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30-A Art & Junk is a real treasure



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When Debbie Weant-Lane opened her 30-A Art & Junk gallery Memorial Day weekend of 2010, she wanted it to be a fun place to visit. She has accomplished that objective.

Missing the gallery as one travels along County Road 30A would be difficult as its offerings overflow into the front yard of the first-floor townhouse.

The yard art, mermaids, and other pieces are eclectic, funky, and the sayings painted on tin will indeed make you laugh. Sayings such as: “Don’t mistake endurance for hospitality;” or “I’m not your typical Southern belle;” or “I’m wearing a bikini, make me a martini.”

Most of Lane’s paintings are on reclaimed and recycled wood and tin, in the style often found in beach homes.

“I like to use found objects and turn them into other things,” she said.

The vast majority of pieces in the gallery are original and her creation; others are found pieces she bought for resale.

After perusing the extensive array of outdoor art, shoppers are amazed to find much more inside, beginning with a large selection of the popular pearls on leather. Lane uses real freshwater pearls in the design of each necklace, bracelet, ring and earring. Some fall like a cluster of grapes for an elegant look, and some are a simple single pearl to wear to the pool.

Lane said she lets the size and shape of the pearls speak to her and just plays off that in thinking of new designs.

“I try to do something different each time so that everybody who purchases one is not wearing the same thing,” she said.

In accomplishing that end, she often adds seashells, jade, turquoise or copper to a design to give it a little something extra.

After oohing and aahhing over the jewelry, shoppers can then proceed to more rooms and discover more art. The lagniappe might be anything from clothing straight out of her closet to lamps or some other unusual home accent pieces that she finds while out and about. And then there are the popular volcano candles.

Lane opened 30-A Art & Junk as an attempt to simplify her life and downsize after owning Big Mama’s Hula Girl Gallery in Grayton Beach for six years. At Big Mama’s, she represented a number of other artists. She sold it in 2010 to go solo.

“Now I can close during the month of February and spend more time with my kids and grandkids,” she said.

Lane is a native of Andalusia, Ala., and currently resides in Point Washington.

30-A Art & Junk is located at 3567 County Road 30A, on the north side of the road, and is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information call 231-1125 or visit online at www.30-aartandjunk.com.

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