Perry hosts grand opening for Artisan Center

Georgia's new Artisan Center will have its grand opening tomorrow in Perry. The city hopes its location right off of the interstate will attract visitors.

"What we have is a collection of the work of artisans from all over Georgia," explains Bill Loudermilk, president of the board of directors for the Georgia Artisan Center. He says art lovers will find all kinds of works to admire there.

"We have paintings. We have wood turning. We have other types of wood crafts. We have a selection of books, jams and jellies and cutting boards."

The center is located right off of Interstate 75 in the Perry welcome center. Its construction took more than a year of planning.

Loudermilk says the Artisan Center is starting on a smaller scale, but he hopes to see quick growth.

"This gives them an opportunity to display their work and to market their work in a venue that they might not have available to them otherwise," says Loudermilk.

He explains what it means to be an artisan.

"It's not a manufactured product it's something with their unique skills and ability they build it themselves or they paint the pictures or they do unique photography."

Art admirers can not only admire the works in the gallery. Visitors can also take it home. Loudermilk says there's something for every price point.

"We have items priced as low as $4.95, but we also have items that are priced as high as $16,000," he told 13WMAZ.

The Center gets a percentage of the purchase to cover operational costs.

Its official ribbon cutting ceremony is Tuesday at ten in the morning.


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