A Call for Artists The Walpole Artisans Cooperative, a local arts and crafts not-for-profit gallery on Main Street in Walpole, NH, is looking for new members. Artists and craftsmen who are interested in applying for membership are encouraged to visit the gallery, to look at the displays and talk to the artist on site. Seeing the space first hand reinforces the positive impression that members and customers have the minute they step in the door. Interested artists can pick up an application and ask questions in person. Applications are also available online here and the group wants everyone to “like us” on Facebook. The cooperative’s artists and craftsmen are linked together in like-minded purpose and kindred spirit. The members are the heart and soul of this retail gallery. They work in the shop, they set the cooperative’s policies, they serve on committees, organize events, challenge each other to fulfill the creative drive inside each of them and have fun doing what they love.
The retail shop has been described as a “magical” place. One visit to the gallery will confirm that this adjective says it all: great lighting; an intimate setting; a variety of mediums; and most of all a smiling member artist on site everyday to enhance the “art” experience for customers who are looking for something unique and handcrafted. There are no paid employees in this shop; the members do it all. New members are juried into the gallery by a group of member artists who look at the applicant’s work and evaluate the applicant’s interest in being a working member. Some of the many benefits of membership include: The members are the shop, they make all the decisions, set the hours, pay the bills and do the advertising. The commission for sales is substantially lower than a “for profit” gallery. The rate varies with the number of days per month the artist works, but is as low as 15%. Members can participate in an annual “Tour” in November to showcase their work in one of the best tours in the area. The cooperative is a member of local Chambers of Commerce in Keene & Bellows Falls. Members sponsor and participate in community events. If you are interested in being part of this group applications are available at the shop as well as online at the cooperative’s website here. Photographed here are Artist Carolyn Kemp and customer Diane Mason.
Visit us at our shop, the Walpole Artisans Cooperative, located at 52 Main Street in Walpole, NH. We're open 7 days a week!