Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:22 AM
Photo by Wanda Jackson. Local artist and entrepreneur Sharon Keyser-Jackson makes one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories featuring fine fabrics, bold patterns and her signature “glam girl” artwork.
Published on: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
By Wanda Jackson
Art is one of many cultural attractions in Prince George’s County and the Washington metro area. There are art galleries in abundance and almost without question an artist to fit just about any taste or occasion.
At the Brentwood Arts Exchange in the Gateway Arts Center, you will find an inspiring display of fine crafts and functional art by local artists — ceramic ware, hand-made jewelry, glass-blown vases, hand-painted silk scarves, handbags made from natural materials, drawings and paintings.
On Friday — the day after Thanksgiving — Brentwood Arts Exchange joins the ranks of large and small U.S. retailers with the launch of its first “Black Friday Sale.”
The sale marks the “first time that items in the craft store will be available at a 20-percent discount,” said Ashley McDonald, Brentwood Arts Exchange marketing coordinator.
“This sale eliminates the pre-dawn rush and unruly crowds. Customers who shop at BAE (Brentwood Arts Exchange) can expect a light and carefree twist to their Black Friday shopping experience with the store operating at its normal hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,” McDonald said.
More than 90 percent of sales commissions are paid to the artists.
Local artists with products available at Brentwood Arts Exchange include Arnold Hurley, Belle Hinnefeld, Christopher Stever, Diane Tuckman, Elsie Klumpner, Falani Spivey, Fran Asbeck, Gary Irby, Hsin-Hsi Chen, James Landry, Jose Piedra, Karen Arrington, Karen Clark, Leo Lex, Lucy Reedy, Mary Giammatteo, Michael Brehl, Nancy Donnelly, Ronnie Spiewak and Sharon Keyser-Jackson.
On Black Friday, Brentwood Arts Exchange also will provide arts and craft activities for children, while parents shop, and free refreshments for its patrons.
Just minutes from the University of Maryland’s main campus in College Park, off Route 1, the Brentwood Arts Exhange craft store is located in the Gateway Arts Center at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood.
For additional information about the Brentwood Arts Exchange store, call 301-277-2863 or TTY 301-446-6802. Select products can be viewed on the virtual craft store at http://arts.pgparks.com/.