Given that he was a little child Walter DeGroot, 61, has lived a life sculpted by art.
DeGroot, who opened the Greenport Art amp; Design Emporium on Path 25 just over a week ago, has actually brought an unique brand-new company to the location that showcases furniture, maritime decor, initial art and vintage prints, in addition to framing and art restoration services.
His company, DeGroot, who lives near Port Jefferson, said, concentrates on vintage items and those with a maritime flair. I have plane, watercraft and vehicle designs, a lot of person stuff, but something for anybody, actually, he stated.
In addition, the company includes a gallery upstairs in an 800-square foot space where DeGroot hopesintends to promote the fledling careers of new artists.
Reflecting on his life, DeGroot stated, Im a sculptor by trade, 2nd generation. My papa was a sculpture and painter, and Ive been doing it for 50 years.
Laughing, he added, I didnt have a choice. I was his apprentice, his little helper.
DeGroot stated he startedstarted mixing plaster, sweeping the floor, and keeping his papas tools organized, and later on, going along on tasks. Prior to you know it, I needed to make an arm or a foot, and hed assistance me through it.
Keeping his daddies tradition alive, DeGroot, over the past 30 years, has actually owned four shops similar to the one he opened in Greenport.
Architectural decoration and specialized restoration of developing ornamentation and sculpture is his specialized, he stated.
Greenport, he said, talks to his artistic sensibilities. Ive always liked the North Fork, he said. When he got divorced, DeGroot stated, I figured nows my possibility to open a company here.
In between sculpture repair service and restoration, building furnishings the gallery, and the vintage prints and framework, DeGroot said he hopes to create an artistic complex.
After investing years on long commutes to New York City or Connecticut, DeGroot is happy to have an area in Greenport.
I keep in mind a couple of years earlier, we worked in city throughout the worst heat spell in long time; among my guys almost passed out. I stated on the wayen route home, I do not wantwish to do this any longer.
Although all of his restoration jobs are significant, some attract attention, DeGroot said, including one at the Vanderbilt estate, where he restored a luxuriant wooden staircase that had led to Willy Vanderbilt, Jr. s room in the bell tower.
And now, DeGroot said, he hopesintends to give other young artists their big break in his gallery. When I was young, in my teenagers and 20s, it was extremely hard for anybody to take a young artist seriously, as far as showing your work, he said.
Art of all kinds, consisting of oil paintings by Ukrainian painters, are available for a great price, along with a large selection of decorative items for the house.
DeGroots shop, found at 67380 Main Driving in Greenport, he stated, will certainly be open 7 days a week, from 10 am up until 6 pm, till Christmas, when the hours may alter. For additonal information, call 631-333-2141 or click hereclick on this link.