About the Artists

About Christina & Rick

Christina M. Lee is a Jewelry Design Artist and Silk Painting Artist who enjoys creating beautiful “Art You Can Wear”.  She creates her handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces out of all different elements: glass, wood, paper, gold, silver and clay.  Her current jewelry designs available at the Gallery are in fused glass, handmade lampwork beads and PMC (precious metal clay).   Christina incorporates semi-precious gems (such as Swarovski crystals, Unakite, Howlite, Coral, Pearls, Lapis, Hematite) in her jewelry creations, and uses only precious metal findings.  Her hand painted silk scarves also are her original designs painted on the finest quality 100% silk, using heat set, color fast, non-toxic dyes.  They are just the beginning of other textile arts to come.  You can purchase Christina’s Art online at  www.etsy.com/shop/ChristinaLeeDesigns

Christina also creates fused glass items such as mezuzahs and sushi dish sets.  She loves creating beautiful things for herself, and for other people to wear and enjoy.  Purchase her work in person at various local Shows and Art Festivals, or book a private Jewelry Trunk Show in the privacy of your own home.  Contact Christina for more information.

Christina also loves to teach art and enjoys teaching her grandchildren and their friends and is currently teaching classes by appointment only.  (See my “Classes” page for more information.)

Rick Lee is a Luthier (musical instrument builder: Pronunciation: lu-th-r, French, from lute, one who makes stringed musical instruments).  He enjoys working with exotic woods and crafting them into fine handmade musical instruments, “Turning Wood into Music.”  He currently makes acoustic and electric guitars, electric basses and ukuleles by special order.  To learn more about his instruments go to www.leelutherie.com or call Rick at 941-750-8203.

Rick also creates his own hand painted electronic boutique Effects Devices for electric guitarists, “Art You Can Step On”.  Drop by the Gallery to see his Effects or contact Rick to learn what effects devices are currently available for viewing/playing at the Gallery.  From time to time Rick gets in Christina’s studio and plays with her kilns and creates fused glass pieces.

Rick and Christina have been married 38 years in June 2010.  They have made Bradenton Florida their home since December of 1994, and love living in Florida.  They have two grown, married children, and two wonderful children-in-law, who have given them six wonderful grandchildren who range from ages 13 to 18 years old.  Often times you can find the grandchildren in the Art Studio creating along side of Christina.  All of their children and grandchildren love art and are very talented.

Both Christina and Rick are both scuba divers, (another reason they love living in Florida) and make regular trips to the Florida Keys and Caribbean for diving.  Their son is also a diver and their two oldest grandchildren are junior divers.  They are having a blast diving with their teenage grandchildren!!

The Lees have a strong faith in Jesus Christ and believe He is the One who has given them the talent to be creative, all the glory and credit belongs to the Lord.  They are active members of The Family Church at Christian Retreat in Bradenton, Florida and Rick is part of the church worship team.  To learn more about The Family Church click here: www.christianretreat.org.