Artists



For 40 years, the Rev. Arthur Lee gave his all to his role as an Episcopal priest. In his last 10 years as rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, he especially cherished that role, embracing all that parish life entailed. When it came time to retire, he admitted he had mixed feelings. “Retirement is like a foreign country where one has to find his way. It’s exciting as well as terrifying,” he commented during his retirement party. As a deep thinker and keen observer, Lee was well aware of the pitfalls and pleasures of life after work. “I’ve never been one that could be satisfied being idle and sitting with my feet up,” he said. “I knew I wanted to continue to spend my time in meaningful ways.” Now, he is doing exactly that by combining two roles, that of priest and potter. He is happy to be doing what he still loves 

Posted On Mon July 02nd 2018
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Augusto Argandoña is a well known artist who has gained recognition for his crisp and realistic watercolors. With a degree in Industrial Design from California State University, he has practiced his profession for 20 years all the while pursuing his passion for painting. While working as a Designer he started painting watercolors as a hobby, as his skill expanded, he began doing paintings for relatives and showing his art publicly. The positive response his work received fueled his enthusiasm and in 1990 he began a new career painting full time primarily in watercolors. Based on his formal training as a Designer, Argandoña has developed a distinctive painting style which has wide appeal and provides him with many opportunities to use his talent. His artistic versatility and expertise in the challenging medium of watercolors coupled with his approach at marketing his art has won him a feature article in the June 1992 issue of North Light Magazine, an art publication with national circulation. Previously a resident of East Aurora, NY, Argandoña moved to Sarasota, FL. in 1997.

Posted On Mon April 16th 2018
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Ive been making vessels and firing in the Raku process for over 35 years. I use the vessel form as my canvas and the firing process as my paint brush. Slight adjustments in the firing and cooling create a wide range of colors and textures. I try to create visually strong forms and strong surface treatment. Pieces must have both to be considered successful. I make simple forms with very little embellishment to get at the strength and inner beauty of the vessel form. 

Posted On Sun June 17th 2018
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Bill says the calm of retirement has provided him time to slow down and appreciate his surroundings.  He now has time to watch the water, the clouds, and wind change our world.

Bill says, "The colors and shapes I have placed on canvas represent my expression of the movement, and the emotion I experienced at a particular moment. The paints, the colors, the shapes and motivation will never be exactly the same again.  My painted images suspend the time and preserve the moment. I hope your viewing of these images brings you the same joy that creating them has provided me."

Posted On Wed May 09th 2018
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My love of photography and ocean seascapes arose through my uncle Maurice Castagne, a photojournalist. Uncle Maury would take me on weekly visits to the beach and regularly into Manhattan to museums and galleries. It was through his love and guidance that my eye developed at an early age. 

Unlike other genres of landscape photography, sand dunes and the ocean is constantly changing and never remains the same. My images are about the quality of light, movement and the symmetry between water, sky and beach. I photograph primarily in the winter months when the air is crisp and the grass golden. The early morning or late afternoon hours provide the best light, when the first or last light of the day washes over the landscape and creates long shadows.

Most of my images were captured on film using large or medium format cameras. The physical size of the film and its fine grain rival the highest end digital cameras of today. I scan my film into large digital files that retain all the details and subtleties of light. I currently print on a variety of media including photographic paper, canvas and aluminum. 

Posted On Tue May 22nd 2018
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I am a Florida native, inventor, patent holder, glass artist and most recently, graduate scholar.  I see life through…color, texture, light and opportunity.  I have been called “artrepreneur,” but I am simply pursuing what I love.

The design I have the privilege to share visually playful, it somehow pulls you in and delights you.   The contrast creates a wonderful balance.  The wood and glass medium is a unique patented signature of color, light and texture.  I discovered the process through a desire to exhibit and stabilize glass in a detailed expression.  It allows the organic appeal of wood, complemented by the complexity of glass.   It also creates minimal waste and is a nontoxic stained glass application.  This is unusual in glass design. 

Initially I saw the process as an application for fine art, but I realized it could be integrated into cabinetry, lighting, furniture and hospitality design.  I have recently developed a new adaptation for cabinet panel design that is currently patent pending.  It is also a medium with a cut panel and glass which accentuates the image through the application of light. I graduated from my master’s program from the University of Florida on the same day the process became patent pending. 

Posted On Fri May 18th 2018
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“Copper Flash” Raku is created by applying a “copper matt” glaze to the bisque-fired clay. Each glazed piece is returned to the kiln until the proper temperature is reached. One by one, each pot is removed from the kiln with tongs and immediately submerged in a container filled with combustible materials (such as sawdust and/or shredded paper.) The materials ignite, and something magical occurs. As the flames lick up against the pots, they react with the copper matt glaze, producing colors that are nearly impossible to achieve with standard glazes. The process is ended by putting a lid over the container at the proper time to extinguish the flames.

Posted On Sun July 01st 2018
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Catherine began painting at an early age and continued taking classes and workshops from artists she admired. Since becoming retired, she has devoted more time to painting. Her style has evolved from realistic to abstract. She feels that the viewer becomes more engaged in the painting when it is abstract, leaving it up to the viewer to fill in whatever details emerge from his/her imagination.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Originally from Connecticut, Cheryl dreamed of the day that she would reside in Paradise.  Now, happy to be living in beautiful Sarasota, her love of the gorgeous sunsets inspired her to integrate them into her art.  Having previously studied watercolors, once she discovered alcohol inks, she was hooked.  She decided to combine painting with her love of making jewelry by featuring her art in one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Cheryl is a member of the Alcohol Ink Art Society and continues to hone her skills through a variety of workshops and conferences.  Her art enables you to take a piece of Paradise with you wherever you go. 

Posted On Sun April 15th 2018
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Mostly inspired by nature and the sea, Clare Godleski has been creating since she can remember. Living her life's passion as an artist each and everyday has been a blessing in her life. A walk on the beach or through the woods brings inspiration for painting and drawing.  Noticing the colors in a fallen leaf or the formation of clouds in the sky starts a desire to get into the studio and begin creating.  It is Clare's desire that you enjoy the vibrancy of the colors she uses in her paintings to stimulate your senses and set your imagination into motion.     

Clare is a graduate of Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. Further study has been at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, ArtCenter Sarasota, the Longboat Key Art Center, the Manatee Art Center, Brookdale Community Collegeand Venice Art Center. Clare continues her studies in art since she believes that you can never know enough about art and its forms.

One of Clare's greatest pleasures is sharing her knowledge of art with others.  She teaches watercolor and multi-media art to adults in her private studio and other public venues.

Posted On Sat July 28th 2018
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Raised in Minnesota. I moved to Southern California to attend UCLA. Graduating with a minor in Art History. I studied technique with various established Artists. My work has shown at local galleries throughout Southern California. I fell in love with coastal Florida a few years ago. I am now represented by Artists on Main . A gallery located on the beautiful Main Street of Sarasota, FL. My grouping of four lifeguard stands pays tribute to the beautiful beach of Siesta Key / Sarasota, Florida. True to my heart is the beautiful colors of our coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Represented in my WAVE Collection. The PALMS pay tribute to the lush foliage of Key West.

Posted On Sun June 03rd 2018
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Dee has been working with beads, wire, metal and glass for more than 12 years.  She took her first class (beading) after attending a retirement seminar where they discussed the need to plan how to fill your days after retiring.  From beading, she progressed to bead embroidery and wire working, then to glass fusing and metalsmithing. For a short period, she taught wire working at a glass studio in Virginia. She studied various glass techniques at the Art League in Alexandria, VA and beading, metal and glass at various Virginia studios. In Florida, Dee studied metalsmithing and pottery and also exhibited jewelry and fused glass at the Art Center Manatee.  She submitted entries to the Manatee County Fair winning a variety of blue ribbons, as well as, a red and a blue rosette.  After moving to Florida, she became enthralled with shells, crystals and semi-precious stones. Inspired to create what she calls a Florida-style pendant, Dee combines various stone/crystals and shells with wirework suspending them on strands of shells, pearls and semi-precious stones. She is particularly fascinated with shape and color which is how she selects the materials she works with. This past year, she has been working primarily with copper wire because she loves the way copper ages. Occasionally, she combines copper, brass and silver wire. She loves combining various techniques and blending a variety of materials. The result is, she hopes, her own unique brand of design.

Posted On Sun April 15th 2018
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Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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I began my first love by chalking the busy sidewalks of Cambridge, Massachusetts with my first tentative sketches and figures. At Saint Francis Church I was captivated as I helped Father Vittorio decorate the altars for Christmas. I hoarded any coloring book I could find.       

My early work career began at General Electric’s Jet engine Division, where grit and noise made art an attractive pursuit. When most people settled in mid career, I embarked on a four year journey at the Massachusetts College Art. Looking back it seems like a world wind: attending classes and lectures, model drawing and painting, producing an endless stream of papers. I found many part time jobs; fulfilled family obligations and squeezed in sorely needed bits of fun and social activity.              

 

 

Posted On Fri July 20th 2018
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Dick Rochester retired after serving 26 years with the Tiffin, Ohio Fire Department.  Since that time he has tried his hand at carving, lapidary, stained glass, diachroic jewelry and now he seems to have found his niche turning wooden bowls. Since he spends six months a year in Florida, he has access to many exotic woods, including rosewood, camphor, Norfolk Island pine and mahogany, to mention just a few. But Ohio woods still form a large part of his inventory.

Rochester, or “Roc” as he is known is over 80, but he shows no signs of slowing down. Stop by the gallery and take a look at his beautiful woodwork, and buy one because there's no greater reward, in heaven or on earth, than making an old man happy.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Elaine is an attorney who enjoyed a career as an Administrative Law Judge in Michigan and worked for the US Department of Homeland Security before turning to art in 2006. She teaches Beginning and Intermediate-Advanced Watercolor for Adult Community Enrichment at the Suncoast Technical Collage.  She also brings internationally known artists to teach workshops at Art Center Sarasota.

Elaine was awarded the “Cutting Edge” Award at the International Society of Experimental Artists Exhibition 2016, and accepted for the 10th Biennial National Art Exhibition, 2015, the Florida Watercolor Society (FWS) 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2013 Exhibitions and Traveling Show. Her paintings were also accepted for the FWS Digital Show in 2009, 2010, 2014 and she won 3rd Place in this show in 2012.  

Posted On Sun May 06th 2018
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As a professional artist I am always looking for a new way to express myself.  Acquaintance with cloisonné enameling had tremendous effect on me. 

Since discovery of this art I can not stop myself to create beautiful pieces in this unique technique. My true passion about this craft became a real engine to art jewelry production. 

Incredible opportunity to implement many ideas and depict almost any subject in enamel makes me truly happy. I want to share my joy through the colorful art people can wear. Let me bright up you day!" 

‚ÄčElena Chvanova had obtained her art and design education in Russia. Since coming to US she worked as an architectural designer in Los Angeles, California. 

Along with design career she continued to pursue her passion for painting and drawing. In 2015 Elena moved to Europe and during her stay in a country of Georgia she got acquainted with enamel cloisonné art. 

After receiving extensive training courses in cloisonné and metalsmithing Elena started to work on her own enamel jewelry line and created Elenamel, wearable art accessories. Nowadays Elena is residing in Sarasota, Florida. "

 

Posted On Tue June 05th 2018
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I have been an artist ever since I can remember.  I have a BFA in illustration with a minor in creative writing from Syracuse University.


I fell in love with drawing the city when I lived in Chicago and became known for my pen and ink drawings with a touch of color.  For 35 years, I loved living and drawing in the metro DC area and am well known for my prints and note cards of that area.  For several years I published my own “DC Doings” calendar which had a cult following.

I started doing Pet Portraits shortly before my move to Sarasota in 2014.  I can also do commission work of people, events, and homes and I can produce note cards from the drawing/paintings for you.

A lot of my poems and stories for children have been published.  Charles Scribners Sons was one of my publishers.  I have been written up several times by the Washington Post and was once the guest on the Diane Rehm show.

Posted On Fri July 13th 2018
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I came to the art world late in life.  I studied and practiced photography most of my life, receiving competitive awards for my work in juried exhibits, and being published locally many times.  I am currently a student of watercolor at Suncoast Technical College under the tutelage of Helen Burkette.   I enjoy experimental abstract acrylics that stretch my own views or art. 

Posted On Tue May 29th 2018
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Frani Antrim has been a Ceramic Artist for 30+ years.  Since moving to Sarasota, Florida in 2013, she has been inspired by the sea life in the gulf, but with a twist! All of her creations are made individually by hand and there are no two alike.  Each piece is an original! 

Frani has come to Sarasota from the Philadelphia, PA area.  She has 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren.  She and her husband, Harry, work their home insurance business together, AGI Insurance, LLC. Harry is also a Permanent Deacon at The Church of St. Patricks on Bee Ridge Road.  

Posted On Sun July 29th 2018
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Goldie Tremblay's interest in photography developed over 40 years and her travels allowed her to capture the beauty of many European sites, especially In France and Italy. As a Detroit area resident most of her life, she witnessed the passion and fervor spent to adorn those beloved machines- the hot rods, vintages rides and motor bikes that you would see displayed proudly on the streets of the Detroit Woodward Dream Cruises. She captured the artistic commitment to those wheels finding she had an eye for their form and color.

Her auto photography had been recognized by HOUR magazine, a premier Detroit publication, and her work was displayed in the former Ariana gallery.

Since moving to Sarasota she has taken her photography in new directions. Her work with patina, rust, on aged cars had lead her to creative outcomes with only digital change of color and cropping.

 

 

Posted On Fri May 25th 2018
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Iceland is rich in centuries of artistic creation, influenced by major European trends, yet it has preserved its unique identity. The country’s literary heritage originates from the 12th and 14th Century, and today’s Icelandic culture thrives with professional theatres, art galleries, museums, cinemas, a symphony orchestra, and opera.

Gudrun Newman is one of the most successful contemporary artists to emerge out of Iceland in recent years. Gudrun started to draw figures and create art at a very young age. She studied with noted Icelandic artists Louisa Matthiasdottir and Hringur Johannesson. She was also influenced by many of Iceland’s prominent visual artists, including ERRO and Johannes S. Kjarval, and credits other European masters such as Wolf Kahn and Kandinsky as major forces in her artistic development.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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After over 40 years as an architect, Hans has returned to his love of the visual arts.  He enjoys painting in all media. He shares time between his two studios in Charlevoix, Michigan and Sarasota, Florida.  He is inspired by the abundance of beauty in both places.  As an admirer of beautiful paintings from Winslow Homer, Andrew Wyett and John Singer Sergeant, Hans began to painting with water colors and soon fell in love with this medium and the creative process. Han's travels throughout Europe and the United States has influenced his art and his use of various colors.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Helen Burkett, origionally from Arlington, VA, moved to Sarasota, FL in 1974, where she maintains her studio.   She attended the University of Maryland, the Corcoran School of Art, and various study groups.   She has studied with Frank Wright of Washington, DC, Valfred Thelin of Ogunquit, ME, William Packner of Woodstock, NY, and others.

     Helen Burkett's paintings have won numerous awards and have been included in many exhibits including those sponsored by the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, the Midwest Watercolor Society, the Southeastern Watercolorists, the Southern Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Florida Watercolor Society, etc.

 

Posted On Tue May 15th 2018
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I studied art, both as a child and adult, learning how to draw and paint from many wonderful teachers and mentors.  It was fun, but how I see things defines the artist I am now.  I am constantly art directing. My natural attention to details, fascination with image and color and appreciation of precision, drive my art.  I am constantly aware of the environment - the small vignettes of people, objects, colors and shifts of light. I love things that pop into your vision and refuse to leave. This is how I approach my collages. Creating scenes, portals, altered realities that invite you in to explore, that have tongue in cheek humor and poke you into really looking.

Posted On Fri July 20th 2018
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Jack Dowd’s infatuation with the arts began early. He was born in New York in 1938 and as a young person growing up in the 1940’s and 50’s, he enjoyed many of the advantages of being in the exciting art capital of the Post-War world. In addition to the exuberant experience of exploring the new ideas of the avant-garde art produced in the city, Dowd attributes the influence of the great American films of that day with igniting his imagination and firing his quest for adventure.

In his early career, Dowd pursued employment that enabled him to travel and he chose both exotic and not so exotic places for his work. The experience of meeting and working with many different people helped him develop an insight into the human psyche that serves today to allow him to endow his sculpted figures with humor, sensitivity, pathos, satire and even hubris.

 

 

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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I am an experimental artist and am always looking to find new ways to use art materials. My work is all about movement,color, and texture. There are no messages except the discovery of something new and different. I have found that the addition of collage materials, especially exotic textured papers, have given me new tools for expression. I work in layers and continually build up the surface. My latest work has an added third dimension as I build out into space from the flat surface. Combining watercolor and acrylic in different ways is another new path that I am exploring. I hope the viewers enjoy the journey as they find an unusual twist or turn along the way.

Posted On Thu May 24th 2018
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A graduate of Ringling School of Art & Design and Tampa Technical Institute, artist Jeff Kriberscheck began his career as a graphic designer for Gulfshore Life magazine. Working his way up to Advertising Art Director, Jeff created award-winning features and advertising layouts for some of the publications most prestigious clients. Leaving the publication in 2002 he set out on his own as a freelance graphic designer and over the course of 13 years created logos, illustrations and advertising layouts for various businesses and publications. In 2006, Jeff illustrated his first children's book The Great Monkey Adventure by author Erin Rabon. The second children's book A Rainy Day Tale was published in 2010, this time with Jeff taking the reigns as author AND illustrator. In 2015 Jeff illustrated his third children's book Furry Oscar Finds a Home written by Sue Tomko. Throughout the course of his career, Jeff spent his "spare time" honing his skills as a fine artist; his true passion. Combining his love for illustration and painting with the skills he acquired as a graphic designer, Jeff's work reflects his own whimsical style, depicting the world around us.

Posted On Fri August 03rd 2018
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"I've had a passion for creating art from an early age, and during my teenage years I focused specifically and more seriously on oil painting of landscapes. After my move to Bradenton a few years ago, I started focusing more on seascapes of all sorts on the east coast, along with other different subject matter I hadn't previously explored much, including some animal portraits, the occasional abstract work, and vaguely surreal compositions with some elements of still life. I typically paint my seascapes in a fairly loose, Impressionist style, and in general work pretty fast.  I also usually include some sort of transitional, turbulent weather in my seascapes - either a clearing storm, or gathering, approaching ominous clouds, to add drama to my paintings. 

I've been involved in various artist cooperative galleries in the area since I've moved here, participated in shows at Manatee Arts Center, Sarasota Art Center, the Tampa Museum of Art, and other locations. I am currently showing work at  Artists On Main in Sarasota.

 

Posted On Sat June 09th 2018
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Jennifer is a mixed media artist whose passion for coastal life inspired a recent move from Texas to the shores of Sarasota, Florida where the Gulf Coast’s beaches birds and botanicals provide fresh inspiration. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado followed by 25 years in the art business, she exhibits her work in galleries surrounding the Gulf Coast. Directing galleries from San Francisco to Austin, Jennifer has been exposed to an immense amount of art allowing her to develop a truly individual and unique style. Her work has been on the cover of The Islander and Coast magazines and in many feature editorials. The joyful mixed media works are filled with imaginative colors, textures and whimsy. Text and words are ripped and cut and along with decorative papers, they playfully come alive on painted surfaces. They celebrate the beauty of coastal living and tell a story of a life at the beach!

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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My home is on the beautiful island of Siesta Key, Florida.  Here the beauty of the water, sand, and sunsets have rekindled my life long love of art.  

I often paint from photos taken during early morning and sunset walks on the beach.  

When painting at my studio I focus on color, energy, and the magnificence of nature, and my style ranges from realism to abstract.  My overall aim is to transmit the beauty and light of nature through my oil seascape and landscape paintings.

Posted On Mon July 02nd 2018
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Judy Saltzman's vibrant and complex watercolor paintings live up to the description "award-winning" have won 30 in the last 3 years. Style and technique are two important components to an artist.  She melds realism and impressionism style with shapes to create visual intricacy while adding layers of color for harmony.  Judy has sailed most of her life from cruising, racing, US Sailing Instructor to Director of youth sailing.   This adventurous spirit gives her freedom in choice of highly saturated poured colors, variety of subject matter and strong visual impact to evoke an emotion and get movement into the paintings.    

 

 

Posted On Mon April 16th 2018
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  Julie Krueger is a Florida artist living in Safety Harbor, FL.  Her medium is fused glass in its many forms, from deeply textured glass to pulling cane.  Her creations are inspired by nature and her work reflects that in organic designs and colors.  Julie learned the basics of her art at The William Holland School in Young Harris, GA, and has since continued her education with Florida artists as well as other glass artists in the country . She took what she has learned and created her own path in many new and exciting directions.

Posted On Sun May 20th 2018
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I have been painting in oils for over 25 years. Over time I have added in computer, acrylic and photography. Now it all blends in together to create images that touch an emotional chord.

I have been affiliated with the NASA Space Art Program and the United States Air force Art Program since 1990. My work is in the permanent collection at the Kennedy Space Center and the Air Force Art Collection. My paintings are currently hanging at the Pentagon and the National Aviation Museum at Wright-Patterson Air force Base in Dayton Ohio. I have had exhibitions throughout the country, including New York, California, Massachusetts, Florida and Washington, D.C. My work is in several private collections, as well as the permanent collection at the Union League Club of New York. I have been a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York since 1989. My illustrations have appeared regularly for most of the major publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Bantam Books, Random house and many others, My work is on the covers of several popular series, by authors such as R.L. Stein, Agatha Christie and Victoria Thompson’s New York-based Historical mysteries.

Posted On Mon July 02nd 2018
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I have always been an admirer and collector of many pieces of art.  A busy thirty-five years in the teaching profession in New York, Michigan, and Florida didn’t allow me a chance to pursue the arts on an individual basis until after retirement in 2002.  I observed needle demonstrations at an art show and followed through with lessons for a short time. I never thought of myself as a potential artist, but my first juried show produced a first prize as an emerging artist.  I knew then that creating pine needle designs were developing into something more than just a hobby.  I strive to develop innovative designs and blend the aspects of different styles of basketry, objects of nature, and hand spun wool into my pine needle and native grass creations.  Many pieces incorporate agate slices or stones slabs into the bases, sides, and covers of my baskets using no adhesives or epoxy overlays. This allows the true beauty of the agates and fine designs of the pine needles and grass to truly make a statement, creating much more than a basket, but a work of art. I started sewing traditional pine needle baskets, but quickly decided color and patterns were important so I introduced agate slices as a base.  I then found other mineral slabs that are equally beautiful. My present endeavors include unusual mineral masses which challenge the artist and the eye of the beholder. I look forward to task each time I sit down to weave.

Posted On Fri July 20th 2018
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LaraLu’s Jewelry Line was born from an innate need to combine a life-long creative drive with her spiritual pursuits. Crafting one of a kind artisan jewelry dubbed "Goddess Pieces”,  LaraLu sources gem stones and multi-cultural antique pendants of iron, stone and other material from around the world for her unique and beautiful jewelry.  She considers the gemstones, pendants and color palettes to be  “of the earth” materials; God’s palette able to evoke moods and emotions.  LaraLu believes by combining colors, symbols and gemstones in her Goddess Pieces not only creates something beautiful and provocative but powerful when used with intention.

Eventually she completed her journey in the pet products world and yearned for a more spiritual life. She sold the company and the new buyers built on her brand name and have maintained and built on its initial success.  Since than, Lara has been designing and painting her own version of the Tarot, remodeling houses and to get her hands back into the earth, landscape design. When she is not chasing her new passion creating one of a kind jewelry pieces, she continues her life long personal journey working on her own creations that are near and dear to her heart.

Posted On Wed May 23rd 2018
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Combining function with artistic expression has always been an attraction for me.  Artists like Isamu Noguchi and Wendell Castle most profoundly influenced me in their mastery of this domain. The notion of drama and elegance expressed in a common functional entity has an impact that should not be understated.

 My profound love and connection with nature has always inflenced my work. As a child, my favorite experiences happened out in the woods. I remember climbing high up in swaying trees and just hanging in the branches, moving in the wind.  At home, watching my father make items in his woodshop, and then trying to emulate him, influenced my desire to become a craftsman and creator.

I went to college at Southern Illinois University.  Majoring in Design, I was fortunate to be a part a unique program setup by Buckminster Fuller.  Influenced by his genius inspiration and the enviroment he created, rich in  creativity, I was taught to find my own unique niche in the world of  "Handmade".

Now, over 3 decades later, I have learned that meeting the functional demands of furniture design and fabrication, and at the same time pushing the envelope to create the aura of drama, requires a high degree of discipline. I have learned to enjoy these challenges.

 

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Lee Bell has been a ceramic artist, sculptor and teacher for the past twenty five years.  She maintains an active exhibition schedule working with galleries, public art commissions, grants, awards,competitions and private collections in England and Switzerland. Lee's most recent work is exploring the use of  recycled materials and mixed media cement compounds to create larger sculptures suitable for outdoor display. Working in clay, cement, silk and collage works are expanding in choice of medium and most recently are larger public works and garden elements made from recycled materials and a compounded cement. Her themes remain rooted in nature, feminine beauty and animals. The current work is created with the intent to exemplify the very life forms effected by the materials we dispose of into the environment and to preserve images of beauty from our natural world.

Posted On Sun June 03rd 2018
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Lees Klemm, Contemporary Impressionist, has been painting professionally for over forty years. She learned the Impressionist techniques in Philadelphia from her mentor for over 10 years, the late Martin Jackson. She has also mastered other styles with various teachers, but always returns to Impressionism as her base. Many of Lees' paintings reflect her love of nature. In addition, she is inspired by scenery from travels in the US and abroad. Since moving to Englewood, FL six years ago, she has found unlimited subject matter in her beautiful local surroundings. She also enjoys experimenting with abstracts. Light and texture, combined with her signature use of color, work together for a painterly effect in her pieces. Her goal is to offer the viewer a beautiful experience through her paintings. Lees' paintings have been exhibited in numerous galleries, art centers, and juried shows in PA, NC, MA, FL, and CA, and are represented in private collections throughout the world., She has been featured in one-women and group shows, and has won many awards, including Best-in-Show.

Posted On Tue July 17th 2018
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I was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Florida several years ago so I don’t have to shovel snow anymore.  I love the fact that I don’t have to wear socks ever again and live in flip flops!

I’m totally in love with Florida! I draw my inspiration from her natural beauty.  The beaches, turquoise waters, sunsets, palm trees, flowers, birds and sea creatures are captivating to me.

The tropical fish are so intricate, colorful and as curious about us as we are of them. 

My paintings and jewelry are one of a kind and hope they bring a bit of whimsy, happiness, color and sparkle into your life.

Posted On Thu June 21st 2018
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Luther Rosebaro likes to make lifelike drawings. He has been drawing since childhood and has always loved using pencil.  Luther uses graphite pencil and colored pencil on paper, using blenders.

Posted On Mon May 07th 2018
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After a 38 year career in art education in Pennsylvania and Florida, Maria Sine has developed her own style of painting.  Her inspiration comes from the varied flora and fauna found in the tropical Florida landscape.  She has worked to develop the impact that light has on color and form.  She has produced a series of turtle and bird paintings, that she calls "Fins and Feathers." This series has been very popular in the Sarasota area.

Posted On Sun May 06th 2018
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Given positive encouragement from creative parents who once even let me draw on the living room walls, I was an eager student at all available art classes in school and college. After graduation, art took a back seat to career and family responsibilities, but creativity was part of all of my endeavors. After college, I graduated from New York School of Interior Design, worked as an interior designer and a window dresser in Greenwich, CT. And when babies kept me at home, I ran a small dessert catering business. 

Posted On Thu May 10th 2018
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Jewelry designer Mary Alice DeVirgilis has had a lifelong passion for art and design, from her art studies at Marywood University to the Barnes foundation in Philadelphia.
In 1987 Mary Alice launched DeVirgilis Designs - Fine Art Source, a corporate art business and gallery in North Wales, Pennsylvania.
In 2003 she sold her corporate art business and moved to Venice, Florida. Here, Mary Alice began to pour her years of study and experience from the art world into her new passion; designing fine jewelry.
Today DeVirgilis Collection designs are found in numerous fine stores and galleries throughout the United States and London.

Posted On Thu July 12th 2018
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Her Background

When Mary retired as an excutive and moved to Venice, Florida, she discovered she had a talent and passion for painting. 

Commissioned Paintings

Mary specializes in visiting your home and finding the right size and artistic technique to match the aesthetic of your home. She also exhibits and sells from her studio, shows and galleries.

"The Power of Spirit" Art

Painting is a spiritual and creative expression for Mary. Her favorite pieces start with a high level image, meditation and then letting the details emerge via the Power of Spirit.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Mary has always had a deep emotional tie to nature and animals. While born 
in London, currently living in Sarasota, Florida she is pursuing her passion
for painting. She is primarily self-taught, although she has acquired various
styles and techniques of painting as a result of attending several 
well known artist workshops across the country. Her love for nature 
is exhibited in all her realistic landscape paintings. Being surrounded by 
animals her whole life has helped her transform a photo of an animal into a
soulful painting while catching their true spirit. Clients of hers have been
brought to tears when they receive their commissioned pieces. Her greatest
reward has been to bring happiness to others through her works of art.
Posted On Thu June 07th 2018
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My objective is to advance the art of enameling, by continually challenging and stretching the boundaries of accepted techniques in order to breathe new life into an ancient and revered artform. As a modern artist working in an ancient medium, I continue to develop my visual language by examining the work of past enamelists, asking how my own work can add to the conversation today.

“Every artist has a personal philosophy which guides her work. I love art that stimulates thought, conveys a message and opens up a conversation" I frequently draw upon inspiration from the Modern Art philosophy which emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression by combining a fluid evolution of thought and expression.

29th International Cloisonne Contest - Merit Award • 2016 Royal Ueno Museum, Tokyo Japan Society of North American Goldsmiths - Featured Artist • 2011, 2012 August 2011 • Dec. 2011 • Dec. 2012 Best of America, Jewelry Artists Book • 2010 2 published pages and cover • National Juried Competition Creator’s and Collector’s Tour • The Galleria at Ringling College • 2009 Fine Arts Society of Sarasota Winter Olympics • 2008 Peace sign jewelry purchased and worn for opening ceremonies Vancouver Canada

Posted On Fri July 20th 2018
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I believe the act of creating and the concept of creativity is divine. My greatest inspiration comes from my divine sense of purpose in the creative process itself. Creating something beautiful from something plain and simple is an awesome task and something I truly delight in doing. Birthing life in this way, continues to challenge me creatively and at the same time fulfills deep longings to express what flows out of my heart.

From a design perspective, my evolving work focuses on textures, shapes and colors and the drama that arises when they meet and interact. Using these design elements, my art reflects our ever-changing world and thrives on cutting-edge contemporary art forms. Innovating home décor and corporate art motivates me to keep evolving to satisfy the public’s demand for something fresh.

I cherish my time spent pioneering new ways to express my creative nature. One such discovery emerged out of my fascination with the many textures within our environment. This launched my quest, to translate a tactile surface onto canvas using paint as the primary medium. Through experimentation a sculpture-like, dimensional art form emerged. This breakthrough paved a unique series of products which created a tactile and touchable surface people can experience with their eyes and hands.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Art has been my endless source of sustenance and refreshment through the years. I have taught art history and humanities for eleven years now at both the high school and collegiate levels. I have been a professional artist for the last few years. The scents and colors of the pigments, the feel and sounds of the brush and paint on canvas, these are my footholds into the veracity of a life fully lived. Artistic experimentation is my drug of choice and it never grows old. I work in acrylics, oils, alcohol inks and resin. I create abstracts and realistic portraits. Whatever the mood and subject call for. As Picasso said, “Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” My varied portfolio is but a window into my life at the moment of its creation.

Posted On Thu July 12th 2018
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BIO COMING SOON

Posted On Mon August 13th 2018
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JEWELRY BY ZALMAN

Myron Z. Bernstein has been designing jewelry for over 12 years.  He first studied with a master jeweler in the Washington, DC area.  After retiring as a physician, he and his wife moved to the Sarasota area where he donates his medical skills at a clinic owned by Sarasota Memorial Hospital.  He studied with the late Edward Brickman developing his passion of jewelry making.

He has entered various juried shows winning First Place, Second Place and in many cases Honorable Mention.  He often donates jewelry to charitable events around the area to help raise money for their organizations.

Posted On Thu April 19th 2018
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Descended from a long line of artists, with art training since eleven years old, Rose is a professional award winning artist, listed in “Who’s Who” for American Art. Her work is exhibited in private collections internationally and has been exhibited extensively, including at the New Britain Museum of American Art. 

“Can you give yourself a moment to experience a little miracle in life, enjoying a precious feeling, color or shape?  There are many stories in each painting, so there is no right or wrong. I hope to give each of you a different view, stretching your imagination. What do YOU see? What do YOU feel?

“My art speaks of being empowered by an infinite ocean of Light, dancing over the ocean of turmoil, changing us and our world in the process. My near death experience taught me to remember this power of love.  This Light has never been overcome by chaos and it never will be. This art is a walk through the possibilities and hope for our beloved earth as precious “Children of God.”  -Nancy Rose

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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My journey to the world of jewelry design evolved accidentally. I spent many years playing in the paper art world, making books and rubber stamping. One day in 2003, after stamping a polymer clay pendant, I decided I needed to bead a chain on which to hang my newly created pendant. Jewelry designing took over my world! I have taken many informal classes through the years, I am primarily self taught. I moved to Florida in July of 2015. In January of 2017 I began teaching weekly jewelry classes at the Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay, in March of 2018 at the North Port Art Center. In July of 2017 I retired from the corporate world; my goal for retirement is to expand my love for jewelry making and teaching to additional venues in Southwest Florida. My designs incorporate many different types of materials from natural stones to fresh water pearls, artisan glass and Swarovski crystals with sterling silver and fine silver. Wire weaving and metal forging are my current passions. 

Posted On Wed July 18th 2018
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Pamela Olin's art encourages the viewer to enter a dialogue, investing part of themselves to shape their own vision. Using broad technical expertise, she combines varying emotional themes involving the human form and it's intimate space. Olin's art intends to promote self-discovery, growth and the ability to push the envelope of our awareness.

Pamela's teaching philosophy is one of learning by doing. Experience is everything. The exploration of materials and meaning in the classroom as well as the studio should allow self-expression and reflection. Process is integral to the work - the conscious realization of what our hands and minds are capable of producing.

Evolving as a person and making art is a completely intertwined process. The decisions made when making an art object are as important and meaningful as the art piece itself. Olin encourages her students to experiment with materials, to push their ideas to the limit and to think always about the content of their work.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Paris Milliken, who now resides in Punta Gorda, Florida was born and raised in New York City. Starting at the age of ten, Paris began to study the ancient art of Chinese painting,under the private instruction of award-winning Miss Peiling Liang from 1964-1972 in the traditional Chinese mode, ink and watercolor on rice paper. Eventually Paris expanded to a new medium, oil on canvas. Paris studied in Plymouth, Ma with Miss Doro Simone, an accomplished, professional artist and teacher for many years.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Paul grew up in Massachusetts where he owned and operated Optical stores before moving his family to Florida.  He enjoys sports and all kinds of outdoor activities including tennis, golf, boating and fishing.  He still finds time to express his artistic side by playing the guitar and creating beautiful stained glass abstract art.  Each piece is uniquely created using colorful stained glass, as well as, bottles, beads, agates and more.  When the light shines through his art, the whole room lights up with color! 

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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The goal of my art is to channel my thoughts and feelings, leaving a part of me on the mediums that I work with. I hope that when you look at my art you also find a part of yourself. I hope it both wakens and quiets your inner self. It is like a Rorschach test, it is meant to say what it awakens within you as an individual.
My process begins and ends with shapes. All of nature is made of shapes and I start with larger shapes and layer them with smaller shapes, and then I mix them up creating a chaotic effect. I use oil and acrylic to create the layers and use ink to create architectural lines. The mix of media allows me to achieve the effect of controlled chaos. The paint is chaotic and dimensional but tied together with my use of architectural lines. The chaos does not work without the lines and the lines do not work without the chaos and drama of the paint. I utilize light and darkness to heighten the sense of drama within the audience. 

My art is first and foremost an expression of myself. I want to show the complexity in all things but also the patterns which exist in all of nature. I hope to capture and express raw emotions with the use of texture, light and darkness.  It is about simultaneously restraining and letting go.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Born in Gouverneur, a small town in upstate New York, his love for the arts was apparent even before school age. Rick attributes his interest in painting and drawing to his father who was a miner to support the family by day, but also a self taught artist at night. Through the early years Rick was continually encouraged to continue with his art interests. Fresh out of high school Rick developed a skill for hand lettering signs and painting murals on trucks and billboards. This led to working full time in a sign shop while he pursued Fine Arts degree at SUNY Oswego, in upstate New York. After college he set out to see some of the country and by chance ended up in Sarasota Florida. There, he started a hand lettering business called Manasota Art Sign. Soon he was called upon to letter the circus trailers for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus in Venice Florida, their winter home at the time. As fate would have it, this would lead to a long career in the live entertainment industry that has spanned nearly 30 years.

   Starting out as a scenic painter in the prop shop, Rick was promoted rapidly to Art Dept. Lead to Production Manager to Director and finally to Vice President of Scenic, overseeing all of scenic, props and special effects for Feld Entertainment's properties worldwide. During his tenure as VP, Rick was also called upon to create the Production Design for many of the company’s shows including; Gold Show Circus, Disney On Ice and Disney Live Stage Shows as well as Feld Motorsports shows and special events.

   Those many years being immersed in this environment had a major impact on his painting and artistic vision.. His use of pure color and movement in his painting is a reflection of the many years working on over the top dramatic shows with super saturated color, lighting and costumes and world class performers.

   Rick recently has scaled back from live entertainment to devote more time to his Fine Art/ Painting while still pursuing Production Design opportunities. He still resides in Sarasota Florida with his wife Lois.

Posted On Mon May 07th 2018
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Kealoha was born on the Island of Moloka'i in 1951.  He spent most of his childhood growing up on the Island of Guam.  After graduating from The Kamehameha Schools in 1969, he went to the California College of Arts and Crafts on Oakland, California.  Circumstances forced him out of college and basically put his art career on hold until 1983.  It was at this time that he became involved in the contract furniture business and worked extensively in Asia with various furniture manufacturers.  During his tenure in Asia, he became aware of the wood batik process and plunged right into learning everything he could about it.
 


Kealoha's subject matters are as diverse as his nationalities.  Being of Hawaiian, English and Chinese decent, his artwork also reflects this diversity.  From Tropicals to Orientals and contemporary graphics, his works are surely colorful and appealing to many.  His works have been exhibited at various eateries throughout Hawaii including; Sam Choy's, Nick's Fishmarket, Verbano's, Jarron's, Orson's Seafood, Wong's Okazuya, Isana's, the Honolulu Club, Pizzazz, Da Kitchen, Gordon Biersch and many others.  His artwork has been sold and shipped to collectors in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, England, Germany, Canada, Guam, Saudi Arabia, the continental United States and here in Hawaii.

Posted On Fri May 11th 2018
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Posted On Thu April 19th 2018
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Ron Gallo’s work has been selected for both local and national juried shows. He has received awards from numerous art associations and institutions. Among them are the prestigious Salmagundi Club in Manhattan, the Woodmere Art Museum of Philadelphia and the Art Association of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The artist paints every day and tries to adhere to a disciplined schedule. Although at times Gallo paints from life, he is a studio painter, primarily relying on sketches, photos, memory and his imagination.

A simple engaging message is what he strives for. He often tells a story with a little mystery or humor. In his words, "I want my painting to have a substance and feeling. I often try to entertain as well as communicate. I want to engage the viewer and make him think about what he is seeing. If he can relate my painting to his own experience, all the better."

When asked who is the greatest influence on his art, Gallo replied, "All the great painters and my wife, Randee.  Her criticism is always constructive.  She’s smart, supportive, and the perfect model."

Before committing himself to a career as a fine artist, Ron Gallo worked in advertising, creating print ads and television commercials.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Design, color and texture held my fascination in the more than 20 years I spent in the fashion industry.  I entered jewelry design in retirement and found the same excitement that I did in fashion. Jewelry is certainly an important part of fashion....whether it portrays today's trends or the tradition of centuries.

My jewelry is intended to be sophisticated and elegant. I love Murano Glass because of it's brilliance and uniqueness. I like to see the reflection of light and the diffusion of colors as they refract into their surroundings.  The addition of rubber and metal lend a newness, and a sleek and contemporary dimension.  Nothing makes me happier than to see someone wearing and enjoying my creations.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Sandee is best known for her highly textured mixed media work on canvas. It takes on a three dimentional aspect as she creates many layers using mixed media. The result is a tantalizing desire to feel the artwork as well as view.  She believes that art should provoke questions in one’s mind and allow the imagination to go further beyond the visual aspect. Sandee tries to entice the viewer to interact with her artwork. This is her hope for each piece she creates.  Her works are typically abstract. She has representational images such as Sailboats and coastal images in some of her paintings. The colors she uses are rich and vibrant. Sandee’s art is shown in galleries of Southwest Florida and has collectors from all over the country.  She originated from Toledo, Ohio but has been a longtime resident of Naples, Florida. Sandee has been painting since she was a child. Other experience has been with faux painting, murals and interior design. She is a full time artist and teacher of art.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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I owned a custom cabinet design company for 20 years.  I designed and installed custom cabinetry in high end custom built homes in Avila, Cheval, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Venice, Honduras, and Antiqua.  

During that time, I received six 1st Place Awards from NARI – (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) and the National Subzero Design Award for Best Kitchen.

I have always loved working with wood and now that I am retired I enjoy designing and building wood products in my shop.  I focus on creating unique combinations of colors and grain patterns in the exotic woods to enhance the aesthetic value of the final product.  Currently, I am focusing on Serving Trays made from exotic woods.

Posted On Mon July 02nd 2018
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"I am not bound to any one particular 'school' but I'm influenced by several. I start without a preplanned strategy so the outcome will depend on the subject matter in front of me, the medium I'm using (oil, pastel, or watercolor ), and of course, the play of light and shadow.  One of my greatest pleasures is to capture the luminous landscapes of southwest Florida with strong compositional elements while on location.  I also love to capture the freshness of florals in transparent watercolor."  Steve has won numerous awards exhibiting with Art Center Sarasota, Art Center Manatee, Venice Art Center, North Port Art Center, and Visual Art center ( Punta Gorda ). His works are in many private collections.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Steven Lloyd has been painting since 2003 as an automotive painter. He is mostly self taught and trained himself by reading up on the trade and picking up a spray gun to see what he could accomplish. Starting with NAPA/Martin Senour in February of 2004 he went through basic classes like “Color Adjustment and Blending” to “Painter Certification”. These classes were just the beginning of his career and served as a great foundation and understanding of the automotive paint industry.

He attended his first ever Airbrush Action Getaway class in Charlotte North Carolina for Automotive Graphics in May of 2005. At this seminar he was able to work with top celebrity airbrush artists. In 2006 he started Lloyd’s Airbrush & Design and has since then created many works of art including cars, trucks, bikes, and even modern metal wall art. His first ever entry to Art Works Richmond earned an Honorable Mention Award in January of 2008. For the next two years Steven continued to research and master his techniques until he was comfortable enough to move forward and take the next big step. On December 11, 2009 Steven sold his first ever publicly displayed painting titled “Lifeline” to clients from Colorado.

 

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Susan, a retired educator, combines her passions for art and photography with aerial photos of the coastline from Venice to Siesta Key, using a Nikon D-3100. With little time to frame a shot up in the air, it is in the editing process that small scenes surface. Those vignettes reveal beachgoers caught up in the present, in their own stories, while the narratives of others play out in the sand and water around them. These digitally enhanced images, reflecting the beauty of the Gulf Coast, are often poignant or whimsical.  Susan’s style is painterly and nostalgic.  As a buyer wrote, “These are just fabulous! Resonances of La Grande Jatte.  I love the frisson of legal voyeurism from such a safe distance.  And as we zoom in, the figures seem more artfully posed even as they appear slightly more human looking. You've created a very rich and unique fantasy world out of real-world fodder. Thanks for letting us visit.”

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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I studied at Art Center College of Design, graduated from Salem State University with a major in 3D design.  I have lived in Bradenton for the past 9 years.  I’ve always needed to make things - whatever the medium. The first time I touched clay, I knew it was for me, it just felt right. With clay, there is always something new to learn. I enjoy each step from conception to completion and I strive for simple, lighthearted, and whimsical designs.  If the viewer sees something else, I’m delighted.  I have pieces in collections all over the U.S. One piece is owned by the Museum of Whimsey. I also have won prizes at Art Center Sarasota, Art Center Manatee and Art Uptown Gallery.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Fused glass artwork creates a synergy of light, color and texture. The refractive nature of fused glass and the magic of movement within the design, give Tom and Jen Steele the inspiration for their work. With more than 30 years of combined lighting and design experience, they continue to create unique abstract glass art in a variety of vibrant and exciting color palettes with an emphasis on texture.

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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Glass artists Warner Whitfield and Beatriz Kelemen work with borosilicate glass and fire to create original sculptural forms that are inspired by nature and movement. Each sculpture is created without the use of molds or castings. Each piece is formed by first melting the glass into a taffy-like texture. Then, with the aid of heat and gravity, the glass is gathered, stretched, and blown into shape. 

Warner Whitfield began working in glass in 1972 and apprenticed with master glass artist Fritz Bachman from Hamburg, Germany, before establishing his own glass studio in 1976. Beatriz Kelemen began working in glass in 1984 in Venezuela, tutored by her father, Frank Kelemen, well-known for his work in stained glass. She has a bachelor's degree in architecture and a master's degree in project management from Cal Poly University in California. 

 

Posted On Wed April 04th 2018
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