Hirdie Girdie Gallery on Sanibel Island will open for the season on Nov. 4 and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
The gallery welcomes two new artists this season: basket artist Nancy Giffin and oil painter Martha Dodd.
Nancy and her husband, Bill, are originally from Massachusetts, and have always been inspired by American history. For over 25 years, their artistic commitment has been to preserve American heritage by creating authentic reproductions of Nantucket baskets and Shaker boxes in their Cape Coral studio.
Nancy and Bill work as a team to produce art pieces that are timeless in their simplicity, beauty, and usefulness. They also enjoy designing and creating custom pieces of these traditional art forms.
Always interested in art and horses, Martha Dodd earned a degree in animal science, and became a physical therapist for racehorses. She spent her spare time drawing and painting the horses, which lead to a decision to pursue a career as an equine artist.
She soon discovered that she loved to paint birds, fish, and people as well. Her work is diverse. She has been a muralist for many years, and is now focused on portraits, but continues to create traditional landscapes and seascapes. Her work is noted for its photorealism, detail, and passion.
Hirdie Girdie Gallery is located at 2490 Library Way, Sanibel.
For more gallery info, call 239 395-0027 or visit online at www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com