Watercolorist Shares Art & Openness About Parkinson’s

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will welcome watercolor artist Ron Czerniec during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, September 19th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. (3129 Beach Boulevard South in Gulfport).

Czerniec relocated to St. Petersburg earlier this year and began offering his work at Domain very recently.  This will be his first appearance at the Gallery.  Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered during the event as well as live jazz.

While raising his family in Northern Virginia, Ron Czerniec pursued a successful career as a high-level financial officer with USA Today for 23 years.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006, which necessitated his departure from the newspaper operation in 2008.

Since that time, he has passionately pursued his creative outlet of watercolor painting, in which he had only dabbled in previous years.  He has become a prolific watercolorist, including many depictions of Florida scenes he has captured since moving to St. Petersburg.

Czerniec has also passionately pursued outreach, education and advocacy for Parkinson’s for the past several years.  His forthcoming book, “A Life Interrupted –  Invaluable Lessons Learned in my Dance with Parkinson’s,” details his own journey with Parkinson’s and offers help and hope for others living with the same or other chronic, “life-interrupting” conditions.

Czerniec explains, “I call Parkinson’s ‘a perfect marriage; it never quits, is always there for you and increases its devotedness to you over time.’ Like a perfect marriage, there are good times, bad times, hope, sadness, happiness, emotional times and real learnings.”  Domain offers both original works and prints by Ron Czerniec.  The artist donates 10% of all proceeds from his art work to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

Since March 2001, Domain Home Accessories has offered unique art, décor, lighting, jewelry, greeting cards, home goods and more, earning a reputation as one of Gulfport’s most respected retailers.  “& Gallery” was added in 2012 to the adjacent space and now showcases the work of over 40 local and regional artists.

“Meet the Artists” events at Domain 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.  For more information, contact Daniel Hodge, (727) 366-4086.

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