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Meet mother and son artists May 17
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Steampunk Kitty by Matt and Linda Worsham
GULFPORT - Domain Home Accessories & Gallery hostS its next “Meet the Artists” event with a showing of new work by mother and son folk artists, Linda and Matt Worsham, as well as an appearance by local author Ani Crane.

The event will take place at & Gallery, 3129 Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport, Saturday, May 17, 6 to 10 p.m. The artists and author will be on hand to discuss their work. Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be offered, and jazz saxophonist Henry Ashwood will entertain.

Linda and Matt Worsham collaborate in their own line of work they call “GypsyCat Creations,” mixed-media folk art sculptures with a strong sense of whimsy and play. Recycled and found materials are the primary ingredients of the pieces, inside and out, with sealed, repurposed fabric on the surfaces creating a finished texture and color.

Lighting elements are added to some pieces to create functional art “lamps.” “Critters” such as cats, dogs, birds, dragons, frogs, geckos and more, sometimes anthropomorphized with human costumes and characteristics, are the primary subjects of “GypsyCat.”

Matt and Linda create pieces individually, though they often collaborate in ideas, techniques and materials. Matt’s creations, including his popular giraffes, are more typically dense and muted in color, while Linda’s pieces are often vibrantly colored and humorous. Linda has also created a smaller body of work in paintings and will show some of those during the event.

Matt works as a case manager for adults with developmental disabilities. He developed the basic process for “GypsyCat Creations” while leading art classes for his clients. He began creating more complex forms on his own time and started “GyspyCat Creations” in 2010.

Linda is retired from a career in social services. After creating art in many forms in her spare time, she was inspired by her son’s “GypsyCat Creations” and joined him in the creative process. Both are Gulfport residents. They are veteran participants in the twice-monthly Gulfport Art Walk. Their work has been offered at “& Gallery” since 2012, and collectors from throughout the country have claimed “critters” of their own.

Gulfport resident and author Ani Crane has been a writing teacher for 20 years in New York City and practices daily journal writing. She will be on hand to discuss her memoir, “How I Arrived Here,” described as “the story of the transformational journey of one woman from codependence to empowerment and all the adventures along the way… from happiness to sorrow, struggle, recovery and finally victory and joy!” Copies of the book will be on sale for the author to sign.

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 more than 40 local and regional artists.

“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.

For more information, call Daniel Hodge at 727-366-4086, email dan@igc.org or visit domainhomeaccessories.com.
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