EarthArt by Mary and Teri

A mother and daughter team that collaborate on an art “unique” to Florida. 

Creativity and an over-abundance of foliage results in endless possibilities.


Mary Catello

Mary has always enjoyed expressing her creativity. She was a trendsetting salon owner and stylist in New York City where creating masterpieces of tresses was her art form. Simultaneously, she opened The MaryGrace Institute; the first accredited Nail Technology School in New York. At MaryGrace students were taught, along with basic nail theory and practical lessons, award-winning techniques in airbrushing, 3-dimensional and multi-media nail art.

In 1994, after selling her salon and school, Mary relocated to South Florida and began taking classes in sketching, acrylics and water colors. But her true passion began when she met a basket weaver in Sedona, Arizona. Mary was inspired and a fiber artist was born.

Mary took only two basket weaving classes with internationally-known weavers, Flo Hoppe and Mary Hetts. She was introduced to palm inflorescence by Judy Briscoe, another basket weaver.  On her own she began to experiment with size and materials determined to transform the traditional basket into art, and art it is. Her work is unique and identifiable.

Teri Salomoni

Teri has experienced both commercial and community recognition.  She worked with Saks Fifth Avenue designing and decorating their floor and window displays at the Boca Raton, Worth Avenue and Palm Beach Gardens locations. She designed windows at the Nicole Miller boutiques in South Beach and Boca Raton. At sea, she was commissioned by Princess Cruise Lines to decorate their fleet for the holidays.

In 2002 she partnered in a public art project "Flamingos in the Gables" and, in 2003, Teri assisted a local ceramic artist with an installation to beautify parks in urban areas. Also, that year, Teri was commissioned by the Broward County Art Teacher Association to make metal sculptures for their annual conferences.

In recent years, Teri found her passion in wood turning. To learn this art, Teri, studied with three local masters -- Tim Rowe, Gerhard Schwenke and Lee Sky. She also studied with national masters, Bonnie Klien and Mark St. Ledger, and international master Marilyn Cambell. Teri’s mom taught her the basics of weaving but Teri took that to a new level by adding her love of wood. This mixed medium, wood and palm inflorescence, combined with the skills of weaving and wood turning, makes each one of Teri’s vessels truly unique.

Artist Statement

The featured weaving material is queen palm inflorescence that has been carefully selected, then cleaned and dried over several weeks. The woods used for turning can be found curbside or purchased from an exotic collection. Each and every sculpture starts with the gathering and preparation of material, always mindful not to bruise or harm any trees or plants.  The artistic workmanship is a combination of weaving and turning and the process may take weeks based on the complexity of the design.

Currently their work is on permanent display at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery in Lake Worth, Florida Craftsmen Gallery. St Petersburg and The Stranahan House in Ft Lauderdale. Annually they are featured at The Barn Gallery for the Rare Species Conservatory Foundation event. Their work has been selected to be displayed at The Fairchild Garden and the Miami Botanical Gardens Art Shows, both in Miami, and the Mounts Botanical Garden in Palm Beach. In February 2013, they received the Elizabeth Geisler Award for Excellence and a First Place ribbon by the Venetian Basket Weavers Guild in Venice Florida for 2 pieces.

For private commission work, customizations, exhibition requests or price inquiries, contact mary@earthartbymaryandteri.com

Telephone 561-665-0092