Art Meets Design @ Island Art
Artist PJ Stewart (left) shared a moment with her confrère Nicola Byron. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

With the new Summer Studio Fall 2022 collection fresh in store, Island Art & Framing Limited principal Nicola Byron hosted Art Meets Design, a two-in-one event that gave her core clientele first dibs on new outdoor furniture pieces, plus the opportunity to discover new work from local artists.

"We're here to introduce a new line from Summer Studio. It is modern, clean, timeless and a fabulous way to elevate your outdoor space," said Byron.

The mid-evening event, hosted at the store's Orchid Village location, attracted art collectors, those with an appreciation for fine furniture, and the culturally curious, many of whom eagerly eyed fixtures and furnishings for the obligatory holiday home update.

A stunning oil on wood painting by the store's framer-cum-artist Tanu Thompson elicited oohs and aahs from guests and was sold to a happy art collector, who was quick on the draw, even as others swooned and contemplated. Thompson, who hails from Rollington Town in Kingston, was bitten by the painter's bug while employed at Island Art & Framing and began working on the piece in May. The painting, which he named Vision, was completed six months later.

Photographer: Naphtali Junior

...before introducing her to her painting Dancing Waters. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Island Art & Framing principal Nicola Byron (left) and Courtleigh Hotel & Suites General Manager Kate Hendrickson tested the comfort level of the Summer Studio Casa Outdoor Set. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Step by Step principal Cynthia Hamilton (left) and author Melanie Schwapp raised a toast to the possibility of adding the Marley Dining Set to their homes. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Financial consultants Donovan Perkins and Alison Taffe perused the Summer Studio Fall 2022 catalogue. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Island Art & Framing Sales Manager Diana McKoy presented Purple Flowers by Anisley Martin while Sandals Foundations Operations Director Karen Zacca snapped a photo. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Artist Simone Chin presented (from left) Sweet Sop, Hanover, See My Dream, and I See Blue. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Artist Sandra Foster-Mahfood, who paints under the moniker "Mae", was happy to show two of her acrylic and mixed media pieces. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Island Art and Framing framer-turned-artist Tanu Thompson presented his painting Vision for sale. The oil on wood creation — the new artist's debut piece which took six months to complete — was one of the first frames sold at the event. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Sold! Artist Tanu Thompson affixed a red sticker to his painting to mark it as sold. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

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