Monthly Archive for: ‘April, 2014’

Tiffany’s Toolbox: A Unique Gift for the Ladies in Your Life

Tiffany's Toolbox

Tiffany’s Toolbox

How is this for a unique gift for one of the ladies in your life? “Tiffany’s Toolbox” is a set of quality hand tools, specially “contoured for a woman’s hand” carried in its own retro/glam case.

Includes measuring tape, pliers, hammer, multi-screwdriver, wire cutters, wrench and utility knife. For mom, daughter, wife or partner.

Always unique, always distinctive, from Domain Home Accessories & Gallery.

 

Painter Gary Mellenbruch

Tierra Verde artist Gary Mellenbruch in his studio

Tierra Verde artist Gary Mellenbruch in his studio

Tierra Verde artist Gary Mellenbruch’s watercolor and designers’ gouache paintings depict scenes that many local residents will find familiar.

A scene of Pass-A-Grille's colorful 8th Avenue: by Gary Mellenbruch

A scene of Pass-A-Grille’s colorful 8th Avenue: by Gary Mellenbruch

Iconic and colorful attractions such as the Don CeSar resort, Merry Pier and the Wharf restaurant in Pass-a-Grille, as well as Gulfport’s own Williams Pier, O’Maddy’s Bar & Grill, and Pia’s Trattoria are among the images that draw on talents Gary has honed in a long career as an architectural illustrator.

Originally from Kansas City, he studied industrial design and after becoming an apprentice illustrator, formed his own “Mellenbruch Studios” in 1969, creating architectural illustrations for clients from around the world.  Accompanied by his sailboat, he moved to Tierra Verde in 1998, continuing illustration work, but concentrating on fine arts.  He also operates his own art framing business.

Attention to details and an emphasis on scale and perspective stem from his years in architectural illustration.  The Florida environment also inspires his many depictions of natural maritime scenes, including vivid portrayals of sea birds and their habitat.

A heron in flight captured by Gary Mellenbruch

A heron in flight captured by Gary Mellenbruch

 

"Dolphin Pod in the Surf" by Gary Mellenbruch

“Dolphin Pod in the Surf” by Gary Mellenbruch

He is also fond of mermaids and has devoted some of his paintings to those creatures of maritime lore.

A lovely mermaid as envisioned by Gary Mellenbruch

A lovely mermaid as envisioned by Gary Mellenbruch

Gary has shown work at “& Gallery” since its inception, and has since become an all-time favorite of customers.  We offer both original paintings and more affordably-priced signed prints by Gary.

Click here to enjoy a photo gallery of some of Gary’s work.

Gary Mellenbruch (photo gallery)

This Saturday: Amazing Paintings of Local Scenes by One of Our Most Popular Artists, Gary Mellenbruch

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception to highlight the work of Tierra Verde painter Gary Mellenbruch during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, April 19th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 3129 Beach Boulevard South.

Tierra Verde artist Gary Mellenbruch in his studio

Tierra Verde artist Gary Mellenbruch in his studio

The featured artist specializes in depictions of local seaside landmarks, as well as maritime creatures and mythical mermaids.  His work has become a customer favorite since he began displaying it in “&Gallery” in 2012.  Gary will be on hand to discuss his work and answer questions.

Live entertainment by jazz saxophonist Henry Ashwood will also be featured during the evening, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered.

Tierra Verde artist Gary Mellenbruch’s watercolor and designers’ gouache paintings depict scenes that many local residents will find familiar.  Iconic and colorful attractions such as the Don CeSar resort, Merry Pier and the Wharf restaurant in Pass-a-Grille, as well as Gulfport’s own Williams Pier, O’Maddy’s Bar & Grill, and Pia’s Trattoria are among the images that draw on talents Gary has honed in a long career as an architectural illustrator.

Gulfport's beloved Pia's Trattoria by Gary Mellenbruch

Gulfport’s beloved Pia’s Trattoria by Gary Mellenbruch

Originally from Kansas City, he studied industrial design and after becoming an apprentice illustrator, formed his own “Mellenbruch Studios” in 1969, creating architectural illustrations for clients from around the world.  Accompanied by his sailboat, he moved to Tierra Verde in 1998, continuing illustration work, but concentrating on fine arts.  He also operates his own art framing business.  Attention to details and an emphasis on scale and perspective stem from his years in architectural illustration.

"Dolphin Pod in the Surf" by Gary Mellenbruch

“Dolphin Pod in the Surf” by Gary Mellenbruch

The Florida environment also inspires his many depictions of natural maritime scenes, including vivid portrayals of sea birds and their habitat.  He is also fond of mermaids and has devoted some of his paintings to those creatures of maritime lore.  Gary has shown work at “& Gallery” since its inception, and offers both originals and affordably-priced prints.

A favorite of Pass-A-Grille locals and visitors, The Wharf by Gary Mellenbruch

A favorite of Pass-A-Grille locals and visitors, The Wharf by Gary Mellenbruch

The storied "Miss Pass-A-Grille" by Gary Mellenbruch

The storied “Miss Pass-A-Grille” by Gary Mellenbruch

Established in March 2001, Domain Home Accessories offers a large variety of unique art, décor, lighting, jewelry, cards, home goods and more, and has earned a reputation as one of Gulfport’s most respected retailers.  “& 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 many 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.

Lights twinkle from the trees as artists set up outdoors along Beach Blvd. during Gulfport's colorful Art Walk

Lights twinkle from the trees as artists set up outdoors along Beach Blvd. during Gulfport’s colorful Art Walk.

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

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Sculpture Selected for Prominent Gulfport Public Art Location

Artist Stephen Oliver has been selected as the winner of the Gulfport Merchants Association’s competition for a work of public art adjacent to the Gulfport Casino. Oliver’s sculpture proposal, titled “Best Kept Secret, reflects on Gulfport’s history and the spirits of diversity and creativity that characterize the City today.  According to Oliver, “it also celebrates the openness of a once-segregated community that continues to grow to accept everyone.”

The sculpture will be sited adjacent to the Gulfport Casino, an Art Deco styled public hall that is a Gulfport icon and has served as a community gathering place since the turn of the century.  The Casino was recently approved for addition to the list of National Historic Landmarks.

Concept drawing of "Best Kept Secret," the winning entry by artist Stephen Oliver in a competition for a public art installation in front of the iconic Gulfport Casino

Concept drawing of “Best Kept Secret,” the winning entry by artist Stephen Oliver in a competition for a public art installation in front of the iconic Gulfport Casino

Oliver’s sculpture will consist of a metal boat situated in a raised position at eye level so that visitors can read the poetry cut into its port and starboard sides:

“To cross the gulf be our port of call
leaving a wake of peace and love for all”

“All hands together joined to row
make rainbows of gauntlet as they go”

The sculpture also incorporates a keyhole in the stern of the boat, through which one can view a rainbow of painted colors and reflecting colored glass elements on the interior.  The stern of the boat is also shaped like the façade of the casino and serves as a palette for a painting of “the colored people’s dance pavilion” to reflect how the community has evolved to become an inclusive one since the days of segregation.  Oliver found an image of the old pavilion on the Gulfport Historical Society’s website.  The boat’s tall mast-like weathervane, situated beside the boat, reflects the themes of peace and love in the poetry cut into the boat’s hull and incorporates sculptural elements intended to resemble Gulfport’s initials ‘G-P’.

Stephen Oliver is known by many Gulfport locals and visitors as the designer and vendor of the graphic “Give Peace” shirts and other garments he sells at Gulfport’s Tuesday Fresh Market.  He has a background in architecture and furniture design, and has worked with numerous museums and artists in coordinating and designing projects, residencies, exhibitions and public art as well as making his own art.

Oliver has a degree in Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design. He lives part of the year in Maine.  His family has local roots in St. Petersburg, where his father and other family members still live. His grandfather, Henry Oliver Sr., was a prolific builder whose wife ran their small produce market in St. Petersburg.  “Grandpa Oliver” also helped lay the brick streets of Gulfport during a building boom that started in 1923 and ended in the Great Depression.

 Oliver expects to begin work on the sculpture immediately, with final installation and dedication ceremony planned for this summer.  The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) selected Oliver’s work after a national call for artists that resulted in over a dozen entries.  Proceeds from Gecko Fest and other events sponsored by the GMA are funding the public art commission.

Gulfport Merchants Association

Gulfport Merchants Association