After being in Florida for a little over a year now, my work and I are starting to feel at home. Besides being recognized at art fairs and craft fairs, I've been putting my work into some different establishments in the Tampa Bay Area! This week I brought work to two different establishments, Michele Tuegel Contemporary in St. Petersburg and The Paper Seahorse in SOHO Tampa.
On Tuesday I got to go into St. Petersburg and visit with Michele Tuegel. I had never been there before, but I was not disappointed! Her space is a legit gallery with wonderful work all over the walls and on tables. Everything is quality, i did not have any reservations working with her! The gallery is so bright and beautiful I could have stayed there all day, looking at chatting. They were finishing up reorganizing for the holiday show, which was good timing for me! Michele knew she wanted to get some holiday cards and possibly some prints, but she had never seen the originals before. I'm so glad that Michele decided to hang some of my originals; she has eight of them there, six of which are currently up! I'm going to try to get over there on Saturday when the show opens and there are other gallery events in St. Pete so that I can see everything for myself.
Here is a little about the gallery from her website:
"FINE ART, CRAFT, DESIGN + ADORNMENT
Michele Tuegel Contemporary opened in 2012 as an aspiration of artist and local arts advocate Michele Tuegel, best known for her efforts as founding Executive Director of Florida Craftsmen Gallery in the '80's.
The vision of Michele Tuegel Contemporary is to promote the work of extraordinary artists and to engage the public in a rich visual conversation. A discriminating aesthetic mix is curated throughout the gallery by combining the highest-quality fine art and fine craft objects by 70 recognized artists from throughout the country. Intimate solo and group exhibits are rotated every six weeks.
Please visit and experience this skillfully-designed gallery space and the artists who make it come alive. We celebrate the handmade and hope to leave you enthused and inspired. "
Below is a facebook event for the show on Saturday, November 14th, in case you can make it! I'm really going to try!
Next, The Paper Seahorse! I got to drop off some cards and postcards there yesterday morning before work. The Paper Seahorse is in SOHO Tampa, which is a cute and poppin' area! Besides having an adorable and tempting store full of stationery, papers, notebooks, pens, and more, you can take all kinds of classes at there! I had met the owner Tona during the last year at several different events we were both attending. Maybe I met her husband Randy first, I don't remember! Either way they are both lovely people and I was excited to see Tona and have some cards at her store. When I got there, Tona wasn't in yet but Julie was working. It was fabulous meeting Julie and she was so helpful in scheduling me to teach a class in January and one in February- Suminagashi, Japanese paper marbling which I loveeeee doing!
Here is some more about the Paper Seahorse:
"The Paper Seahorse: Artisinal Paperie and Makerie
We are purveyors of all things writing and the handmade.
We are passionate about paper: from the everyday to the luxury.
Modern, lovely and sometimes naughty. Always fresh and delicious.
Handcrafted in small batches: we feature letterpress, stationery, custom & handmade invitations, paper craft, and classes/workshops that inspire and challenge you.
We dare you to write more letters, get your hands dirty and laugh from the heart!
Let's get crafty..."
Since this is a new thing I literally just decided to do, I probably never wrote about The Disco Dolls, so let's do it! The Disco Dolls is in Seminole Heights, Tampa, and is FABULOUS.
Let's see what they have to say to describe themselves first:
"Our mission at The Disco Dolls is sustainable luxury. We strive to create a culture of quality, sustainability, and careful consumerism. We believe in seeing familiar things in a new way. With a nod to the past, we wish to captivate, fascinate, enchant, and charm the observer. ”
The Disco Dolls Studio is located in the Seminole heights neighborhood of Tampa, FL. We are a full service salon, stocking Keune and Aquage professional products. Our shop offers a unique selection of pieces created in our working studio, including clothing, home accessories, and art. WE STRIVE TO STOCK LOCAL AND NATIONAL, UNIQUE PRODUCTS. currently stocking Rita wall jewelry, john fluevog shoes, tipsy candles, wild rose, and Angel Face Botanicals. "
YES, they are a salon, vintage shop, home accessory shop, handmade clothes shop, art gallery- they are everything and it somehow works. FASHION. HAIR. ART. is what they do, and they do it well. Probably because all of these things are art. I went into The Disco Dolls a few months ago for a Seminole Heights First Friday, and ended up buying a painting made by their resident artist Beth. I love Beth's work, and now I love stopping in and seeing the new stuff she makes every month. The other two ladies who own and run Disco Dolls are sisters Leigh Anne and Kristine. Collectively after meeting them and talking to them for a bit, they decided my cards and stuffed critters would be a good fit for their shop and they are!! Also I love Disco Dolls because it's the best place to stop during First Fridays, it's the most festive and if they don't have a fancy mixed drink at least they have wine!
Owner & Designer