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Art With A Purpose – Featured Artist

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in Adult Living, Artist Corner | 0 comments

Art With A Purpose – Featured Artist

When God places a passion in your heart for something better in life, it not always starts with you. Artist Kenny Ruiz mother Mary Maldonado felt this way, and wanted the best for her children. She feared the worst living in Chicago and was concerned that they would be led into the wrong path in life.   After finding out that Kenny joined a gang in Chicago  at age 12, she decided that it was at the best interest for her and her five children to move to Florida.  Kenny stated, “With my parents divorce when we were just becoming teens It was rough on us kids. So, that’s when we were spending time on the streets.”  Soon after, Kenny along with his siblings where shipped to Florida to live with their Aunt Mini until 3 months later their mother could join them.  A year later Kenny’s mother Mary purchased a house, and was happy to have a fresh start and opportunities for her children to flourish. After finishing High School Kenny moved back to Chicago, but later return to Florida after being shot at. At a young age, Kenny was drawn to art, but never pictured himself being an artist. It wasn’t until in the last couple of years that he put together his first portrait called, “First Impression”.   Soon friends where asking where did he buy that portrait?  His simply reply was, “I made that”.    Kenny’s friends were all amazed and started asking him if he could make one for them.  It wasn’t until five years  later when his Mother Mary, had passed from battling lung cancer for 6 months that he went back to making one of a kind portraits. Kenny said, “When my Mother passed I fell into a great depression, and I realized that I needed to do something. I have a wife and kids to support. That’s when I started creating my portraits, and soon realized it was a form of therapy.” Kenny knows in his heart that his mother made the right decision to move to Florida, and is grateful for having the opportunity to live 4 doors down from his mother’s house.  Kenny said, “I bought it there because I wanted to be close to her. She was my best friend. I would walk up the street for salt or something and be there for hours talking with her.” [cincopa A4MAC8rN4agG] Q & A Tell me a little about MagChop, and why it inspired you to start creating these unique masterpieces? I was working for an art company and was very intrigued by what people hang on the walls to define who they are and what they like. I wanted something personal to hang in my home, something that defined who I am and I created the piece named “First Impression.” I hung it up in my house, and I often thought of making another one but did not start until my mother passed away. I found it therapeutic to spend time in what everyone knows as “Da Bear’s Room” listening to oldies music such as Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Santana etc. I enjoyed this music with my mom. That along with the good and bad in my life went into each piece. Mostly, what you’re looking at...

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John Bayalis – Watercolor Artist – St. Pete, Florida

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Adult Living, Artist Corner | 0 comments

John Bayalis – Watercolor Artist  – St. Pete, Florida

John Bayalis is noted for his distinct, realist style and skill at handling contemporary themes and subject matter. His work has earned him acclaim from art critics and collectors throughout the United States. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in both national juried art shows and Fine Arts Festivals including Gaspirilla and Mainsail in St Petersburg, where he was also selected as the poster Artist. In addition his honors include an award of an individual artist’s fellowship grant and the selection for The Watercolor Page in American Artist magazine. The artist’s works are included in private and corporate collections throughout the United States. John and his wife Margaret, also an artist, work out of a studio in St. Petersburg. Contact:            John Bayalis, Artist            Email: john@bayalistudio.com            Website: www.bayalistudio.com            Facebook:  www.facebook.com/john.bayalis             Phone:...

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Greer Jennison | A stroke of genius Portrait Artist | Tampa, Florida

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Adult Living, Artist Corner | 0 comments

Greer Jennison | A stroke of genius Portrait Artist | Tampa, Florida

 M y work is a mixture of realism and artistic impressionism.  My  aim is to not only capture the likeness of the sitter but to express emotion and character in a moment in time—memorializing the client’s life, achievements and unique personality and creating a work of art that will be cherished as an heirloom by future generations. Born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, I have always loved art,   with a strong desire to draw since I was a  young child, and I knew in my  heart that I always wanted to be an artist. Self-taught since studying art in college, I did not anticipate that it would take so long or involve so many hurdles until I could begin to pursue my dream to be an artist. I relocated to the United States in 1997 and undertook commissioned portraits in my spare time, attending as many workshops as I could at the Scottsdale Art School in Arizona. My inspiration and motivation was fueled by my membership in the Portrait Society of America and, in particular, by the support of my mentor Judith Carducci. I recently retired from my day job and moved to Florida to commence a full time career as an artist specializing in commissioned portraiture. My  studio is located  in  the Santaella Studios’ Churchill Gallery,  near to Ybor City in Tampa. I have been privileged to study under such  excellent tutelage as Judith Carducci, Chris Saper, Kerry Dunn, Linda Taylor Brandon, Charles Miano, Kerry Vosler, Joanie Falk, William Whitaker, Tony Pro, among others.  I am Also a member of the Portrait Society of America, the Cecilia Beaux Forum and the Portrait Institute of America.  My mediums are primarily  oils, pastels, charcoal and conte crayon.  I would describe my work as  a mixture of realism and artistic impressionism. My aim is to not only capture the likeness of the sitter but to express emotion and character in a  moment in time—memorializing the life, achievements and unique personality of my subject and creating a work of art that will be cherished as an heirloom by future generations. Commissioned Portrait Process: CONSULTATION – A free consultation is arranged with the client to meet and discuss the subject, the pose, size of portrait, clothing, background and budget. A photographic shoot is scheduled where the client and artist will participate in taking digital photographs, selecting a pose for the portrait and the price. COMPLETION– Oil portraits typically take 6 – 8 months to complete. Clients will participate in a proof reading review of the portrait to enable any necessary adjustments to be made. Please visit my beautifully designed website–www.greerjennison.com for additional examples of my art. You can also find me on Facebook where all of my upcoming art shows are announced and other examples of my work are displayed. By Greer Jennison  Website:www.greerjennison.com  Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Greer-Jennison-Heirloom-Corporate-Portraits/295380557258512   Address: 1906 N. Armenia Ave. Tampa, FL 33607   Phone: 702.244.0789  ...

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Contest Front Cover Winner: Photographer Zane Kuhle | Zane Kuhle Studio | Palm Harbor, Florida

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013 in Adult Living, Artist Corner | 0 comments

Contest Front Cover Winner: Photographer Zane Kuhle |  Zane Kuhle Studio |  Palm Harbor, Florida

Photographer Zane Kuhle  owner of Zane Kuhle Studio, first picked up a camera at age 11. It was through the lens of an old Kodak 35mm  of his father that he learned he had an eye for Photography. He studied Photography and Art at USF, and his first job was to photograph a Calendar for the USF Sundolls. Over the last 25 years, he has Photographed an/or Videotaped hundreds of Weddings, Models, and People. Photographing Nature, Wildlife, and Fine Art Nudes are his passion. His work has been published in several National Magazines such as Easyriders and In the Wind. One of his most recent honor was by Microsoft when one of his photographs, that of a baby Humpback Whale breaching in Alaska, was chosen to be a background for Windows. Currently he is a producer for the new and growing media Internet TV. When not behind the camera, he does a little acting and modeling, as well as creates whimsical Folk Art Pottery that he sells to Galleries and shops around the country. Website   FacebookFolk Art Pottery Images ClICK ON IMAGES BELOW TO SEE A FEW EXAMPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHER ZANE KUHLE WORK. [cincopa AMEAPSb9bdHx]...

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Creations by Christina | Bradenton, Florida

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Adult Living, Artist Corner | 0 comments

Creations  by Christina   |  Bradenton, Florida

I enjoy creating beautiful jewelry out of all different elements: glass, precious metals and clay. I love creating beautiful things for myself, and for others to wear and enjoy, which I love to call “ART YOU CAN WEAR.” I started working with precious metals (gold and silver) and stained glass in college in the mid 1980’s, as I majored in Jewelry Design. I enjoyed working in those mediums for several years. Then I took a glass fusing and slumping class at a local stained glass supply store and became fascinated with the effects of fusing multiple pieces of glass together. In August of 2004 I taught myself lampworking, (glass bead making, the melting glass under a torch and shaping the molten glass into a bead). In the spring of 2006 I learned silk painting and have added hand painted silk scarves to my creative designs. I loving painting the silks, it is fun and fascinating. I have also painted a few silk garments for myself and would like to delve into some more in the near future. In 2009 I returned to needle arts after a 25 year sabbatical. I am again enjoying creating lovely garments by knitting and crocheting, mostly crochet, and have been branching out into designing my own garments and writing my own patterns this past year. I currently teach a weekly knitting and crochet class on Sunday nights locally, which is open to the public and Free! If your interested in learning to knit or crochet or already know how and would like to gather with other needle artists for a fun evening, please contact me. Y ou can also find more info our group Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Knitting-Crochet-Friends/158099504222763 A little personal history about myself: My husband Rick, whom I have been married to for 41 years, and I have made our home in Bradenton, Florida for the past 18 years, and we love it here. We have 2 children, a son and a daughter, grown and married. They, and their wonderful spouses have given us 7 wonderful/beautiful grandchildren, ages 16 to 23. We thoroughly enjoy being grandparents and spoiling them.  I also love teaching art. (See my “Classes” page on my website, www.creationsbychristina.net  for more information and a list of all the classes I currently teach.) We enjoy spending a lot of time with our children, grandchildren and their friends teaching them art, and taking them to art shows, art museums and art galleries. Mother’s Day 2012 two of my grandsons came over along with the younger grandson’s girlfriend. After dinner with fired up 4 torches and had 4 of us around a table all making glass beads together. It was a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day. My Husband Rick is a Guitar Builder, go to www.leelutherie.com to see his handmade guitars. He enjoys being creative also, and dabbles with some glass fusing and bead making too. My husband and I have a very strong faith in Jesus Christ and we believe He is the One Who sustains us and Who has given us the talents to be creative. We are very active at Christian Retreat Family Church here in Bradenton, Florida....

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Artist Carey Chervtch | Gyspy Thread | Dunedin, Florida

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Artist Corner | 0 comments

Artist Carey Chervtch | Gyspy Thread | Dunedin, Florida

I’m Carey, the Chief Gypsy… Gypsy Queen… Sole Gypsy of this Crazy Crafty Caravan… I’ve always been drawn to the texture and culture of life. Fabric is no exclusion. In fact, I find great comfort and satisfaction researching, learning about, feeling, and creating with interesting fabrics. Knowing how to sew is secondary. My newest adventure, Gypsy Thread, is only possible because of a medical condition forcing me to let go of my busy, stressful, corporate climbing life. Although having RSD/CRPS (a rare neurological pain disorder) has been a struggle, it has also been a blessing allowing me to interact with people I would have never known… and to pursue my creative passions which have always been put on the back burner. I’m blessed to have an interest that allows me to feel productive and has an outlet to pay for itself. Hopefully you will find the personality behind Gypsy Thread to be welcoming, quirky, informal, witty, and passionate. Yes, I am silly. Yes, I used to have a brain (before meds and such). No, I am not skinny. No, I do not have a dedicated sewing room. Yes, I am a fabric and button hoarder. And I totally stink at photography!!! What’s with the Name? (click to catch up, http://gypsythread.blogspot.com/2011/01/and-so-new-adventure-was-born.html) Alas, I’m not able to sew or write every day, so my store is rarely full and my blog will never be completely up to date. But I promise, if you’ll keep an eye out you will be amazed at how quickly my new goodies find their happy homes. I know I always am.  If you ever have any questions feel free to leave me a note or send an email (carey_lin@hotmail.com). I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I am able. [cincopa...

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Artist Terry Pivinsky

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in Artist Corner | 0 comments

Artist Terry Pivinsky

I was born in Williamsport Pa. in 1950. I graduated from USF Tampa campus with a BA in Elementary Education and a minor in Science in 1972. I taught at Bauder Elementary in Seminole Florida from 1972-2002. While teaching I returned to St. Petersburg College at nights to work on my Art/Art Ed degree during the 1970’s/80’s. I exhibited at the Mainsail Art Festival in 1979,’81,’83 and ’84 in the Vanguard category, which featured avante garde and environmental installations including: a 12ft giant kaleidoscope, a huge solar sundial, large plexiglass sunflowers, a solar powered bubble machine, a “walk-in”  camera obscura and a spectral observatory, where observers could view a free floating rainbow. Besides the very popular viewer responses I was awarded 1st and 2nd place awards in ‘81,’83 and ‘84. I also was accepted in and exhibited at the nationally recognized Gasparilla Arts Festival in ‘83. From 1980-2000 I taught Summer enrichment classes for the St. Petersburg Junior College’s Kollege for Kids program. They included Photography/darkroom, Music, Art and Science classes. In the late 80’s and 90’s I took a break from doing art shows to focus on my regular teaching and summer enrichment classes. I was able to incorporate my artistic and musical skills into both of those programs. In the 2000’s I returned to constructing and photographing new solar sculptures, utilizing colored stage gels, plexiglass and pvc pipe. In 2007 I returned to exhibiting new work in a group photography show at Gallery-O in Largo, Fl. During the last 5 yrs. I have combined all my previous skills/artwork into new mixed media work. More recently I exhibited this mixed media work which includes painting, drawing and photography at the Artists Against Hunger show in St. Petersburg. I submitted work for the new, HD, I-Pad interactive Artbook Tampa Bay. I had 8 of 10 submissions accepted. Lately, I have “hooked – up” with a couple local art groups like Art On Central and the Artpool Gallery for shows like the 4th anniversary exhibit/party at Artpool which included several of my pieces and have a show coming up with them on May 12 , called the Hep Cat Pin Up Review. Later, on June 2, I have been invited to exhibit work at Art on Central’s Art on the Bay 4 at the Museum of National History. And the following week on June 9, I will participate in the Great Coloring Book project held at the Odd/Even Gallery. Currently I have 3 mixed media pieces at the Artpool Gallery’s “Picture This” Photography Exhibit. I am constantly producing new work and look forward to upcoming shows in the Tampa Bay area. Contact: Terry Pivinsky | Phone: 727. 481.1196| Email: turhan@webtv.net |  Website:www.wizzlewolf.com [cincopa...

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Artist Sheree Rensel

Posted by on Apr 4, 2012 in Artist Corner | 0 comments

Artist Sheree Rensel

A little girl stood in the vestibule of an small Detroit home. Her father told her to wait while he went into the house to talk to his brother. Being mischievous, the girl tiptoed forward and peeked through the windows of the French doors. Overcome with curiosity, she reached up and opened the door to reveal a large living room with no furniture. There was an easel and the walls were lined with canvases. The smell of turpentine and oil paint enveloped her. The first thought that came to her childish mind was “I am not sure what my uncle is doing in here, but I want to do this too!” That scenario was decades ago. The little girl was Sheree Rensel. She turned that childish thought into a reality and has been an artist since that day. All through her school years, she painted and drew pictures for her friends. She sold her first painting at the age of 15 to a local real estate broker. It was a silly painting of two swans on a lake. He paid her $50. That was the beginning of her career as an artist. After graduating with a B.F.A. and M.F.A in painting from Wayne State University, she continued working as a mixed media artist and educator at various colleges and as an artist-in-the schools. In 1991, she decided to move to St. Petersburg where she began work with the Pinellas County Arts Council. Despite her love and devotion to her hometown, Detroit, Sheree quickly fell in love with St. Petersburg where she continues to live and maintains a studio. Sheree’s work is diverse. Known for her bright and lively colors, each series of work delves into ideas surrounding specific themes. One current series, “States of Being”, investigates emotions and psychology . Everyone experiences moods, emotional fluctuations, and a myriad of feelings. Each State of Being painting represents how you might feel at any given moment. Each painting starts with the statement: “I AM ________________.” (calm, alive, free, lonely, etc.) Washes of color and images illustrate the given emotion and freezes that moment in time. Hopefully after learning to BE through these feelings, the ultimate conclusions will be life is beautiful and good. See more of Sheree’s work at www.wizzlewolf.com Contact: Sheree Rensel | Email: wizzlewolf@aol.com |  Website:www.wizzlewolf.com [cincopa A0EAb1qx2TlB] By Sheree Rensel  ...

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Artist Charles Marton

Posted by on Jan 9, 2012 in Artist Corner | 0 comments

Artist Charles Marton

Charles Marton was born born in Budapest, Hungary where he graduated from the Institute of Fine & Applied Arts as a graphic artist. He worked for “Mafilm” the Hungarian film studio. Later he created advertising graphics for a major publishing house where his illustrations were published in many newspapers and magazines throughout Hungary. In 1984 he moved to Upstate New York and since 1993 he resides in Florida. In 1998 an architectural rendering of his, featuring Stetson University’s new library building in Gulfport, Florida was presented as a gift to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the law school’s dean. The framed picture now hangs in the Justice Department in Washington D.C. A number of his illustrations also appeared in National Traveler magazine. His artworks are in collections all over the world including Hungary, Ireland, Australia and the USA. Charles Marton has developed an instantly recognizable personal style by combining intricate detail with elegance and clarity. About the creative process: My focus is to create functional works of art for both residential and commercial projects. My clients are restaurants, bed and breakfasts, hotels, gift shops, home owners etc. I offer value and variety that you won’t find anywhere else. Blending the elegant look of traditional art and cutting-edge digital art, my artworks are more versatile than simple photos, drawings or paintings. They can be reduced or enlarged to any size. From postage stamp size to banner size! I provide a CD of art images that can be incorporated into a wide variety of uses such as: T-shirts, menus, gift certificates, note cards, letterheads, coffee mugs, newsletters, web sites etc. which with their memorable qualities will help your customers or friends remember you and associate you with quality, care and distinction. Nothing is more individualistic than art. A personalized art image cannot be duplicated and can become a valuable marketing tool to generate extra income for you. All art images on this website were commissioned by individuals, businesses and organizations. They are custom designed artworks created from scratch. This is the nature of personalized art images therefore my rate is based on the complexity of the project(s). Send me photos of your home, business building, pet(s), favorite landscape, objects, flowers, still life etc. Let me know what atmosphere you have in mind, what image you hold close to your heart. Imagine the possibilities and let me do the magic! I will be glad to send you a quote for the project without obligation. I have decades of experience in my field. Creating art is my profession as well as my passion. Contact: Charles Marton | Email: contact@martonart.com |  Website:www.martonart.weebly.com By Charles Marton   [cincopa AQLAEzaYKrKe] To purchase a coffee mug, please visit...

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Artist Sessie Welzien

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in Artist Corner | 0 comments

Artist Sessie Welzien

I started sewing when as a child my mother would give me scraps of fabric and I learned to sew little doll clothes. They were very happy times for me so naturally kept up the hobby as I grew. I took home economics in school (do they still have these in schools today?) and that further made me determined to start sewing my own clothes. I eventually started quilting and that gave me such gratification that I continued to teach myself everything about it. I made quite a few quilts as presents for new babies and my family. It was just a few years ago that I saw in one of my books a pattern for a beautiful quilted tote bag. I did not want to buy any more fabric as my closets were all filled with fabric (Mom said go shop in your own closets!) so I sewed scraps all together in a patchwork of beautiful colors and made the bag out of that. I gave that bag to my daughter, Abigail. Then I made another, and another, and another! Friends started asking me for bags! I then thought I could make up my own patterns. Abigail helped me design one little bag and then I just started coming up with more and more ideas. I started adding embellishments to the bags and this is how the whole business started! I continue to sew bags now and always find such satisfaction in making new and unique bags. I sell them down at Mallory Square in Key West when I can and am quite happy to make up customized bags. [cincopa AkGAyyq-UG8e] Contact: Sessie by email at sewfast321@aol.com to purchase your customized purse.  ...

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