Phyllis Harrison is a third generation resident of the Northwest, with a life-long interest and support of the arts and their role in our society. She and her husband Steph Farber own and operate The Art Stop, a contemporary Craft Gallery, and LeRoy Jewelers, a Tacoma fixture for 77 years featuring unique, custom designs, both located in downtown Tacoma, WA.
Following high school, Harrison toured the country pursuing degrees in English Literature and ultimately a Ph.D. in Folklore. Throughout her travels she was continuously drawn to craft and the artists chasing this exciting medium. She returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1988 to research and produce a touring exhibit,” Life on the Sound: Maritime Folklife from the Puget Sound Region.” In 1995 she, along with master shipwright Mike Vlahovich, founded Tacoma’s Commencement Bay Maritime Center, now the Foss Waterway Seaport.
In 1996 Harrison opened The Art Stop, focusing on Craft, art that is often defined either by its relationship to functional or utilitarian produces, such as sculptural forms in the vessel tradition, or by the use of such natural media as wood, clay, glass, textiles and metal. The gallery, which is recognized nationally, showcases artists from throughout the country, with annual juried shows.
In 2019 the popular “Arfs&Craft – Dog Bowl” Show will be held in October. Proceeds will support the Prison Pet Partnership Program at the Women's Correctional Center in Purdy and The Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound. This will mark it's 22nd year.