Twin Falls woman uses store to support local artists
Garden of Artists sells works created by artists in the Magic Valley
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — One woman in Twin Falls is using lessons she learned during tough times in order to inspire others and help the community.
When Christine Canner found out she had a serious illness, her husband suggested she turn to art.
“He said ‘Hey, you should watch Bob Ross and learn how to paint,’” Canner said.
Painting and crocheting became an outlet for her, both then and when she later lost four members of her family — including her husband — in a short period of time.
After her husband’s passing, she started selling her art online to make ends meet. Now, she owns Twin Falls Art Gallery: Garden of Artists. When the opportunity arose to own a store, she jumped at the opportunity despite not having had any previous retail experience. Her store now offers works for sale from over 20 local artists.
Canner said it’s been wonderful to see both artists and customers impacted by her store.
“I’ve heard so many stories. I’ve heard the stories of the artists coming in and inspiring them because they don’t even realize how good they are. ‘I don’t think my art is good enough,” is something I hear from artists often,” Canner said. “I hear stories from customers looking for presents for people who passed away, are in the hospital or are celebrating a birthday. Our art is so unique that it speaks to people.”
Aside from selling local artists’ creations, Garden of Artists also has a community library for children. Additionally, 2% of all sales go to Canner’s nonprofit Inspiring Souls, which provides art supplies and scholarships to local students.
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