Gulfport glass artist Diane Posnanski-Bragg displays her works during the Domain Home Accessories & Gallery 13th anniversary celebration on March 15.
GULFPORT - Domain Home Accessories & Gallery is celebrating its 13th anniversary with a display of new work by an artist who has been featured at the business since its opening.
Gulfport artist Diane Posnanski-Bragg will offer a large assortment of new fused glass works, including decorative and functional pieces and jewelry for display and sale. Posnanski-Bragg will also talk to visitors about the evolution of her art work, as well as her travels as an “itinerant” artist for the last several years.
This installment of Domain’s monthly “Meet the Artists” event is Saturday, March 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at 3129 Beach Blvd. S. in the Gulfport Waterfront District. Live entertainment by jazz saxophonist Henry Ashwood will also be featured, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered. Free birthday cake to celebrate the 13th anniversary of Domain will be served.
Native Floridian Diane Posnanski-Bragg grew up in the Tampa Bay area and has been inspired by the tropical plants, flowers and wildlife she has encountered here since childhood, creating art reflecting the nature around her as she grew up.
She attended the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and after 25 years of “conventional” work in the fields of graphic and advertising design, she returned to her more creative roots, working with Postich Stained Glass Studio in Largo. She soon established her own independent glass studio, and then partnered with her former husband working with stained and fused glass, as well as glass and metal sculpture.
The pair travelled extensively, participating in and accumulating awards at art shows throughout the country, including annual appearances at the Ann Arbor Art Fair and St. Petersburg’s Mainsail Art Festival. Now as a solo artist with Diane Bragg Studio, the shapes, colors and essence of her art work celebrate the roots, leaves and blooms of Florida as much as ever. Contemporary, bright and textural, Diane’s current fused glass pieces include jewelry, decorative wall plaques and hangings, including many that feature a single word of inspiration (“believe,” “breathe,” “imagine!”), as well as functional pieces such as clocks and coasters. Her work, beginning with her stained glass pieces, has been a mainstay at Domain Home Accessories since its beginnings.
Established in March 2001, Domain Home Accessories offers a large variety of unique art, décor, 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 more than 40 local and regional artists in a variety of media. “Meet the Artists” events at “& Gallery” occur during Gulfport’s popular Third Saturday Art Walk. Artists and artisans line the sidewalks of scenic Beach Boulevard on Art Walk evenings. Independent shops and boutiques, live glassblowing at the Industrial Arts Center, live music venues, street performers, and Gulfport’s many popular restaurants are all part of the lively Art Walk scene. Parking in the waterfront village is free and convenient. Free trolleys are available for visitors parking in remote sites for transportation to and from the hub of Art Walk.