Ackland Adds Store/Gallery space on Franklin Street

Local artists are included in the retail area in the front of the photo, as well as in the gallery along Franklin Street, seen at the back of this photo.

On May 5, the Ackland Museum opened the Ackland Museum Store at the corner of Columbia and Franklin Streets (100 E. Franklin), finally filling a long empty, but important corner in Chapel Hill.  The Ackland Museum Store will help promote and support the Ackland, especially given its very visible location, while proceeds from the location will support exhibitions and educational programs at the museum. Melinda Rittenhouse, gallery manager, says “We want to be a gateway to the Ackland, directing people to it’s wonderful collection of art”.

In addition to promoting the Museum, the Store will also promote local artists and craftsmen. While it has the usual eclectic mix of books, children’s toys and home goods we have come to expect at museum stores these days, the Ackland store also features local artists, such as Seagrove potters, in the “store” side, while the “gallery side” has “rotating exhibitions of original artworks in a variety of media by local and regional artists and artisans”.   Currently, the Gallery is featuring “Nothing is Impossible” which represents seven North Carolinians who have in some way been transformed by association with the Penland School of Crafts.

The Store’s staff is currently working on a process for reviewing art and craft for inclusion in both the store and the gallery.  At this point, they require artists to submit images of work, which will be reviewed by staff of the Gallery and the Museum.   Rittenhouse says, this procedure is “still a work in progress” .

Part of the current gallery show "Nothing is Impossible".

 

The gallery is open late for Chapel Hill’s Second Friday Artwalk and is planning further special events.  So far, response has been good, according to Rittenhouse.  “The opening has been well received by the community” The central location at Columbia and Franklin, across the street from FRANK Gallery and next door to the Ackland, certainly helps concentrate more arts venues at this end of Chapel Hill and expand the stops for the Second Friday ArtWalk.

Store hours will be Mon-Sat, 10-5:30 pm, Thursday 10-8:30pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm.

 

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