Unique Artwork and Décor in Wildwood
Gilded Matilda’s Home and Garden Décor, located in downtown Wildwood outside The Villages near award-winning dining and quaint shopping, is a great place to bring out-of-town guests for a unique experience. Owner Sandy Sweeny says, “It is a place to renew your spirit and be inspired. A place where you can learn to be an artist in one of our many art classes or just delight in shopping through the collection of original, one-of-a-kind art and gifts.”
Gilded Matilda’s whimsical, bohemian, eclectic mix of local art, home and garden décor provides a workspace where artists can create, sell, educate and connect with patrons. The unique store is a haven for a wide variety of mediums and appeals to a broad audience with more than 41 artists. Gilded Matilda’s also offers a wide variety of classes with prices from $35/class to $195 for a four-day series. Patrons and artists have an avenue to express themselves through art classes or art sales.
Since 2014, Gilded Matilda’s has featured acrylic painting, art fusion, chalk painting, clay, crochet, felting, glass fusion, knitting, jewelry, Mexican pottery, acrylic pour, mixed media, collage, oil painting, mosaic, needlecraft, pencil drawing, pottery, watercolor painting, woodworking and more. “New, old, repurposed—our artists have an eye for making some fantastic pieces,” says Sweeny. “It’s the perfect place to come sit, enjoy a cup of coffee, meet the artists, watch a live demo or take a class.”
Since buying the shop in 2017, Sweeny has immersed herself in the artist marketplace. She grew up in Texas and started her career in sales, marketing and advertising, working for one of the largest agencies in the country. She like to travel and was excited to move to Ireland to start a small jewelry business. A local shop allowed Sandy to put a few pieces and the demand increased until they were placed in retail stores. She also lived in China, Hong Kong and Thailand, where she sold many of her jewelry designs.
The time there fueled a desire to work with those that are less fortunate in society. When she moved back to the states, Sweeney’s jewelry was accepted into Gilded Matilda’s. She loves finding artsy, funky clothing and exploring local art markets.
Sweeny can see Gilded Matilda’s becoming a catalyst in downtown Wildwood that breathes new life into its revitalization process. Her Christian faith, family and desire to give back to the community has always held a place in her heart, and she will continue to look for projects where Gilded Matilda’s can do just that.
Gilded Matilda’s is located at 315 N. Main St., in Wildwood. For more information, call 352-476-5531 or visit GildedMatildas.com.