- Souris in first year of operation
© Guardian photo by Steve Sharratt
Quilter Ruth Aquilani demonstrates her skills at the Artisan on Main shop in Montague.
MONTAGUE — Summer sales at the Artisan on Main project here have doubled over last year and there’s lots of time left in the season.
That was the message delivered to town council here recently by project coordinator Andrew Rowe, who noted the number of member artisans has now tripled.
“It’s been a very good year so far and everyone is very pleased at the interest and growth,’’ Rowe said.
Artisans on Main was a pilot project last summer to bring artists together under one roof and create a shopping and tourist draw for the town. The town has provided funding for the project for two years now and the group hopes to continue next year as well.
There are now 41 artisans from around the region involved who staff and operate the Main Street gallery six days a week and provide work demonstrations as part of the attraction.
Souris Artisans is in its rookie year this summer, but what began with 13 artisans has now grown to 26 juried artists at its 100 Main Street store.
“We’re having a very successful first year,’’ said Joeanne Roche, the coordinator of the Souris Artisans project. “We’re glad to be part of this project and it certainly helps bring in visitors to the downtown.”
Total sales in Montague last year were $18,000 and Rowe said the project hit that mark half way through the summer. The gallery remains open until the end of September.
“We’re already banking for next year.’’