Creativity Runs Wild At Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts

Downtown Dickinson is right on the cusp of a major revitalization.

The neighborhood is lovely and there’s a core group of small business owners who are passionate about revitalizing the historic space and extolling the virtues of walkable, community-centered downtown living.

One of the newest shops in downtown Dickinson is Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts. It’s officially billed as an arts and crafts supply store, but it’s so much more.

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I confess, the name threw me at first. I’d pictured a quaint quilt shop full of calico run by little old ladies.

Instead, I found a vibrant, eclectic gallery/art supply store/Etsy-style explosion of creativity operated by co-curators Amanda Galster and Josh Hardin. They’re passionate about promoting local artists and makers and bringing art to their community in a fun, organic way.

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They offer classes, community art events and (perhaps most importantly) a visible, dynamic gathering place for creative types across the region.

I grew up in a small town and I know how important such a hub can be. It helped me a lot  just to know that other creative people were out there. (It still does!) Seeing real life examples of how art could be a business as well as a calling would have blown my mind.

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Amanda and Josh believe that anyone can create and appreciate art, and they’re great at creating a fun and inclusive atmosphere both in their shop and at their classes and events.

This summer they had a big community party called “Bolt the Benches and Paint the Town”, where they worked with other groups in town and the folks in the neighborhood to put in some slick new benches downtown and choose an artist to paint a mural in the alley near their store. People gathered in downtown Dickinson for art, music, street food and a chance to color on the chalkboard wall.

Artist Liz Bollinger was chosen to paint the first mural in the alley they’re calling Art Ave. It’s a work in progress, an interactive space designed to make people think twice about a familiar landscape.

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Liz Bollinger’s winning submission. Photo from Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts

Inside the shop, the same attitude of gleeful experimentation prevails. You’ll find a variety of artists on display. Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts focuses on local artists but not on a particular look, so you’ll find everything from dreamy, colorful flowers to dark and moody pieces. Both Josh and Amanda are easy to talk to and great at knowing what will work for your space and your taste.

This is a great place to get exposed to new artists. With the exception of Jon Offutt and the lovely and talented Sabrina Hornung, all of the other artists were new to me.

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These are Jon Offutt’s vases and gourds. I have a serious addiction to his vases and now these gourds have been calling to me. They’re perfect for this time of year, don’t you think?

Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts is also a great place to pick up a gift for someone special. (Or, let’s be real here, for yourself!) The shop carries handcrafted soaps, vases, jewelry, accessories and lots of other little treasures.

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I picked up a pair of these cool metal feather earrings and I’m not gonna lie — I’m kind of obsessed with them. They’re somehow both airy and tough and they go with everything.

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And since I never saw I skull I didn’t like, of course I’m drawn to these skull cameos from Dickinson’s Willow Taylor Designs. I’m definitely pinning these to my Halloween board on Pinterest.

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Photo from Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts

I’m also really drawn to the pretty, soft knitwear from She’s Hooked, by Lindsey Volesky. It must officially be fall if I’m getting excited about hats and gloves!

There’s really a lot to see in a small space at Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts. And the selection is always changing, so it pays to stop in often. If you’re not from there area, that’s no big deal. Just keep in touch with them online so they can hook you up with your favorite things.

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Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts
46 1st Street West
Dickinson, ND
701-260-5210

These photos were taken at Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts’ previous location. The shop is now at the address listed above.

Monday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

If you liked this post, you might also like my post about Yellow Umbrella in Bemidji, Minnesota or learning more the local art scene and the crafters and stores at the forefront of the handmade movement. Even if you’re not from the Upper Midwest, almost all of these artists and crafters will ship to you.

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