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Gulfport Casino Captured by Local Artist!

"Let's Dance: Gulfport Casino" by Gary Mellenbruch

“Let’s Dance: Gulfport Casino” by Gary Mellenbruch

We are thrilled to offer this brand new painting of the iconic Gulfport Casino, entitled “Let’s Dance: Gulfport Casino” by artist Gary Mellenbruch.  The original painting (acrylic on paper) is still available, and we are also offering a framed giclee.  Matted and signed prints will also be available within a few days.  Exclusively at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery.

Gary has captured many local scenes in his paintings, but this rendition of the historic Casino is a wonderful first!

(Click on the painting for a larger view.)

 

 

 

Keep Chickens!

"Keep Chickens!" by Barbara Kilarski

“Keep Chickens!” by Barbara Kilarski

Keep Chickens! by Barbara Kilarski is an entertaining and informative book that covers all the bases in raising chickens in a non-farm environment.  Did you know that keeping a small flock of chickens is legal in Gulfport?  It is also growing in popularity in towns, cities and suburbs across America!

Pick up your copy at Domain!  We have a few other books to amuse and inform you too.  Just another way that Domain is your unique shopping experience.

 

Meet the Artists (and Author!)… this Saturday at Domain

Portrait of GypsyCat Creations mother/son duo Linda and Matt Worsham (during a recent Gulfport Art Walk)

Portrait of GypsyCat Creations mother/son duo Linda and Matt Worsham (during a recent Gulfport Art Walk)

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host its next “Meet the Artists” event with a showing of new work by mother and son folk artists, Linda and Matt Worsham, as well as an appearance by local author Ani Crane.  The event will take place at “& Gallery” (3129 Beach Blvd. South in Gulfport) on Saturday, May 17th, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

The artists and author will be on hand to discuss their work.  Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be offered, and jazz saxophonist Henry Ashwood will entertain.

Local author Ani Crane

Local author Ani Crane

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.  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 are added to some pieces to create functional art “lamps.”  “Critters” such as cats, dogs, birds, dragons, frogs, geckos and more, sometimes anthropomorphized with human costumes and characteristics, are the primary subjects of “GypsyCat.”  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.

A Rainbow Girafffe Lamp by Matt Worsham

A Rainbow Girafffe Lamp by Matt Worsham

Linda has also created a smaller body of work in paintings and will show some of those during the event.  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 Gulfport residents.  They are veteran participants in the twice-monthly Gulfport Art Walk.  Their work has been offered at “& Gallery” since 2012, and collectors from throughout the country have claimed “critters” of their own.

A steampunk kitty by Linda Worsham

A steampunk kitty by Linda Worsham

Gulfport resident and author Ani Crane has been a writing teacher for 20 years in New York City and practices daily journal writing.  She will be on hand to discuss her memoir, “How I Arrived Here,” described as “the story of the transformational journey of one woman from codependence to empowerment and all the adventures along the way… from happiness to sorrow, struggle, recovery and finally victory and joy!”  Copies of the book will be on sale for the author to sign.

"How I Arrived Here" is Ani Crane's memoir.

“How I Arrived Here” is Ani Crane’s memoir.

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.

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

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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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Saturday, March 15th: Join us for our 13-Year Anniversary Celebration – PLUS “Meet the Artists”: Diane Bragg

To help commemorate its 13th anniversary, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will showcase new work by an artist who has been featured at the business since its opening 13 years ago.  Gulfport artist Diane Posnanski-Bragg will offer a large assortment of new fused glass works, including decorative and functional pieces and jewelry for display and sale.  Diane will also talk to visitors about the evolution of her art work, as well as her travels as an “itinerant” artist for the last several years.

This installment of Domain’s monthly “Meet the Artists” event will take place on Saturday, March 15th from 6 to 10 p.m. at 3129 Beach Boulevard South in the Gulfport Waterfront District.

Live entertainment by jazz saxophonist Henry Ashwood will also be featured during the evening, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered.  Free birthday cake to celebrate the 13th anniversary of Domain will also be served.

A Diane Bragg fused glass design on a patinated and stamped copper background

A Diane Bragg fused glass design on a patinated and stamped copper background

Native Floridian Diane Posnanski-Bragg grew up in the Tampa Bay area and has been inspired by the tropical plants, flowers and wildlife she has encountered here since childhood, creating art reflecting the nature around her as she grew up.  She attended the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and after 25 years of “conventional” work in the fields of graphic and advertising design, she returned to her more creative roots, working with Postich Stained Glass Studio in Largo, Florida.

A brightly-colored clock by Diane Bragg

A brightly-colored clock by Diane Bragg

She soon established her own independent glass studio, and then partnered with her former husband working with stained and fused glass, as well as glass and metal sculpture.  The pair travelled extensively, participating in and accumulating awards at art shows throughout the country, including annual appearances at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and St. Petersburg’s Mainsail Art Festival.  Now as a solo artist with Diane Bragg Studio, the shapes, colors and essence of her art work celebrate the roots, leaves and blooms of Florida as much as ever.

"Inspire" and "Love" wall plaques by Diane Bragg

“Inspire” and “Love” wall plaques by Diane Bragg

Contemporary, bright and textural, Diane’s current fused glass pieces include jewelry, decorative wall plaques and hangings, including many that feature a single word of inspiration (“believe,” “breathe,” “imagine!”), as well as functional pieces such as clocks and coasters.  Diane’s work, beginning with her stained glass pieces, has been a mainstay at Domain Home Accessories since its beginnings.

Click here to enjoy a gallery of some examples of Diane’s work.

Established in March 2001, Domain Home Accessories offers a large variety of unique art, décor, 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.

The Gulfport Art Walk has become a beloved Tampa Bay tradition, over 20 years and counting!  Twice a month on each First Friday and Third Saturday 6-10pm year-round.

The Gulfport Art Walk has become a beloved Tampa Bay tradition, over 20 years and counting! Twice a month on each First Friday and Third Saturday 6-10pm year-round.

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

Gulfport Art Walk details

Gulfport Art Walk details

Get Ready to GET RESCUED!

Gulfport's Get Rescued 2014 Events

Gulfport’s Get Rescued 2014 Events

Gulfport, FL – Gulfport’s Get Rescued has a full day of fun planned for you at this year’s 10th annual event on Saturday, February 22. Not only will you be able to find a fur-ever friend from one of the many rescues who will be on site but you can also shop for both humans and animals at an array of vendor booths that will be lining Beach Blvd in downtown Gulfport from 10 AM to 6 PM.  There will be yummies for your tummies, ranging from Mediterranean and Jamaican food to fire-baked pizza and tacos for both you and your puppy!  Admission to the event is complimentary and the Gulfport Trolley will be running from off site parking areas at no charge.

The first ever “Bark-B-Que” will be at Salty’s on Shore Blvd. from 12 PM to 6 PM, or until sold out.  Hamburgers, hot dogs and “Doggie Daiquiris” are on the menu at Salty’s, located at 5413 Shore Blvd S, in Gulfport. A donation of $5.00 will get you a burger, a bag of chips and a soda, or two hotdogs, a bag of chips and a soda.  All-natural frozen treats for the pups will be available for $2.00.  We’ll have your sweet tooth covered as well, with a wide variety of goodies available at the Bake Sale and there will also be a “Pick-A-Prize” raffle with a wonderful selection of items from our very generous donors.  All proceeds will be going directly to Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the animal rescue festival and fundraiser. Bark-B-Que is sponsored by Salty’s, Stella’s Deli, and The Tampa Bay Adventures Meet Up group.

During the day, visit the Beach Haus Garden on Shore Blvd to celebrate National Margarita Day, with margaritas on the rocks for a special price of only $4. While you are there, you can write a memorial message or honor message on a lighted paper lantern that will be launched from the beach in front of Beach Haus at 6:45 PM.  We are asking for a $1.00 donation to send up your message and you may also purchase a lantern and join the launch for a donation of $5.00. Beach Haus is also the place to be to watch the Pet Parade at Noon!

Visitors and attendees are encouraged to bring donations of dog and cat food, cat litter and pet supplies for the Pet Supplies Drive.  Drop-off locations will be conveniently located on Beach Blvd at the intersections of 128th Ave S and Shore Blvd. next to Beach Haus. These much needed contributions will be distributed to participating rescues on the day of the event.

Don’t forget to register at the GMA booth for the pet parade and costume contest at noon that will feature adoptable animals as well as animals that have come to Get Rescued to play.

Stick around  after the pets have gone to bed for Tails at Twilight, the evening fundraising event at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Blvd., which begins at 7:00 PM. “Tails” will feature silent auctions, raffles, cash bar, snacks and music by The Hot Tub Club. Tickets for Tails at Twilight are a $20 donation and will be available at the GMA booth during the daytime event as well as at the door at 7. For more information on Tails at Twilight, or to purchase advance tickets, please visit www.GulfportMA or contact Lynda Shehan at (727) 323-3892 or No1Ringmaster@aol.com.

Gulfport’s Get Rescued is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state, with all profits to benefit participating non-profit rescue groups. The events location is in the surrounding area of 3129 Beach Blvd. S. For more information on Gulfport’s Get Rescued, visit www.GulfportMA.com or www.facebook.com/GetRescued or contact Suzanne King at 727-322-5217 / email SuzFest@gmail.com.

 

Save the Date: March 15th We Celebrate Our 13th Anniversary and Feature Diane Bragg During Our Next “Meet the Artists” Event

"Inspire" wall plaque by Diane Bragg

“Inspire” and “Love” wall plaques by Diane Bragg

Save the Date!  On Saturday, March 15th we will celebrate the 13th anniversary of Domain Home Accessories.  Cake will be served!  This will coincide with our next “Meet the Artists” event, featuring our old friend Diane Bragg.  Diane works in glass, metal and mixed media, including wall plaques, vases, copper and glass sculptures, coasters and jewelry.  Since she has been a featured artist at Domain since its inception, it’s appropriate that we celebrate our anniversary on the same night we celebrate Diane’s work.  And of course as usual on our Third Saturday events, we’ll offer live jazz music, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre.  More details to come, so stay tuned!

These mixed media pieces by Diane Bragg combine hammered copper with fused glass.

These mixed media pieces by Diane Bragg combine hammered copper with fused glass.

 

Coming February 15th: Meet Visiting Pottery Artist Bari Precious!

Pottery artist Bari Precious

Pottery artist Bari Precious

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception to welcome visiting pottery artist Bari Precious during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, February 15th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 3129 Beach Boulevard South.

The artist, who makes her home near Springfield, Missouri, will be taking a “road trip” with a large selection of her pottery for shows along the way.  She will have an extensive collection of her colorful and functional pottery on display and for sale, and will chat about her colorful life and work with visitors.

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

Vases by Bari Precious

Vases by Bari Precious

The pottery of Bari Precious has been featured at Domain for nearly three years.  Working in her “Precious Pots” studio in the rural outskirts of Springfield, she produces a variety of stoneware pottery that is art with practical applications in the home.  Her hand-painted designs and glazes display a sense of tribal or geometric or nature-inspired influences.

In addition to vases, pitchers and mugs, she creates plates, platters and dishes that are specifically designed to be safe for use in ovens, microwaves and barbecues.  Bari also offers to pottery-buyers copies of some of her favorite recipes which can be made using her stoneware pottery including baked brie, brownies, banana bread, honey-mustard chicken, and baked fish.  She is fond of serving samples of her brownies to visitors, and these will also be served during her visit.

Bari Precious was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and became interested in working with clay from an early age, going on to study sculpture at the Vancouver School of Art.  She left school to embark upon other adventures, including farming and communal life in rural British Columbia, and then travels through Europe, Asia and the Middle East during the 1970s.

She nurtured her fascination with Iran by spending time there teaching art and English, and later returning to work with archeologists by building a kiln and reassembling excavated pottery.  On return to the U.S., she raised her family for several years before reentering university studies and earning a B.F.A. in ceramics.

Her studio, gardens and home in the Missouri countryside are comfortable spaces where visitors are welcome to stop, share tea and peruse her “Precious Pots.”

Plates and trays by Bari Precious

Plates and trays by Bari Precious

Domain Home Accessories offers a large variety of unique art, décor, jewelry, cards, home goods and more, and 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.

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).

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.

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.

 

 

 

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