Tough times test demand for timeless art
For those whose love of art exceeds the space on their walls, there’s always the furniture. Particularly if it’s handcrafted and hand-painted by Italian artisans following the techniques of their ancestors in XVIII century Venice. For the past 25 years, Atlanta-based Patina Inc. has been bringing old-world style to the homes of new-world clients with a distinct taste and a budget to match. But now, a down economy is testing the endurance of a business based on the design, manufacture and import of timeless pieces. For Patina owner Mary Lu Stevens, an art lover and designer, it’s a battle worth fighting for.