Yesterday afternoon, I was out and about in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce when a brightly colored van drove slowly down Orange Ave. The colorful painted van with surf boards on top, confirmed that Drew, Maria, and Dylan Brophy had arrived in Fort Pierce, Florida. Having this family visit our area has been a coordinated effort for more than 6 months with the help of Fine Artist Susie Cassens. The family has been traveling around the USA teaching workshops and painting murals on buildings. Now it was our turn to have the renowned artist and his family teach a class for Art Mundo.

Their first stop was at Sentiment, a shop filled with local artists works, gift baskets and Homage candles. As Drew got out of his van a fan noticed him and excitedly showed off her tattoo on her side that was a duplicated art work of Drew’s. Then, the Brophy family had lunch at Rinellis  Yellow Tail  Restaurant which is where I (Plythe Gibbons(Freedman) of Treasures of Fort Pierce) caught up with them and took several pictures. Drew, Maria and Dylan were friendly and not at all upset when I wanted to get a picture of them.

After lunch, They were off to Art Mundo a block away to set up for their class. There, they met Holly Theuns the Director of Art Mundo and  Susie Cassens who presented them with a basket that was filled with local art, candles and goodies and was put together by Sentiment. Thank you Susie Cassens, Dale Summerlin , Amanda Green(Sentiment) and Holly Theuns.

The workshops at Art Mundo will be held November 10th and 11th from 3:00pm- 6:00pm . Read more about Drew.

About the Surf Lifestyle Artist, Drew Brophy

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Drew Brophy has been a professional surf lifestyle artist for over 25 years.  He says of his profession, “It’s my job to make things look cool.”

An avid surfer and world traveler, Brophy’s career exploded in the late 1990’s when he began painting his edgy artwork onto surfboards.  Now his art is printed on hundreds of different products and his original artwork is collected worldwide.

Drew’s mission is to inspire your imagination through his paintings, and to remind people that life is good.

Visit Brophy’s online gallery at


Plythe Freedman holds a MA in Youth Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary. She is a mother of two. Her passion for small businesses and her community has been displayed through her many hours of volunteering and meeting with city officials to assist in promoting Fort Pierce. She is also a former board member of Grace Way Village, a non profit organization that helps clothe and feed disadvantaged children. She is a former member of the Chamber of Commerce and a former Royal Palms member. She served on the RDC advisory board at Suncoast Mental Health Center. And She was appointed by a City Commissioner to serve on the CRA Advisory Committee as the chair. She worked with Frontline For Kids as their public relations specialist and had her own column in the Lincoln Park Main Street Showcase. Plythe's goal is to promote Fort Pierce as a destination for families to visit, live, work and play.

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