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About How It started

On April 7, 2020, the company I was working for under contract made a decision to cease operations due to COVID-19. We were considered a non-essential service. The consensus from potential clients was more-or-less, completely distracted with the biggest unknown – whether or not they would be employed in the near future. It wasn’t good. So, shutting down was the right decision, and really, the only decision. My position, just as many millions of others, became “furloughed” until further notice.

What are you gonna do?

What does one do? For me, self isolation isn’t an issue, and I’m not one to sit around. I decided to get busy. I painted my downstairs hallway. Then I got inspired to paint (for the first time,) an image I’d had in my head for about 18 months.
All around my community and just to the west of us, in Prince Edward County, you’ll see a lot of geometric artwork based on quilting patterns, and they’re amazing. Painted as large-scale pieces, each is unique in design and character. From that inspiration I created my painting on plywood, (featured above) a large piece called, “Geometric Hummingbird,” and it sits outside, placed in the front-walkway garden. By-the-way, it looks AMAZING on t-shirts too. Check it out in my RedBubble store. (I’m just sayin’.)

Art To Online

The name “Cheap Street Gallery,” I came up with back in 2017 when I put on a home-based, Christmas-craft show. It’s a play on words referring to my low budget, resourceful sourcing and personal sense of humor. The name stuck and is now my artistic identity relating to what came next.
I decided to start uploading my artwork based on one of my sister’s recommendations and it grew from there. I worked from Spring 2020 to what is now more than 160 original designs and 3 online stores. Between the 3 stores, there’s about 18,000 different products to choose from. Clothing, fine fashions, electronic-device coverings, art prints of all kinds, home decor, bedding, furniture, outdoor lifestyle, masks, mugs and so much more. Something for everyone, indeed.

What’s Next

It’s my hope that I’ll make the right connections and my dream of sharing my designs on thousands of products available will be enjoyed by the masses. Who needs another product? It’s not a matter of need. It’s a matter of artists like me bringing original design and unique expressions to everyone. I see too much of the same-boring, flat-single color tones in every big-box store. I offer the world something else. I offer you colorful shapes, patterns, and themes. There’s also some lighthearted images, some political/spiritual statements, and definitely some humor.
Some four years later, the name continues to evolve… It started with a woman and her pension for drawing, painting, and writing. A creative soul who isn’t the latest trend. Cheap Street Gallery doesn’t conform. The artistic side of “Cheap Street Gallery” is my creative outlet with my muse – “Blues Music Fan Radio” to help fuel my inspiration. Enjoy your awakening.

Some of you have already seen from the “Home” page, there’s so much more going on, these four years since the pandemic. Yup, it’s back to business. What a relief for all of us… to know the world is working again. Cheers to that and on to the next!
With Kindness

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