Godoy Art Studio holds grand opening

NEWTON, NC (Dec. 18, 2012) – The City of Newton added an exciting new store to the downtown area with the opening of Godoy Art Studio at 105 N. College Ave. The studio held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday to mark its grand opening.

Godoy Art Studio will feature the jewelry creations of its owner, Ana-Cristina Godoy, and also will offer paintings, framed photographs, handmade wood items, pottery and other items produced by local artists including Andrew Atkin, Wayne Bowman, Rick Haithcox, Andrea Timmerman, Tom Vislay and Scott Waldroup.

"Plans are under way to offer classes in various arts and crafts for area residents who want to develop their artistic abilities,” Godoy added.

Her goal is to fill the store with “fantastic” artwork and to make Godoy Art Studio a destination store in western North Carolina, Godoy said. During the grand opening Godoy described the artworks on display and explained their connections to her store and the local area.

“The City of Newton is fortunate to have a talented artist such as Ms. Godoy opening an art studio in downtown Newton,” Mayor Anne Stedman said in welcoming the business. “I personally appreciate Ana-Cristina’s determination and hard work which has resulted in the addition of a fine store to our city.”

Members of the Newton City Council, Downtown Newton Development Association, Newton Business Advisory Committee, downtown business owners and friends of Godoy participated in the grand opening celebration. Guests enjoyed Columbian and Italian style cuisine prepared for the grand opening.

Godoy, a native of Colombia has a Master’s Degree in Jewelry Design from Le Arte Orafe in Florence, Italy. She has designed and created fine jewelry for more than 20 years. Her work has been shown in the greater Los Angeles area and throughout the southeastern U.S. including Atlanta, Hilton Head, Charlotte and Blowing Rock. Godoy previously served as a professor of contemporary jewelry design at the University of California at Los Angeles. And she recently traveled to Todi, Italy to study under world-renowned Master Goldsmith Giovanni Corvaja.