Feb. 3, 2006
Storewide price reductions, craft demonstrations and live entertainment will highlight the first anniversary celebration at Radius, HACC Gallery and Museum Shop, from Tuesday, February 7, through Saturday, February 11, in the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Third and North Streets in Harrisburg.

Beginning with storewide reductions of 10 to 50 percent on all merchandise and ending with an all-day anniversary reception, Radius, HACC Gallery and Museum Shop will feature the work of artists who have contributed to the shop's reputation for unique, handmade, original pieces.

On Saturday, February 11, the reception will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include craft demonstrations, live music, and refreshments. Sale price on merchandise continues until Sunday, Feb. 12.

  • Paper artist Jupi Das will demonstrate the art of paper cutting, as she creates intricate Valentines from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Nancy Conlon, a glass artist with Bad Girl Beads, will demonstrate bead weaving techniques from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • From noon to 3 p.m., HACC crafts and marketing students will demonstrate and offer instruction on throwing on a potter's wheel.

"We are very pleased with Radius' performance in this first year," said Morgan Muth, manager. "This anniversary sale and celebration is our way of kicking off our second year and continuing to send the message that we are an outlet for unique, handmade craft items."

Operated by HACC, the gift shop features merchandise produced by HACC contemporary crafts marketing students, as well as select items from the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania reopened the museum shop a year ago with a new look and products that feature the artistic talents of HACC students. While the venture brings entrepreneurial opportunities for HACC students, the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission, The State Museum's parent organization, maintains its focus on Pennsylvania artisans and Commonwealth-related merchandise. Radius also carries unique souvenirs of Pennsylvania and educational toys for children.

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