Monday, September 16, 2013

Blue Eyed Dog--local art, vintage, and more

Blue Eyed Dog is located at 1599 Main Street, in Peninsula--across from Fisher's Cafe & Pub.

Blue Eyed Dog Gallery
by Joanna Wilson

When two friends on two separate occasions recommended that I check out a new place--I took that advice seriously.  My friends were right.  Blue Eyed Dog located in the heart of downtown Peninsula is a one-of-a kind place.  Opening just this past summer, Blue Eyed Dog is owned and operated by two sisters, Elizabeth Stafford and Leslie Hampshire.  They have filled the converted house into a funky shop with art by local artists, vintage items, upcycled furniture, jewelry, and garden art.

Bernadette Glorioso's mixed media paintings.

I immediately recognized several local artists' works.  Bernadette Glorioso's gorgeous eclectic paintings on fabric covered one wall, while Michael Marras' inventive metal sculptures occupied another section of the shop.  I've been told that both of these up-and-comers are featured in the latest issue of Akron Life Magazine!

I just love this sailboat!  One of several metal sculptures by local artist Michael Marras.

A wide range of comfy pillows made by local artist Sara Edwards--upcycled from Turkish rugs.

The shop is also planning an expansion to include a second floor with items exclusively for women and babies.  If you are a local artist, Blue Eyed Dog is always looking for new items for the shop.  They specialize in featuring items by local artists as well as upcycled and vintage items of furniture, jewelry, and outdoor garden art.

Looking for a vintage decorative piece?

Lots of one-of-a-kind jewelry and decorative pieces to discover.

If you're looking for an excuse to head over to Peninsula to check out Blue Eyed Dog, might I suggest going over on Saturday, Sept. 28th?  That is the day Peninsula has organized their very own Music on the Porches all-day music festival.  In fact, Blue Eyed Dog will host two musicians' performances on their own porch that day.  Check the schedule for those performers and times.

Look for the funky white house--with convenient street parking.

Blue Eyed Dog Gallery is located at 1599 Main Street, Peninsula, OH 44264--across from Fisher's Cafe & Pub.  Tell them Akron Empire sent you!
For more information, check out Blue Eyed Dog on facebook.
Open: Wed-Fri: noon-5pm, Saturdays: 10am-5pm, and Sundays: noon-5pm.
Music on the Porches is Saturday, Sept. 28th 11am-11pm.

1 comment:

  1. So sad I'll be out of town the 28th for the music festival, but I'm looking forward to checking out the store! Love hearing about new shops that have vintage furniture (and jewelry racks). Thanks!