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ISHOF Service Award

Gay DeMario (USA)

2018 ISHOF Service Award


Artist (ar’tist) n. 1. One who creates works of art, esp. a painter or sculptor.

2. A public entertainer 3. A practitioner of printed graphics


Gay DeMario encompasses all of the above. She is a multi-talented artist and graphic designer. Gay is highly skilled in all mediums including watercolors, pencil, pen and ink, oils/acrylics and is extremely proficient in all Adobe Creative Suite programs.


Through the years (1980’s-present), Gay has helped create ISHOF programs, displays, brochures, fliers, books, photo exhibits, signage, traveling exhibits, specialty designs and many other vital aspects of ISHOF branding. She has designed the cover of the ISHOF yearbook since 2006 and continues to be an integral part of the team. Her quick wit and life of the party personality always make projects more fun. All kidding aside, Gay is family to the ISHOF and a big part of our history!


As a matter of fact, Gay is so involved in ISHOF productions that when all the artistic creations are complete and the events have begun, you can usually find her behind the ISHOF bar….going the extra mile doing quality control, testing the beverages, bartending, and making sure that your drinks are of the highest quality!


DeMario was born in Yonkers, NY and moved to South Florida in 1980. Gay attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and graduated in 1982. She has over 30 years in the visual communications industry with high-level skills in conceptualization, coordination and implementation of advertising and promotional material from concept through final piece. She has expertise in logo design, signage, printed apparel, menus, murals and hand/digital illustration work.


Gay is currently working as the Graphic Design and Production Coordinator for the Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) in Fort Lauderdale, where she began in November of 2014.


Prior to the BSO, Gay was a successful self employed Graphic Designer in South Florida and worked on a wide range of design projects, developing and creating art and graphics for all aspects of advertising and promotions including handling and overseeing of all out-sourcing and print work. Some key clients included Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, City of Fort Lauderdale, Arby’s Inc., Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Hitachi Koki U.S.A., USA Diving, Motorola, and various restaurants, PR firms and advertising agencies. She was also an instructor at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale for ten years, teaching Advertising Design, Design and Layout, Graphics and Portfolio.


Gay to this day is always a phone call away when one of the staff needs some advice in Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. We thank you Gay!

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