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Art With A Purpose – Featured Artist

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014

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...

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John Bayalis – Watercolor Artist – St. Pete, Florida

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013

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    ...

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

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013

 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...

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

Posted by on Sep 15, 2013

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...

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Creations by Christina | Bradenton, Florida

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013

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...

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Artist Carey Chervtch | Gyspy Thread | Dunedin, Florida

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013

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...

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