Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wheels of Progress are Spinning

Looks like our license hearing will be July 14. Sure hope everyone is on board! So far our artists and patrons are thrilled with the prospect of the addition of our "wine gallery." I think everyone realizes this venture may save the gallery and "keep our lights on." Without something new and revenue generating our artists will lose out. That just cannot happen after 6 1/2 years of hard work! I am very excited about bringing Jeffrey Auxer's glass into the gallery. We will offer his wine glasses and decanters. Not sure if I mentioned this before, but our smaller craft items will focus on functional art related to wine so we will eliminate some things we have carried. We will have jewelery by Lynda Ohotnicky, Armando Suarez and a couple other artists but all other jewelry will be discontinued. This means a BIG sale starting June 24. Items $25-$300 will be $14 - $165 - just above my costs. (A very small profit allows us to take credit cards for this sale!) Great time to buy gifts - we will provide boxes! Think of this asChristmas Eve shopping six months early!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Guess What is Coming to Bishop's Stock?

WINE - if all goes well with licensing! We will be know as Bishop's Stock Fine Art, Craft & Wine. What is a better pairing with our great artists than wine?! Believe it or not this idea popped into my head while on the treadmill at the gym. I was reading my Kindle and had this "Aha" experience. Ran this by Randy and the next day my horoscope was  "Something in which you've been involved for some time can generate much better returns than you're presently receiving. Study matters carefully with an eye toward improvement." Well, what can I say - the die was cast! So the plan is in motion to have wine (and craft/seasonal beer) on some new shelving (we will not take any wall space from paintings) by our August 6 First Friday. As we have for 6 1/2 years (72 times) we will have a featured artist or show with the addition of featured wine to taste.  Lots of ideas cramming my brain but more on those later! Starting June 24 we will start a MAJOR sale - kind of like last minute Christmas Eve shopping only in June!