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Allegory Gallery Newsletter—November Edition
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Coming Soon

     We've just ended our Dakota Stones trunk show, and we'd like to thank them for the wonderful assortment of stones that they sent!  We very much enjoyed sorting through them all, and our customers obviously thoroughly enjoyed them, as it was probably our largest show yet!  It's always very difficult to follow a proven winner, so where does that leave us?  Choosing another proven winner, that's where!  Cherry Tree beads has always been a hit in the store, and we're delighted to have their trunk show coming into the store for the holiday shopping season.  Available for a limited time starting this Tuesday, November 18th, we'll have a wonderful assortment from this North Carolina-based company.  We're super excited (we've already peeked inside the boxes), and we think you will be, too!

Art In Store

     At the beginning of this month, we had "The Affordable Art Stroll" in Ligonier, where we debuted the artwork of Johnstown artist, Todd Beisel.  His show, "The Whispering Woods", contains sixteen beautiful and fantastical watercolors.  While the opening reception has passed, we will have Todd's artwork available through the holiday season.  Beautiful, affordable, and local artwork is what you'll find in his latest collection, and we're sure you'll be just as enthralled with his artwork as we have been.  Stop in the store to see his artwork in person, or, if you're unable to make it to Ligonier, view it online on our website.  

 

On the Road

     On Saturday, November 22nd, Allegory Gallery will be packing up some very special goodies and heading to the Handmade Holiday Arts & Crafts Show in Verona, Pennsylvania to set up a holiday table.  This is a show open to the pubic where there will be many vendors set up for your handmade-holiday shopping needs.  There will also be entertainment from Victorian actor, Professor Styles, free caricatures, and face painting!  It's a great place to take your family, and we hope that you'll consider joining in on the fun!  The show runs from 1 P.M. till 7 P.M.  Make the holiday season special for everyone…get great handmade gifts for your loved ones, and help support your local community at the same time!  

Inspired by Reading Book Club

     Allegory Gallery hosts a country-wide book club every month.  This is no ordinary book club, as it doesn't end with everyone just getting together to discuss the book. In our book club, everyone is challenged to create a unique project inspired by the book we've read.  This could be a necklace, a painting, a poem…the options are truly endless.  We will be getting together in-store to discuss November's book, "Proust's Overcoat: The True Story of One Man's Passion for All Things Proust", on Wednesday, December 3rd from 6 P.M. till 9 P.M.  For those who cannot make it in-store, a blog hop is always set up for everyone to view the wonderful creations made by each participant.  It's a tremendous amount of fun, and quite a bit more fun than just your traditional book club!  

View our Facebook Group for more information.  

 

Featured Jewelry Artist: Michelle Mach

     We are very excited to welcome Michelle Mach's jewelry back to Allegory Gallery.  Customers have loved her steampunk work in the past…so much so that we had a hard time keeping it all in the store!  She's back with a wonderful assortment of new jewelry, and we couldn't be happier with the finished products.  Coming off of just having written her first book, "Unexpected Findings", we consider ourselves very lucky to have received a new stash of jewelry from this very talented artist.  On her blog, Michelle gives a few reasons why purchasing jewelry in a shop or gallery makes more sense than purchasing online.  One of her points states:
 

"A shop or gallery is curated with a limited number of other jewelry designers. These designs have been chosen to be featured because they meet a certain standard of quality.  Anyone can sell online, which is both good and bad.  The crowded online marketplace makes it easy to compare prices, but not quality."
 

     We could't agree more.  We have very few jewelry artists that we work with to sell in our store, and we firmly believe in only providing our customers with the best…Michelle Mach's work is certainly no exception to our rule.   

The Holiday Season: A Note from William

     Andrew and I opened Allegory Gallery just over three years ago, in 2011.  We weren't quite sure what we were getting ourselves into back then, but we took that risk anyway.  And I am glad that we did.  We've met so many wonderful people over the past three years…so many who we'd have never met otherwise.    This time of year always brings back so many memories (as it's a particularly favorite time of year for me), and when I think back to our opening year, I always remember the excitement of being in Ligonier for our first holiday season.  

     Every year since, I've noticed that there's a magical thing that happens in our small town during the holidays.  During Thanksgiving, you can honestly see the thankfulness in people…they carry it with them and pass it along as they walk up and down the sidewalks, greeting one another.  During the now-dreaded Black Friday shopping day, you don't see the horror stories (so often heard in the media) playing out in front of you.  Instead, you see happy, non-frantic people who have chosen to support their local community by shopping local instead of wrestling one another for one of two giant televisions that the local big-box, corporate store may (or may not) still have.  And, during Christmas, with its wintery chill in the air, the streets are a-light with luminaries and there are wreaths, red bows, and strings of lights all over town.  Christmas trees can be seen in nearly every window, and there is a lightness that comes over people.  

     Growing up, it was always a tradition in my family to watch "It's a Wonderful Life".  Andrew always says that Ligonier is like Mayberry with a fort, and there is a lot of truth in that.  During the holidays, however, Ligonier turns into a sort of Bedford Falls…a place where everyone knows one another, everyone is wishing only the best for one another, and everyone supports one another.  You'll see young people helping to clear away snow for the older generation and if someone's vehicle gets stuck in the snow, they are swarmed by neighbors willing to help.  There is truly that feeling of community in the air.  

     This holiday season, we hope that you'll choose to help support small, independent business.  Just as the old Bailey Building and Loan, we always do what we can to give back to and support our small town.  Allegory Gallery will be open during our normal business hours throughout the holiday shopping season, and we're also available by appointment nearly any time (just give us a call to book).  With small business, you get personal, tailored attention that you won't find elsewhere.  We hope you'll decide to bypass all those Pottersvilles this year, and join the many stores of Ligonier instead.  We feel sure you'll be glad that you did.  

     Thank you for your support over these past three years…we could't have done it without you…and we would't have wanted to, either.

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