A New Shop Brings Unique Local Arts To Monterey

Monterey, VA – West Main Street in Monterey has a new look these days. Barber Grady Gutshall has departed and that space is now occupied by a store called Artful Gifts. Owner Lisa Jacenich describes the shop.

“We feature handmade items, as well as new and vintage items” says Jacenich. “We’re showcasing local artists; myself I do felted clothing as well as hand painted items and photographs which I’ve made in to post cards and greeting cards.”

Ms. Jacenich also has partners in the new shop. Ada Lightner creates jewelry using Swarovski crystals and Debra Lambert creates felted pieces for hair, special berets and custom pieces.

“If they are local artists in the area that would like to be represented in the shop, I encourage you to stop by and let me see what you’re making” says Jacenich. “We like to have as much local art represented as we can.”

In the short time Artful Gifts has been open, Ms. Jacenich has been impressed by the number of visitors to the shop. Jacenich also has her regular art space above the new shop where she offers classes in felting, painting, collage and paper making.

Jacenich says a delivery of sheepskin items is expected soon. She anticipates that those items will go fast. The shop is open Mondays and Thursdays, nine to one pm and four to six pm; Wednesday, noon to six pm; Friday nine to one pm; and Saturday nine to one pm and four to seven pm.

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Heather Niday

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