From its cheerful sidewalk flower garden and bright turquoise paint job to its funky old-time interior, Heartwood Gallery does not look like a typical gift shop. But inside you will find what gallery member Janet Greeson calls the “best kept secret in Fayetteville” — an abundance of locally-made, quality art at affordable prices.
Heartwood Gallery is an artists’ collective located in south Fayetteville just north of the intersection of Martin Luther King and Government streets. There are no mass produced items here. Everything is hand crafted within driving distance of Fayetteville by gallery members who take turns manning the shop. There is always an artist on hand to explain their work or to answer questions about the work of fellow artists.
A wide range of art is displayed on the walls and on tables scattered throughout the shop. A selection of prints and original watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings as well as hand colored etchings and pen and ink drawings are available. Terra cotta, ceramic and porcelain pottery selections range from whimsical creations to unique but practical mugs, bowls and dinnerware. Jewelry choices include stained or fused glass, porcelain and wire wrapped fossils, crystals and stones. Unusual sun-painted shirts are available along with purses, hats, scarves, mittens and slippers that are one-of-a-kind creations. Mosaics, baskets, gourd art, woodwork, clocks and truly imaginative lamps as well as greeting cards are also on display.
When gallery members are asked “What would you like people to know about Heartwood Gallery,” the answers are varied. Fabric artist Suzanne Bullard wants the public to know that gallery members are a widely diversified group representing all forms of media and as local artists the money from sales goes right back into the local economy. Margery Shore, potter and long-time gallery member, stated that she would like people to know that Heartwood Gallery is owned by a couple of artisans who put the environment and family at the forefront. Susan Bell, basket weaver, states that the gallery is the place where customers come to find a special gift made locally.
To learn more, contact Heartwood Gallery at 479-444-0888, or visit them at 428 S. Government St. in Fayetteville.
Heartwood Gallery is celebrating its 11th year in business with an open house on Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Customers old and new are invited to come in, enjoy refreshments, listen to local musicians, meet our artists, register for our Christmas drawing and hopefully find the perfect gift for someone on your shopping list. If you are a local artist and would like to learn more about becoming a gallery member, this would be a great opportunity to come in and introduce yourself.