Julie Griffin and Tracy Owen Cullimore (Artsy Tracy) invite you to visit their working studio/gallery in Fort Myers. Their plans for a Grand opening were on the calendar for that fated day in September 2022 when an unwelcome guest, Hurricane Ian, blew in and changed the Fort Myers area forever.
Julie and Tracy were co-members at the charming Sanibel Co-Op Gallery, Hirdie Girdie, and their new space was expected to be a messy escape for creating their art. But Ian’ s untimely arrival forced the temporary closure of Hirdie Girdie for the year and the purpose had to evolve.
Enter The heART Studio – Gallery in Fort Myers. Their first guest artist experience will be in May with a co-member from Hirdie Girdie. A reception is set for Friday, May 12 from 4 – 8 p.m. for guest artist Martha Dodd. Other members will be invited to showcase work as well.
Julie and Tracy are offering classes, participative receptions and open houses. They have plans in the works for painting demonstrations, workshops and “Art Talks.”
Julie Griffin began her artistic journey as a graphic artist with a degree from FSU. She stumbled into teaching art in public schools as well as private after school lessons while raising her children and this reignited her interest in the fine arts. She excelled in the Academic Painting Technique and was granted permission to copy two paintings in the Louvre in Paris and one in the National Gallery in D.C.. She is currently concentrating on using vibrant colors and light to depict her favorite subjects of beach life , boating and horses. Julie’s love of art and nature encourages her ultimate goal-just creating beautiful art.
Tracy Owen Cullimore (Artsy Tracy) is a signature watercolorist and oil painter. She is a life long artist who knew she’d be an artist at the age of three and has incorporated the discipline in every aspect of her life, winning awards at every level. Her work is widely collected throughout the US, Canada and Europe.
Mostly recognized as a portrait and figure painter, Tracy’s art is Impressionistic but always recognizable as a moment in time, a familiar face or emotion. Says Tracy, “Painting so much more than a likeness, by seeing with my heart.”
An open house will be held Saturday, May 13 from 1 – 4 p.m. The gallery and studio is located at 9280-7 College Parkway in Fort Myers (near McGregor Boulevard).
For more info, contact Julie at 239-872-9811 or juliegriffinstudios.com and Tracy at 239-822-8838 or artsytracy.com