New art gallery opens

Staff Reports

Artisans International gallery features art from Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Kenya, South Africa and the United States in glass, textiles, wood and ceramics.

Owner Bronwyn Mason opened her business in Minden Village on April 4, but has been selling artisans' crafts on the Web for three years.

"All the art is 3-D," said Mason. "The wall art is textiles and weavings. We have everything from animals, bowls, vessels and pillows."

Artisans International has work from more than 30 artists and groups - several of which are non-profit organizations assisting women in gaining economic independence.

Mason said she believes in the need to support artists so they have the financial freedom to pursue their creative expressions. She looks for artists who create work in the traditional techniques of their country but with a contemporary view.

"That takes the artists' native craft to the next level where people want it in their homes because it fits their lifestyle," Mason said.

There is something for everyone in the gallery - Native American art, African beaded animals and dolls, art quilts and tapestries, wire baskets and plates woven in traditional Zulu style and amber and turquoise jewelry.

Prices start at $10 for quilted cards and beaded animals. With an average price of $130, many items are appropriate for gifts or additions to the home.

Artisans International is in Minden Village at 1653 Lucerne St. Suite B and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

View a selection of work at or call 783-8881 for more information.

What: Artisans International

Where: 1653 Lucerne St. Suite B, Minden

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Info: 783-8881


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