ART BEAT: Creative Enterprise to sell holiday creations

The Lawrenceville nonprofit to host open house Dec. 5


Artists at Creative Enterprise are creating holiday gifts, which will be on sale during the facilities’ open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5. (Special Photo)

Looking for something unique for holiday gift-giving? Want to support community nonprofits and uplift artists of all types? Mark your calendars for a special event on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Creative Enterprises Inc., a nonprofit organization in support of adults with disabilities, is hosting an open house that offers one-of-a-kind gifts created by local artists.

The Christmas Open House will be held in CEI’s main building located at 701 Hi Hope Lane in Lawrenceville. This event will showcase and sell artwork created by approximately 20 artists and will include a wide variety of offerings. In addition, visitors can enjoy shopping the Thrift Store and Greenhouse on Creative Enterprises’ campus.

The organization was founded in 1976 with a mission to serve adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Creative Enterprises Inc. offers a variety of programs and services to help these individuals obtain an optimal level of social, vocational and economic independence. Art has become a vital part of this mission.

“Our artists range in ages from their early 20s to their early 60s,” CEI spokesperson LaTrecia Raffety said. “The artwork includes greeting cards, ceramics, paintings, hand-painted gourds, magnets, maybe some fabric garlands. You never know what we will have for sale.”

All are original, handmade creations.

“Visitors to the open house can also participate in our Angel Tree in the Main Building,” Raffety said. “We will have ‘wishes’ tied to branches that people can take and fulfill. One of our biggest needs for the art program is supplies. We need a new paper supplier who can give us cards and envelopes for our artists to create the greeting cards that are so popular.”

Also needed are markers, glue sticks and any type of recycled materials which can be turned into art.

The greeting cards have been met with much enthusiasm by the public. As a result, these handmade cards are now being sold outside CEI’s facilities. Two area businesses, About Face Skin Care in Snellville and the Lona Gallery on the square in Lawrenceville, have chosen to include these cards in their offerings for sale.

“We are so excited to carry the Creative holiday cards this year,” Chrissy Thomas of About Face said. “Not only are we happy to help this wonderful group of people, but the cards are so unique and beautiful. The staff is buying them as quickly as the customers. They have been a huge hit this season.”

About Face Skin Care is located at 1569 Janmar Road, Suite B, in Snellville.

Another location where the public can support CEI is at the Aurora Theatre.

“Creative Enterprises has an entry, and is a past winner, in the Festival of Trees at the Aurora Theatre, driving donations to Toys for Tots and local food banks,” CEI Board Member Karl Heisman said. “The ornaments were made by our clients.”

For more information about Creative Enterprises Inc., visit www.ceisite.com.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. Email her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.