I got a chance to talk with April Ripka, the owner of The Sketchy Artist, a few weeks ago. She was busy getting ready to open, including spending time with Northfield’s famous sign artist, Jim Bohnhoff.
April hopes to open on January 2nd. She’s currently stocking up on inventory and having custom fixtures built. She plans to offer products for a wide range of creative types, including those of different ages, incomes, and skill levels. Her philosophy is “Let out your inner creativity”.
She comes to retailing with a wide variety of experiences. April was an art major at St. Olaf College (graduating in ’99), and has worked in many aspects of graphic design, including freelance advertising and web design. She currently is the web master (or is it mistress) for the City of Dundas. She plans to showcase Ole art in her store as well as work by artists she has met throughout her career.
So come on down(town) and check out the Sketchy Artist on January 2nd. Be sure to welcome April to the neighborhood!