By Jordan Greene
B-Modern Art Gallery at Seacrest is one of the most recent additions to the South Walton community, and I got the chance to sit down with owner Brandi Lee Hezinger to talk Johnny Cash, life, and her art gallery.
The spacious gallery features an eclectic mix of Brandi’s work, local artists, sculptures, and jewelry.
Though the gallery was bustling in preparation for an “Epic Wednesday” event, Brandi was still able to show me some of her favorite pieces.
While wandering through the gallery, we were followed around by her constant companion, Johnny Cash. The fluffy little graying dog was a rescue.
“He goes everywhere with me,” said Brandi. “He was for my kids, but ended up just being mine because I spend so much more time with him.”
Johnny Cash spent the remainder of our visit begging for attention like any good dog, and Brandi says that rescuing him is part of what made her so inclined to help.
After completing her varied art studies in printmaking, lithography, and painting, Brandi ran an art school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She also spent time traveling around the country restoring statues and painting murals for various projects. She prides herself on her entrepreneurial spirit, having dabbled in a number of different creative jobs.
In addition to B-Modern Gallery, Brandi owns and operates Brandi Lee Designs, an Alys Beach construction and design company. “It doesn’t matter what I’m doing, it’s always centered around design,” she said. “I love it, and it’s what I always come back to.”
B-Modern Gallery is Brandi’s way of blending the best of her abilities: people, community, and design.
“One of my favorite things about living on 30-A is the community spirit. There’s such a variety of people. There’s an eclectic, intelligent, diversified community here, and everyone is so good to each other,” Brandi said.
Check out this video from the gallery’s opening:
Grand Opening of B-Modern Art Gallery tonight from 6-9p:
Posted by 30A on Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Brandi lived in the area years ago, and when her circumstances changed, she had the opportunity to move back to South Walton. She’s been back for two years, and she still loves it. “I believe moving back here was definitely the right choice,” she said. “It’s been great for me, and for my kids. We love it.”
While there are numerous local artisans on display, B-Modern also houses several of Brandi’s own works, including her series, “The Beauty in Broken Things.” This series is an exploration in human emotion, about how people use labels to hide feeling. It’s raw, powerful, and ironic, and it is the heart of what B-Modern is all about.
B-Modern Art Gallery is unlike any on 30A in that you won’t find a single oceanscape here.
“It’s not that I don’t love the ocean, it’s just that I thought there needed to be a place for all the other art. Somewhere the local contemporary artists can showcase their work that isn’t ocean-centered,” she said. “On 30-A there are tons of diverse people; there needed to be diverse art, too.”