2018-03-01 / Business & Real Estate

Business BEAT: Showroom combines fine furniture and original art

By D. K. Christi

Tania Miller and Dede Sweet in the new location for Sweet Art Gallery and Clive Daniel Home 2. Tania Miller and Dede Sweet in the new location for Sweet Art Gallery and Clive Daniel Home 2. Sweet Art Gallery and Clive Daniel Home 2 may have separate names on the marquee, but once inside the 14,000-square-foot gallery and showroom space, customers discover something new — a unique collaboration pairing quality furniture pieces and original art.

The location provides the space Dede Sweet, owner of Sweet Art Gallery, was seeking to accommodate her growing inventory of original contemporary art. Clive Daniel realized a goal of providing high-end furniture and accessories at a value price at the design center, convenient to designers and customers. Sweet Art and Clive Daniel share the space, operating independently; together, they provide a unique shopping experience for their clients.

“Dede knows her art and I know our furniture,” said Tania Miller, Clive Daniel Home 2 store manager. “Dede also knows interior design, a benefit to us both.” They have created an environment of comfortable settings where the art is displayed to its advantage among furniture that can be purchased from the floor. Designers who need just one more right piece – immediately – and the customer who wanders in to look at art or furniture and finds both are pleasantly surprised.

Don Cleven, who owns several pieces by exhibiting artist Clemente, stopped in to look at art recently and said he was looking for a small swivel chair.

Artists are just as pleased with the new setting. “When do you get the chance to sit comfortably and gaze at a work of art?” asked artist Stephen Mancini. “I sold a painting shortly after the new space opened,” he said. “The sheer size of the gallery’s walls and ceiling heights met my need to display larger works than normally seen in smaller galleries.”

The new showroom and gallery at 2100-A & B Trade Center Way has large, inviting picture windows. “Windows were a challenge when we just had everything in place a week before Hurricane Irma,” said Sweet. She lives creatively and promptly rented trucks and parked them in front of the massive windows for wind protection. When the power came back, they were in business.

“Buying art is an informed decision,” said Sweet. “With 500-600 original paintings, we are the largest contemporary gallery in the state.” She invites purchasers to take paintings home to experience them in their own settings before making final decisions, an option conveying trust.

“Signing the guest book provides the added bonus of monthly artist meet-and- greets,” added Miller. This unique collaboration unfolds each day as Sweet and Miller find new ways to enhance the customer experi­ence. To learn more visit thesweetartgallery.com and clivedaniel.com or call 239-597-2110.

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