Saturday, September 18, 2010

Branching Out

Networking, salesmanship and faithful clients are lifeblood to the artist. Without them, we lead a lonely life as an audience of one with a huge inventory of artwork. Thank goodness for friends and for online galleries where you can share, compare, get critique from other artists, and talk about personal frustrations.

Beginning this month, I will be displaying some of my bird art at a new store called: “Green-n-Groovy” that will have its grand opening in Fort Myers on Friday, Sept. 24. Green-n-Groovy is an “earth friendly store selling gifts for mind, body and spirit.”

The store features gifts of nature, recycled and one-of-a-kind items that are not only earthy and environmentally friendly, but downright chic and cutting edge. Over 50 artists are represented. The owner, Lisa Buscher, brings experience from her original store in Pennsylvania. To quote Lisa, Green-n-Groovy is “a fabulous shopping experience for the discriminating, eco-conscious and savvy consumer.”

I’ve been there, and I was surprised by the elegant and sophisticated sculpture, artwork and gifts that are on display. Lisa will add a new line of trendy and classic clothing all from recycled materials.

The shop is located at the Bella Villa Shops off of Daniel’s Parkway in Fort Myers: 8890 Salrose Lane, Ste 105 (behind the 1st floor elevator). Upstairs, Lisa will host cocktail openings, introduction of new artists, signings and classes. Check out Lisa’s online store at

From November 13 through February 13 of next year, I will be on display at Mervil Design Center, Inc. in Naples on 2100A Trade Center Way. Mervil is a major Southwest Florida marketer to the interior designer trade, serving more than 300 affiliated design professionals.

Selected works placed in the gallery will be viewed by trade professionals who design and decorate some of the finest and most expensive homes in America.

Read all about these activities at my online gallery on “Events” tab at: