I can’t help but think how lucky I am to have food on my table, a roof over my head, and no debt. Whenever I talk to a neighbor or listen to the news, I realize that many people are not so lucky. I believe we are all connected, and I can’t ‘sit pretty’ while my community is facing such difficult times.
Something went very wrong when a low price and convenience became more important than supporting the communities we live in. Many small towns have been tricked into trading their family owned businesses for empty main streets and mega stores with low wages and standards.
I don’t know how to solve big problems, but I am trying to make a difference where I can. I make an effort to buy food and materials for my artwork locally. I am now buying only made in America art supplies.
The next time you shop for gifts, consider supporting small businesses…and help keep them in our community. Here is a list of businesses that support me and my work. Check them out.
The Folk Art Shop – The first shop to welcome my artwork to Kentucky. Bertha’s shop is a one-of-a-kind experience. Her shop is the only log cabin on Main Street, and also her home. In her 80+ years, she has always been a devout supporter of local art.
The FUSION gallery – The FUSION gallery is an example of what the arts bring to a community. It was opened by 3 friends on Fairfield Avenue 10 years ago, and has been an active part of the street’s transformation into a thriving district for small business.
Indigenous, a handcrafted gallery – Contemporary Arts & Crafts with an emphasis on local artists. When not at the gallery, they are busy helping plan events to keep the O’Bryonville neighborhood a fun place to shop.
S. Bayly Boutique – a small shop with with a big social conscience. S. Bayly Boutique sell handmade, environmentally friendly and cruelty free products. They are active members of Louisville’s Crescent Hill neighborhood.
EAT Gallery – Specializing in rare and unusual gemstones from around the world, Simon and Laurie Watt have brought world famous American jewelers to Maysville, and worked hard to promote it’s charming small town way of life.