CULLMAN, Ala. – Leldon Maxcy opened the doors of his specialty gift shop to local art aficionados Friday night and introduced several artists who are featured in his store, Leldon’s. The evening was also the debut of Leldon’s bigger showroom, which has almost double the space available for shoppers.
The show benefited the United Way of Cullman County’s Stuff the Bus campaign in an effort to provide school supplies to children throughout the county.
“Leldon’s always has such a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There’s a lot of variety in the artwork tonight and it’s very eclectic. It’s nice to now have a place in Cullman to experience local art in its many forms. I’m impressed by the caliber of artists who showed at the event,” said attendee Eddie Leonard.
Debbie Pridmore traveled from Mississippi to attend the art show and reconnect with her dear friend, local artist and Smith Lake transplant Lynda Goldstein, whom she had not seen in more than 30 years.
“We used to get into a lot of trouble in Columbus, Mississippi. We were pretty sneaky,” Goldstein reminisced, as both ladies laughed together for the first time in decades. “I was actually a goody two shoes and the designated driver much of the time. We weren’t nearly as bad as we thought we were. It just seemed like it at the time.”
In the end, Pridmore said she was proud to have the opportunity to purchase a piece of Goldstein’s art to take home with her to Mississippi.
Clark Street Treats provided finger foods and scrumptious cookies were available from Flavors Bakery. Refreshing iced coffee was on tap from Alabama Mud Coffee, with flavors from Maple Pancakes to Southern Salted Caramel also available for purchase at Leldon’s.
Maxcy was quick to thank his community partners who provided the evening’s treats and the talented artists who displayed at the show, including Emily Bussman, Lynda Goldstein, Katie Elise Hearn, Ben Johnson South, Laurie Johnson, Marla Kenney, Karen Messersmith, Payge Semmes, Laura Walker, Kay White and Pam Willingham.
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