Most of gallery O's hand-crafted tropical hardwood products are lovingly crafted by Belizean artisans at the family-owned and operated woodshop
of Orange Gallery & Gifts in the western Cayo District of Belize, Central America, with additional outlets in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
In 1976, an expatriate "gringo" husband-and-wife team of farmer/artisans moved to Belize from the U.S. to raise their children in a unique and unspoiled natural environment. For the first few years, they lived a simple agrarian life "back-a-bush," raising their crops and babies, remotely developing their arts-and-crafts market with the British Army and a then barely-recognizable budding tourism industry. Later moving to the Western highway, the couple expanded their talents to create miniature masterpieces in black coral and tropical hardwoods. As the family and developing markets grew, New Hope Trading Company (1979) produced crystal-and-mahogany window ornaments and the signature, world-famous, "clam chair," eventually giving birth to "Orange Gallery & Gifts" in Belize, proprietor Julian Sherrard -- and "gallery O" of Naples, Florida,
proprietor Vanessa (Sherrard) Ouimette.
gallery O's products are one-of-a-kind. Hand-crafted and made of the finest materials available, nothing in the shop is mass-produced. Ideal for discriminating buyers, the concept of limited quantities, limited editions, and ever-changing unique selection is the hallmark of gallery O. The shop on Fifth Avenue S. in Naples offers an eclectic limited collection of exotic art, rustic and fine Belizean hardwood sculpture, jewelry, home décor, and unique gifts from Central and South America, South Africa, and the Caribbean, and is the one-and-only U.S. location.
The "Clam Chair" has been the signature product for Orange Gallery & Gifts and gallery O for 30 years, and has been shipped, in small quantities, to all corners of the globe., Made of genuine mahogany, sweetena macrophylia, this durable chair is designed to last a lifetime. It folds flat for easy shipment and storage. The Clam is ideal for both indoors and outdoors -- living rooms, family rooms, game rooms, porches, verandas, and boat decks --dockside, ocean side, lakeside, riverside, poolside, and on your Florida lanai. Rain, sun, snow, desert, no problem. They can even be placed in the pool itself! The Clam is enduring, consummately comfortable (no pillow needed -- yes, really), and virtually indestructible.