NEWS | Nov. 1, 2012

Arts and Crafts Center saves you time and money

By Airman 1st Class Ashlee Galloway Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

When people hear about the Arts and Crafts Center, they mainly think of painting or gluing together crafts or a fun-filled place for the kids, but at Joint Base Charleston - Air Base, it is much more.

The Arts and Crafts Center, located in building 637, provides custom engraving, framing, awards, trophies and more.

Trained professionals will get your items done in less time than any place off base, said Judi Horry, 628th Force Support Squadron Arts and Crafts director.

"One thing people don't realize when they hear about the Arts and Crafts Center, is that 80 percent of our business is to make awards for promotions and the quarterly and annual awards ceremonies," said Horry. "Everything we do is in-house; it is a one-stop shop. You won't have to take it off-base to get more work done, and we can get it done next day if needed."

Unlike off-base arts and crafts stores, the Arts and Crafts Center commonly provides products within 48 hours, for about half the price, according to Horry.
 
"Our main purpose at the Arts and Crafts Center is to be able to do framing and engraving for the base community," Horry added. The Arts and Crafts Center has all the tools you will need for framing and engraving. The Air Base Arts and Crafts Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Our shop is part of the 628th Force Support Squadron, so all the revenue we make goes back to the base for morale activities," Horry said.

Not only does the Arts and Crafts Center provide award trophies and plaques, they also offer gifts and memorabilia. There is everything from key chains and pencil holders, to models of C-17 Globemaster IIIs. 

Additionally, the Arts and Crafts Center holds classes for service members, family members and DoD civilians. Some of the classes provided are for sewing and photography. The shop is also in charge of the Holiday greeting card contest that is held base-wide.

"The most satisfying part of my job is that we are able to provide for the needs of the community on Joint Base Charleston," said Horry, "And that I get to work with a fantastic staff."

For more information on the Arts and Crafts Center, call 963- 1936 or visit http://www.jbcharleston.com/arts-a-crafts-home.