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Statues and art highlight the Statuary Place
By Linda Fimlaid, The Orange County Register.

   Judy Komaromi spends every day among thousands of statues and figurines. She weaves her way through aisles submerged in a sea of white-ceramic fairies, frogs, lighthouses, gargoyles, teddy bears and more.

   The Fullerton resident has owned the Statuary Place since 1982.

   "I like the artistic (aspect) and painting different designs," Komaromi said. "It's cheerful; the hours are long but I enjoy it."

   Prices range from a 60-cent Christmas ornament to a $75, 5-foot-tall Roman-style statue. Komaromi stocks the store with paint, brushes, glitter and finishing sprays used by customers to personalize their work.

   Rachel Ybarra of Buena Park has come to the shop for years to pick up pieces to paint.

   "There is no place like this," Ybarra said. "The selection is huge."

   Before Komaromi bought the store, she sold hand-painted pins and jewelry in malls with her daughter.

   "I started the whole thing just painting things and selling them," she said.

   Besides the endless variety of figurines, Komaromi sells decorative architectural accents including rosettes, sconces, fleur-di-lis molding, columns and pedestals. The pieces can be coated with unique texturized finishes or metallic paints and patinas.

   Dave Hasson comes from Palm Springs to shop at the store. "Whatever you want she has it," Hasson said.