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A dynamic and artsy duo

Alex Green • Aug 28, 2014 at 2:41 PM


This year has made it quite clear that art and Ottawa County go hand-in-hand.

Several artists, including Bailey VanKirk and Laura Brown, have made a profitable living by depicting the area's natural features through art.

The mother-daughter duo recently moved their gallery, Desdemona's Art Gallery, from East Harbor Road near Ferguson's Gallery to downtown Marblehead, across the street from the Marblehead Bank. Brown is a founder of the gallery, which is currently owed by Bailey and her husband, James Cagle.

It hosted an open house Friday.

The gallery is an eclectic collection of art largely inspired by Lake Erie and other nautical themes.

"It's who we are," Brown said. "Art is a gene that's in our family."

The pristine gallery showcases various paintings of Lake Erie islands, local wildlife, and countless other area attractions.

But the new location has much more than just oil paintings, though Brown said that type of art is her specialty.

VanKirk also creatively uses wood to portray items on.

One of the store's most popular items is the painting of a long mermaid on thin pieces of wood — so popular, in fact, it's currently sold out.

Still, there's plenty else to choose from for anyone trying to give their home a touch of summer.

Brown spent several years as an art teacher, influencing her daughter in the process.

"Being around that all the time, it rubbed off," VanKirk said.

Clearly it did, as the walls of her gallery are illuminated with vibrant colors and imagery.

The art for sale is created by 30 artists local artists, not just Brown and VanKirk.

And the duo is quite satisfied with how far they've come doing something they're passionate about.

"We get to make a living doing what we love," Brown said.


This article has been modified to correct a misspelled name.

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