Royal Oak artist, Holly Laginess initially opened Poesy Gallery in Royal Oak on Rochester Road in November 2012. Since then Poesy has nestled into a new home on the east side of Woodward between 13 and 14 mile roads.
Poesy features handcrafted creative works from local and national artists including functional art, fine art and photography. Not only is it a great place to find gifts, but it also function as the owner’s working studio during off-hours.
Laginess always wanted to open her own gift shop and although she decided to execute this dream during a time of challenging economic climate, she created a no-risk opportunity for her featured artists. Holly has been providing groups of talented craftspeople the opportunity to bring their work to Poesy on a consignment basis for the past 3 years. Poesy’s collection is equivalent to some of the best art fairs that surface around town every Spring, Summer and Fall, but the difference is that Poesy is offers a unique collection all year long, and even wraps your purchase in a cute little gift bag and bow.
Poesy – meaning poetic inspiration – is interpreted by Laginess as an artful spirit: a feeling.
“An art purchase really reflects a buyer’s personality,” said Laginess. “With this gallery I really enjoy spending time with my customers. I also have a personal relationship with all of my consignors, so a purchase will most likely come with a fun story of my own experience with the artist and their craft.”
Holly is a veteran artist, with her works sold in over 450 galleries in nearly every state including Hawaii and Alaska. She has sold her ceramics to many well-known companies including Meijer Botanical Gardens (Grand Rapids, MI), the Biltmore Estate (Asheville, NC), Kohler Co. (Kohler, WI) and The Grand Hotel (Mackinac Island, MI). Many local celebrities have also been adorned in her handcrafted jewelry.