ACE Artisan Shop Closure
You may have noticed the Artisan Gift Shop at Arts Center East is temporarily closed. After continued hard work and planning, we are ready to make preparations for a bigger, better, and brighter Artisan Shop! Plans are in the works to expand the Artisan Shop so we can showcase more of the community’s artisans.
Preliminary plans are being made to swap the Artisan Shop and the administrative office. This will give our artisans more space, better light, and an overall better experience of displaying and selling their work. When the Artisan Shop re-opens, it will be open not only while exhibits are in the galleries, but between exhibits as well. Shop inventory will also coincide with holiday shopping, the changing seasons, and eventually, with themed exhibits.
As for the ACE staff, our offices will move into the old Artisan Shop and adjoining closet. With a few adjustments, the ACE staff will have delineated, out-of-the-way office space, allowing Arts Center East to showcase its art, and not its paperwork.
This expansion also means we will be able to include more artisans in the shop! Artisans who are interested in displaying and selling their work in the new shop can contact the office for more information.
ACE’s 2019 Artisan Shop is supported in part by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with major support from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to better serve our local shoppers.