Your talent needed: New downtown business owner seeking help to beautify eyesore

Local artist and downtown business...

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) - UPDATE: The scaffolding will be removed for this weekend's opening, but it will be placed back in front of the building on Monday. Anyone in the community who would like to help with the project can contact the downtown shop.

ORIGINAL STORY: Artist Cayla Zeek has anticipated the grand opening of her downtown Lafayette shop Mattea's Hand for months. 

But just two days before the shop's grand opening for Saturday's Art Walk, scaffolding appeared outside the Jefferson Street building's entryway, blocking new shop's vibrant storefront display. 

Zeek said she has decided to make lemonade out of some unsightly lemons.

She received permission today to decoratively paint the temporary, plywood eyesore. Zeek said she'd like the community's help to turn it into a work of art. 

  I need your help painter pals. If anyone would like to come and paint on this plywood, to help make this look beautiful, I would be most grateful," Zeek said via Facebook today. "It’s going to be up for a month it seems and I would love to have it be as colorful and expressive as possible. There isn’t much time before the opening and I don’t have much paint left, but this can be an on-going thing, and I’d love to have people painting on it for Artwalk. Please message me if you are interested."

Want to lend a creative helping hand? Contact the shop here.



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