As You Like It Silver Shop is a great place to find complete sets of silverware, individual pieces of popular silverware patterns, baby silver, jewelry and memorable gifts for the bride-to-be, all at reasonable prices, says owner Duncan Cox.

Selling mostly antique and estate American and European silver tableware and jewelry, As You Like It has developed a reputation for excellence.

“People know to come to us for the sale or trade of silverware,” says Duncan. Additionally, the shop networks with people throughout the country; this “network” is constantly searching for signature pieces that clients will cherish for years to come.

As You Like It also provides repair services including replating, polishing and hand-engraving.

It also maintains customer “wish-lists,” buys, trades and offers insurance and estate appraisals.

Information, 3033 Magazine St., 897-6915; 310 N. Commerce St., Natchez, Miss.; www.asyoulikeitsilvershop.com.

 

Something Silver for the Holidays

Wayne Amedee’s inspired art

Artist Wayne Amedee has been creating works of art for four decades. As a child, he held a keen fascination with art, and he says that part of his calling stemmed from looking at paintings and sculptural constructions at the Dallas Museum of Art when very young.

Today, he says the motivation behind many of his creations is self-generated or inspired by contemporary life and other artists. Talented in a variety of media, Amedee uses acrylic paint, glass, paper, aluminum and wood in various forms, though he says his most popular items for collectors are framed works on paper.

He has succeeded on both a local and national level; he’s won numerous awards, including a Rockefeller Grant and Loyola University’s Jesuit Award for “People for Others.” Ultimately, Amedee hopes that his art will enhance the viewer’s daily life – perhaps as something “that makes people think and react,” he says.

With works of his at the New Orleans Museum of Art and at Loyola University, Amedee says he is always engaged in the art community, working with nonprofits such as Loyola University, Longue Vue House and Gardens and NOMA. His most recent work is a large-scale public sculpture at City Park, entitled “Grateful Labors,” a tribute to those helping with the rebuilding of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

This month, Amedee will be designing a T-shirt based on the sculpture in City Park. He welcomes studio visits arranged by telephone.

Information, 473-5352, www.wayneamedee.com,info@wayneamedee.com.

–Sarah Ravits