Aitkin and the surrounding area of Central Minnesota is the home to many talented artists and crafters. We have many wonderful art centers as well. Jaques Art Center, Ripple River Gallery, MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, Franklin Art Center in Brainerd and many more.
The owners of Wise Skye Gifts have been so impressed by the number of artists and quality of work, that they have decided to offer a space for these artists to display and sell their work, right in downtown Aitkin.
The From Heart Through Hands Artisan Guild started off the project by opening the retail store at 214 Minnesota Ave N last Memorial Day Weekend. The Guild members have volunteered their time to run this store 3 days per week throughout 2018. The Guild decided to end their management of the store as of January 31st 2019. After some construction work during the month of February, the Green Owl Gallery and Gifts will have their Grand Opening on March 1st and 2nd. The Green Owl will be owned and operated by Mark and Skye Fiedler, owners of Wise Skye Gifts. Mark and Skye are very excited to offer this great selection of handmade art and crafts. Currently there are 30 artisans signed up and we have room for some more quality work. If you are interested in displaying, please contact Skye at firstname.lastname@example.org
The impetus behind opening this store is an understanding that as a creator of handmade items, it can be very difficult to find venues to sell your work. While craft fairs can be very lucrative for some, the work and time involved can be overwhelming and so much can depend on weather and other factors over which the artist has no control. At Green Owl Gallery and Gifts, there is the opportunity to have your work in a wonderful downtown location, open 5 days per week. For a low cost rental fee, you can have your work displayed full time in a store run by creative folks who are supportive of the artistic community.
This venue has been very well received by the public and we are so appreciative of the support we have received from the community. Together we can enhance the local economy while helping the artistic community at the same time. Win/win!