Hirdie Girdie Gallery reopened Oct. 2, 2023, for the first time following the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, and held a grand opening reception on Oct. 12. October 17th, the Sanibel Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony, attended by the artists and chamber representatives.
“We did not lose any art because the gallery is elevated,” gallery director and artist Oliver Martin said. “The roof is new, our original road sign washed away, and there are still a few small things that need to be addressed. The water never got inside the gallery.”
“As Hirdie-Girdie celebrates its 30th season, we welcome the occasion of its reopening this year with special enthusiasm,” chamber President and Chief Executive Officer John Lai said. “Sanibel and Captiva have always been known for their art galleries.”
Home to about 15 local artists, the Hirdie-Girdie co-op displays photography, paintings, ceramics, fused glass and other media.
“Among the artists, we are a true co-op,” Martin said. “Think of a big family.”