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One of the delights of
Keeping it Local is the
opportunity to become
acquainted with local
shopkeepers and to build
a relationship with them
over time as their business
grows. Participating in that
growth, through visits to
their stores, strengthens
that connection and a sense of personal
investment in their business.
Since the opening of
Two Sisters Gallery,
328 S. Main Street in Bel Air, owners
Debbie Haywood and Bonnie Hardy
have grown their business, refining their
product selection and their mission to
promote fine American craft artisans.
Both sisters had always loved fine art
and craft and had "dabbled" in a variety
of artworks. Debbie's involvement with
fundraising at
Maryland Institute College of
Art
had deepened her awareness of American
Craft. She opened the Gift Gallery with sister
Bonnie in November 2003, representing a
modest selection of artists, along with gift
baskets and `impulse' items. Over the years,
they have traveled to juried artshows
throughout the country and developed
relationships with artists creating unique
works in glass, metal, wood, ceramics and fibers.
"We work hard at finding and building
relationships with our artists," Debbie told
us. "They're tuned into the latest trends and
colors. Many of the items we carry are designed
for our store and our local community . . .
Taste in art is so subjective. We don't carry
items that we wouldn't want to buy for
ourselves. We rely on our customers to let
us know what they like." And it's become
obvious that their customers like the unique
artisan-made crafts at
Two Sisters.
The newly expanded and remodeled shop is
inviting, with additional display space for
the expanded inventory. Jewelry by Patricia
Locke, LaContessa, Rebecca McNenrey,
Jim and Tori Mullan and Zoe Chicco are
displayed in gleaming cases. Household
ceramics and glassware, along with wooden
boxes and trays, share space with
metal sculptures ranging from
desk-top or mantel to garden
bench and outdoor size.
Two Sisters
now offers a wedding
and gift registry as well as custom
bridal jewelry. The jewelry,
featuring crystals and freshwater
pearls, can be custom created to match and
complement the bride's gown and the bridal
party's dresses, making a memorably keepsake.
Unique wedding bands of titanium and steel
complete the wedding theme; custom designs
are also available through the store's artisans.
And, of course, there are fun gifts for special
babies: poetry blankets, soft animal dolls, and
whimsical nightlights it's never too early to
expose babies to fine art!
In fact, as Debbie explains, "even in this
difficult economy, people still have a desire
for beautiful objects. We have smaller, more
affordable items that provide the same
quality of design and artistry to add beauty
to everyday life."
Two Sisters Gallery
is Hidden in Plain Sight at
328 S. Main Street in Bel Air. Stop
in frequently to enjoy their
fine American-made
crafts and artworks
and take part in
the growth of this
unique gallery.
by fran johnson
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