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JCA pop-up store open for business

Messenger photo/Jaine Treadwell Wiley White of the Johnson Center for the Arts reviews some of the local artwork on sale at the center’s holiday pop-up shop.

Messenger photo/Jaine Treadwell
Wiley White of the Johnson Center for the Arts reviews some of the local artwork on sale at the center’s holiday pop-up shop.

The “Pop-Up Store” at the Johnson Center for the Arts in Troy is now open for business.

The store, located inside the JCA, pops up at Christmastime and, like a Jack-in-the-Box, it then goes away until it’s pop-up time again.

Vickie Pritchett, JCA executive director, said this year’s Pop-Up Store features a large selection of artwork by noted Alabama artists, including Mose T., Charlie Lucas, Woodie Long and Betty Sue Matthews.

“We have three of Dr. Doug Hawkins’ ‘Dougie’s’ that are just fabulous,” Pritchett said. “Doug was on the way to becoming well-known as a folk artist and we are honored to be able to offer these original works.”

The “Pop-Up Store” is offering selected Christmas ornaments from the Johnson Center for the Arts collection.

“We have ornaments designed by Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne,” Pritchett said. “We also have ornaments by Mary Ann Casey, Charles Adams and Tara Sartorius. These ornaments make unique Christmas gifts for the tree or for display year around.”

The “Pop-Up Store” has a selection of numbered prints including those of Lisa Stokes, a Contemporary Cowboy artist from Pike Road.

“This is the fourth year for our ‘Pop-Up Store’ and it has been very popular each year,” Pritchett said. “We have an outstanding selection of artwork this year. We invite everyone to stop and shop and, while they’re here to visit our Christmas Tree Extravaganza in the upper level gallery and the Booth Western Art Exhibit in the lower level gallery.”

The Johnson Center for the Arts will be open from 4 until 8 p.m. on the day of the Troy Christmas Parade, December 12.

“We invite parade groups, families, friends, everyone to visit the Johnson Center before or after the parade and have their photographs take with any of our 10 fantastically decorated Christmas trees including our 20-foot tree,” Pritchett said. “We want the Johnson Center to be a place to visit during the Christmas season.”

The JCA will host “Christmas at the Center” Thursday night at The Studio. The event is sold-out.

“The JCA thanks all of those who support our events at Christmastime and throughout the year,” Pritchett said. “The support makes it possible for us to keep the doors of the Johnson Center open free of charge. That is our commitment to the community. We thank those who make it possible.”

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