Mark your calendar for Jan. 31 for the grand opening and re-opening party for the Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery, Seaside Glassworks and Islamorada Mercantile, all at marker 81.9 in Islamorada.
From 5 to 8 p.m., these three wonderful stores will open their doors for the public to enjoy fabulous art, great shopping, tasty treats and libations in celebration of their new locations.
This is the first art gallery and studio space for Lowe. However, her stunning tropical paintings have long been a favorite for local art collectors and Florida Keys travelers wishing to take a piece of paradise home.
Previously, her work was featured in Gallery Morada. You might also have seen her paintings on display at the Green Turtle, Islamorada Fishing Club, Third Thursday Art Walks and national art shows around the United States.
The Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery not only has original and limited-edition prints of her paintings, but also great gift items with her artwork on them. They include Tervis Tumblers, women's tank tops, note cards, plates, platters, and cell-phone cases. Imagine your friends' reactions when they see Lowe's tropical fish on the cover of your phone.
In addition, you'll find gorgeous gemstone jewelry and one-of-a-kind oak, ash or walnut wood bangles made by artisans from around the country. In addition, Lowe does commissioned work for those wanting a one-of-a-kind painting for their home.
Her neighbor is Seaside Glassworks, whose expanded shop includes a classroom for art classes. Owner and artist Stephanie Martin will offer classes this spring for crafting jewelry and artwork all your own.
Within her gallery you'll discover beautiful glass-fused jewelry, drop-light pendants, and wall art made from combining dichroic two-toned glass and artisan glasses. My favorites are her pendants and earrings, which have a metallic coating on their surfaces that reflect light and look great with everything. Each unique piece reflects different colors depending on what you're wearing. This affordable, wearable art is a must for jewelry lovers.
The final shop in this building is Islamorada Mercantile, whose new space offers an expanded selection of resort wear for men and women. Find easy-to-wear dresses and wardrobe staples in bright hues and patterns perfect for life in the Florida Keys.
In addition to clothing, they offer jewelry, sun hats, gift items, big beach bags and driftwood clocks handmade by store owners Mike and Susan Johnson. Each clock is constructed from driftwood found on the beach made in a style common to the Keys and Colonial Caribbean. Each clock ranges in size and color that will fit your style and space.
Hope to see you on Jan. 31 but if you're in the neighborhood sooner, the Michelle Nicole Lowe Art Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Monday by appointment. Seaside Glassworks is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Islamorada Mercantile is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Leah Maki is a fashion-obsessed style blogger. More of her fashion advice can be found on her blog, LeahsFabulousFinds.com.