While not a traditional "brick and mortar" gallery, Cow Art and More still upholds itself to the same standards as any other art gallery; artists are selected by committee based upon the quality and uniqueness of their work. Every artist is interviewed and is carefully considered by the art selection committee before inclusion on Cow Art and More. Each artist must uphold to our high standards not only in artwork quality, but also in providing excellent customer care.
Cow Art and More was started in 2008 by Kathy McComb Swift, a veterinarian and jewelry artist. While growing up on a dairy farm in Virginia, Kathy was able to combine her love for cows with her love for art. However, a choice to go to veterinary school made it almost impossible to further her artistic career, so she put it aside while pursuing a veterinary career. In 2001, while serving the veterinary needs of Florida's cattle industry, she had a chance meeting with a local jewelry artist that renewed her interest in art and jewelry making. Over the next few years, Kathy continued to improve her jewelry making skills by taking classes at the University of Florida, Penland School of Craft and William Holland School of Lapidary Arts. During this time, however, she made a contemporary line of silver jewelry, involving precious and semi-precious stones. Kathy sold this jewelry to local art shops, boutiques and art fairs across Florida. While she loved working with cows, she struggled to find a way to realistically and artistically represent cattle and farming in her jewelry. In 2007, the idea of a dairy cow charm was born. She decided to sell her cattle jewelry on a online and include art from other artists with an agricultural focus. Hence, Cow Art and More was born.
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