Heyde Center launches a new art store -…

UNIQUE ART SHOP. The Heyde Center for the Arts now has an art shop dedicated to local creations. (Photo by Andrea Paulseth)

A local performance hall consolidates its status as a haven for local artists on and off the stage.

The Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, a popular performance venue, recently opened a new art shop inside its downtown location. The Heyde Center Art Shop offers a limited number of unique, handmade products featuring the works of local artists.

We really took advantage of the free time given to us to start curating local artwork.

Taylor Huppert

Heyde Center for the Arts

Taylor Huppert, performance services associate for the Heyde Center for the Arts, said the idea for the space came from an abundance of free time, which allowed staff to think about ways to support artists freelancers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve really taken advantage of the free time we’ve been given to start curating local artwork,” Huppert said. “By doing this, we are allowing ourselves to be prepared for when things reopen and we will have souvenirs available for the people of Chippewa Falls from local artists. They are inspired by local landscapes and images and will be able to take a piece of the city with them when they leave the Heyde Center.

Taylor Huppert working in the new art shop at the Heyde Center.

Taylor Huppert working in the new art shop at the Heyde Center. (Photo by Parker Reed)

Currently, the store offers watercolors, fiber art, magnets, pottery, hand-painted glasses, hand-dyed silks, and a plethora of other pieces by strictly local artists. The store is looking for pieces that will accentuate the unique qualities of the Chippewa Valley.

The Heyde Center Art Shop serves as both a means to support local artists during a difficult time and also a destination for patrons to continue supporting local art when events are possible again.

Interested artists who would like to inquire about having their art featured in the Heyde Center Art Shop can call the Heyde Center office at (715) 726-9000 and ask for Taylor Huppert. The store is open during normal business hours.