News-Sun/Rod Lewis Peggy Taylor, Pat Keesling, Patsy Peters; standing: LeeAnn Hinskey, Judy Nicewicz, Maureen Fulgiriti, Chris Filip, and Ester Hamill.
published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Caladium Arts & Crafts Co-Op grand re-opening set for Monday
By ROD LEWIS
LAKE PLACID - The Caladium Arts & Crafts Co-Op at 132 E. Interlake Blvd. has been closed for remodeling. It will reopen Monday, just in time for the Caladium Festival. The Co-Op is a unique place to purchase one-of-a-kind items.
Lee Ann Hinskey, vice president of advertising, said, "We take everything out and put it in the back room; all the props come out. We freshen, paint, and clean the carpets while everything is out."
When everything is put back into place it is set in an area, "kind of like a department store," explains Hinskey. Each department is decorated and someone is responsible for the area. When a member brings in an item it is set in an area that would compliment the item. "There are about 56 artists, but we are always looking for new artists," Hinskey said.
The different departments include: a Christmas department, which showcases more than 100 ornaments; a ladies department, which has T-shirts, purses and all kinds of fun things; a bathroom section that has soaps, towels, and painted basins.
"We have a children's department that includes little chairs and tables. We have a garden shop that has vases and flower arrangements, painted rocks. One of the newest members does tan hiding. He has some very eclectic items. There are Gatorland and Seminole land that has paraphernalia for both. There is a section where one can get a card made from paintings. There is an area where the artist does stained glass, painting on palm fronds.
"The 'Man Cave' has paper mache masks and wire art. We also have three different jewelry artists. There are quilts that are one of a kind. There is a gallery that displays pictures from the artists that include different types of medium. There are several giclee's, which are a print or a copy of the original work. There are caladium-themed areas that are the focal points when guests come in the store. The grapevine tree will also feature caladiums. The tree changes décor with season."
Hinskey said, "Some people love it and some people hate it," but the tree has been there for years.
Peggy Taylor is the vice president of Decorating and said, "I think I have been envisioning the store since I was elected, which was about April 30. This is such a huge task."
Judy Nicewicz is the president for the year and says that she is responsible for making sure everything goes smoothly. She also makes sure that the store is staffed accurately and that the store opens and closes on time. Nicewicz states that one must be a member in order to show their wares at the Co-op. There are dues to be a member and there are hours that must be spent in the store, additionally, the ware cannot duplicate other people's work. For more information on that, contact the Lake Placid Caladium Arts & Crafts Co-op.
There may be some artist's receptions and night classes that include art as well as a class in scrap booking in order to bring people to the Co-op. Nicewicz also said, "We are going to try to coordinate a first Friday event with the art league and the clowns."
Hinskey adds that there may be something like "Destination Downtown" from Sebring in the future.
For more information about the Lake Placid Caladium Arts & Crafts Co-Op visit them at 132 E. Interlake Blvd. in Lake Placid or online at: http://www.caladiumarts.org/.
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