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Local artists on display at The Creator’s Hands

A metal flower sculpture in The Creator's Hands

A metal flower sculpture in The Creator's Hands

The Creator’s Hands
A Gallery of Art and Craft
155 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 235-8550
www.thecreatorshands.com

Opened in 1979 the original owner of The Creator's Hands was inspired to display and sell the works of area artists. Wood, metal, clay, fabric, paper and other works of art in every medium fill this spacious gallery.

The Creator’s Hands became Shelly Carither’s in late 2011 after she bought it from her friend. It all started with an email.

Pottery made by local artists on display at The Creator's Hands

Pottery made by local artists on display at The Creator's Hands

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“The owner sent out an email asking if someone might be interested in buying it as she hated to see the business come to an end just because she wanted to retire. I thought about it that morning, and thought about it and forwarded the email to my husband later that day and said 'Do you mind if I buy this business?'" said Shelly. “He was very supportive.”

The previous owner worked tirelessly with her to move the location to a larger space, introduced Shelly to the artists and other vendors, and even helped her place her first orders to ensure the transition was a smooth one.

Handmade Noah's Ark for play

Handmade Noah's Ark for play

In its early years the store had 25 artists on display in a cramped space, but The Creator’s Hands now features 250 artisans in this 1,800 square foot gallery. Much of the art is produced right in New York State and in New England.

Eye catching jewelry

Eye catching jewelry

“We try to be as local as we can,” said Shelly as she pointed out spiritual wall art in clay made in Brighton, N.Y.; a Nativity made in Caledonia, N.Y.; a Noah’s Ark toy made in Trumansburg, N.Y.; and hand painted silk scarves made by a local teacher.

In addition to Judeo-Christian gifts, the store carries wonderful pottery -- including a line that celebrates Rochester’s famous lilac -- photography, jewelry, beeswax luminaries and much more.

The Creator’s Hands has a great play area for kids so adults can shop without worrying too much about what tikes are getting in to.

“Kids have radar and know it’s there and make a beeline for it,” said Shelly. “It makes for a relaxing experience so people can shop.”

Whether you’re seeking a wedding, shower, birthday or holiday gift, The Creator’s Hands can help. And we guarantee you’ll walk out with something for yourself too.

Glassware, candles and coasters to entertain with

Glassware, candles and coasters to entertain with