The new gallery shop at the Fraser Cultural Centre. George Klass photo

A sprucing up of the lobby at the Fraser Cultural Centre will also see a gallery shop created.

Margaret Boyle, a member of the board of directors, said the shop will be an extension to the kinds of services already offered through the centre.

“We have several exhibits over the summer, and it becomes a busy spot with the Visitor Information Centre there,” she said. “With the lobby, there were several aspects that needed to be upgraded.”

She said funding was received for the upgrades, so the decision was made to include a gallery shop.

“It will be more centered on handmade quality things,” she said. “We will have a nice selection of work from people along the North Shore.”

Centre members who want to have prints and cards of their works available are also welcome to utilize the shop.

“There will be a number of different crafts, such as woodworking like cutting boards and bowls, fibre arts such as handwoven scarves, pottery, stained glass, and even collector canes and walking sticks. All of these people have some good skills,” said Boyle.

The gallery shop will be based on a consignment shop, with a percentage of sales going to the centre. Boyle said those wishing to have their works available at the shop will also go through a jurying process to see if their pieces will be chosen.

“They may be well-known around the province, or they may be people from our own communities,” she said. “It will be fun to host these craftspeople.”

The gallery shop will be open the same hours as the gallery throughout the summer. The centre has invested in a point-of-sale system, so those wishing to make a purchase can do so with credit card or Interac, as well as cash.