Renovated BAYarts shop open for business
On Saturday, Feb. 9, 10 a.m to 4 p.m., the grand opening of the BAYarts shop will be a reason to celebrate. Beginning in January, BAYarts' shop, office and gallery in the historic Huntington House on the BAYarts campus, underwent a transformation.
Under the direction of contractor Mark "Lapper" Lapczenski, staff and volunteers from Bay Men's Club and local businesses worked around the clock to have the shop open for business by the time winter classes began in late January. Besides fresh paint and upgraded lighting, the original floors were stripped to reveal gorgeous wood in great condition.
"We really needed this facelift," said Karen Petkovic, shop manager. "The quality of artists we are representing deserve to have their work presented in the best way possible. With these upgrades, we are raising the bar on the quality of work and the artists we hope to continue to represent."
The renovation was made possible in part by a gift from Joe and Deb Conway, in memory of Joe's mother, Marge, who loved to shop for her nine children, 30 grandchildren and (so far) 15 great-grandkids. Deb is a jewelry designer and owner of Deco Studios, a design firm. Her jewelry will be featured in the shop beginning this spring.
The grand opening will showcase artist Mary Breiner's colorful photography, paintings by Mary Ann Sedivy and jewelry by Freckle Face. Expect a fun day of music, food and door prizes including gift certificates for the shop. For information on consigning; contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Only handmade, original work will be considered.
Shop and office hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.