The Understory Film

I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with The Understory Film to share the story behind Ramen Girl. Check out their website for more great story telling. 

The Cultural Council of Great Jacksonville - 41st Annual Arts Awards

 Date: May 6, 2017       Location: The Glass Factory - Jacksonville, Florida

Date: May 6, 2017       Location: The Glass Factory - Jacksonville, Florida

I have the supreme pleasure of taking part in this years 41st Annual Arts Awards Gala. Bidding is currently open prior to and during the event.

OUR MISSION

The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville champions the appreciation, relevance, and expression of art and culture.

OUR VALUES

  • We believe everyone benefits from access to arts and culture
  • We value collaboration as a means to expand our collective vision
  • We believe it will take vision and innovation to ignite the creative spark that will lead Jacksonville to realize its potential
  • We believe that as community leaders we must represent and serve the interests of the cultural sector and the public at large with energy and integrity
  • We commit to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable city. 

Here is a great note from Tony Allegretti, Director of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.

GALLERY 725 - LOCAL EXPOSURE

 Gallery 725 - 725-5 Atlantic Blvd Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 - Matthew Winghart & Shayna Raymond.

Gallery 725 - 725-5 Atlantic Blvd Atlantic Beach, FL 32233 - Matthew Winghart & Shayna Raymond.

I had the extreme pleasure of placing 2nd in the Gallery 725 Local Exposure Exhibit on January 29th, 2016.

WHO IS GALLERY 725

Gallery 725 brings works from our finest Local Artists; a selection of National and International Work; and collectors pieces featuring Celebrity and Historic Artists.

www.gallery725.com

 One of the gallery owners Matthew Winghart and myself. Photocredit: Alan Phillips

One of the gallery owners Matthew Winghart and myself. Photocredit: Alan Phillips

SECRET CIGARETTES

WHO ARE THE SECRET CIGARETTES?

They are a band based in Jacksonville, Florida comprised of members whose names are: Mike Linsky, Jason Irvin, Joel Stephens, and Nathan Smith.

WHAT IS THEIR VISION?

"At its core, the musical vision of the band primarily comes from an expression of the often precarious balance between the light and dark of living people and the universe we inhabit. It is through the contrast of the haunting dissonant sounds of the darkness, and the energizing *secret omitted* sounds of the light, that we can best reflect the fullness of life."

"Beyond the vision of the music itself, Secret Cigarettes embraces the technologies of both the past and the present, with the intent of gaining the best of both worlds, through the creative blending of various mediums and tools. You are just as likely to see us fiddling with an old 4-track tape recorder as you are finding us neck deep in a computer tweaking the latest plug-ins in our DAWs. We intend Secret Cigarettes to be a creative production that spans beyond the songs themselves and into the realm of visual and interactive art. Each member is a multi-instrumentalist and though we typically specialize in specific areas in respects to the band, nothing is off the table when it comes to  contributions, ideas, or instrument switching."

Most of the audible influences in the band's sound can be traced to genres such as New Wave, Punk ,Rock and Roll, and 90's Grunge. However, this is only the tip of a nearly limitless spectrum of influences in terms of inspiration, production techniques, attitude visual presentations, and so on, that guide our decisions during the creation process. A major goal for Secret Cigarettes is incorporating this myriad of influences in a way that still retains a feeling of focus and consistency. The aim is pointed brevity, carefully curated homage, and thoughtful injection of experimentation  to generate a sound that is at once familiar and alien. It is this yin and yang simultaneity that inspired the band to begin referring to their sound as Intellectual Future-Punk. 

FEATURE

 For the full feature, click  HERE

For the full feature, click HERE

 

I am humbled at how thoroughly Nathan Smith inspected my work and so positively and accurately reflected the conversation I have and create, both interpersonally and intrapersonally. It is refreshing that in Jacksonville, Florida there is a booming art culture where local artists are supporting other local artists.  

UPCOMING SHOWS

A performance you won't want to miss, starting at 8:00 PM. On Thursday, February 25th, Secret Cigarettes with bill performing with Nikki Hill at Jack Rabbits in San Marco (1528 Hendricks Ave Jacksonville, FL 32207). For event info, click HERE. For ticket info, click HERE.
 

 Photo Credit:  Christina LeMarr

Photo Credit: Christina LeMarr

THE RARITAN GALLERY

WHAT IS THE RARITAN GALLERY?

The Raritan Gallery
 is a contemporary visual arts & culture journal and platform founded by Damani Adadevoh and co-founder Shawn Harris in February of 2013. Thoughtfully curated, TRG aims to showcase content focused on bringing young, independent, and “up-and-coming” talent to the forefront.



WHAT IS THEIR VISION?

The advent of the digital age has birthed a new class of artists and cultural creatives. As an open platform, “the collective” is our commonwealth of creatives united in a mutual affinity for sartorial expression.

Ephemeral imagery and “clickbait”, the lowest forms of photography and digital journalism, have saturated the media. Our content is a revival to the traditions of editorial photography and fashion media. Our cinematography commissions and photo-editorials stand peerless as our team is committed to finding, shaping and showcasing extraordinary work, in collaboration with extraordinary artists and designers.

As a media portal and promotional platform, our team provides an array of professional services including but not limited to: product photography, visual promotion, product placement, look-book curation, and marketing consultation.

FEATURE

I am honored to have been chosen as a featured artist on The Raritan Gallery's social media. Give them a follow on Instagram: thergallery


LUCID MOOSE LIT - Where Social Justice Meets the Arts

Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity

http://www.lucidmooselit.com/publications/like-a-girl/

I wanted to take a moment to talk about Lucid Moose Lit and their newest anthology Like a Girl: Perspectives on Feminine Identity, that was recently published. I was honored to have been chosen to have my work published alongside many wonderful artists and writers in this anthology. 

What is Lucid Moose Lit? 

They’re a publication whose mission is “to stimulate conversation and foster community by publishing literature on social topics, while promoting literacy, creativity and diversity.”

What is their vision?

Lucid Moose aims to collaborate with and support partner organizations; to hold space for community workshops, readings and events; to increase access to literacy and the literary arts; to partner with teachers and classrooms; to hold open discussions; and to generally contribute to a greater social good.

I support this.

If you want to learn more about Lucid Moose Lit, please visit the link provided. If you’re an artist or writer, keep an eye out for open submission.