The She Art store that opened in Andersonville is a mix of art, antiques and collectibles from all eras that depict the female form, including the work of 18 local artists.
And who are the majority of the customers since opening on March 1?
Men, said store owner Candy Johnson. "In fact, we brought in jewelry, vintage purses and vintage clothingjust for women," she said.
An admittedly eclectic artist, Johnson rarely is singularly focusedalthough she was years ago.
Back at her Oak Park store, she unveiled a full-length, hand-sewn formal dress, made completely from bras. More than 100 bras were used and the dress ultimately was sold for charity.
"It was amazing but, when it was done, I didn't really know what to do with it," she said.
Johnson's wacky world of art also has included the 50 birdhouses that she made of found objects, and ultimately sold all but two.
She Art carries items from $2 to $2,000. There also are multiple tattoo sheets ( $15 each ) , water colorings of 1920s actress Miriam Hopkins ( $350 ) , and much more.
"When people come into the store, they seem to have a good time. We see what people want, and we make things work."
She Art encompasses 700 square-feet.
"It really isn't my store. The store belongs to the community; it's an extension of Andersonville, so hopefully everyone will come in just to say Hello," Johnson said.
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Partners with Mercedes Corona. They have been together for 15 years and are co-partners in business, too.
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"I'm a spiritual person who believes in fate. Everything happens for a reason."
It opened March 1 in Andersonville and the former Amazon Driving School location. She had a store in Oak Park for two years in its arts district.