“We think this might be our most beautiful store ever with some of the highest quality work,” said Troy Schmidt, a ceramic artist who has work in this year’s Yes Store, located at 807 State Street. The seasonal store has been showcasing area artist’s creations since 1968 and is open for two months each year. The organization is an artist-run co-op that selects different administrators to run the project each year and votes on a committee to select artists and a location. This year’s store features 48 different artists and a gift for anyone on your holiday list (or maybe a little treat for yourself), with items ranging from photo-printed soaps to kaleidoscopic necklaces to brass yard ornaments. “It is so much work to set this all up, but it’s gratifying once it’s done, and of course the tradition is great. Folks come in here as adults and remember coming in as kids,” said Schmidt, who specializes in hand-thrown miniature ceramics. The Yes Store is open until December 24 at 6 p.m. See facebook.com/theYesStore.
By Caitlin Fitch