As you may or may not know, AFI use to operate a 125,000 Container Plant Nursery and those plants were sold through a Retail Garden Center here on site at AFI. This Nursery Program ended in 1993, leaving the Retail Garden Center Building vacant.
Back in 2011 a group of Kiwanis members took an interest in sprucing up this building. This project was headed up by Rob Crowder, a very dedicated member of the North Lakeland Kiwanis Club. Rob, along with many other volunteers from the North Lakeland Kiwanis Club, Downtown Kiwanis Club, Citrus Center Kiwanis Club, ITW ProAp and other friends of AFI, have worked extremely hard to transform this building over the last couple of months into what is now an Open Air Art Studio.
The Grand Opening for the AFI Art Studio will be on Thursday, April 5th at 10:00 a.m. The public is welcome to join us in celebrating this new program.
Our clients are very excited to be exploring their creative talents in this new venue and we are very appreciative of all of the hard work that was put into making this Art Studio a reality.