New Flametree Clay Art Gallery opens March 18

VERO BEACH – The new Flametree Clay Art Gallery will host a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony from 5.30 to 9.30 pm on Friday, March 18 when it opens its doors in the heart of downtown Vero Beach.  Flametree is hosted in the Cultural Council of Indian River County’s building at 2041 14th Avenue, next to the 14th Avenue Steakhouse and across from the old Theatre. Flametree joins a number of other galleries that have found a home in the downtown area, but differs from the others in that it exclusively represents pottery work.  Flametree Clay Art Gallery is owned by Karen Ekonomou, Cosette Kelly, Lisa Lugo, Maria Sparsis and Trudy von Linsowe.

The five met each other at the Vero Beach Museum of Art and, over many shared pots of tea at downtown’s Tea and Chi, dreamt about what could be next in their pottery careers.  When the gallery space at the Cultural Council became available their dream became reality.

The grand opening of Flametree Clay Art Gallery is open to the public, and will feature current work from all five gallery owners as well as complementary beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  Their pieces range from the sculptural to the functional and from the serious to the whimsical. The casual observer may find a piece of hand-built and decorated clay jewelry, a bowl, plate or soup tureen. The discerning pottery fan will find raku art, hand-built one-of-a-kind decorative pieces, clay sculpture and more.

Information:  Call 772-202-2810 or visit

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