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Dec. 20: 2 Artists Highlighted at Gallery Open House

Posted By LocalShops1, Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery's last Meet the Artists event of the year takes place 6-10 pm Dec. 20, 2014, and features Gulfport artists Doug D'souza and Cheryll Grogan, along with holiday music,  appetizers and wine. Admission is free. The gallery is at 3129 Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport.


Below is the news release with all the details:


GULFPORT, FL: Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host its final “Meet the Artists” event of 2015 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. The artists will be present to discuss their work with guests.  Live jazz and holiday music, complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered.


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.


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 has been a popular feature at Domain for years, including 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.  She continues to create murals and other work on commission, including popular “house portraits.”


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.


For more information, contact Daniel Hodge, (727) 366-4086 or email; or visit

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