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The Co-Op Art Store

February 1, 2010

Kirkland’s popular Arts Division created a tremendous demand for materials like silkscreen inks, high quality paper and litho crayons, which were not readily available in the Utica region. The Co-Op was founded in 1970 by charter class member Gail Phelps, and was student funded and operated.  Members bought shares to help finance inventory, and contributed work/study time to running the shop, housed in a little closet with a dutch door, under the stairwell in the basement of List.

Stock certificate by Gail Phelps (Smith) K72

Do you have any Co-Op memories?  Do you know who painted the dragon mural which still adorns the List stairway?  Please add your comments below.

Site of the Art Co-Op. Photo 2007 by J.Morris

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Gail Phelps Smith permalink
    February 25, 2010 9:36 pm

    The Dragon on the Art Co-op – Yes, … “business is dragon.” I can remember who painted it, I just can’t remember her name right now. Having trouble remembering mine too!

    Gail Phelps

  2. Connie Halporn permalink
    March 8, 2010 6:45 pm

    I don’t know what we would have done without the co-op. Without transportation, art students were
    stuck. Great pricing on film and paper. I just always seemed to be running to catch them open.

  3. orchardgirl78 permalink
    March 9, 2010 3:51 am

    The Art Co-op was another expression of community and self-governance at Kirkland. Connie’s so right about how much easier it made our lives to remain on the Hill and purchase supplies. I recall upper class women ( and men) helping us bewildered freshman select supplies, offering tips on upcoming projects, tackling themes and handling quirky medium ( and professors :-) . There was a sense of community at the Co-op and it offered a place in which, to discuss art, not just take a class.

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