A recipient of NICHE Magazine’s Best Museum Store award, Alternatives Museum Shop is an eclectic retail gallery featuring functional handmade craft items. Members receive 10% off all purchases everyday. Gift certificates are available.

Featured Artist June 2014:

Kirk Kirkpatrick, One Good Turn, LLC

June 5, 2014 – July 25, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, June 6, 5 – 9 pm

One Good Turn LLC is based out of Haddon Heights, New Jersey and is currently displaying work at The Factory in Collingswood, New Jersey and The Markeim Art Center in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Kirk has more than thirty years of experience in developing his woodworking style. He received his BA in Industrial Arts Education at Glassboro State College in 1976, and then worked as an instructor of woodworking and design, AutoCAD, photography, drafting and design, and graphic arts until his retirement in 2013. For several years, Kirk has been creating his collection of handcrafted work for display at various craft and fine arts festivals. This collection celebrates both a deep appreciation for creativity, as well as quality craftsmanship. In a process called polychromatic turning, one-of-a-kind utilitarian artworks are crafted in finished natural woods. The artist selects contrasting species of wood, which are then shaped on a lathe. No stains, paints, or dyes are used in Kirk’s work. Colorful and unique, these pieces are perfect for decoration, entertaining guests, or as cherished keepsakes. One Good Turn LLC is owned by Kirk and Nancy Kirkpatrick.

Featured Artist August 2014:

Blown glass pieces by Jim LoewerJim Loewer, Jim Loewer Glass Co.

July 31, 2014 – September 25, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 5 – 9 pm

Raised in Columbia, SC, artist Jim Loewer presently resides in Philadelphia where he creates his intensely colorful and organic glass pieces. He holds a degree in painting from the University of California and a degree in teaching from the University of South Carolina. Jim taught for four years before devoting himself full-time to glass. Largely self-taught through trial and error, he focuses primarily on contemporary forms influenced by Japanese craft and the American studio glass movement. Each piece is hand-blown and lamp-worked borosilicate glass. Slight imperfections highlight the individual handcrafted quality of the work, which is purposely non-uniform. These bright and beautiful pieces, full of swirling color, can add a cheerful and often functional accent to any home.

Limited Edition Moe Brooker Print

Moe Brooker
The Substance of Feeling
Lithograph on Rives BFK paper
11 plates/runs 14 colors
22" x 22", Edition of 20

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About Alternatives Museum Shop
Alternatives Museum Shop at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) is an eclectic retail gallery featuring an assortment of fine art jewelry, dazzling glass, artfully designed wooden objects, innovative ceramic vessels, hand-printed and bound papers and books, and a variety of wearable fibers for men and women of all ages. Alternatives Museum Shop was the recent recipient of NICHE Magazine’s 2009 Best Museum Store, and a 2010 NICHE nomination.

Works by regional and national artisans make up the collection of functional and decorative handmade items that have been individually selected for quality and innovative design as well as each artist’s contemporary approach to his/her craft. Each artist-made item is either a one-of-a-kind or limited production item. In addition to its core artists, the shop is an ever-evolving space that is enhanced by regular featured artist shows, national juried exhibitions, and curated work by top-level collegiate programs highlighting a variety of craft mediums.