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Gateway Artists Light up the Holidays

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In preparation for the holiday season, new Gateway artist Hannah DeFelice has been hard at work producing a vast number of holiday related cards, creches, and menorahs.  After each unique item is finished it travels from the second floor studios where DeFelice crafted it to a street level store to be sold.  After finalizing a last detail, DeFelice smiles and proudly declares another unique and intricate menorah complete, and ready for a customer.

 

 

Like many of Gateways artistically gifted artists, DeFelice has found professional career support for her entrepreneurial spirit here in the studios.  DeFelice has succeeded in harnessing her talent and skills to satisfy a captive consumer audience, nearly selling out of her handmade menorahs within a week of them hitting the shelves of the Gateway Store, located at 62 Harvard Street in Brookline Village.

 

“We have several dedicated customers, they come back every year” explains Gateway Store Manager Loel Westermann.  “We usually have a few menorahs to sell… this year we have so many good ones, Hannah made some beautiful ones, and they’re flying off the shelves!”
At Gateway artists have access to high quality materials as well as artistic critique and skills-building with a staff of professionally trained artist supervisors.  And just like other professional artists, they receive the industry standard 50% commission for the sale of their work.

 

DeFelice’s work, alongside the work of the 100 unique and dynamic artists working at Gateway, will be available for sale at Gateway’s 45th Annual Holiday Fair on December 1st.  Celebrating 45 years of supporting meaningful lives and careers in art for people with disabilities, Gateway Arts may be Boston’s best kept secret for truly unique, and meaningful holiday shopping.