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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLIDAY DECORATING SALE!!

Unique Christmas ornaments and holiday decor

Unique Christmas ornaments and holiday décor

30% to 50% OFF CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS AND DECORATIONS: STARTING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH!  Grab some great “Deck the Halls” deals!  (And enjoy HOLIDAY HOOPLA, Gulfport’s free annual Holiday Street Festival on Saturday, December 14th, 10am to 6pm on Beach Blvd.  Pssssst: Santa will be in town!)

 

Unique barware from Funky Rock Designs

Barware from Funky Rock Designs includes these cool and unique wine and beverage dispensers, perfect for the entertainers on your list.

Barware from Funky Rock Designs includes these cool and unique wine and beverage dispensers, perfect for the entertainers on your list.

 

These nature-inspired beverage dispensers are one of many unique items available only at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery for the gift-giving season.  Choose from hundreds of other fun, colorful and artful items, including home décor, barware, kitchenware, serveware, jewelry, pottery, glassware, candles, bath and body, fine art, cards for all occasions and much more!

Deck the Halls!

Domain is your first stop for the most unique assortment of holiday décor, cards and more.  You won’t find these in the Mall!

A glittery Mardi Gras mask adorns the tree.

A glittery Mardi Gras mask adorns the tree.

 

Hand-painted Gulfport commemorative ornaments

Hand-painted Gulfport commemorative ornaments

 

Boxed holiday cards from Pumpernickel Press have a Florida point of view.

Boxed holiday cards from Pumpernickel Press have a Florida point of view.

 

A whimsical holiday bottle topper

A whimsical holiday bottle topper

 

Santa gets some beach time in this hand-crafted ornament from Red Drum Pottery.

Santa gets some beach time in this hand-crafted ornament from Red Drum Pottery.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Wedding and Event Registry

Something new to make shopping at Domain Home Accessories even EASIER!!

We now have an Event Gift Registry.

Use it for weddings, showers, birthdays – or just because you want everything we carry.

Come in, we give you the opportunity to make a list, we file it in our Registry, and then you spread the word.

When your friends, family, or anyone you can persuade to enhance your life, comes to us, we will guide them through your list.

You get what you desire, our customer has the guide to your desires, and we get to fulfill those desires.

Come on in and watch it work.

Holiday Hoopla!

5th Annual Holiday Hoopla!

Dec 14, 2013
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707

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Don’t get your Tinsel in a Tangle…It’s time to get your holiday cheer in gear!

Support small business and independent artisans and crafters by shopping local! The Gulfport Merchants Association presents the 5th annual Holiday Hoopla on December 14, 2013 from 10am to 6pm. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Operation Santa and Gulfport families in need.

Holiday Hoopla is a celebration of arts, crafts, foods, live music and roving holiday characters set in a waterfront atmosphere amid bright, twinkling, colorful lights.

Stroll the decorated streets filled with talented exhibitors and unique shops and galleries. The festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts that cannot be found anywhere else, and all of your holiday shopping can be done in one place!

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Visitors will be enchanted by a variety of festive and fun holiday-themed music, holiday carolers, dance performances, and roving street performers.

Many types of entertainment will perform during the Hoopla, from local school bands & Choral groups and local musicians to area performing arts groups. Roving performers include Dickens characters and carolers.

The Gulfport Merchant’s Association gives back to the community all year round.

During the Holiday Hoopla event donations will be collected for Operation Santa (New Toys/Gift cards, etc.), The Gulfport Senior Center Foundation (Non perishable food, toiletries & Pet Supplies) ).  If you are able, please help these organizations in need.  Collection Boxes will be located at the Casino Stage at the intersection of Beach and Shore Boulevards during the event. Prior to the event drop off locations include Gulfport Police Department and The Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Holiday Hoopla takes place on Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport on December 14 from 10am to 6pm. (GPS: 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707)

The event is sponsored by Bright House Networks, Tampa Bay Times, the Industrial Arts Center and the City of Gulfport. As always, admission and parking are free.

Gulfport Celebrates 20 Years of Art Walks

Gulfport will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its well-known Art Walk on Friday, November 1st.  A forerunner of similar events that are now common throughout Tampa Bay, Gulfport’s Art Walk now takes place on the first Friday and third Saturday of each month, year-round from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Local and visiting artists and crafters line the sidewalks of scenic Beach Boulevard in Gulfport’s historic Waterfront District.

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary Celebration, organizers will offer a display of Art Walk memorabilia, a birthday cake to share with visitors, drawings for prizes donated by local merchants, and awards to artists participating for the evening.  Gulfport City officials will be on hand to help commemorate the event.  Cake will be served and awards presented in a brief ceremony beginning at 7:30 p.m. in front of Mangia Gourmet (2930 Beach Boulevard South).

The Gulfport Merchants Association has announced a “Call for Artists” to participate in the 20th Anniversary Art Walk Celebration.  A $200 “Best of Show” juried award will be presented during the evening.  Veteran Art Walk participants will also be recognized with awards in a variety of categories.  Artists interested in participating should contact Suzanne King by email to suzfest@gmail.com as soon as possible.

The first Gulfport Art Walk, originally referred to as “Gallery Walk,” took place on the first Friday, November 5th, 1993.  At that time, six recently-opened independent art galleries on a single block of Beach Boulevard banded together to draw attention to their burgeoning gallery scene.  An advertisement in the local newspaper announced the first Gallery Walk, and participants put out paper bag luminaries to direct visitors to the galleries, each of which offered refreshments.

The original participants were Sabal Palm Galleries (“tropical” and local art), Lynne Brown Fine Arts (Brown’s portraits and other art works), Troyka Art Gallery (Russian and European artifacts), Outta My Gourd (gourd and fiber art and basketry by Lisa Coopersmith), Kaleidoscope (stained glass work by Roger Turner), and Griffin Studio (paintings and pottery by Nan and Bill Griffin).

The original advertisement for Art Walk, originally called Gallery Walk, appeared November 4, 1993.

The original advertisement for Art Walk, originally called Gallery Walk, appeared November 4, 1993.

Gulfport’s Gallery Walk proved successful and drew increasing numbers of both locals and visitors to the first Friday event.  As the event grew, a 1994 full-page feature by the St. Petersburg Times art critic highlighting the Gulfport art scene resulted in a “mob” of visitors that same evening, according to Turner.  Lines of people waited to get into galleries.  As Turner recalls, “We felt like we had arrived!”  By that time, additional galleries were opened, as others closed.  A year after its origin, the terms “Gallery Walk” and “Art Walk” were often used interchangeably.  Also at this time, gallery owners and locals began referring to the Waterfront District, particularly along Beach Boulevard, as the “Art Village.”  The third Saturday Art Walk, originally called the “Saturday Night Stroll,” was added to the calendar in 1999.  Now sponsored by the Gulfport Merchants Association, Art Walk expanded to include several blocks of outdoor exhibits by local and visiting artists several years ago.

Gulfport’s status as an “Art Village” has remained attached through the years, although the number of galleries has ebbed and flowed over time.  An insurgence of restaurants to the same area in recent years has created an equally strong identity as a dining hub.  Artists living and working in Gulfport continue to maintain a strong presence in the small, eclectic city, and a handful of galleries and retailers that include original art work in their mix add to the current Art Walk offerings.

The combination of art and artists indoors and out, a variety of dining choices, live entertainment venues, street performers, and the “Old Florida” charm of the Gulfport Waterfront District combine to create today’s lively Art Walk scene.  Free parking and free trolley service to and from offsite parking areas is available during each Art Walk.   The Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport (IACG) maintains quarters in Gulfport after a recent relocation to the “Alley of the Arts” off 29th Avenue South, near Beach Boulevard.  Demonstrations and classes in hot glass-blowing and metal forging are offered at the IACG.  The nearby City of Imagination at Gulfport Arts Center (2726 54th Street South), offers a venue for classes, exhibits and performances in a variety of visual and other art forms.

The Gulfport Historical Society will continue the celebration of Art Walk’s 20th Anniversary by organizing memorabilia related to the history of Art Walk, artists in Gulfport and the growth of the “Art Village.”  Items will be displayed during the evening of the Anniversary event and will continue to be displayed at the Gulfport Historical Museum (5301 28th Avenue South) through the month of November.  The Historical Society’s next monthly “Porch Party” on November 15th will focus on the history of Gulfport’s Art Walk, Artists and Galleries.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and includes a speaker, as well as a social hour and hors d’oeuvre, with visitors invited to bring food of their own to share, as well as their own beverages of choice.  Donations to the Society during their third Friday Porch Parties are encouraged.

For more information on the 20th Anniversary Art Walk Celebration, contact Daniel Hodge by email to dan@igc.org or phone 727-366-4086.

An illustration of Art Walk today.

An illustration of Art Walk today.

Clearwater Artist Mike Darras has made Domain Home Accessories his Exclusive Retail Outlet

December 18, 2009

Clearwater Artist Mike Darras has made Domain Home Accessories his Exclusive Retail Outlet

Clearwater Artist Mike Darras has made Domain Home Accessories his Exclusive Retail Outlet

Domain is proud to announce that Clearwater artist, Mike Darras (you may have seen him at Art Walk) has made Domain Home Accessories his Gulfport area retail outlet.

All of Mike Darras' work is signed and dated.

All of Mike Darras’ work is signed and dated.

Mike creates folk art originals – we have MARILYN, THE BEATLES, and WOODSTOCK, with their limited edition prints.

We commissioned Mike Darras to do GULFPORT which is now available as limited edition prints. These prints are only available here with us. The original was purchased by Mike Baggs of Sail Away Realty where it now hangs.

This is a must see for those who love his work and want a piece of our beautiful city's history

This is a must see for those who love his work and want a piece of our beautiful city’s history

This is a must see for those who love his work and want a piece of our beautiful city’s history

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