For the rest of May 2020 Art Collective will remain closed to the public. Bette and I would rather be safe than sorry and practice caution. For the time being we offer virtual Look-Around appointments (shop virtually with owner Chelsea *Sparks*) or you can purchase a gift card to shop later! These virtual appointments are very nice because you get the story behind the artists & makers.
Orders can be received by you via:
1-curbside pickup (contactless)
2-local delivery (contactless)
Look-Around Appointments and Gift Cards can be found on our website.
Stay safe. Support small business.
Now Available E Gift Cards & Virtual Shopping Appointments
These are trying times for us all in many different ways. I understand that many many people are struggling, so this is not meant to disrespect anyone's situation. I am speaking as a small business owner in her second year of owning a retail shop selling 18 regional artists' work. I'm working to be creative to figure out how those out there that love our shop and need a gift or want a treat for themselves - might seek our shop to get a gift that isn't from Amazon or other online place. A customer that values handmade and one-of-a-kind pieces. So if that happens to be you, please keep reading to see how you can shop our unique works with me virtually.
In order to serve our customers we offer E Gift cards & virtual shopping appointments with the owner, Chelsea *Sparks*. E gift cards can be purchased here on our website.
These Look-Around Appointments are a virtual shopping experience where the owner, Chelsea *Sparks*, walks you around the shop and shares what we have in stock. Your appointment will be via Facebook Messenger, FaceTime (iphone only) or a Zoom meeting. The standard time slot is for a 30 minute lookaround.
If you see something you like during your Look Around:
1- You can place an order to be shipped. I’ll send an invoice for your purchase plus shipping, once it's paid online or over the phone, I will mail your package to you (or for you, in case you want to send it as a gift).
OR if you are local
2- You can place an order for free delivery in Frederick, MD. I’ll send an invoice for your purchase. Once it's paid online or on the phone, I will set up a day and time for delivery to your door.
Thank you for your time in reading this. Thank you to all the people that are out there taking care of us all - all the hospital staff, the people behind the scenes that keep the hospitals going, the first responders and all those that are keeping the essential stores open.
Sending love and hope for you and yours,
Art Collective is closed for the time being, but feel free to reach out here. Small businesses still need support in these trying times. Consider following us on FB also to see what we are up to.
I’m working on getting our merchandise in an online store. Bette and I will be creating live events on FB to show what we have. Items will be available for curbside pick up or to be shipped via USPS.
Chelsea, Art Collective Owner
The time before spring is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what seeds have been cozied in the ground over the Winter, and to look ahead to growing our Vision in 2020.
In 2018, we grew from the Chelsea *Sparks* Pop-Up Shop to the full-time shop Art Collective in 2019, which now has the space to host other pop-up artists, classes, and small workshops throughout the year. More on this in the Classes and Workshops sections below...
January 2020 saw the one-year anniversary of the Shop’s Opening. It also brought a new Artnership with Betty Brody, of Bette’s Creations®, formerly in the Shops at Damascus. Bette is a self-taught mixed media artist specializing in handcrafted journals/books, paper design, mixed media, & unique jewelry. Retired from the corporate world, she is now a full-time artist. Find her on FaceBook and Instagram. Sharing our time working the shop has given me a welcome respite, and a chance to cultivate future creative projects.
We are excited to share about some new Artists, Classes, & Workshops coming up with Art Collective...
Upcoming Classes & Workshops
Our classes and workshops offer opportunities to learn various mixed media techniques and connections to other artists & makers. For all details about supply lists, supplies provided, optional items to bring, and how to sign up, please visit our workshop page.
Junk Journal Journey Workshop
Unique Nature Inspired Designs
Steampunk 3D Sea Creatures
It's so exciting! Kecia is coming to teach a workshop at Art Collective in June of 2020. Please enjoy this short video by Kecia about her art & inspiration. Details for the workshop can be found on our Workshops page.