Pop-up store open at Johnson Center
Published 3:00 am Saturday, December 5, 2015
Every year at Christmastime, a store pops up at the Johnson Center for the Arts that features one-of-a-kind items by artists and craftsmen from across the state.
The Johnson Center Pop-Up Store is now open for business and has in stock an amazing variety of art items arranged by repurposed objects artist Darrell Ezekiel.
“Darrell Ezekiel went across the state and into Georgia gathering works by 16 artist for the Pop-Up Store,” said Wiley White, Johnson Center development coordinator. “These are one-of-a-kind items that include ceramics, paintings, candles and glassware. There are pillows with prints of Denny Chimes and Sanford Hall, hand towels with bird images; and John Phillips’ iron bowls with the John Phillips’ stamp on them.”
White said in talking with the young community about what they would like see at the Pop-Up Store, they mentioned Phillips’ iron bowls.
“A lot of people are looking for those one-of-a-kind items for gifts and the Pop-Up Store has a large variety,” White said. “We have many other unique items including bracelets and necklaces by Mary Holman Johnson; Judith-March baseball caps with organic logos, Tara Sartorius’ tiles, Kelly Newsome’s trademark cow motif art and P.S. Faulk items.”
The Pop-Up Shop also has watermelon, bird and snake folkart that is signed Mose T.
“But we can’t verify that Mose T actually did the artwork so we are selling it at very affordable prices,” White said. “We also have a few pieces of folk art that was done by inmates at state prisons.”
The Buck Taylor Wildlife Exhibit will run through December in the Johnson Center’s lower level gallery through December and his wildlife prints and some of the paintings are on sale at the Johnson Center.
The Johnson Center’s 2015 Christmas ornaments by Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne are on sale along with his blown-glass candy canes.
“Cal Breed’s blown-glass diamond eggs come in yellow, red, blue and green and also in a variation of colors,” White said. They are $40 each and the candy canes are $15. We also have Mary Ann Casey’s Madonna and Child tin ornaments that are $30.”
The Pop-Up Store at the Johnson Center is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and until 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Everyone is invited to visit the Johnson Center to enjoy the Center’s Christmas Tree Extravaganza and the Buck Taylor exhibit and to shop the Pop-Up Store. Once the store closes, it won’t pop up again for another year.