When Yellow Door Art Market owners Steve and April McCrumb dreamed up the idea of opening a place where local artists could create their own permanent mini-galleries, they didn’t anticipate such a grand reception from the community.
“We’ve been beyond thrilled with the success of Yellow Door and the best part is 85% of all sales goes right back to the artist” McCrumb says.
That fact paired with the diverse collection of goods and price ranges is why Yellow Door customers continue to support this creative community.
“We’ve doubled our projected sales” McCrumb says. “There’s no doubt we definitely filled a retail niche that allows people to shop local all year long.”
Yellow Door Art Market features art and craft items ranging from clothing, photography, decorative items, clothing, purses and jewelry from over 60 Michigan artists, plus books from Michigan authors, Michigan-made food, and items made by student artists.
Participating artists agree. Award-winning tile artist Gretchen Kramp just signed on for another year of showcasing and selling her work at the market.
“Yellow Door is providing a venue in which artists have a bit more creative control over the presentation and selection of work exhibited than in the more traditional gallery or shop settings,” Kramp says. “Because of this sense of proprietorship, there’s an energy and excitement that carries into the displays and a greater sense of community among the artists as well.”
“As long as we can continue to introduce talented artists to people who love and appreciate hip handmade wares, our yellow doors will remain open for many years to come,” McCrumb says.
Yellow Door Art Market, located in Berkley at 3141 W. 12 Mile Rd., will be celebrating its 1st anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10am to 6pm. by offering 15% off the majority of their handmade wares and serving Michigan-made treats.