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Small Town, Big Art

I wrote previously about finding a blossoming, creative energy field in Gulfport, Florida when I decided to make it my home and base for my creative career. Traveling the country from art show to art show for over 20 years, I’d often hear artists using similar words about places they’d found – places that emit an undeniable and refreshing air of imagination and possibility. I remember feeling like Gulfport was calling me to create here and I was happy to accept the invitation, so I opened up my ceramic art studio! Our town is filled with art – from the wonderful and innovative sculptures at the entrance to town at Clymer Park, to the dozens of artists’ studios sprinkled throughout...

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From New York newsrooms to a Gallery on the Bay!

How does a New York artist open a gallery in Tampa Bay? Long before I’d fired my first kiln or showed in my first art show, I began my professional career in public radio. I was hired as a producer and on-air reporter at WAMC in Albany, NY. This public radio station was not far from where I earned a Master of Arts at The State University of New York (SUNY) Albany. What began as a professional exploration on my part turned into a decade of journalistic work. I worked in radio for two years and network television for eight years. My love of the written word propelled my journalism career forward from there, leading to positions at the NBC...

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