New art shop in Hollis features works by region’s artists

Courtesy photo New shop coordinator Karen Provost in Hollis’ Wild Little Art Shop.

“One hundred percent local” is the rallying cry at Hollis’s Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, which has augmented its gallery with the addition of a gift shop featuring local artists and artisans.

Now in its fifth year, Wild Salamander is known for both its art gallery and adult and youth art classes, camps and workshops offered throughout the year. Now, with extensive renovations completed, the “Wild Little Art Shop” has become a colorful showroom outlet for artists and fine craftspeople from the area.

“The first version of the Wild Little Art Shop first opened in November of 2014 as a ‘Pop up Holiday Shop’,” said owner and director KC Morgan. “After that, folks kept asking why it wasn’t open year round, so we followed their advice and went for it.”

Last summer the space was redesigned by co-owner and professional theatrical scene designer, Charles Morgan, who built shelving and countertops, incorporating reclaimed local hardwoods into the space. Additional artists and fine crafters discovered it, and the shop has grown from there.

The store boasts 100 percent local artists, primarily from southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts. Wild Salamander recently brought on Karen Provost as shop coordinator, who is bringing a wider variety of items to the shelves. An established mixed-media artist working out of the Western Avenue Studios in Lowell, Mass., Provost has a colorful and creative background. Having owned and operated her own quilting shop, she began a new chapter in her life by attending the New Hampshire Institute of Art. She shared her “passion for paper arts” while managing a specialty shop in Westford, Mass.

“Her expertise and artistic sense will bring nothing but good things to the shop,” Morgan said.

“People don’t realize that the entire downstairs of the building is now devoted to local art,” she said. “On the east side we have the “Whitty Gallery” where we feature group or solo art shows, and the whole west side is the renovated shop. Our classes take place upstairs in our art classrooms.”

In addition to framed and matted artwork, the Wild Little Art Shop also features pottery, jewelry, woodworking, glass work, metal work, stained glass, textiles, gifts for kids and a lot more. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday, with hours listed on the Wild Salamander website at wildsalamander.com.

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