Visit Artistry on Main for last-minute gift ideas


BUCKHANNON — Christmas is just around the corner, but there is still time to get a unique and handcrafted gift.

  Artistry on Main has been in Buckhannon since 2009 and has strived to bring the community hand crafted artwork and goods. The treasurer for Artistry on Main, Rich Clemens ,said he would recommend their gallery for gifts because of their quality.

“We have unique things,” Clemens said. “Everything is one of a kind and it’s all handmade and people would be supporting the artists. It’s a local shop and the money stays local because it goes to the artists themselves and it’s really an opportunity to own an original versus just another item off the assembly lines.”

Artist Marjory Moses said the gallery has a wide variety of options and prices.

“People are going to find something unique in every price range, surprisingly affordable,” Moses said.  “Everything from a stocking stuffer to a showstopper of a gift, something that won’t be a duplicate of anything else that will be under the tree or in the stocking.”

Both Clemens and Moses have spaces in the gallery right now.

Clemens said he specializes in woodwork, specifically wooden toys.

“I started out making toys for my grandkids,” Clemens said. “All my grandkids are beyond the toy stage now, but I still like to make them so I make wooden toys and other things out of wood.”

Moses makes hand crafted jewelry and has recently been focusing on sterling silver.

“Right now my favorite thing to do is work with silver and setting gemstones,” Moses said. “I’m making a piece that I call ‘The Mountains Are Calling’ necklace based on the John Muir quote the most people are familiar with and each one they all look similar, but each one is handcrafted and unique.”

The gallery has 35 artists featured right now including Ron Hinkle and his glass work, Robbie Skinner and is photography and Tom Lynch and his chair making.

Other types of artwork include pottery, homemade soaps and beauty products, paintings and basket weaving. The gallery also offers classes from their artists and have a full list of their classes available of their website at www.artistryonmain.com. The next class they will be offering is Dr. Greenbrier Almond and Sara Golden’s ‘The Medium is the Message,’ starting Jan. 14. 

Artistry on Main is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. They will be open on Christmas Eve, but closed on Christmas Day.

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