saw the ring with a river/lake stone (pictured above). i wore it home. i am weak.)

gallery360 is located at 50th & excelsior. hours: m-s, 10-6, thus until 8, sun 12-5. merry mentioned that a web site is in the works, right now the current site only has the hours and address…

you’ll be seeing more posts about my fav spot in the future!

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