Hirdie Girdie celebrating 25th anniversary on island
The quaint, white wooden building with tropical turquoise trim at the corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Library Place on Sanibel houses the Hirdie Girdie Art Gallery, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Originally a candy store, the building opened its doors as a gallery in January 1994, offering a collection of colorful Haitian art, as well as local and national art. The name Hirdie Girdie is an English term meaning topsy-turvy, reflecting the diversity of art displayed. After the original founders moved on, a group of local artists continued the gallery as cooperative, showing the work of its members, along with a few Haitian pieces, and the creativity has continued ever since.
Over the years, artists have come and gone, but the quality and variety of art in the gallery remains constant.Today, the gallery offers paintings in several mediums and styles, as well as photography, woodcarving and woodturning, fused glass, clay art and clay tiles, basketry and gourds, sculpture, jewelry, and fabric art. Many of the pieces reflect the natural beauty of Sanibel, since the artists are often inspired by the colors, plants, sea life, wildlife, and the iconic buildings and scenic locales.
The gallery is open seasonally, November through April, and all of the artists contribute to the staffing and conducting of its business operations. It offers personalized service and is an ideal place to browse, shop for gifts, purchase artwork for the home, or choose a vacation memento. There is a selection of fine art and crafts available in a variety of sizes and price ranges.
The artists are grateful to the customers who have made the gallery’s success possible by stopping in to see what is new, purchasing art they love, and making Hirdie Girdie one of Sanibel’s special places.
As part of its anniversary celebration, the gallery will raffle off a gift basket filled with an assortment of artworks donated by the member artists, valued at over $500. The winning ticket will be drawn on April 23, with all of the proceeds from the ticket sales be donated to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti, commemorating the gallery’s beginnings as a Haitian art gallery.
For more information, call 239-395-0027 or visit “http://www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com”>www.hirdiegirdiegallery.com.
The Hirdie Girdie Gallery is at 2490 Library Way.