Local designer and artist Mellie Test offers truly magical pet portrait artwork that’s infused with your pet’s personality. She considers it a privilege to honor your animals in this heart-full way, and allow their energy to last fur-ever. From dogs to cats to horses… to hamsters or bunnies or pigs, Mellie is thrilled to paint your pet in her bold signature style. Choose from an ink and watercolor portrait you can hold in your hands and hang on your wall or a digital portrait you can print into stickers, postcards, and more. She’s also illustrated 5 animal coloring books, which are available for purchase in the US and Australia.
Commission your own pet or buy as a gift by visiting MagicwithMellie.com/buy.
Rex and Vickie Branson, local artists in Marble, have spent almost 40 years carving wood and stone. Before moving to the Crystal River Valley they made their living on the road displaying carvings at shows and teaching classes. Now, most of their work sells locally at vendors in Marble and Redstone.
The Branson family enjoys many happy hours carving together, and winter slows everyone down to be with family and friends. The kitchen is full of delicious smells and warm evenings carving wood by the fire, and it’s a time to be thankful for the crazy, wonderful summer. One of their favorite parts of the holiday season is unwrapping ornaments.
Through the winter, you’ll find many of their finished carvings at the Redstone General Store, with their most popular items being the wooden Santas, marble snowmen, and cedar driftwood faces.
For more information, contact BransonArtWorks@gmail.com.
Gentrye Houghton has been a member of the Crystal River Valley community since 2013, and was licensed as a massage therapist in 2018. She provides deep tissue services for your active lifestyle, and relieves aches and pains caused by muscle tension while helping to increase mobility. Houghton's work helps prevent injuries as well as aiding in the injury recovery process.
Gift certificates are available this holiday season for private sessions. Please visit her web site: gentrye.com for more information.