Mel and Rejina Christopher today announced the sale of their beloved business to member artist Mary Danko Williams.
The Little Art Shop, a premier art gallery and gift shop in Benicia, features over 25 local artists representing a multitude of specialty and artisan art forms.
Mel and Rejina recently retired to New Mexico and decided it was time to hand over the keys to a new chef.
“There were a few potential buyers vying for LAS, but Mary’s heart for art and heart for artists won out. Mary also brings expertise in business, art and innovation. She is ultra-creative and hardworking, so it is with pleasure that we hand over the keys to our beloved gallery and gift shop to her, ”said Rejina Christopher.
Mel Christopher added, “The timing was perfect for both of us and we are totally confident that she will take our talented community to new levels.”
Mary’s love for art began over 40 years ago when her grandmother taught her the fine arts of Chinese painting. Since then, she has developed her skills to include fused glass art and sand sculpture. Her many years as an engineer and Senior Executive Director of Residences also give her the business knowledge necessary to bring new ideas and enthusiasm to LAS.
Williams’ quality assurance experience with a particular focus on delivering ‘Wow’ levels of customer service to the businesses she has run allows her to take the pulse of The Little Art Shop and the customers it serves.
She said: “It’s so exciting to be the new chef of The Little Art Shop of Benicia! During my ten months as a Member Artist, I have grown to love this quaint boutique deeply. I am so grateful to Mel and Rejina for giving me the baton with this business they built and I will work hard to preserve the essence and magic of our customers when they enter our home.
The Little Art Shop has been a Bay Area staple for over two decades. It started out as a potter’s studio in Fairfield, then quickly evolved into an artist’s shop known for many years as The Clay Station, then more recently as The Little Art Shop. Four years ago the company moved to its current location in the historic tannery building on First Street in Benicia.
This gallery and gift shop takes pride in the fact that every piece inside its doors is handcrafted and created by local artists, and features a wide range of artwork – woodworking to quilling, from fused glass to resin flows, from welded metal to the delicate art of fiber.
“Mary Danko Williams is the perfect fit to continue to lead our creative community and care for the many clients we serve,” said Rejina Christopher.
The Little Art Shop will be celebrating its fourth anniversary and will have the opportunity to meet the new owner during an open house on July 24, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and the opportunity to meet many of their talented and creative artists.