Two Gulfport Artists Coming to Saturday Open House

Gulfport artists Doug D'souza and Cheryll Grogan

Gulfport artists Doug D’souza and Cheryll Grogan

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host its final “Meet the Artists” event of 2014 with a showcase of work by two favorite Gulfport artists: jewelry designer Doug D’souza and painter/photographer Cheryll Grogan.

Both artists offer works that are ideal for holiday gift-giving.

The event will take place at “& Gallery” (3129 Beach Blvd. South in Gulfport) on Saturday, December 20th from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.  Both artists will be present to discuss their work with guests.  Live jazz and holiday music, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered.

Mixed metal cuff bracelets by Doug D'souza; A portrayal of Key West's Walt'z Fish Shack by Cheryll Grogan

Mixed metal cuff bracelets by Doug D’souza; A portrayal of Key West’s Walt’z Fish Shack by Cheryll Grogan

 

Doug D’souza was born in India and came to the U.S. at the age of 18.  He moved to Florida in 1994, and then located to Gulfport permanently seven years ago.  He is a self-taught metal smith, working primarily in artisan jewelry since 1998.  D’souza describes his inspirations as industrial design and architecture, along with culture, spiritual symbolism and the “natural beauty of the organic.”  His previous creations included small and large sculptures and room dividers, incorporating etched and carved glass.  A back injury during an art installation forced him to change the type and size of his work, resulting in his focus on wearable art.

Working from his home studio in Gulfport, he incorporates metals including silver, gold, copper and bronze as well as more “modern” materials such as metal clay, aluminum and Lucite.  New work, including a new line of mixed metal cuff bracelets, as well as pendants, personalized and symbol jewelry, wedding bands, cuff links and earrings are among his creations that will be displayed and offered for sale during the event.  D’souza’s work has been featured and sold at Domain for many years.

A new line of earrings from Doug D'souza (2014)

A new line of earrings from Doug D’souza (2014)

Cheryll Grogan has been a Gulfport resident for 20 years.  Before, during and after stints in the U.S. Army and Postal Service, she created and studied art, earning her BFA with a concentration in photography.  While still employed at the post office, she continued to create and show her art work on a freelance basis, including murals and photos.  Grogan felt confident enough in her abilities to “jump ship” and become a self-employed artist over ten years ago.

She travels widely, displaying and selling art work at shows throughout the country.  Locally, she has shown her work at many Gulfport festivals and events, as well as St. Petersburg’s Mainsail Art Festival.  She has been a featured artist at the Dunedin Art Harvest and Palm Harbor Art Festival.  Her work featured at Domain includes original paintings and photographs, as well as affordable giclees on canvas.

Favored subjects include buildings and scenes from Gulfport, Key West and other Florida locations, as well as vintage “cool” cars and trucks.  She continues to create murals and other work on commission, including popular “house portraits.”

A cozy front porch painted by Cheryll Grogan

A cozy front porch painted by Cheryll Grogan

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 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.

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Click HERE to see more examples of Doug D’Souza’s jewelry.

Click HERE to see more examples of Cheryll Grogan’s paintings and photographs.

A light-hearted photographic take on the iconic "dogs playing poker" image, by Cheryll Grogan

A light-hearted photographic take on the iconic “dogs playing poker” image, by Cheryll Grogan

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