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About Artist Greg Arbutine

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Artist Greg Arbutine
Artist Greg Arbutine
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About Award Winning Artist, Designer & Photographer:
Greg Arbutine

 

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How it all began in 2006:

In this brief biography, you will learn about how Artist Greg Arbutine began his journey to pursue his passion for creating beatiful art images and objects.  It all began In 2006 when The Silver Museum CEO and Owner Greg Arbutine decided to launch his Artist Brand by opening up a small boutique store within a store of photographic artworks within his own retail location which at that time was in Largo, Florida.

Artist Greg Arbutine
Artist Greg Arbutine

From 1965 to 1983:  (Age 1 to 18) 

Greg had a passion and a love for art at an early age and was always drawn to all things creative.   His mother Patricia recognized this and sent Greg to The Gulfcoast Art Center located in Belleair, FL only 2 miles away from where they lived.   He took a variety of art courses there including:  Drawing, Acrylics Painting, Watercolor Painting, Ceramics, and Jewelry Design.

He eventually focused in on his painting and at age 12 won his first art award for his "Old Mill Stream."  Most of his friends and family could not believe that is was not a Paint by Numbers Kit.   By the time he reached age 18, he was winning major awards at The Pinellas County Fair, FL for subjects including landscapes, cityscapes and abstract art.  

Painting by Artist Greg Arbutine
Painting by Artist Greg Arbutine
Painting by Artist Greg Arbutine
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These 3 paintings won 1st Place Awards in 1983 when Artist Greg Arbutine was just under age 18.
 

Painting by Artist Greg Arbutine
Painting by Artist Greg Arbutine

  Won first art award at age 12 for "Old Mill Stream."       

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Greg Painted this trio of cats for his grandmother when he was age 14

Artist Greg Arbutine

From 1984 to 2002:  (Age 19 to 37) 

One of Greg's art teachers had advised him that to avoid becoming a "starving artist," that he should also be trained in more than one field of interest.  Greg took that advice and graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1987.

Greg decided to work full time in the family business at The Silver Queen Inc.   Soon in 1990, he ascended to be become the President and CEO and for the next couple of decades Greg led the Silver Queen into a golden era of growth and profit.  See this Story here:
https://www.silverqueen.com/Info/About-The-Silver-Queen-Our-Story 

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Photo from 1992 pictured:  
Patricia Arbutine, Greg Arbutine, Beth Race, Janet Woodhouse, Alan Johnson, Pat Yaeger, Kathy Edwards

Greg always still considered himself an artist first and a business person second.

Over the decades following, Greg took on many creative passions in the business which included:

•  Printed Catalog   - Greg did most of the graphical layout, photos and conceptualization.
•  Jewelry flyers      - Greg created 7 flyers per year and sent out to local customers regarding sale events
•  Silver Museum    - Greg curated a historical silver collection worth 1 million dollars.
•  Web Designer      - Greg took on the task of making all the graphics for the web sites and all the web designing.
•  Coder                   - Greg designed the entire computer system for the store and internet web sites.
•  Architecture         - Greg took on the design of their new building in 2002.
•  Collector Expert  - Greg developed a deep love and passion for Silver and Objects of Vertu and is a world expert. 

Anything to do with art and design in the business, was what Greg was drawn to it and took it on.

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From 2003 to 2006:  (Age 38 to 41) 

At age 38, after a long absence from engaging in pure art form pursuits, Greg decided that it was finally time to get back to basics and give something a try.   He decided to take a sculpting class one night per week at The Gulfcoast Museum of Art.   For 3 years Greg faithfully attended the classes and was doing pretty well learning the art of sculpting clay and making beautiful objects.  

Artist Greg Arbutine Sculpting

However, in 2004 Greg purchased his first semi-professional camera a Nikon D70 and started to become extremely passionate and adept at photography.   Greg loved sculpting, but his love and stronger ability and interest for photography soon won out.   The photography also went more hand in hand with Greg and his Partner Alan's extensive travels throughout the world in particular to National Parks and Nature Trails. 

Artist Greg Arbutine

From 2006  (Age 41 to Present) 

At age 41, decided it was time to actually launch a photographic arts business.   He assembled several photograph collections and opened up a small boutique inside of The Silver Queen Inc.   Sales in the initial years showed some promise.  However, in the age of every one having a smart phone camera in their pocket and having fantastic printers at home, the sales of art photographs soon trickled down to a crawl.

Despite the diminished demand, Greg still loves travelling and still takes some really spectacular shots of national parks, waterfalls, cities, beautiful objects, architecture, archeological ruins and more.   Just join his face book page to get regular updates of his works.   
 Artist Greg Arbutine Facebook Page.   

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Artist Greg Arbutine Photograph
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In year 2008, Greg was a featured artist in the Annual Largo Art Hop Citywide Event.

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Artist Greg Arbutine Photograph

Greg out and about in the world taking his spectacular photos.

From 2016 to 2022

 After 43 years of being involved with The Silver Queen Inc. where Greg sold other people's merchandise, Greg decided that it was time to start designing his own product line.   So in late 2016, Greg launched his bejweled boxes under his Artist Greg Arbutine brand name.   They came out beautifully!  
See the entire collection at:

https://www.ebay.com/str/thesilvermuseum

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Artist Greg Arbutine Bejeweled Art Boxes
Artist Greg Arbutine Bejeweled Art Boxes
Artist Greg Arbutine Bejeweled Art Boxes
Artist Greg Arbutine Bejeweled Art Boxes

From 2023 and beyond

 At the end of 2022, Greg Arbutine retired from The Silver Queen Inc.  He had worked there buying and selling hundreds of millions of dollars of sterling silver flatware and hollowware items for 50 years continuously.   He was also the CEO of the company for 31 years serving from 1990 to 2021.  

Greg was 50/50 owner with his brother Mayor Chris and unfortunately, they did not get along.
 Greg decided that is was in his own best health interests to not remain in a stressful  business partner relationship and toxic environment for the long term.    A generous banker came along in late 2021 and offered to finance a deal to allow Greg's brother Chris to buy Greg out.   Greg took the exit and has been all the better off ever since.

Subsequently, in year 2023, Greg and his family moved to Utah to enjoy mountain living including hiking, road trip excursions to state and national parks, travels by car and air and snow skiing.  
Greg still also loves to take beautiful photographs of his adventures and regularly posts them on his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/ArtistGregArbutine/
 
As for the silverware industry that Greg loved and adored for most of his life, Greg is now dabbling as a small time buyer and seller part time under The Silver Musuem LLC brand name: www.silvermuseum.org   In the longterm, Greg is hopeful to build The Silver Museum into a national recognized silver museum that showcases the history of silverware including the stories of Tiffany and Gorham.   Greg has pretty lofty goals for the museum:
https://www.silvermuseum.org/the-silver-museum-goals
and it will remain to be seen if he can accomplish what he has set out to do with this endeavor.  

In the meanwhile, short term, Greg will continue to pursue his art career under his Artist Greg Arbutine brand name.  Greg will also continue to do a little bit of wheeling and dealing in the silver industry that he still loves as a small time side gig to make some extra pocket change. 

https://www.silvermuseum.org/sell-silver-to-us

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