Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2013’

Michael Chapman

Born and raised in Kansas, local artist Michael Chapman moved to Florida in 2009 and relocated to Gulfport last year.  He is a life-long, self-trained artist, though he took inspiration from his childhood experience of painting alongside his grandmother, also a watercolorist.

"Life is Fleeting," a self-portrait of Michael Chapman

“Life is Fleeting,” a self-portrait of Michael Chapman

His first art show was at the age of five.  Watercolor in bright and colorful hues is Chapman’s predominant medium, though he also occasionally works with acrylics as well as pen and ink.  He uses a layering effect with the watercolors, adding or replacing colors in the work as he goes along.  From landscapes and scenes of nature to dreamscapes and fantasy, Chapman describes his paintings as coming “from my very soul,” or from “dreams and visions.”  Some are whimsical, including his series of peafowl and pigs in the guise of human female characters.  Other works have darker emotional tones.

One in a series of whimsical peafowl portraits by Michael Chapman

One in a series of whimsical peafowl portraits by Michael Chapman

“I have an unending supply of paintings that I see already finished in my mind,” says Chapman.  “I know I will never get them all out on canvas.”  A prolific painter, Chapman often produces as many as two or three paintings per week.  His work has been widely collected in the U.S. and Europe.

"Go to the Light" by Michael Chapman

“Go to the Light” by Michael Chapman

Kimberly Dawn Clayton

Chattanooga native Kimberly Dawn Clayton has been showing work at Domain for four years, but has been a full-time artist for many years.  She is fond of creating paintings and three-dimensional works using discarded items, including old lumber and plywood, doors, windows, clothing, musical instruments, automobiles, and even the occasional human.

Kimberly Dawn Clayton poses with a recent painting.

Kimberly Dawn Clayton poses with a recent painting.

Her art has become among the best-selling work at “& Gallery” and our display of her work is among the largest in our collections.  Clayton has a wide variety of paintings, including several in her new “animals” series, as well as painted lamps and lighting at & Gallery.

One of Kimberly's colorful paintings, complete with hand-embellished frame.

One of Kimberly’s colorful paintings, complete with hand-embellished frame.

Though her pieces have been collected by many locals, as well as celebrities and an ex-president, she believes in continuing to make her work accessible to as many people as possible by keeping it affordable.

John Moore, the “Hairy Potter,” and Mary Hayman (photos)

GypsyCat Creations (Photos)

GypsyCat Creations

Linda and Matt Worsham collaborate in their own line of work they call “GypsyCat Creations,” mixed-media folk art sculptures with a strong sense of whimsy and play.

A rooster by GypsyCat Creations (Linda and Matt Worsham)

A rooster by GypsyCat Creations (Linda and Matt Worsham)

Recycled and found materials are the primary ingredients of the pieces, inside and out, with sealed, repurposed fabric on the surfaces creating a finished texture and color.  Lighting elements were recently introduced to some of the pieces to create functional art “lamps.”  “Critters” of various species, sometimes anthropomorphized with human costumes and characteristics, are the primary subjects of “GypsyCat.”

Giraffes are a frequent subject of Matt Worsham's creative output

Giraffes are a frequent subject of Matt Worsham’s creative output

Matt and Linda create pieces individually, though they often collaborate in ideas, techniques and materials.  Matt’s creations, including his popular giraffes, are more typically dense and muted in color, while Linda’s pieces are often vibrantly colored and humorous.  Matt works as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities.  He developed the basic process for “GypsyCat Creations” while leading art classes for his clients.  He began creating more complex forms on his own time and started “GyspyCat Creations” in 2010.

Linda is retired from a career in social services.  After creating art in many forms in her spare time, she was inspired by her son’s “GypsyCat Creations” and joined him in the creative process.  Both are Nashville, Tennessee natives, and after many years in St. Petersburg, both now live in Gulfport.  Their work has been offered at “& Gallery” since the fall, and collectors from throughout the country have claimed “critters” of their own.

An actual gypsy cat complete with lighted crystal ball by Linda Worsham of GypsyCat Creations

An actual gypsy cat complete with lighted crystal ball by Linda Worsham of GypsyCat Creations

 

Click here to enjoy a photo gallery of GypsyCat Creations.

Meet the Artists: Painter Michael Chapman and Writer Emerald Mancini

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception showcasing the work of a Gulfport painter and a young author during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, November 16th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Michael Chapman will be on hand to show and discuss his watercolor paintings and drawings, and 15-year-old Emerald Mancini, author of the recently published “Tata and Me” (2013, Trace Taylor Publishing), will also appear during the event to discuss and sign her book.  “Meet the Artists” will take place at “& Gallery” (3129 Beach Blvd. South in Gulfport).  Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be offered.

"Life is Fleeting," a self-portrait of Michael Chapman

“Life is Fleeting,” a self-portrait of Michael Chapman

Born and raised in Kansas, local artist Michael Chapman moved to Florida in 2009 and relocated to Gulfport last year.  He is a life-long, self-trained artist, though he took inspiration from his childhood experience of painting alongside his grandmother, also a watercolorist.  His first art show was at the age of five.  Watercolor in bright and colorful hues is Chapman’s predominant medium, though he also occasionally works with acrylics as well as pen and ink.  He uses a layering effect with the watercolors, adding or replacing colors in the work as he goes along.

From landscapes and scenes of nature to dreamscapes and fantasy, Chapman describes his paintings as coming “from my very soul,” or from “dreams and visions.”  Some are whimsical, including his series of peafowl and pigs in the guise of human female characters.  Other works have darker emotional tones.  “I have an unending supply of paintings that I see already finished in my mind,” says Chapman.  “I know I will never get them all out on canvas.”  A prolific painter, Chapman often produces as many as two or three paintings per week.  His work has been widely collected in the U.S. and Europe.

Emerald Mancini has been writing since early childhood. Now in ninth grade, she loves to write short stories and poetry. Since sixth grade, she has been home-schooled, allowing more time for her writing.  During her eighth grade year, she was a participant in the first annual Gulfport Youth Book Writing Workshop Series and Contest.

The manuscript she entered for the contest, “Tata and Me,” was chosen winner in the 7th – 12th grade category.  “Tata and Me” is a children’s read-aloud book about the relationship between Emerald and her grandfather, as well as his telling of Scandinavian folktales. All the artwork for the book was done by her grandfather, Al Carson.  Emerald notes some of her favorite authors as Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain and Roald Dahl. In her spare time, she enjoys drawing and spending time with her dog, Ava.  She plans to have a lifelong career as a writer.

"Tata and Me" by Emerald Mancini

“Tata and Me” by Emerald Mancini

“& Gallery” opened last year in the space adjacent to Domain Home Accessories, one of Gulfport’s most popular retailers for over 12 years, specializing in “functional art for the home.”  “& Gallery” showcases the work of over 40 local and regional artists.

“Meet the Artists” events at “& Gallery” occur during Gulfport’s popular third Saturday Art Walk.  Artists and artisans line the sidewalks of scenic Beach Boulevard on Art Walk evenings.  Independent shops and boutiques, live glassblowing at the Industrial Arts Center, live music venues, street performers, and Gulfport’s popular restaurants are all part of the lively Art Walk scene.  Parking in the Waterfront village is free and convenient.  Free trolleys are available for visitors parking in remote sites for transportation to and from the hub of Art Walk.

For more information, contact Daniel Hodge, (727) 366-4086 or email dan@igc.org.