Monday, November 30, 2009

Fantastic Friday...

What do you get when you mix great art with delicious chocolate, desserts and wine? You get a FANTASTIC EVENING, that's what! Join us this Friday (Dec 4th) at CGMS Gallery (from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM) in support of featured Gallery artists Patricia Peters, Sheri Goldstein, and Tracy Rosof-Peterson. These artists, as well as other CGMS artists will be there to meet you, so come share the ART and the CHOCOLATE (which really is a work of art all on its own)!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Don't Miss This Friday!

Come to our second November Gallery Opening Friday, Nov 20th, to meet our artists and shop for your PERFECT Holiday gift. The Gallery hosts Openings on the first and third Friday of each month, showcasing individual artists' work and offering a great opportunity to meet the artists represented. The Opening will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with light refreshments on hand. With the Holidays fast approaching, this is a great time to come see our wonderful selection of original art and jewelry. Plus, you can meet with an artist to design the perfect CUSTOM gift for someone special!

Make this Holiday Season spectacular by giving HANDMADE gifts!

Friday, November 13, 2009

'Tis the Season...

Even though we haven't carved the turkey yet, and we still have left-over Halloween candy, it is never too early to begin shopping for the Holidays. As you wade through endless advertisements for "Door Buster" Holiday Sales and "Black Friday" Super-Specials, remember this--gifts given with thought and care mean so much more than grabbing something on sale at a Mega Mall or SuperCenter. Handmade gifts are especially meaningful in many ways. Giving a handmade gift guarantees originality and quality. Buying handmade supports the Arts and the artists themselves. Buying from local artists also supports local economies, not some gigantic factory overseas. So, before you purchase a mass-produced item simply because it is on sale, consider visiting your local artists cooperative, or shopping online for handmade goods. You will feel so much better about your purchase, and I can guarantee that whomever gets the gift will be far happier as well!

That being said, Holiday shopping can still be challenging, especially when you are buying for individuals of different ethnicities and faiths. Don't despair! When you visit CGMS Gallery you will find amazing multi-cultural gift ideas from hand-sculpted menorahs to beautiful jewelry representing many beliefs. Don't forget to ask about custom items as well. Many of our artists create custom designs upon request, so you can specifically design the perfect gift.

So, show how much you really care this season, and buy handmade for the Holidays!!

Below are images of great Holiday gift ideas, created by our talented Gallery of Artists. Come in for more details...


Monday, November 9, 2009

Breaking News...

Two CGMS Gallery artists had a very exciting weekend recently. Gael and Howard Silverblatt, makers of fine gold cloisonne jewelry and small objects, won the $5,000 Best of Show Award at the 46th Annual Art Harvest Festival in Dunedin held Nov. 7-8. Over 250 artists were chosen to exhibit their art work and vie for the $27,500 in award money this year. The Judges were R. Andrew Maass, former Director of the Tampa Museum of Art, and Mark Ormond, current Curator of Exhibitions at the Ringling College Galleries at the Ringling College of Art & Design.

Congratulations to all! Below are images of new work by Gael and Howard. Be sure to come by the Gallery to see more of their amazing jewelry and meet these fantastic artists!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Just a Taste...

A few images to whet your appetite for ART. Come in to the gallery for MUCH MORE!