The Poppy Society, a new online art gallery, is already tackling the sometimes-impossible task of holiday shopping with a line of beautiful ornaments.
The ornament collection will feature prints from five of the gallery’s artists in a round, lucite frame tied with a green velvet ribbon. Each retails for $65 and makes a great teacher, in-law, art lover, and ornament exchange gift.
"I personally love giving ornaments as engagement, wedding, or housewarming presents too," co-founder Coco Ellis Howe told Adore. "It’s a new piece of art for their home and something to treasure for years to come."
Ornaments are available for pre-order starting Monday, November 23 at a discounted price. The ornaments will be "live" on the site the following Monday (11/30) and will ship out beginning December 4. The original version of each print will also be for sale in a special Christmas original collection.
Howe, Greenspan, and Bentley Boldt launched the Poppy Society in New Orleans on November 12 to bridge the gap between unique artists and potential buyers across the country. Howe says the online gallery is a product of long conversations between friends.
"After the pandemic hit and stores and art galleries began closing, I was inspired by the seemingly underserved marketplace of online, original art. There seemed to be little middle ground between going to high-end art galleries and endless scrolling through gigantic, lower-end online sources. Combine that with my friend Tani’s previous experience in the art world, a lot of hard work, and here we are!"
The Poppy Society currently hosts 13 artists, five of whom are based in New Orleans. Each artist is hand selected by the founders after an application process. One of the company’s top values is supporting artists. "Of course the caliber of their artwork is a qualification, but we also look at their personal business strengths and weaknesses because our goal is to take the business heavy lifting off of our artists' plates so that they can get back to the fun side of the art hustle: the art!"
Artists will be added monthly and new pieces will be added weekly. Artists start at the Poppy Society with at least five original pieces for three months. Once they sign on for a full, year-long contract, the artist will release new collections quarterly exclusively through the website. Prints and commissions are also available, and new products and inventory will be announced via social media.