July 2011

Nash Gallery

Author: David Gigniliat

To say that Lynn Alexander carries a diverse selection of American-made crafts at Nash Gallery would be an understatement. A rich, colorful and striking mix of hand-blown glass, metals, ceramics, jewelry, wood and furniture grabs the eye from the moment a customer opens the door of the popular Shelter Cove Harbour shop. It’s one of those places that you could walk around in for an hour and still see something new.

“I like to try to get different things, because many of [the craft galleries] end up going to the same shows, so all the galleries end up looking the same,” said Alexander, who purchased the store from her brother after moving here from Indiana in 2003. “You have to have a good mix of things to appeal to different tastes.”

Alexander attends several prestigious juried art exhibitions each year to locate Nash Gallery’s one-of-a-kind inventory. If a prospective artist meets Alexander’s criteria, which includes the ability to ship and willingness to offer regional exclusivity, she may consider their work for her floor.

“I like to get to know the person who makes the piece,” said Alexander, whose father started Trilogy Gallery on the island in 1989. “I want to know what they’re all about, so I can share that story with my customers.”

And her clients have come to count on her discerning eye. Alexander estimates that 70 percent of her clientele are Hilton Head tourists, who have loyally made a visit to Nash Gallery a staple of their Hilton Head vacation year after year.
“I like to make sure that I have things that nobody else has. Ninety-five percent of what I have in here is exclusive to the island,” Alexander said. “I have so many repeat customers that they need to see and want to see different things. People get tired of seeing the same thing.”

Each item in the store has a story, and Alexander and her staff (including her son Scott, 30, who is learning the family business) are well-versed in the product. They have met nearly all the artists whose work they carry and can share interesting and unique facts about fabrication and provenance. Alexander offers that many of her artisans can customize a piece of art, including colors and size, to a customer’s tastes

By design, Alexander stocks her store with an eye for both the budget-conscious and those with more lavish tastes. “One of the goals of the gallery is to have all North American craftsmen and have a price point that anyone can walk in and buy something,” she said.

Nash Gallery is located at 12 Harbourside Lane, Suite 2H at Shelter Cover Harbour. The venue is open seven days a week, Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and on Sundays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, including online shopping capabilities, visit nashgallery.com. For directions and other inquiries, please contact the store directly at (843) 785-6424.

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