Lisa Woodruff Hinds has worked in the area as an artist for two decades.
In 2002 her husband followed her expert example, picked up her brushes and began creating artwork of his own.
A sportsman, horse farm owner, fisherman, and charter boat captain, this untrained self-taught artist amazed his family, friends, and all who saw his work with his natural feel and talent for expressing himself on canvas.
The flow of expression comes so naturally and prolifically that it now consumes him as he spends eight to 10 hours a day at the easel.
Hinds' artwork has been carried by area galleries for years, and his following has steadily increased to the point that he needed a place of his own.
Gordie Hinds Contemporary Art gallery held its official grand opening celebration last weekend at its location on the northeast corner of the Early Morning Hours district in Seaside, next to Quincy art supplies. The event coincided with Seaside's monthly first Friday art walk. Lisa will manage the gallery and plans to create some new masterpieces of her own to join her husband's on the wall. While Gordie's passion for art developed later in life, Lisa says she has been an artist her whole life — "ever since I could hold a paintbrush."
Both artists paint with acrylics, and Lisa said Gordie is now to the point of wanting to branch out and is experimenting with oils.
Gordie paints from photos, which are usually inspired by the beauty of the coastal area. He also paints in vivid colors and surreal boats, fishing scenes, horses, landscapes — scenes from photos he took throughout his life.
Lisa previously owned and operated The House of Art in Grayton, which she closed in 2009. She then moved to California where she worked as director of a contemporary art gallery. Since returning to the area, she has managed Gordie's work, as well as the Donna Burgess Gallery at Grand Boulevard.
"I love Seaside," said Lisa. "My kids went to school here. I have been waiting for the right space such as this to open up for 15 years. I am very excited to be here."
In addition to Gordie's work, the gallery also represents other contemporary coastal artists who are local, regional, and national, including former Walton County Artist of the Year Susan Lucas, Niceville's Carol Cain, Melissa Davis, and Nancy Hughes Miller from South Carolina.
Lisa's sons, Justin and Hunter Woodruff, will help run the gallery, which is located at 124 Quincy Ave. Gallery hours are currently 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. When spring break begins, hours will increase to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and as the days get longer, so will the hours the gallery is open.
Gordie Hinds Contemporary Art gallery can be found on Facebook and they are working on a website.
For more information phone 231-1041.