Live Painting at Bb’s Restaurant & Bar (San Marco) Jacksonville, Florida - September 22, 2019.
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It’s that time of year again! GAAM’s theme this year is Space and I couldn’t be more excited to share my piece inspired by Astro Boy. From attendee, to cosplayer, to invitational artist, it has been my greatest pleasure to participate and support Games, Art and Music since its inception in 2012. This year we change venues to the Schultz Center on August 17, 2019. Get your tickets on Eventbrite.
For more information about GAAM and view their past events check out their website. I hope to see you all there and can’t wait to see what all the artists and vendors have in store! The charity auction is such a fun, philanthropic aspect of the event and my Mighty Atom will be available. Join us for Space GAAM as we welcome you as part of our community!
A Vision for Art is the premiere art exhibition in the Southeast for both avid art collectors and casual buyers. Founded in 2018 by St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School, it exhibits new and original works by well-known and emerging artists.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School is proud to host this indoor event in our 3,660 square foot Lori Shiavone Commons entitled A Vision for Art. It will be a unique event to Jacksonville, where established and emerging artists from our community and around the country will come together for this experience unlike any other. During these five days, we hope to bring in thousands of guests from across the region. In addition to the gallery sale, the following silent auction items will be featured: St. Mark’s students’ class projects, gallery items from St. Mark’s alumni, and “All About St. Mark’s” experiences.
The A Vision for Art committee has partnered with Space 42 contemporary art gallery to curate the collection of artists represented. Together, our focus is to search for emerging and established artists, locally and beyond to be a part of the A Vision for Art inaugural event with a vision unique to our community.
What is Women Writing for a Change?
Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville, is a growing community for Jacksonville and North Florida writers. We are here for one purpose:
To nurture and celebrate the individual voice
by facilitating supportive writing circles and
by encouraging people to craft more conscious lives
through the art of writing and the practices of community.
We honor creative writing in all forms at WWf(a)C: memoir, fiction, poetry, prose, essay, journaling, and non-fiction. Each semester we offer core writing classes, one-day workshops, and longer retreats. You don’t have to be an experienced writer to join the circle, although many experienced writers have benefitted from it. All are invited.
WWf(a)C Jacksonville is an affiliate site of Women Writing for (a) Change in Cincinnati. Since 1991, WWf(a)C has evolved into a powerful and empowering community of women and girls telling our stories. We are a diverse community of women creating change in ourselves and our worlds one truth, one voice at a time.
SHINE: A Feminine Perspective is an exhibit sponsored by Women Writing for (a) Change, Jacksonville, and curated by artist/attorney Deborah Reid, to shine the light on the diverse viewpoints of women in Jacksonville, using words, art, color, storytelling, and creative power.
In this show, we lift the expression of the feminine on a variety of topics: Nature, the Earth, global warming, the oppression and shaming of women, redefining our mythological journeys, preserving natural spaces, recycling and upcycling, the sex trade, external beauty, internal beauty, motherhood, and sisterhood. We are providing local women artists and writers a platform to allow this perspective to shine through.
Opening Reception of my solo exhibition entitled Endless Dream at Space 42 - Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 7-9pm.
I had the supreme pleasure of sitting down at my in-home studio over a grazing board to speak with Jack Thwachtman of Folio Weekly. Here’s an excerpt from the flattering article he wrote about me and my work:
If you would like to read the article in its entirety it is available on the Folio Weekly website here. Huge thank you to Madeleine Peck Wagner, Jack Thwachtman and the whole staff at Folio Weekly for providing artists, like myself, a platform to reach the community in a meaningful way.
With thirty two pieces and an installation on display for this solo exhibition, I was met with many challenges but in the end extremely satisfied and humbled by the whole experience. Thank you to Kevin and Michelle Calloway of Space 42 for providing the opportunity to bring my ideas to life, and share my work with the greater Jacksonville community on a scale I could only have dreamed of (literally). Here are some photographs of the work and the opening reception, in the event you missed the show.
Interview with Rance adams of River City Live
Interview with Rance Adams of News4Jax River City Live
Interview with Adrienne Houghton of Buzz Media
I wanted to take time to share with you all the new work I made for the GAAM Anime Show on July 28, 2018. I took on a wholly different direction, creating mixed media pieces that are more cohesive with my personal work while having fun with the theme. Anime is a pretty broad topic and choosing an anime that is both an animated series, as well as a video game was challenging. I decided to choose One Piece as my Anime of choice as it has been around for 25 years and I had a feeling that Sailor Moon and DragonBall would be in the spotlight.
All the work sold at auction and I couldn't be more grateful for all the wonderful feedback and words of encouragement I received. Anytime my work evolves or pivots, it makes me anxious and excited but how the work resonated with viewers helped reinforce confidence in the change. To be among so many talented and skillful artists is always such a pleasure.
Here's a look at the work for the GAAM ANIME SHOW's featured exhibit.
The GAAM Community has grown since its inception and it truly warms my heart that together, we can live up to the slogan "Be Original. Do Good." I am looking forward to the next GAAM and how things will continue to evolve and grow!
What are the Arts Awards?
"On behalf of the Host Committee of the 42nd Annual Arts Awards, I'm honored to invite you to Brighter Together, a celebration of our city's vast cultural accomplishments. This year, we've enhanced what some say is Jacksonville's biggest and brightest night out.
Join me on Saturday, May 5 at TIAA Bank Field's East Club for our awards program and a seated dinner, featuring a delicious meal and table service, followed by a don’t-miss after party.
Our Master of Ceremonies is American poet, playwright, and journalist, Al Letson. Our art installations, created by Castano Group, will be the largest and boldest of any Arts Awards in our 42 year history. After the celebration, swing to the Chris Thomas Big Band and party with our DJ/VJ duo of Geexella and Willie Evans Jr.
The most important part of the night will be reflecting on and celebrating our cultural community, which works tirelessly to make Jacksonville such a great place to live. I look forward to seeing you at this epic event.
hair, Host Committee 2018 Arts Awards"
This is the second consecutive year in which I have participated in sponsorship/donation of art in support of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and I look forward to many more!
It is an honor to be among such movers and shakers, as well as kind philanthropists and advocates in our community. We are indeed, "Brighter Together."
For more info on how you can get involved or participate click here.
It's announcement time again for Games, Art, and Music (GAAM) and I am so pleased and excited to say that this years theme is ANIME!
I have watched anime for as far back as I can remember and my aesthetic is certainly inspired by all of that exposure. For the past 4 years I have participated in the featured artist exhibit at GAAM. What is GAAM you ask?
The work in previous years, has always been a collaboration with my daughter that are Ukiyo-e (or Japanese woodblock print) mash-ups. I may go a different direction this year that is more cohesive with my illustrative/painting work.
To move forward, I always like to take time to reflect on the previous years work. Last years GAAM theme was Adventure and I chose the video game Tomb Raider as my main inspiration. When I found out what the theme was, at that time, I rushed to my local Game Stop to purchase the newly dropped Rise of the Tomb Raider and played it to 89% in 3 days, since I hadn't played that game since 1997. My preparation game was strong.
Here's a look at the work from last year!
The interesting thing for me in last years work was how Phoenix moved away from completely abstract renderings to more representational for the backgrounds. Watching her grow together with me is the greatest joy in the work. I am looking forward to the transformative shift in my work for this years GAAM Anime Show and hope to see you all there.
Sum + Substance debuted to the public on Friday, February 16, 2018. What a pleasure it was to work with Christie Chandler of Art Evolution in planning and preparing for the exhibit, Hiromi Moneyhun and Dustin Harewood with encouragement and enthusiasm, Matthew Bennett and Wyatt Parlette in getting these works hung, and Laura Bennett for all the support!
I began making the work just 5 weeks shy of the last day possible to hang. A lot of setbacks happened in those five weeks: my daughter and I both got sick with the flu back-to-back, family feuds that brought stress through the roof, many days being hopped up on caffeine and lack of sleep and even bottoming out with a creative block. Despite it all, I worked up until the very last minute of delivering the work to the gallery and met my personal goal of seven pieces.
I learned so much along the way about my own personal limitations, time management, and taking a moment to step back and enjoy. All too often, I find myself lost in the minute details of each piece, letting the work speak to me to decide when it's done, looking toward the next work as there is a seemingly never-ending flow of work to be done; where I don't take a moment to breathe and look back at how far I've come.
This is by far the largest and greatest breadth of work I've shown at one time. Wednesday, March 7th is Downtown Jacksonville's First Wednesday Artwalk and the last chance to see this great exhibition in person. Hiromi Moneyhun's Kiri-e (Papercuts) are intricate, symmetrical, empowering, and meticulous. I love them and the female figures she depicts in her narrative. Dustin Harewood's 36 Views of a Dying Coral Reef are mesmerizing together with his newer works where there is a fantastic juxtaposition of structure and expressiveness that form a symbiotic relationship with color in an impactful way. The collaborative works he created with Crystal Floyd moved me when you consider all that is really going on in those small worlds, plucked out from the world and combined to reveal the reality of the situation in Barbados. Christie Chandlers play with color, pattern, and repetition to create something wholly new and ethereal was pleasant. Her willingness to take risks and move beyond the boundaries of what happens within a frame from traditional painting to a mixed media assemblage that takes me to a surreal world. Her careful use of chaos and and control reveal more about her mind and the balance we all might find ourselves seeking daily.
If you attended our Artist Talks you had a chance to hear more about each of our processes and works. I Think I'm Going Japanese is definitely inspired by my daughter. She is but seven years of age, curiosity fuels her desire to know more and her heritage is no exception. Being half Japanese and growing up American it can be easy to lose sight of where some of her family comes from that can inform her personal identity, both in her formative years and as she matures. As a visual artist, what better medium to use so I may share her culture and history with her in a fun and meaningful manner?
I move between the Creation Story of Izanami no Mikoto and Izanagi no Mikoto which parallels both the Christian story of Adam & Eve and the Greek myth if Persephone and Demeter. The other Gods: Amaterasu, Susano'o and Tsukuyomi stem from their story. Interjected between these gods were displayed my Kintsugi Ramen girls. The philosophy of Kintsugi beyond the physical repair of ceramics with lacquered gold, is that we are made more beautiful for the things we have been through. Let those cracks show and if you fill them, let them be with gold. I speak about the feminine perspective in the eyes of the male gaze, how she might be fetishized or viewed as something to be consumed which stretches beyond the borders of Japan to feminine identity at large.
I feel a sigh of relief to share these works with you all and look forward to many a thing that is to come soon!! Thank you all for your support, words of encouragement, constructive criticism, honest feedback, and I can only hope to inspire each of you in some way. A huge shout out to Jeffrey Enriquez for taking all these fantastic photos from the Opening Reception!
Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Patrick Fisher, Head of Community and Collaboration with The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. If there is any one place I go to find out information about what is happening in the Art Scene in Jacksonville, their website is the hub. What is the cultural council and their mission?
Right before the Summer of 2017, I began going to the Cultural Council's sponsored event called Every Single Artist Lounge. In the past, I didn't attend because honestly, not too many people were in attendance. Patrick has drastically changed local artists attendance at these events by really understanding what it is our community seeks and needs. He has lengthy conversations on an individual and group basis that can be candid and brutally honest at times about the culture here. It is not enough to complain about what Jacksonville needs, one must be a part of the change. Take action!
Needless to say, these events are what led Patrick and I to cross paths. I was impressed with the work he is doing outside of office hours. We are lucky to have him here in our community and I was honored to be asked for the interview. If you want to get to know more about my process and work, read the full article here.
Even as a teenager, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the next edition of the Arbus Magazine here in Jacksonville, Florida. I would find a local coffee shop, grab a copy from the news stand and dive in. As a free publication, I found the articles compelling and interesting. Many years later, I still feel the same way. The contributors are all well-rounded, mindful and insightful when it comes to all things Art and Business in the community.
Back in December, The Space Gallery's exhibition 5 & Under showcased local art en masse. The entire gallery, from floor to ceiling was covered in art priced $500 and below! Five of my original art works hung on the wall among many of my respected peers and it was a great way to end the year while get people interested in beginning or expanding their personal collection. Matthew Bennet and Wyatt Parlette took on the enormous task of hanging and arranging all of the work and they did a tremendous job! Little did they know, they paired my work with one of my mentors/professors Ana Kamiar! Arbus Magazine's Meredith T. Matthews wrote a fantastic article about the show!
Stay-tuned for a group exhibition in February called Sum + Substance at The Space Gallery featuring local artists Christie Chandler, Dustin Harewood, Hiromi Moneyhun and myself!
Read the full digital article here.
FemArt Gallery, Inc. is a non profit organization that promotes women in the arts through gallery exhibitions, art education and community outreach. The founders are three women with art majors and hearts and souls committed to the recognition and promotion of women artists.
Announcements coming soon for ways you can support this organization and provide for our after school art enrichment program for inner city young women.
I had the supreme pleasure of exhibiting one of my photographic images from Belladonna of the Night at FemArt Gallery's first curated exhibitions at a local advertising agency's space called 5iveCannons. The turn out was fantastic and the work definitely shared the diversity of our unique community's female artists.
As a member myself, I look forward to helping this organization grow and fulfill their mission.