On April 22nd, the Verksted Gallery in Poulsbo is celebrating 30 years in business with a special day of artist demos, cake, music, and activities. The gallery was founded in 1987, and has moved four times along Front Street in Poulsbo, each time finding a larger and more accessible space. They have been in their current location, a double-wide space formerly occupied by Holly Haus, for over 13 years.
As a co-operative art gallery, one of the oldest in the State of Washington, each artist actively participates in the gallery’s business by working shifts. They also help with day-to-day duties, and participate on committees that handle everything from the bookkeeping to displays, marketing, and supplies. In exchange for all of this help, the gallery can afford to run without any paid staff, and have a low commission rate that makes the art very affordable for the customers. It makes for a great formula that equals unique locally-made hand-crafted art at great prices!
At the Birthday celebration on April 22, there will be several art demonstrations. You’ll find Andy Buck knuckle-deep in clay (throwing pots) and Norm Hix in his full body armor (turning wood) – they are a sight to behold, and a definite crowd pleaser. Also demonstrating their work will be Mary Lynn Smaaladen (calligraphy), Bob Rau (cigar box guitars), Eileen Schneegas (enamels), and Susan Norman (eco-friendly oils).
There will be cake and apple cider for free all day long, and live music. And to boot, the gallery is giving away gift certificates in a free raffle drawing. No purchase required to enter.