Mercantile Showcases Community Art

Ashley Wilson

“Art for the community and a community for the arts” is the motto for Bear Creek Mercantile. The shop is located just off Highway 2 in the former “Kountry Kritter” location. What started as a brainchild of six local artists, has now grown into a co-op with 14 members who contribute by sharing a myriad of skills and artwork. “Surprisingly, it has not been difficult to create an art group in this rural area.” Says board member, Mary Lee Rozelle. “It has been amazing to discover the truly outstanding artists that live in our community! We feature originals and prints of many paintings with varying prices and a huge variety of items suitable for gift giving and treating oneself. We are always aware of the local economy and strive to make our art affordable for everyone.”

The mercantile is an eclectic wonderland of media. Artwork abounds in a vast variety of styles. Paintings and photographs are in ample supply, but also leather art, scratchboard, woodwork, and more. There is a vintage area curated for collectors. Household items such as goat milk soap, glassware, and soy candles are available as well. They’ve even added food from local growers to the store and hope to expand those offerings as they build their farmer’s market network. “We pride ourselves on being a unique store with amazing, talented members in an extraordinary and appreciative community.” Rozelle remarks. Although the mercantile does not take consignments, creators that are not members of the co-op are still welcomed to showcase their work for a minimal fee every Saturday. There are also special events featured each month on Saturdays. Past events have included animal swaps, car shows, and flower sales.

Read the full story in the November 10, 2021 edition of the Deer Park Tribune.

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