A shot at Grayt-ness: Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet opens with unique concept

Grayt Grounds
Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 04:44 PM.

A colony of artists has come together on the grounds of Monet Monet in a collaboration that would make Jonathon Quinn proud.

Before the home became the area's latest studio/eatery/entertainment venue, Quinn, a Blue Mountain Beach resident, built the house in 1992. He patterned it and its gardens after Monet‘s home in Giverny, France. Constructed on a half-acre plot, it is a scaled-down version of the artist’s sprawling pink house in Giverny where he lived from 1883 until his death in 1926.

Quinn also created a Gulf Coast interpretation of Monet’s flower gardens and his famous water lily pond – Japanese footbridge and all.

Quinn held special events and talks about Monet and other topics in the gardens from time to time, and operated a small gift shop inside with artsy gift items.

The home and gardens became quite a tourist attraction.

Desiring to spend more time traveling, Quinn sold the property in 2000 to Pensacola jewelry store owners Carla and Rock Hard.

The Hards moved in and opened a second location of their jewelry store there in 2001. The Hards are now expanding their unique jewelry line overseas and need more travel time. They also desired to fulfill the original vision Quinn had for the gardens.

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