February 2020 RACC Member of the Month: Mountain Girl Gallery
The Mountain Girl Gallery was the brainchild of local artists, Deidra Krois and Kellie Day, when our current location came up for rent in 2017. We were interested in a gallery space to sell our work and the location at 609 Clinton Street with great natural lighting and high traffic was the perfect spot. We invited two other artists to join us in this leap of faith, Jill Rikkers and Shauna Tewskbury. Other artists have come and gone, but the current Mountain Girl Gallery team has been a great fit since 2018.
Who are the owners and staff?
The Mountain Girl Gallery is the cooperative effort of four local artists:
Blacksmith Jill Rikkers, Beautifully Served by Jill
Potter Deidra Krois, Wishing Star Pottery
Jeweler Lizzie Fike, EK Metals
Fiber artist Lucy Boody
What is your business philosophy?
The Mountain Girl Gallery is a supportive environment where women can sell their art and feel empowered as business owners. We value freedom of expression, professionalism, and enjoying the journey.
What are some of the most popular items that you sell?
By Jill: artisan kitchen serveware
By Deidra: handmade mugs
By Lizzie: local mountain-themed jewelry
By Lucy: felted soap
What’s new or unique at your business?
The artists continually create new and unique items, so there is always something ‘fresh’ in the gallery. Winter hours are Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. Summer hours usually start Memorial Day Weekend, and are five days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What makes Ridgway a great arts destination?
The Creative District designation has had a huge positive impact on encouraging the arts, which in turn is a strong economic driver for Ridgway. More people are coming to Ridgway as their destination get-away and supporting the local creative offerings.
What is important about being a Ridgway Chamber member?
Cooperative efforts to help small businesses get exposure are vital and the Chamber is an important part of marketing local businesses. The Chamber is inclusive and attentive to the marketing needs of local business owners.
To learn more about Mountain Girl Gallery, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 970-318-0382, or go online to https://www.facebook.com/mountaingirlgallery/. You can also connect with the artists on Instagram: @mountaingirlgallery. For information about arts and entertainment businesses in Ridgway, go to https://ridgwaycolorado.com/businesses/arts-entertainment.