When Elaine Anagnos and three friends opened A Little Room For Art, an artists' co-operative in Pass-a-Grille, she just wanted a place to showcase her own artwork and to offer art pieces to buyers at a reasonable price. Fifteen years later, much has changed in the store — co-owners and many unique works of art have come and gone — but Anagnos and her mission have remained steadfast in the little pink house by the beach.
Staying true to its title, the co-operative's storefront offers myriad pieces that could easily fit into someone's home. From mouse pads featuring original prints ($10) to hand-blown glass chimes ($30) and mixed media wall art ($55), everything is one-of-a-kind and made by 30 local artists that have passed a juried selection process to have their items sold at the store.
According to Anagnos, the two main criteria for artists who want to showcase their work at A Little Room For Art are originality and quality. Once the pieces have been accepted, they cannot be sold anywhere near the store to guarantee exclusivity.
Located just steps away from the beach, pieces like a seahorse wall fixture ($85) and gel candles that look like a glass of water with seashells at the bottom ($9) are popular with tourists but larger items like watercolor paintings ($285) and clay sculptures (prices vary) also catch the eye of both local and traveling art lovers.
Knowing most of those original works won't fit in a carry-on or beach bag, the store can ship any purchased item anywhere in the country and after noticing most customers kept coming back and finding more room in their homes for art, the store started offering an art loyalty card. After purchasing five items, customers receive 10 percent off their next purchase and after ten items, the discount doubles to 20 percent.