By James Neal, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
The Felt Bird soon will be moving from its current location at 124 E. Broadway to the gallery space at Scribner’s Gallery & Studio, 124 S. Independence. Scribner’s will be moving out of the gallery space, but still will maintain their studio space and services in the building.
The Felt Bird owners Riley and Stela Jantzen said they were excited about the opportunity to move to a better location.
“We have been kind of hidden here on Broadway for three years, and we’re excited to be moving to the Square, and closer to the new Event Center and everything that’s happening downtown,” Stela said. “Downtown is kind of the place to be right now.”
Riley said moving to the Scribner’s Gallery also will give them a larger retail space, and the opportunity to better display their products.
He said The Felt Bird started out small, in the front half of their current space, with handmade crafts and gift items.
In the last three years the business has expanded its line to include original Oklahoma-made T-shirts, jewelry and eclectic gifts and accessories. Business has picked up, Riley said, necessitating the move to a larger space.
“It’s all kind of blown up, in a good way,” he said.
Stela said The Felt Bird customers can expect to find the same inventory and shopping experience at the new location.
“We don’t have a lot of matching inventory with other stores in Enid,” she said, “and we really try to keep it that way.”
Sara Scribner said she and husband Shane are excited for The Felt Bird to move into the front space of their building on South Independence.
“We are really excited for The Felt Bird to move in,” Sara said. “Shane and I need to get a lot of work done, and Stela and Riley moving in really helps us focus on what our goal has been all along — to be be full-time painters.”
Sara and Shane Scribner opened the gallery and studio in Enid in 2007, after the couple graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
While The Felt Bird will be moving into the space currently used as the Scribners’ gallery, Sara said she and Shane still will use the studio space to give private art lessons, paint portrait commissions and originial works of art.
The Scribners also will continue to sell their line of beads in The Felt Bird after the move. The Scribners’ artwork also will be available for viewing by appointment in the studio.
Sara said she and Shane have transitioned to primarily marketing their art through larger-market galleries, art shows and exhibits.
The couple are represented at galleries in Austin, San Francisco and Oklahoma City, and currently are guest artists at a gallery in Charleston, S.C. They also each will host a solo exhibit beginning April 5 at the JRB Art Gallery in Oklahoma City’s Paseo Arts District.
While the Scribners are marketing their work in larger markets, Sara said the outlook for art in Enid is good.
“There are a lot of wonderful artists and craftspeople in Enid, and there are also a lot of people who appreciate art in Enid,” she said. “That is always a good combination.”
The Felt Bird is scheduled to open in its new location on March 1.