Tim Gallagher invites local artists and artisans to
to sell their work
at Simply Put Artisan Gallery.
sun staff writer
Businesses, just like people, frequently resist being
labeled. Most blonds would agree that hair color has no
relevance to their brain power, and just because an art
gallery has a Madison Avenue address does that mean its
art is more artistic? Simply Put Artisan Gallery in Cortez
is so diverse that it resists labeling. In fact what you
see today could change completely tomorrow, which, of
course, is part of its charm.
When Tim Gallagher relocated from New York to Florida
in 1992 he was determined to leave his three piece suite
and briefcase behind. For a while he worked at the Colony
Hotel on Longboat Key and when the opportunity of owning
his own business presented itself, he knew where he belonged.
Simply Put was established three years ago selling an
assortment of painted furniture, seashore inspired art,
and collectibles. Last December, Gallagher moved a few
storefronts west into a 4,000-square-foot store with two-story
ceilings and walls embellished with palm trees, mermaids
and fish, in addition to a loft. And he didnt just
move his collection of unique merchandise, he changed
the shops concept to a place where local artists
and artisans can sell and showcase their talents.
Gallagher has gathered together what he calls the right
mix of people who are interested in renting space at Simply
Put in order to display their specialties. At any one
time you can purchase the work of between four and eight
artists or select small antique pieces and collectibles
also on display. The diverse selections range from custom
made jewelry (one accredited jewelry designer has her
workshop at Simply Put) to hand painted furniture, plaster
molded wall hangings, shell art and a variety of paintings
and antiques. Many of the artists and artisans on display
at Simply Put previously owned their own businesses and
find the environment and support from other artists at
the shop more conducive to their lifestyle. In addition
to overseeing Simply Put, Tim Gallagher also refinishes
furniture for clients at a workshop he maintains in Bradenton,
as well as custom making some furniture pieces.
The future of Simply Put Artisan Gallery is dynamic. Gallagher
has plans for monthly art festivals, more evening wine
tasting events, similar to one held earlier this month,
and a web site. Hes always on the lookout for interesting
pieces for the shop and talented artists with something
Simply Put fits perfectly into the spirit of Cortez Village,
also a place that continues to resist labeling. So keep
it simple, stop into Simply Put Artisan Gallery. You may
walk out with that one perfect piece youve been
looking for, or something totally out of the ordinary.
11904 Cortez Road W.
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.
Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.