Monday, March 25, 2013

Great Escapes: An Artist's Favorite Destinations

Melbourne, FL—Artist Rene Griffith and Interior Designer Clay Stephens and his partner Dennis Johnson, have teamed up to add to the excitement of the Eau Gallie Arts District's First Friday festivities. A show entitled Great Escapes: An Artist's Favorite Destinations will blend the furniture, unique home accessories, and design sensibilities of Clay Stephens with the fine art and photography of Rene Griffith. The show will highlight Griffith's favorite places, such as Paris, Italy, Amsterdam, Panama, San Francisco, and her home state of Florida. Clay Stephens Lifestyles is a new interior design showroom created by Stephens and Johnson. It features eclectic furnishings, accessories and fine art, and serves the needs of their local clientele.

The public is invited to attend the opening night reception to meet the artist and designer on Friday, April 5 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and French wine will be served. Clay Stephens Lifestyles Showroom and Gallery is located at 1399 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District (EGAD) of Melbourne (near the new LIDS restaurant).

Clay Stephens is a Florida State licensed interior designer with 3 decades of experience specializing in high end, luxury residential interior designs for busy professionals and homeowners. To learn more about Stephen's design services and to shop on his online décor showcase, please go to his website at There you can also view photos of several of his projects including a riverside estate on Merritt Island, a Park Avenue apartment in New York City, Ron Jon's Resort and Timeshare, and Ron Jon's Cape Caribe Surf Grill.

Griffith is an artist and photographer who works from her Indialantic home art studio. She also enjoys creating abstract paintings and collages. She travels extensively in search of interesting landscapes and still life subjects to photograph. Griffith is an active member of Fifth Avenue Art Gallery and teaches art marketing workshops. Griffith’s fine art photography and mixed media artwork is owned by private and corporate collections in the U. S. and is licensed to art publishers. To see more of Griffith's work, visit her website at

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