Now they have the perfect view, framed by the window of their business, Sweetgum Gallery, overlooking Malone Avenue, the Sikeston Depot and the businesses of downtown Sikeston.
"We are excited about the downtown area," said Mrs. Lancaster. "We hope to see the area flourish as more businesses move down here."
In April, the Lancasters found a vacancy at 113 W. Malone Ave., next to Heartland Office Supply. The big window and spacious building was just the spot, they agreed and decided to move to the new location.
For nearly a decade, Sweetgum Gallery in Sikeston has served as a place the public can buy works by local artists, order prints and have custom framing completed. But their location, in a warehouse tucked behind other businesses, just didn't provide the visibility the Lancasters sought for their gallery.
A ribbon cutting Monday marked the official grand opening.
The new Sweetgum Gallery is divided into sections, with visitors walking into the art gallery, featuring pen and ink drawings and paintings by Lancaster and the "pop art" created from soft drink cans by local artist Marilyn Schwaninger along the walls. Samples of moldings and frames provide a divider to the second section which includes Lancaster's studio, Mrs. Lancaster's office and some of the tools used in framing.
Another area is set aside as the work room for the framing. Mrs. Lancaster offers high praise for Debbie Kimes and Marilyn Schwaninger who oversee the framing for Sweetgum Gallery.
"I love to put frames together. It is a challenge to get the corners just right," said Mrs. Lancaster. "But they do the matting and the designs. They are so talented."
In addition to providing custom framing and artwork for sale, Sweetgum Gallery carries ready-made frames and can special order prints and posters from books available at the store. "If we don't have it, we can find it and order it," said the owner.
Mrs. Lancaster described their prices as competitive.
Customers have welcomed the new location, Mrs. Lancaster said. Many have remarked about how easy it is to find and how professional the gallery looks, she added. For herself, she enjoys the sunny view from the window.
Sweetgum Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.