Nestled in a corner of the Arcade is a brand new treasure trove of delightful art pieces, Lore Collection. Artists Marge Hinge and Jayna Aronovitch formed the collection in order to create a space where local artists could display and sell their work. The warm and cozy space is filled with eye-catching pieces, from colorful prints and photos to jewelry and hand-knitted sweaters and scarves. The space is tight, but perfectly packed with goodies and even has a little dressing room so you can try things on. “We sell everything from fine artwork to artisan textiles, jewelry design and furniture design as well,” explains Jayna, “[It’s] really high-end handmade quality.” Currently, the space features wares from 27 emerging local artists and designers. The room and everything in it have an awesome earthy feel – with all handcrafted furniture for sale and used to display other pieces, cute canvas bags, refurbished antique cameras, hand-carved rock jewelry and intriguing prints of trees and flowers. “We started mostly with our friends,” says Marge on the artists featured in the collection. “We know so many creative people who aren’t putting themselves out there really, so we wanted to make a space where we can feature and focus on them.”
The idea for the collection came to Marge and Jayna about a year ago and resulted in a ten-day holiday pop up shop in the retail space of the Columbus Theatre this past December. They curated the space based on the works and styles of different artists that really spoke to them and their tastes – similar to what the store looks like today, but with a touch more of a holiday theme – “a modernist aesthetic,” suggests Jayna of the feel of the space. The reception of the pop up shop was so good that Marge and Jayna decided to showcase the collection in the Arcade.
The emphasis is on pieces that are fresh and exciting – “stuff that’s accessible, but still pushing the envelope,” as Jayna says, pointing out a gorgeous necklace with a pendant made from cast cactus skeleton with an embedded raw sapphire, “Much more creative things than you’d see in your general jewelry shop. We’re trying to bring more of a higher end gallery-type work to the general public,” Marge adds. The store certainly does have an art gallery feel to it – well lit and lined with beautiful prints and pieces that you could wander around and admire for great lengths of time. And what’s more, if you find something you love, you can take it home with you! I was particularly drawn to Marge’s work that’s featured in the store – necklaces, rings and earrings made from hand-carved semi-precious stones. The necklaces are simple yet funky – a silver chain with a different, colorful jagged rock pendant.
Check out the collection’s website for more information and profiles on the featured artists and designers whose work you can find at Lore. Or swing by the Lore space and maybe you’ll find something amazing to add a little fun edge to your wardrobe or home.
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