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Cincy Chic: What is The Collective?
Aly Stacy, director at The Collective: The Collective is a curated gallery/boutique of sorts. It is housed in a beautiful historic church in a quaint village town and holds a collection of works from 100 local and regional artists.
Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Stacy: Art shows are a big inspiration behind The Collective. I love, not only being a part of art shows, but also walking them, immersing myself in them. I love meeting the artists that create the work and feel so inspired by it all. Artists are generally, very interesting people.
Cincy Chic: Who’s behind The Collective?
Stacy: My name is Aly Stacy and I am the mastermind and curator of the space. But without my fellow artists and the help of my talented carpenter husband, Beau, we would not have The Collective.
I have been lucky enough to be part of the art show circuit and world for over 14 years now with my clothing and accessory company, KreativeMindz. In that time, I have befriended and crossed paths with many talented artists. The space, itself, kind of fell in my lap. It was the spark that started what is now The Collective. I had just returned from a run of shows down in Florida in February 2020 and said yes to opening this space. 2 weeks later, Covid hit. I wasn’t sure how this was all going to play out, but I knew continuing to build and open this space was important. I’m so grateful we pushed through and did it, despite the challenges. I believe, with all the cancelations of art shows and such, that this space has helped many artists out, giving them another outlet to sell their work.
Cincy Chic: Where is The Collective located and what are your hours?
Stacy: The Collective is located at 411 Walnut Street in New Richmond, Ohio. A short but beautiful drive from the city, along the Ohio Scenic River Highway. It’s hard to miss the big, beautiful church that sits on the corner of 52 and Walnut Street.
We are open Wednesday-Saturday 11-5 and Sunday 12-4.
Cincy Chic: What products do you carry in your store?
Stacy: We carry works of 100 artists right now. A curated collection. We have such a wide range of products currently displayed. From fine paintings and photographs, to jewelry and home goods, to ceramics and soaps, to clothing and bags. We even carry a local coffee roaster and cookie maker. We likely have a little something for everyone. It isn’t just a spot to come grab a unique gift for yourself or someone you love, it’s a space that I am hopeful everyone will enjoy and feel inspired by before they leave.
Cincy Chic: What makes The Collective unique?
Stacy: I think a lot of things make The Collective unique, but I really think the extent of our collection and talent, along with the huge beautiful space that houses it, makes it so special. It’s an experience, not just a shopping trip. Most of the artists have provided a bio or story, to go along with their pieces. This helps people connect with the maker, even though they are not in the store physically. Making it more of an art show experience, but in a store. It is also run by an artist for artists. Connecting the art to its people. It’s something I am very passionate about.
Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
Stacy: We have a green space on the side of the building, so I am thinking of incorporating a farmers market and maybe a few art shows for this year. I’d also like to start adding artist taught classes here and there. Maybe wine and craft nights? We are watching covid and restrictions and trying to plan things the best we can. I am also constantly receiving artist submissions to be displayed in this space. It is so fun to see the wide range of talent. I plan to have somewhat of a rotating collection as we move along, so there will always be something new to find.