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Meet the Artists: Valerie Brandli

Valerie's "ear dragons" have been a best-seller at Domain for many years. Each pair is uniquely hand-crafted with a variety of stones.

Valerie’s “ear dragons” have been a best-seller at Domain for many years. Each pair is uniquely hand-crafted with a variety of stones.

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception showcasing the work of award-winning St. Petersburg jewelry artist Valerie Brandli during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, December 21st, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. (3129 Beach Blvd. South).

Valerie will be on hand to meet visitors and discuss her work, and will be bringing many extra selections of her jewelry and other art work to display and sell for one night only.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvre, holiday treats and beverages will be offered during the event.

A special musical guest for the evening, saxophonist Henry Ashwood, will play jazz and holiday standards.

Saxophonist Henry Ashwood will be our special musical guest during our December "Meet the Artists" event.

Saxophonist Henry Ashwood will be our special musical guest during our December “Meet the Artists” event.

Valerie Brandli’s original jewelry designs have been carried by Domain since its inception, and they continue to be popular.  Her charming “ear dragon” earrings have been an affordable best seller for many years, and are one of several of Valerie’s nature and spirit-inspired designs.  Beyond jewelry, Valerie also creates other multi-media art pieces, including stone and wire “Earth Angels.”

Valerie's "Earth Angels" are a blend of the spiritual and whimsical, each wire wrapped with various stones.

Valerie’s “Earth Angels” are a blend of the spiritual and whimsical, each wire wrapped with various stones.

Her Living Arts Studio expresses a mission of “creatively and collectively revealing the Light within all people thru expressions of love, beauty, humor and self discovery.”  Valerie grew up in small-town Wisconsin, but has been living out her “second childhood” in St. Petersburg for over 20 years.  She has also displayed and sold her jewelry and art work for many years at St. Petersburg’s popular Saturday Morning Market.

 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 last year 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 the Facebook page for Domain Home Accessories & Gallery: www.facebook.com/domainhome.

A gorgeous "slink'bracelet" by Valerie Brandli

A gorgeous “slink’bracelet” by Valerie Brandli

Click here to enjoy a gallery of examples of Valerie’s work

Artist Valerie Brandli

Artist Valerie Brandli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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