Artists



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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Behind the Brush
Beth Gorbet was a graphic artist for 20 years prior to pursuing a career in nutrition. In order to satisfy her creative side, Beth began to paint, preferring watercolour as a grand departure from the linear structure of the graphics world. More recently she pursues acrylic and mixed media.
She enjoys experimenting with various techniques, approaches and subject matter though she is consistently inspired by organic shapes and soft edges. Beth attempts to breathe a life essence into form as she pursues vibrant color.
Beth credits her love for art, if not her talent, to her father who was an artistic genius, working not only as a painter but a sculptor, musician and calligrapher. She hopes she makes him proud every day.

 

Posted On Sat December 01st 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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Posted On Tue October 09th 2018
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Posted On Sun November 11th 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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“Art making has been my lifelong passion. The surrounding landscape and its natural beauty is another constant source of inspiration. My love of texture, color and pattern is apparent in my work.      

My paintings are made with acrylics, sometimes combined with other materials. Experimenting with different techniques and perspectives keeps my work fresh and exciting.”

Posted On Tue October 09th 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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I started painting with acrylics in 2007 in Gainesville, Fl. I have shown my work in juried shows through the Gainesville Fine Art Association.

I moved to Sarasota in 2013 and have participated in the Art Centers juried shows.

I started working with pastels and love how easy it is to drop in and out of pastels.

Posted On Mon October 22nd 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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I graduated from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia with a degree in Advertising/Illustration.  Often, My illustrations were two dimensional as my shell art is.

I began my career in the greeting card business before I even graduated from art school.  I was always fascinated with the interplay of patterns, shapes and colors as they interacted with each other.

I enjoy the beauty of natural shells as the waves of the sea and other sea life and creatures have helped to shape their being.

 

Posted On Tue November 27th 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.

I recently signed a licensing agreement with CBS / DISNEY for usage of my paintings in various film and T.V. productions.

Graduating from UCLA with a minor in Art History and major in Business Administration focused on International Branding and Marketing. 

Posted On Sun June 03rd 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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My Art glass work is simplicity, uncomplicated beauty.

I have taught Fine Art, Stained Glass and exhibited paintings internationally for over forty years.

My Stained Glass work has progressed from traditional to more abstract forms.  Better to appreciate the natural beauty, light, color and form as well as added natural elements such as Agate. Many different medium offer many new inspirational opportunities to create.

Posted On Wed September 05th 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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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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Gail is an elected member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society, NJ League of Professional Artists, the Baltimore Watercolor Society, and the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society.  She is also an exhibiting member of Women Contemporary Artists of Sarasota, Florida, the Annapolis Watercolor Club and associate member of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club of New York City, Transparent Watercolor Society, National and American Watercolor Societies, and a long time member of the NJ Art Educators.  

 

She retired as art teacher after having taught 30 years at all levels.  Ms White attained her Bachelor degree at the College of NJ and Master’s degree from Georgian Court University.  She has been a member of the instructional staff at Art Center Sarasota 15 years, teaching watercolor in the fall and winter months. During the summer months she teaches at Anne Arundel Community College in Annapolis, MD.  Additionally, she gives watercolor demonstrations and workshops for various organizations and has served as juror for several regional art associations. The artist divides her time between her homes in Annapolis, MD and Sarasota, FL.

 

 

Posted On Thu November 08th 2018
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George is a retired CSI detective from the Washington, D.C. area.  In retirement he has taken numerous painting and sculpture classes at the Ringling School of Art and Design as well as the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  

Through his stuides George has discovered his true passion in sculpture and focuses his art on the whimsical side of life.

George's art is one of a kind.  He often uses raku clay with a finish in acrylic pants and multi media.  George has won numerous awards at various venues and his pieces have been featured in the Bradenton Herald, Sarasota Herald, Longboat Key Observer and local TV

Posted On Wed November 28th 2018
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I have always been artistic from a young age. However, life happened when I became an adult and other things always seemed to take precedence. One evening while snooping around the new craft store in our town my wife picked up a "how to" book and was thumbing through it. She really liked the look of many of the projects and asked me if I could make any of those items for her. My career for the last 30 years has been as an Optician so I am accustomed to working with small items and bending and shaping eyeglass frames. I looked at what it entailed and said SURE! That night I bought the book and a sum total of about $50 in supplies and tools and started experimenting. The artistic  "gene" that had lain dormant for many years was awakened and the artist within started getting busy. Initially I have made pieces and sold them to close friends and family. Over the past few years I have accumulated a great deal of the tools of the trade as well as material to pull from for different projects. So I have decided to make this a business and not just a hobby. I hope you enjoy my artwork!

Posted On Wed September 26th 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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Harriett Anderson moved to Longboat Key in the 1950’s and was the restaurant manager of The Colony Beach Club for 30 years. She has great stories to tell about working there. The performers from the Van Wezel stayed at the Colony and she got to hear their stories. Once when Phyllis Diller was staying there Harriett asked her if all the diamonds she was wearing were real. Phyllis said “Oh honey, even Lloyds of London won’t insure me!” Harriett met her second husband while she was working there. 

She currently is a resident at the Pines of Sarasota senior care facility, where she indulges her creative talents by making trees of shells and old jewelry.  She has won several prizes for her work at the Sarasota County Fair.

Posted On Fri December 07th 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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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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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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Jen was born on Long Island, NY, but has also lived in TN, TX, OH, Germany (stationed there while serving in the Army) & finally settling in FL with her husband and two sons about 14 years ago. Photography has always been a part of her life, but in the last few years it has truly become a passion that often coincides with her love of traveling. And she does both as often as she can! 

According to Jen, "Although taking photos of family and friends is always fun, and sometimes a challenge (especially for those who don't like to have them taken), anything related to nature or animals is really my passion. The vibrance, the dynamic colors, the movement, the unexpected beauty, is often breathtaking and mesmerizing.  My hope is to capture just a small piece of that beauty with my camera to memorialize the moment."

Posted On Wed September 26th 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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Posted On Tue October 09th 2018
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Jonathan exemplifies Picasso’s adage that every child is an artist and that the problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. About age nine he felt he was ‘no good’ at art, so he stopped. 60 years later, after a career in community development in Africa, he took a portraiture class and was quickly hooked on that magic moment when marks on paper come together as a face. After sketching a thousand human faces, Jonathan broadened his focus to include portraits of pets and wildlife, and added color by switching to pastels.

 

Jonathan welcomes commission requests for any species: golden retrievers to grandkids. He also is working on a series called ‘endangered kin’ to portray dozens of our fellow primates whose habitats are shrinking. Jonathan’s hard-earned wisdom on to how to remain/become an artist as a grown-up is to keep painting until you like what you see. And he embraces Picasso’s observation that it may take a very long time to become young.

Posted On Wed December 05th 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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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 live in Venice, moving here five years ago from the Chicago Land area.

I am a self taught artist, using photography as my main medium. My inspiration has always come from nature and the people who surround me. I feel I am preserving memories for myself, as well as for others. My images reflect the beauty of the world, allowing the view to surrender time and space, and to just be in the present moment.

Art evokes many emotions, and if intended, can also bring peace of mind. I am hoping my images promote tranquility and maybe a few moments of escapism from the sometimes chaotic world.

Posted On Wed October 10th 2018
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Posted On Sat September 08th 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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For over three decades, the animal photography of Larry Allan has appeared in books and magazines, on TV and in movies, as well as in advertising and packaging around the world. His work to preserve and protect wildlife through his photography, writing and speaking earned him the Ansel Adams Award from the Sierra Club. He was also a finalist for International Wildlife Photographer of the Year honors, which is sponsored by the BBC and the British Museum of Natural History. He's a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and Fellow of the Professional Photographers of California. He has also earned the coveted Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman awards from the Professional Photographers of America.

Allan has written a book on photography--"Creative Canine Photography"--and has authored and/or illustrated 15 other books about the wildlife of North America. He is considered a master of lighting fur and feathers.

Posted On Mon October 01st 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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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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Marcia Haughey is a fine artist who works in a variety of media.  She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Miami University in Ohio, and a Master's equivalency in Fine Arts from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire.  Having taught high school art  for 20 years in Gilford, NH, Marcia found it necessary to be able to work in all the media she was teaching, including pottery and sculpture.  Teaching helped her to become a better artist.

Marcia enjoys working realistically and abstractly, with careful consideration for composition.  She explores different techniques, enjoying the constant evolution of learning.  While motivated to create her own paintings, she also happily accepts commission work.

Marcia is a member of Art Center Sarasota, where her work has been awarded, and has won numerous awards in the Lakes Region Artists Association shows in New Hampshire.  Her art can be seen in The Artists Nook Gallery, Laconia, NH, as well as here.

Posted On Sat November 10th 2018
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 A former resident of the Midwest, Marg Williamson now calls Lakewood Ranch, FL her home.

After a career in the Advertising world, Marg now explores her love of nature and expresses it with the spontaneity of self-taught realistic, contemporary watercolors and acrylics.

“I have a strong connection with preserving in paintings the beauty of the world around us.” Marg organized a weekly ‘Paint Together’ group in 2003, which still meets to share the joy of painting. She creates her paintings and murals in plein-air or from her photos of SW Florida landmarks, flora or fauna or from her photos of England, Europe or the Caribbean.

 

Posted On Wed October 31st 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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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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Posted On Tue September 11th 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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Michael Monroe Ethridge is a long time, passionate artist, well-known for his bold domain and use of color.  His art has been recognized and sought after by many international collectors.

Galleries in Santa Fe, Aspen, Sedona, Carmel, Boston, Houston, Naples and now Sarasota, have portrayed Michael’s art with high distinction.  Michael’s art has been featured on the Hollywood Big Screen, and was very well received on a 2015 tour of Europe.

As it is with any great artist, Michael is always looking for new forms to express art and transform the normal into beautiful, Michael has recently launched a new art trend; painted tables.  These modern tables are unique, hand created, very elegant pieces of art that are also functional and bring furniture to a new aesthetic level.  Enjoying coffee or tea while admiring Michael’s artful expression on your table will not be the same again.

The inspiration to infuse Michael’s art and convert a table into a blank canvas came after being commissioned by the well-known Baldwin Piano Corporation to hand paint a series of grand pianos for them.  As an accomplished piano player himself, these painted pianos not only bring art to the ears but also to the eyes in an exquisite artistic fusion of music and paint. These pianos are part of Baldwin’s high-end and luxurious “Artist Series".  The first piano of this series is now being displayed in Shanghai, China.

Each table is an original masterpiece that deserves to be the focus of the room.  Hand created, Michael carefully selects each aspect of the design, down to the size and shape of the top, the color palette, and of course, the individual creation of the artwork on the piece.  The result: an astounding piece of art that will be topic of conversation whenever you have guests in your home or business.

Posted On Sun September 02nd 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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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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Posted On Wed December 05th 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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I have been collecting mid-century Venetian (Italian) glass art since I was a young woman and making my own glass art for 25+ years. I began working with stained glass and created glass quilts in many different patterns. Then I dabbled in mosaic landscapes after learning that Tiffany had done so and seeing his mosaic altar and sanctuary at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL. For the past fifteen years, I’ve been fusing glass. Fusing appeals to me because the kiln allows you to manipulate glass in ways that I never imagined – to melt it, bend it, leave or create texture in the glass, and add jewel-tone accents to it. And two, fused glass is cleaner, more fluid and so much more modern-looking in my mind’s eye. Fused glass lacks the connective lines that stained glass and mosaic are known for and constrained by. Since moving to Florida from the DC area six years ago, I’ve been inspired by the beauty of both coasts, the shorebirds, sea turtles and other ‘creatures’, flora, sunsets, and palm trees. I’ve made hundreds of mermaids in glass, as well as sea coral bowls, ocean waves, beach scenes, herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, manatees and more. Fun and functional items.

Posted On Wed September 05th 2018
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Posted On Wed December 12th 2018
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Artist Ravi has been sculpting and painting for over 20 years as a hobby and following his retirement from business is now producing unique works of fine art. He combines traditional techniques of sculpting and painting with modern digital technology to produce mixed media pieces. Every original piece is made entirely in the studio using a combination of traditional materials and proprietary polymers and metals. Some pieces are hand sculpted from clay but most start with a digital creation by the artist using modern computing technology. Part by part a composition is digitally created and then produced using multiple technologies. All the parts are then painstakingly put together and where needed hand sculpted with epoxy clay. Each piece is then hand finished with sanding and coating/painting with a variety of metal and other finishes.

Some pieces are cast in bronze at a foundry while others are available as original mixed media pieces.

Posted On Thu November 08th 2018
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Natural Hot Plates of Florida focuses on family. We want to give you art with functionality. 

Family meals are few and far between it seems these days, but they are coming back as families come together again.

We want to help you make it a reality.

Natural Hot Plates keep your counters, tables, and surfaces safe by keeping dishes, pots and pans off of them. Our hot plates are made out of a high temperature acrylic that can withstand 400 degrees. You can take your dishes straight to the table and not worry about them leaving a mark. The wood ends have been treated with a food safe mineral oil as well, so no need to worry about anything. While not using your hot plate you can hang it in your kitchen as the art that it is. 

Posted On Sat September 29th 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 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 todays’ trends or the tradition of centuries.

My jewelry is intended to be sophisticated and elegant.  I love Murano Glass because of its’ brilliance and uniqueness.  I like to see the reflection of light and the diffusion of colors as they refract into their surroundings.  Rubber and metal lend newness, a sleek and contemporary dimension.

Nothing makes me happier than to see someone wearing and enjoying my creations.

Posted On Tue December 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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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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Susan calls the lowcountry of South Carolina (Charleston) home.  After a career in medicine as a Registered Nurse, she found her true love in the creation of art.  While she has tried several different types of art, oil and watercolor painting are her chosen mediums.  

Her style is realistic and is heavily influenced by nature itself.  Whether she is painting a landscape, a colorful outdoor market, or florals, she strives to create realistic images that depict the beauty, peace and love that still exists.  While understanding that art may not eliminate  hate and chaos instantaneously, her goal is to bring a moment of calm and a feeling of love to all who view her work.

“If someone looks at one of my paintings and responds with a smile or laughter I am rewarded by that spontaneous expression of emotion”

Now a resident of Sarasota Florida, she has been fortunate to be mentored by well-known Sarasota artist Suzanne Peckfor the last 12 years.  She has also studied with such renowned artists as Mary Whyte (watercolor) and Joseph McGurl (oil, plein air).  Her work has been shown at Art Center Sarasota and Art and Frame of Sarasota.  She is a member of Oil Painters of America, Florida Watercolor Society, Lightchasers Plein Air Painters and The Painting Ladies of Sarasota.  She is represented by Artists on Main, a gallery in Sarasota.

Posted On Tue October 09th 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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