This week's blog post is brought to you by local artist and Co-op member Colleen Patricia Williams.
Now that the holiday season has come to an end and the bills are rolling in, it’s time to take a breath. With this blog post I want to thank you, our customers, for making our season bright! All of the money that come from your purchases supports local artists. The money that we received from your purchases goes towards shoes for kids, payment of the rent and the utilities as well as for art supplies. We can’t do it without you and for that, I want to thank you.
Every dollar that is spent in this shop stays in the Portland area, contributing to other local businesses, driving the engine of our local economy. In my case, I create the mosaics and coloring items as well as paper flower headbands. Every dollar that you spent on my creations this season went towards my bills. I’m a recent widow and your purchases made a difference in my situation. Each coloring book that you bought contributed to my ability to pay my basic bills.
This applies to all of the people in our gallery; all of us are regular folks (okay, CREATIVE regular folks) that rely on the money that we make from our products to purchase not just the basics of life, but to have the ability to contribute to local restaurants and other businesses. Our ability to do these things comes directly from you. You make a direct difference in our lives by your financial support of your local artists.
The other huge plus to purchasing our creative products is that each one is handmade and unique. That means that each gift that came from our shop is one of a kind, with no mass production in a factory in China. The only mass produced items that we have are made by the artist themselves, the skin products and the soaps and candles. In fact, some of those are made in the basement of our gallery! Nowhere in the world, other than our gallery, can you find the products that we sell. It was wonderful this holiday season to see the turnout to support the local artists and the creative output of our fair city!
Have a wonderful and prosperous 2016!
- Colleen Patricia Williams