Newbill Collection by the Sea celebrates 20 years

Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 12:15 PM.

"Time goes by so fast!" says Annette Newbill Trujillo as she talks about her 20 years in business as an art-gallery owner in Seaside.

Trujillo opened her Newbill Collection by the Sea March 15, 1993 on the first floor of an acquaintance's newly constructed townhome in Seaside's Ruskin Place Artist Colony. At that time, Ruskin Place was not built out and the live/work townhome was the fourth one constructed around the park. There was only one other small art gallery there and it closed after about a year. To date, her Newbill Gallery is the longest operating in Seaside.

"It was slow 20 years ago," admits Trujillo.

Trujillo is not an artist and had not owned a gallery previously, but felt that Seaside would be a great place for one.

A Panama City native, she met her husband there and they moved to California for two years before deciding they wanted to come back to this area to live.

She developed the home economics program at Gulf Coast Community College and taught there for three years before joining the corporate world. She also worked for a retail food chain for 16 years.

"My husband and I would come out here to eat at Bud & Alley's and we bought art here," she said. "I'm not an artist but I do appreciate and love art. I thought this would be a great place to open an art gallery."

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