Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2014’

Important Call to Artists!

The Gulfport Merchants Association is seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation to be located adjacent to the City’s iconic Gulfport Casino, located on the Gulfport waterfront.

The historic Gulfport Casino proudly graces the City's waterfront.

The historic Gulfport Casino proudly graces the City’s waterfront.

The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) is a non-profit civic organization dedicated to the advancement of business in the Gulfport Waterfront District.  The GMA raises funds primarily through membership dues and sponsored events, including its twice-monthly Art Walk, weekly Tuesday Fresh Market and the annual Gecko Fest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl.  Funds are used primarily to promote and advertise Gulfport as a destination for visitors.  However, the GMA is also committed to supporting local charitable causes and has donated many thousands of dollars to local organizations.

The GMA is also committed to supporting art in the Gulfport community and has previously funded two public art installations flanking the entrance to the Waterfront business district at Beach Boulevard and 29th Avenue South, by artists Frank Strunk III and Owen Pach.

For 2014, the GMA is investing considerably more in its commission of a single public art installation.  $8,000 will be awarded for the project, to include all associated costs.  This public art installation, next to Gulfport’s most famous historic landmark on the City’s waterfront, will be highly visible for generations.

All artists are welcome to submit proposals, which must be received no later than Friday, February 14th.  More information, including a downloadable application, is available at www.GulfportMA.com.  Owen Pach, Vice-President of the GMA and President of the Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport, will act as liaison for the application process.  For more information and questions, please contact Owen Pach (727-320-4051; 727-623-4920 or email OwenPachGlass@gmail.com).

Elissa Cardamone

A collection of stained glass panels by Gulfport artist Elissa Cardamone available exclusively at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery
A collection of stained glass panels by Gulfport artist Elissa Cardamone available exclusively at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery

Gulfport resident Elissa Cardamone is a stained glass artist specializing in the design and construction of leaded glass panels using the same methods and techniques employed as old world masters of the trade.  She learned the craft and honed her skills while apprenticing with a master restorer of antique stained glass windows.   Victorian and Edwardian influences are evident in her original designs, evidence of her experience in working with these styles of period windows during restorations.   She explains that each time she restores a window she feels the hand of its creator, from a century past, and absorbs that energy which inspires her technique.

EMERGING stained glass window by Elissa Cardamone. Artist's statement: The budding flower gives rise to a woman in contra posture as she twists upward from the petals emerging into life. The flower’s stem and woman’s heart are purposefully cut from the same piece of re-purposed antique glass.
EMERGING stained glass window by Elissa Cardamone. Artist’s statement: The budding flower gives rise to a woman in contra posture as she twists upward from the petals emerging into life. The flower’s stem and woman’s heart are purposefully cut from the same piece of re-purposed antique glass.

For her new creations, she bases her selection of glass on the emotion, texture, color, and luminosity the glass inspires.  In each new design she attempts to incorporate some salvaged glass from an antique window, she says, “to carry on its life as a timeless witness to all it has seen, whether in a house of worship, a rich mansion or a public building.”  Elissa first displayed her work locally during last year’s annual Gulfport SoStudio Tour where her accomplished originality was recognized and encouraged by the Gulfport artists’ community.  Her art is among the most recent to be displayed and sold in “& Gallery,” debuting only a few weeks ago.

VICTORIAN stained glass window by Elissa Cardamone. Artist's statement: The Victorian period in stained glass contained consistent or traditional shapes seen by the artist as silent tributes to feminine beauty. The exaggerated focal point in this window is the artists’ attempt to break through the subtlety and present the seat of womanhood in the uterine shape.
VICTORIAN stained glass window by Elissa Cardamone. Artist’s statement: The Victorian period in stained glass contained consistent or traditional shapes seen by the artist as silent tributes to feminine beauty. The exaggerated focal point in this window is the artists’ attempt to break through the subtlety and present the seat of womanhood in the uterine shape.

 

Click here to enjoy a gallery of photos depicting more of Elissa’s work.

Meet the Artists (January 18, 2014): Elissa Cardamone

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception showcasing the work of Gulfport stained glass artist Elissa Cardamone during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, January 18th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 3129 Beach Blvd. South.  Elissa will be on hand to meet visitors and discuss her work, and will bring a number of additional selections of stained glass for display and sale during the evening.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvre and beverages will be offered.

A collection of stained glass panels by Gulfport artist Elissa Cardamone available exclusively at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery

A collection of stained glass panels by Gulfport artist Elissa Cardamone available exclusively at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery

Gulfport resident Elissa Cardamone is a stained glass artist specializing in the design and construction of leaded glass panels using the same methods and techniques employed as old world masters of the trade.  She learned the craft and honed her skills while apprenticing with a master restorer of antique stained glass windows.   Victorian and Edwardian influences are evident in her original designs, evidence of her experience in working with these styles of period windows during restorations.   She explains that each time she restores a window she feels the hand of its creator, from a century past, and absorbs that energy which inspires her technique.

EMERGING stained glass window by Elissa Cardamone. Artist's statement: The budding flower gives rise to a woman in contra posture as she twists upward from the petals emerging into life. The flower’s stem and woman’s heart are purposefully cut from the same piece of re-purposed antique glass.

EMERGING stained glass window by Elissa Cardamone. Artist’s statement: The budding flower gives rise to a woman in contra posture as she twists upward from the petals emerging into life. The flower’s stem and woman’s heart are purposefully cut from the same piece of re-purposed antique glass.

For her new creations, she bases her selection of glass on the emotion, texture, color, and luminosity the glass inspires.  In each new design she attempts to incorporate some salvaged glass from an antique window, she says, “to carry on its life as a timeless witness to all it has seen, whether in a house of worship, a rich mansion or a public building.”  Elissa first displayed her work locally during last year’s annual Gulfport SoStudio Tour where her accomplished originality was recognized and encouraged by the Gulfport artists’ community.  Her art is among the most recent to be displayed and sold in “& Gallery,” debuting only a few weeks ago.

VICTORIAN stained glass window by Elissa Cardamone. Artist's statement: The Victorian period in stained glass contained consistent or traditional shapes seen by the artist as silent tributes to feminine beauty. The exaggerated focal point in this window is the artists’ attempt to break through the subtlety and present the seat of womanhood in the uterine shape.

VICTORIAN stained glass window by Elissa Cardamone. Artist’s statement: The Victorian period in stained glass contained consistent or traditional shapes seen by the artist as silent tributes to feminine beauty. The exaggerated focal point in this window is the artists’ attempt to break through the subtlety and present the seat of womanhood in the uterine shape.

 

Click here to enjoy a gallery of photos depicting more of Elissa’s work.

Domain Home Accessories, with its large variety of unique art, décor, jewelry, cards, home goods and more, has been one of Gulfport’s most treasured retailers for over 12 years.  “& Gallery” opened in 2012 in the adjacent space and showcases the work of over 40 local and regional artists in a variety of media.  “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; or visit domainhomeaccessories.com.

Elissa Cardamone (photos)

 

 

Eco-Conscious Hand-Woven Float-Rope Door Mats

These hand-woven float-rope door mats benefit a small, independent business, the livelihood of Maine lobstermen, the environment and the endangered Right Whale.

These hand-woven float-rope door mats benefit a small, independent business, the livelihood of Maine lobstermen, the environment and the endangered Right Whale.

We are proud to carry these beautiful and durable float-rope door mats at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery.  Read the story behind these hand-woven creations:

Just as the North Atlantic Right Whale came under the protection of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act a new threat confronted the whales – float-rope from fixed line fishing. Lines of rope used to connect lobster traps to surface buoys often become detached due to rough waters, collisions with boats, and other nautical hazards. Also, lobstermen use rope to tether their traps together on the ocean floor .

For years lobster fishermen used colorful float-rope. When it became loose and drifted out to sea, or was tethered to their multiple traps on the ocean floor, marine scientists discovered that it was entangling the whales. This was  causing an alarming number to drown or be injured. In 2009 a federal regulation outlawed float-rope, requiring lobstermen to discard this rope and replace it with sinking, or sink-rope.

What to do? Enter Maine Float-Rope Company.  To prevent the float-rope from going to landfills, a market to compensate lobstermen needed to be created. Penny Johnston quickly saw an opportunity to help and formed the Maine Float-Rope Company. These ropes make beautiful, colorful and durable doormats and runners from what otherwise would be thousands of pounds of discarded rope.  The combined effort supports the endangered Right Whales, the livelihood of Maine lobstermen, the environment, and local employment in a small, independent business.

We are proud to partner with the Maine Float-Rope Company in offering this product that gives back in a big way.

 

Join us as we host the LocalShops1 “Second Thursday Social”

Domain will host the first of LocalShops1's "Second Thursday Socials" on January 9th.

Domain will host the first of LocalShops1’s “Second Thursday Socials” on January 9th.

Join LocalShops1 businesses and community-minded shoppers for our Second Thursday Social, featuring delicious appetizers, free raffles, crafts demonstrations and of course the best conversations in town!

Want more? Bring a funny gift that will literally make people laugh out loud for our LOL Gift Exchange. Yes, regifting is acceptable and even encouraged!

Admission is free for LocalShops1 Business, Artist, Non-Profit and Shopper Members, $10 for non-members. For more information contact Cherlene at Cherlene@LocalShops1.com.

The event is hosted by Domain Home Accessories & Gallery and sponsored by T And Me Tea Co., Neptune Grill and Country Harvest Craft Studio.

Click here for more details.