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February 2020 RACC Member of the Month: Mountain Girl Gallery

In an ongoing effort to promote our local businesses and organizations, the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to introduce our February 2020 Member of the Month:
Mountain Girl Gallery
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Throughout February, the artists are offering a gallery-wide 10% discount to anyone who mentions Mountain Girl Gallery’s selection as RACC Member of the Month.
How did your business come to be?
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 , 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.
 

Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19, and is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62).

P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432

800.220.4959
970.626.5181

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