Prepare to Be Amazed!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis tantalizing sign greets you at the front door of Sunrose Gallery.  Gallery owners Cathy and Ray have curated AMAZING artists who make stuff I have never seen before!  I bet you haven’t either.  What is astonishing is that they have welcomed me into their gallery and given me a sizable portion of their gallery “real estate”. 

First, I’ll take you on a partial tour of Sunrose so you can get badly needed breath of fresh Seaside inspiration.  There were so many tourists packing the gallery I could only get photos of a few artists….next time I will give you a tour of the rest.  It will be worth the wait!


Kath Jones makes Mosaics that are true works of art!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  Ronni Harris makes Quilted Acrylic Paintings that are EMBROIDERED!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACharlotte Bruhn takes Mixed Media to a new level.  Her clay wall hangings are over the top whimsical.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobin Montero makes my head spin with awe.  She makes her own wool, dyes it and makes these lushly layered felted works of art

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am jealous of Mari’s talent.  Folks, this is credit card mosaic!  Have you ever seen such creativity+patience+perfection?

 I am blessed to be in the company of these fine artists!  I share my wall space with a fellow Etsy artist Leslie Gibbons who makes whimsical shrines and mirrors.


Cathy has artfully displayed my 12 x 12 and 10 x 10 canvas collages!  Her displays are always eye catching.  The necklaces at the side are my repurposed collage necklaces and the 40 x 30 paper mosaic “Wish You Were Here” is mine.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe purpose of my trip to Sunrose Gallery today is to drop off my new driftwood lamp which gets a place of honor in the front window next to my other hanging lamps.  That leads me to brag about the real estate I get with my upcycled shrines and the greeting cards I make.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMy greeting card line is called “Chatty Patty”.  They are silly and whimsical and get a lot of snickers when folks flip through them.


The shrines are fun to make and although they don’t sell like “hot cakes” it is a joy to find the elements and put them together.


I share this space with a darling ceramic puffin and wedding candlesticks.  This rustic vintage garage door is perfect to display all the repurposed stuff in a whimsical way.  The best selling tin can doll says: “Bernadette couldn’t do the cha cha, but she had a knack for the can-can”.  LOL


I get to have my stuff on this corner display too.  Talk about being a gallery hog.  I am soooooo blessed for being included in this vibrant, fresh, and expertly curated art gallery.  Soon I will take you on the rest of the Sunrose Gallery tour!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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