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Partnering with Community

By Kat Ford

The Bascom Shop serves as a vital conduit for art reaching the wider world and a critical lifeline for professional artists.

The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts takes great pride in supporting visual artists through many avenues, including artistic entrepreneurship.

Since the fall of 2017, The Bascom Shop has been strategically planning a diverse, multi-channel platform to offer both local and regional artists opportunities to sell and display their work. Within The Bascom Shop, a wide variety of handmade work of varying gift-giving price points and mediums provides a robust shopping experience.

The monthly Pop Up Shop series, designed as a platform that allows artists to tell a larger narrative, explores new artistic concepts, and introduces their body of work to members and guests of The Bascom, has been captivating art collectors in the Greehey Atrium since 2018.

Through community partnerships with organizations like Sotheby’s International Realty and The Cashiers Historical Society’s Designer Showhouse, artists are given an opportunity to show work in unique off-campus locations.

The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is not only rich in artistic talent, but is also rich in a community that loves art and artists. The Bascom considers it a great honor to partner with our community in creating income-generating opportunities for our creative family. A gift bought from The Bascom not only warms the heart of the recipient untying the bow, but also helps support The Bascom as we receive a portion of each purchase. An even larger portion goes directly into the pockets of artists in our region, paying rent, utilities, and groceries, thereby sustaining an artistic entrepreneur.

We invite you to join us in making the holidays a blessed season for those in our community who make a living through creativity. Come shop at The Bascom and find out what treasure is waiting just for you.

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