It's well-documented here and on my Instagram that I love to buy products from people who are making them right here in my local community. I didn't realize west elm, a home-goods retailer with 65+ stores across the country, was so invested in the local movement, too.
But they've rolled out a program across all of their stores where each location chooses products from makers within the community to sell. For me, that makes west elm much more of a destination, especially when traveling. I love the idea of popping into a west elm store in Denver or Kansas City or wherever...just to get a quick sample of the local arts community. That's exactly what this pop up at Mia let us experience.
This pop up arrives in conjunction with a new exhibit that's rolling into Mia on February 18th: State of the Art - Discovering American Art Now. The exhibit brings together 130 artworks from every region across the U.S. and will offer visitors insight into what's happening in art now, and how life and current events factor into what's being produced and how it's all being made. I love that this pop up shop creates a tangible opportunity to more deeply connect with the art being shown in this exhibit - by owning products created in the spirit of U.S. artists.
And finally - a special shout-out to Megan's mom who is a first-time visitor to The Pretty Intellectual. Hi Mary!