Gallery 80 brings fine art to Tybee Island

Owners John Deahl and Brad Hook have been busy preparing their gallery for its opening November 13th. The new gallery will offer a wide selection of local, handmade art: jewelry, watercolor paintings, sculptures, gourd art, pottery, and stained glass.

A collection of local artists will be on display including Tammy Kuck, Kala Peper, Kristine Kennedy, Stephen Kasun, Samatha Claar, Charlotte Beran, Bess Ramsey, Nancy Adams, Logan Pottery, Strickland Stained Glass, and Brad Hook. Brad Hook, artist and gallery owner, is a self-taught watercolor artist for over 35 years. “I used to paint midwest scenes but since moving to Tybee, I now paint and sculpt low country and ocean scenes,” explains Hook. Now, his painting subjects are of the low-country life sea life such as turtles, marsh scenes, and shrimp boats.

“Bess Ramsey taught me how to paint watercolors the proper way. She is an inspiration to me,” says Hook.

Throughout his art career he’s experimented with different mediums including charcoal, pastel, oil, acrylic, and sculpture but always comes back to his passion for watercolor. As of late, Brad has been experimenting with impressionistic reflection of water paintings which will currently be on display at the gallery.

This gallery space is sentimental to the owner and artist, Brad Hook. Him and his partner, John, always knew they would have a gallery space in Tybee again. “My heart is in Tybee. We love Tybee, it’s a small, quirky community. The people are wonderful and they have a really rare appreciation for art.”

For more on the gallery, visit @gallery80ontybee

About The Author

Nicole Youngblut

Nicole Youngblut is a contributing writer for Connect Savannah, where she covers the local art and events scene. As a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology, she spent many years in New York City as a fashion stylist and promoter. Her passion for biographies, entertainment and the arts is the perfect...
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