Traditional Arts Today is all about creating connections! We are a 501c3 nonprofit with a dual mission. The first mission is to create connections by providing traditional artists a venue to display and sell their art in our shop, located in an historic home on West 9th Street in Ferdinand, Indiana. Not Familiar with Ferdinand? Currently, there are 35 artists primarily from Dubois and surrounding counties showcasing their talent. Most items are sold on commission with 70% of the proceeds going directly back to the artists. If you're interested in more information about this, please see the "Call for Artists" tab.
Unique, high quality items displayed in our shop include inlaid wood cutting boards, handwoven rugs, scarves, throws, and shawls, jewelry crafted from re-claimed treasures, paintings, sculptures, artisan soaps with hand-knitted or crocheted wash cloths, lazy-susans made from bourbon barrels, photography, handmade children’s clothes, baby quilts, and much more.
Our second mission is to create connections by offering classes in the traditional arts. Again, with a focus on the local community, the instructors are primarily local artists who are excited to share their skill and love of the traditional arts. Classes are offered in our 9th Street Studio, located in the same historic building as the gift shop. We have looms and facilities to offer a broad range of classes.
Examples of classes we’ve offered include soap making, weaving chenille scarves and tea towels, chicken scratch embroidery on handmade aprons, Ukrainian egg decorating, and Navajo-style friendship bracelet classes. More classes are planned for the coming months such as basket weaving, weaving mug rugs on table looms and making a crazy quilt stocking for Christmas. At the end of class students go home with a practical hand-made item plus having learned a traditional art.
We look forward to seeing you browse our shop to support the artisan community or sign up for one of our classes. Or how about just stopping by for a cup of coffee and a chat? We serve our very own Overshot Blend, artisan roasted by Yellowstone Coffee Roasters. You can take home a bag of beans or ground coffee to brew at home.
Our regular shop hours are Fridays and Saturdays 10-5.
Visit often! The shop changes as additional artists join us and seasons change!
During November and December we’ll also be open on Sundays from 10-5.