New pop-up store brings artwork to downtown Albion

ALBION, MI – A brand new pop-up enterprise is coming to downtown Albion with new artwork and present concepts.

Mary Slater and her husband Richard Lewin moved to Albion in 2004 to open the Albion Heritage Mattress & Breakfast. The pair owned the enterprise for 13 years, earlier than they retired and completely closed it, Slater stated.

Whereas operating the mattress and breakfast, each December the couple hosted “Cozy Up With Artwork” the place numerous native artists would arrange their artwork within the rooms. Nonetheless, once they closed the mattress and breakfast, Slater missed internet hosting artwork for individuals to take pleasure in, main her to give you a brand new thought – Superior Arts.

“It was a extremely enjoyable day – and I assumed, ‘Nicely, possibly I may set one thing up right here briefly,’” Slater stated.

Superior Arts has been opened in downtown Albion since Tuesday, Nov. 15. The pop-up gallery options the work of three artists, every bringing in a special fashion of artwork. The artists — Lewin, Deborah Erlandson and Robert Erlandson — are household of Slater.

Artwork has at all times been an vital a part of the household, particularly taking the youngsters to artwork exhibits and museums, she stated. Exhibiting help for artists and bringing the artwork scene to the downtown space was additionally vital for her to share, she stated.

“I feel artwork is extraordinarily vital. (It) was there earlier than we may learn or write,” Slater stated. “Now in our colleges that’s thought of a frill. It’s a part of who we’re as human beings,” Slater stated.

Slater desires to characteristic a range of artwork types. Robert makes fractal portray, artwork created by mathematical equations. Images from locations world wide will also be discovered on the far wall from Lewin.

Her daughter Deborah can be a pre-school instructor who makes acrylic pour artwork and even sells a few of her youngsters’s books within the retailer, Slater stated.

“She simply has one thing concerning the mixture of the colours, the proportions, the design. I simply assume it’s beautiful,” she stated.

The artwork is out there to view, but additionally to buy. No matter is bought goes again to the artist it was purchased from, she stated.

Up to now, there was lots of buzz within the downtown group about Superior Arts. This consists of Isabell Nazer of Homer, who stopped by to do some Christmas procuring, she stated.

“Yearly I’m in search of a pop-up that’s doing this sort of factor,” Nazer stated. “It’s enjoyable to come back in right here. It’s native individuals and also you’re supporting particular person artists which have fabulous stuff.”

Even native enterprise homeowners and neighbors are having fun with the brand new pop-up enterprise.

Jenny Risner-Wade who owns Yellow Chicken Chocolate Store, 306 S. Superior St, is an enormous supporter of the store.

“Mary is dedicating the entire area to 3 artists, and that’s very good to see. The entire area is for the artists, it’s not only a designated area in a store, it’s all of it,” Risner-Wade stated.

Superior Arts can be open till Saturday, Dec. 10. The shop is barely contracted to remain for a month, however Slater is presently uncertain if she’s going to proceed the gallery after that date, she stated.

The gallery is situated at 302 S. Superior Road in Albion. It’s open from midday to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with particular occasion hours on Saturday.

Extra data will be discovered on its Fb web page.

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