Shop Locally AND Creatively!
Our creative community boasts a bonanza of cool gifts by local artists!
- story and photos by Ellis Anderson and Ana Balka
Yep! A regular plethora of artists:
and we've hot-linked Cleaver sponsors who represent them!
By some estimates, over 100 artists show work in Old Town. The established veteran, Gallery 220/Clay Creations (220 Main Street) is home to 22 artists and craftspeople. The new Bohemian Gallery and Something Special host around 20 each, right next door to each other. The French Potager is home to three more. The Sycamore House and the Starfish Café use their restaurant walls to showcase local artists too. That’s just on the 200 block of Main!
Just around the corner on Second Street, Antique Maison, Social Chair, Bay Emporium, Flair, and the Mockingbird Café are longtime venues for local artists. The new Smith & Lens Gallery has gained a statewide reputation for excellence and imaginative shows in the year that it's been open.
Toward the beach, on the first block of Main Street, Twin Light Creations, Maggie May’s, Jean Anne’s Fashion Express and the new Bay Life Gifts all feature work by superb local artists. By all means, one can’t forget the iconic Jim Bonner at the Bonner Collection on Beach Boulevard (in French Settlement). Cappie's Point, also in the French Settlement building, is the sponsor of this Arts Alive monthly column!
In Old Town's Depot District, The Lawson Studio boasts a collection of art to complement the most discriminating decor, while folk art lovers can pick up prints of popular original paints by the renowned Alice Moseley in the museum named in her honor (top floor of the historic depot building).
Antique shops like Magnolia Antiques and Antique Maison Ulman can be gold mines for outsider or collectible vintage art and artifacts. While it's hard to guarantee their point of origin, by shopping locally, you're still investing in your community while having a blast!
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