Beautifully appointed and established in the historic Lawrenceville Square, LONA (Lawrenceville Original & Novel Art) Gallery is, in itself, a magic carpet ride to a relaxing sensational experience. More than a gallery, the scents, sounds and visions displayed take visitors out of the daily routine and into the lives of carefully selected and highly talented artists based in the Gwinnett County area. “There is so much local talent, we have not had to venture very far outside of Gwinnett to find our artists,” says Carolyn. “It is wonderful to see a vibrant art community in and around Lawrenceville with theatre, ballet, music and, of course, art.”
Relying on their backgrounds in decorating, both Carolyn and Sylvia enjoy creating an atmosphere in which anyone can come in and enjoy the exhibits. “We certainly encourage browsing,” says Sylvia. “Whether someone is a seasoned collector or just stepping into their first art gallery, we want them to have a wonderful experience.” Sylvia is especially fond of the first time visitor. Watching their reaction to The LONA Gallery fills her with satisfaction for a job well done. “Sometimes, after they leave, they can’t get a certain piece off of their minds,” says Sylvia. “When they come back and just gotta have it, well, that is one of the most gratifying aspects of what we do.” Providing a community for appreciating art allows the sisters to watch the pieces transform the observer. “We talk to people and share some of their own stories,” says Sylvia. “We have a real warm and welcoming experience here - we feel we must be doing something right.”
Adding to the collections and celebrating with local artists and the community are filling their 2016 calendar. “We will have a January 9th reception for world renown sculptor Basil Watson,” says Carolyn. “The event is open to the public for them to meet the artist.” Along with artist receptions, The LONA Gallery is available to host birthday parties, showers, weddings and other special events.
Like the dollhouse they decorated together as kids, sisters Sylvia and Carolyn have decorated their brick and mortar dream. Each piece in the gallery is cherished and viewed anew each time a visitor comes through the doors. “There is something almost spiritual about this place,” says Sylvia. “We are surrounded by beautiful things by some very deep thinking and talented artists-we look forward to each visitor so we can watch their reactions-it is the best part.”
For more information visit: www.TheLONAGallery.comor call (678) 349-2223