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Fine Art Museum gift shop offers a convenient holiday stop

As the holiday season approaches, the recently opened gift shop at the Fine Art Museum on the Western Carolina University campus offers a nearby but off the beaten path shopping opportunity.

The retail space is located in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, close to exhibitions and the 1,000-seat performance hall. The student operated shop is open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Glassware, jewelry and other local handcrafted items join art books, notebooks and prints for sale.

A student in the fine arts program assists customers at the FAM Shop.

A student in the fine arts program assists customers at the FAM Shop.

“We’re so pleased to open the FAM Shop, which promotes the value of locally-produced, handmade artwork by WCU students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Denise Drury Homewood, museum director. “Additionally, FAM Shop features a selection of notecards, postcards and exhibition catalogues featuring artwork from the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions.”

Tyann Stubbs, a fine arts major with a concentration in painting and drawing, works at the FAM gift shop. The rising senior said she can envision a career working within a gallery or museum because it encompasses everything she enjoys about the art community.

“I think it is great to see firsthand your peers selling their artwork,” Stubbs said. “It is really inspiring to see a place on campus that is so committed to helping their students, alumni and local community thrive.”

The gift shop can be included with tours to the museum. To schedule a tour for schools, groups and organizations, reserve a time by emailing dmbehling@wcu.edu.

The Fine Art Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on Thursdays to 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. To learn more about the gift shop or upcoming exhibits and events, go to fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or call 828-227-3591.

By Geoff Cantrell

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