Art By God's Philosophy
We at Art by God represent a philosophy of intertwining “natural art” into our lives, the same way it has been intertwined over eons of geological time, wherein plants and animals have concentrated the Earth with natural riches, through the various processes of life. These mineral life forms are available throughout the world and it is Art by God’s goal to encourage one’s acquisition and appreciation of what intrigues a person’s curiosity and to behold Earth’s history, science and secrets straight from Mother Nature’s laboratories. We have searched the world over, from mountain peaks to ocean floors, mines and quarries in over 100 countries to bring you Nature’s art and Earth’s wonders.
Art by God has been importing and selling nature products for 30 years. Founded in 1982 by Gene Harris, Art by God has developed into one of the largest businesses of all things nature, from domestic and exotic animal mounts and products, to a wide collection of fossils, amazing rocks and minerals, and unique art and sculpture from all over the world. From one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Mayan civilization to art and pottery made by the Tihuanatu civilization in South America today, we offer these items for sale for your appreciation and education. Our goal is to provide entertaining, thought-provoking products and artifacts that will educate and grow one’s curiosity and appreciation of nature.
Today, Art By God is Miami’s best-kept secret for those wanting to stroll through rare natural objects and exotic manmade wares, or to gain some insight into natural history, evolutionary processes, bones, fossils, rocks, and gemstones.
“We sell for education and for art’s sake,” says Harris. “When you see something that is beautiful here, it’s not only beautiful, but insightful.”
Art by God In The News / Publications
Lions and Tigers and Bears - Biscayne Times, 2012
“Gene is the hardest-working man in the natural history world," Alan Detrich says. "[He] is the James Brown and the Godfather of the fossil world. He takes care of us.” “Gene knows so much,” says Ron Magill, another longtime friend, and wildlife expert and communications director at Zoo Miami, “and he taught me a lot about bones and the different types of fossil record. He is an incredible explorer and adventurer who is fascinated with wilderness and fossils. He’s like Indiana Jones without the hair.”
Photo Courtesy of Sylvia Ros, Biscayne Times
Off the Beaten Path at Second Saturday Art Walk - Miami New Times, 2010
"Art by God features a museum's worth of dinosaur fossils, seashells, skins, skulls, stuffed animals (as in taxidermy), African art, and more. If you're looking for a cool gift, they have a lot to choose from. But, if you wanna just walk inside, check the place out, and hear adventure stories from the owners, that's cool too."
Photo courtesy of Jacob Katel, Miami New Times
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Collecting Dinosaur Bones - Forbes, 2001
"Scientists aren’t entirely comfortable with the idea of fossils as collectibles, whether dinosaur bones or the remains of other animals and plants, but those in the trade say that private collectors make important contributions to the field of paleontology. 'A lot of the major finds have been made by amateurs or commercial operators,' says Gene Harris, owner of a fossil-selling business called Art By God, based in Miami, Fla. 'In a capitalist system, supply and demand is what’s going to guarantee preservation.' ”
Special Feature: Art By God - Laredo Morning Times, 2001
“ 'Second to women, [diamonds] are the most beautiful thing in the world,' Harris said. 'That’s exemplified by the fact that women across the world wear diamonds around their necks.' He added that since the dawn of history men and women have worn stones as ornaments. Such stones, which can be bought and displayed as pieces of art, are also thought-provoking and conversational."
Visit our shop at 2005 San Bernardo Avenue, Laredo, Texas 78040
Art By God Press Release - General Media, 1996
"Art By God, the Miami-based natural history company, has scored again with another big fossil find. A triceratops dinosaur (Triceratops horridus) that roamed the earth during the Late Cretaceous period (approx. 65 million years ago) rears its head at Art By God's retail store in Bayside Marketplace (update - store now moved to Wynwood Arts District). This rare find was discovered and excavated in Harding County, South Dakota within the Hill Creek Formation on the Circle B Ranch. An outcrop of bone fragments led to the discovery of the triceratops skull. The fossil pieces were scattered as deep as 6 to 8 feet beneath the ground surface and were spread throughout a wide area.... Mr. Hoelmer has lovingly named the triceratops "Trixy" and she will be greeting the public beginning this week in her Bayside debut."
Call Me Margaret - Sun Sentinel, 1992
"On Wednesday, Margaret took center stage at the Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History as scientists began to uncover the three-horned dinosaur's skull. Identified as a triceratops, Margaret's skull was found last year in North Dakota and is currently on loan at the Dania museum at 481 S. Federal Highway..... The skull was purchased by Art by God, a Miami company that acquires fossils and minerals for displays - and possibly for resale. Art by God has loaned the skull to the Graves Museum where it will be cleaned up and placed on display...... The fossil is one of the most complete triceratops skulls ever found, said Jorge Escoto, who will reconstruct the skull. Many skulls are missing more than half of their original components, which must be replaced by archaeologists with parts made of plaster or other manmade materials."This one is about 95 percent complete," he said. "We're lucky to have it."
Stone Age Nature's Works of Art - Sun Sentinel, 1989
"[Gene Harris's] southwest Dade County emporium is called Art By God, and he has satellite operations at Bayside Marketplace in Miami called Natural History and in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Harris stocks massive cleft boulders with majestic cathedral geodes; rock crystals with clear, perfect terminals; rare cubic, isometric pyrite formations; cross sections of petrified wood; and even samplings of centuries-old dinosaur dung. The only 'native' product he sells is agatized coral, formed in Florida 12 million to 25 million years ago."
Gene Harris - Orlando Sentinel, 1987
"OS: Where did you get the name for your shop, Art By God ?
Harris: We were selling so many things -- stones, fossils, minerals -- and people would ask us, 'Who made this?' They didn't realize it was a natural object. There was an attorney who bought a beautiful piece of ammonite from us; he kept it in his office overlooking Key Biscayne. He called us later and said, 'Say, the artist forgot to sign this piece.' And I told him 'no, it's a natural object. It's art by God.' "