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What a Find! - 1956 Craft Horizons - Shop One
December 11, 2016
Browsing the internet one evening, this beauty popped up on the screen. A 1956 Craft Horizon issue with a classic 'mid-century modern' cover design. Digging deeper, it reveals the article that introduces Shop One to the art and craft world.
"Probably every craftsman at some time or other considers opening his own shop to sell things he makes. This story of four who did so, combining their talents and resources to set up a crafts store, unusual in its close contact between customer and craftsman. Located in Rochester, New York, it is called Shop One."
Read the article and discover the wealth of notable names of craftsmen - the founders Jack Prip, Tage Frid, Frans Wildenhain and Ron Pearson. Karl Laurel, Hans Christensen, Lawrence Copeland, Max Nixon, Robert Donovan, Richard Wakamoto, and Hobart Cowles all displayed and sold their work.
Barbara Newton (Cowles) is acknowledged - "Not the least of this craft store's assets is its lovely manager whose basic aim is the presentation of crafts in as home-like setting as possible". Barbara became a managing partner at Shop One.
This is a beautiful record of Shop One's role in the roots of the Craft Movement.
The One and Only
May 2, 2016
For those who were fortunate to see the Shop One: Then and Now show in the Bevier Gallery at RIT during October and November 2014 viewed amazing works of art and craft. Many pieces came from private collections and have not been seen by the public since being displayed on the shelves and walls of Shop One between the years of 1953 and 1976. The show was a treasure trove of craft and an engaging walk down memory lane for those who shopped at Shop One. It was an exciting and educational experience for those unaware of the ‘One and Only’ Shop One.
Many people remember and are inspired to share their personal connection to Shop One on Troup Street and later on Alexander Street in Rochester. They relished the experience, attended the openings, met the artists, and ate the brownies. Yes, brownies! It was a heady time with a can-do attitude. All the cool people were there. There was a sense of discovery. One never knew what they would find at Shop One. It was the Craft Movement in full swing and the public was introduced to an array of crafts not seen in any retail venue. There were no craft galleries until ‘The One and Only’.
A plethora of first-time visitors have sought out Shop One² after seeing the show in the Bevier Gallery. ‘Wow! We didn’t know about this!” They are curious about the similarities to Shop One and are thrilled to re-experience that same sense of discovery.
Indeed, Shop One² has work by some of ‘the original’ artists who showed in Shop One; William Keyser, Nancy Jurs, Albert Paley, Tarrant Clements, Alec Hazlett and Kurt Feuerherm. Shop One² also showcases work by RIT alumni who live and work across the country. RIT faculty, students and regional artists show their work as well. The pool of artistic and design talent is rich and diverse.
If you want a different experience, come by to discover what Shop One² is all about….’The One and Only’, too!
Shop One² in the news
February 14, 2016
Wendy Marks, the director of Shop One² at RIT's Global Village joins Nannette Nocon to describe this unique destination to find original art, craft and design. They discuss the history of Shop One² and its direction for the future. Watch episode here: http://bit.ly/2443wKI