Native son sees his artwork hung in SoHo

Three weeks ago, Freeport native Cody Copeland saw something he never thought he would see — or, at least not this soon: his paintings hung in a store inManhattan’s SoHo district.
The store is Treasure & Bond, which is owned by Nordstrom. Not bad for a young lad from Freeport, Fla.
Treasure & Bond describes itself as a Collaborative Retail Experiment — a retail store that donates all profits to Children’s Charities in New York City. Its stated mission is to help people help people, and to do so with imagination and style.
Copeland was born and raised just outside Freeport, next to his family’s hunting and fishing supply store. He attended Seaside Neighborhood School and sang in its choir.
He has been singing and creating art since he was a little kid, he said, and the two are equally important.
I have been playing guitar since age 13; I sang in school, in church, and then began performing in public places such as at Cerulean’s when it was open at WaterColor, and doing gigs,” he said.
About the same time, Cerulean’s manager, Anne Hunter, began showing his artistic creations there,
and some of his pieces were carried at Big Mama’s Hula Girl Gallery when it was located in Grayton Beach. Copeland calls his work a mixture of folk and pop art. …Read more
By DEBORAH WHEELER for
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