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Art studio relocates to Evans

Posted: April 4, 2012 - 12:01am  |  Updated: April 4, 2012 - 9:36am
Cricket Willis, the owner of Artsy Me, poses with a New Hope Christian School class that made ceramic art during a field trip to the new business. Artsy Me is on Washington Road in Evans.  Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Cricket Willis, the owner of Artsy Me, poses with a New Hope Christian School class that made ceramic art during a field trip to the new business. Artsy Me is on Washington Road in Evans.

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Cricket Willis helps everyday people, young and old, become artists at her new Evans studio.

Willis and her husband, Brad, opened Artsy Me Ceramic and Art Studio last month at the former Brown Feed & Seed building that fronts Washington Road.

Though its now in a new location, Artsy Me has been a staple in the Augusta area since 2001, when Willis combined the studio with her furniture consignment store on Davis Road.

Willis decided to take her business mobile in 2005 and brought her services to area churches, schools and homes for birthday parties.

“My plan was to always reopen, but it just didn’t line up until now,” said Willis.

For years, the Grovetown mother of four kept her eye on the storefront at 4275 Washington Road, loving the building’s rustic feel.

On New Year’s Eve, she noticed a lease sign out front and started renovating the space in January.

At Artsy Me, customers can pick from a variety of pottery to paint and decorate.

Many figurines, such as dinosaurs or monkeys, start out at $10. Larger items, such as platters, cost $40 to paint.

After making a selection, customers can grab a seat at one of the tables to design their artwork.

The pottery pieces are left with Willis for glazing and firing in a kiln.

All pottery dishes are safe to eat from or put in the microwave and dishwasher, Willis said.

Artsy Me proves to be a popular place for children to create a homemade gift for their family and their teachers, said Willis, adding that mothers also are frequent visitors.

“Seeing them get excited about their work is fun,” she said. “Christmas and Mother’s Day are our two best seasons.”

Throughout the year, Willis said she also offers various art classes, including a spring break camp this week during Masters Week.

The studio is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. No appointment is needed.

To learn more about Artsy Me, call (706) 432-6396 or visit www.artsymestudio.com.

 

OTHER NEW BUSINESSES

 

Also coming soon to Columbia County is Discount Tire Inc. at the corner of Old Evans and Washington roads.

The retail store will sell and mount tires, but won’t offer repair work.

The front of the store will face Old Evans Road, with floor-to-ceiling windows planned for the showroom.

Work on another automotive store is expected to begin soon near Gibbs and Washington roads, where an Advance Auto Parts will be built on the one-acre lot.

In Evans, First Bank of Georgia is preparing to build a full-service branch on a corner outparcel in the Kroger shopping center, said bank president Remer Brinson III.

“Our plan was always to expand into Evans,” Brinson said. “It’s a great market.”

More details about the project will be released at a later date, he said.

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