Mulvane Gift Shop Opening captures attention of patrons

Taylor Jaimes

Visitors to the Mulvane Art Museum will be able to take some of the museum home with them. The Mulvane Gift Shop grand opening was held on Friday, Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The event was put on thru the joint efforts of the bookstore and the gift shop. Refreshments were provided in the lobby area from 3 to 8 p.m..

The grand opening was a lot of fun and the gift shop is amazing,” said Melanie Beeghly, freshman. “I think it is definitely a great addition to the Mulvane Art Museum. I think it will bring a lot more people in.”

The Mulvane Gift Shop gave prizes away at the door. Different gift shop items, such as Thomas Kincade night lights.were given as prizes

The Mulvane Gift Shop has many different items varying from pottery, wood boxes, purse hangers, shirts, pencils, book markers, Zulugrass jewelry and tote bags.

“We have fun gifts for friends or gifts for your parents when you go home to visit,” said Adrianne Johnson, merchandise manager.

A 25 percent discount was given on all non-consignment merchandise at the grand opening. The Mulvane Gift Shop also offers discounts to members of Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum. There was also a clearance rack with items such as garden flags, Mulvane Art Museum mugs and other items.

“Another thing that brings people to the Mulvane Art Museum, and hopefully to the Mulvane gift shop, is the Art Lab,” said Bonnie Artzer,  shopper. “[It’s] a hands on experience, it has nine different stations of art that people can participate in. Everything in the [lab] was donated. The Art Lab is open to the public for no charge.”

There were a lot of pieces on consignment by local artists in the Mulvane Gift Shop. Kymm Hughes jewelry, Steven T. Johnson books, Nancy Overmyer gord pens and Jim Bass. Lynn Wilson made some robot pieces to tie in with the museum.

“I really like the gift shop,” said Angel Benton, freshman. “I think it is really awesome that they have so many pieces from local artists that you can buy.”

The Mulvane Gift Shop is open during regular museum hours; Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7p.m., Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Mulvane Gift Shop can be contacted at (785) 670-1395.

“We invite students to always come in and show their artwork to us,” said Johnson. “We are always looking for new artwork.”