Silver Willow Gallery was established in May 2011 – not the most auspicious time for a new business, in terms of the economy. Still, some things must be tried, and we believed – and still believe – in what we are doing.Our major reason for founding the Gallery was to have a place to showcase and sell Maine arts and crafts. Maine has many talented artists and artisans, and in southern and coastal Maine there are a number of craft galleries and co-ops. In our area of eastern Maine, however, there are not so many. We felt that our Gallery could be unique among them. We look for well-made, creative arts and crafts, including books and CDs by Maine authors and musicians. We seek a balance in our selection, both in type of art or craft and style, and in price range.
Some of the people represented in our gallery are experienced and well-established, but we also want to provide a place for those who are just beginning to sell their work. If we can help them learn more and establish themselves as artisans, so much the better.
One of our goals is to give back to the community, to do good for others. To that end, we’ve held fund-raising events for Forgotten Felines, an organization that educates the public about free-roaming cats, helps to care for feral cats including a “trap-neuter-release” (TNR) program to reduce overpopulation, and places adoptable cats in new homes; Winterport Fuel Fund; Winterport Neighbor’s Cupboard (food pantry); and the Patient Fund of the Heart Center, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor. We also contribute items for fund-raising auctions for different groups or causes.
It is not easy to be a small business in a poor economy. People are uncertain about the future and spend their money very carefully. When someone buys at Silver Willow Gallery, they are purchasing a quality product handmade in Maine, supporting a local small business as well as the individual artist or artisan. Research has shown that only 13 cents of every dollar spent in the large chain stores stay in the local community, but 45 cents of every dollar spent at the local small businesses stay local. By shopping at your local small businesses, you not only support and help them continue in business, but you also help your local community by adding more dollars to its economy.
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