Instructor’s Showcase

Instructor showcase

 

Sep 5-Oct 4

Reid Hodges Gallery
An invitational exhibit of work by our instructors.

Opening Reception Sep 12, 5:00-7:00
featuring demos by instructors James Griffin, Libit Jones, Victoria Mayol, Lolly Owens, and Sheryl Unwin.

Pictured below: Votive Holder by Seth Barendse, Storm in the Canyon by Graciela Giles, Featured: Red by Elena De La Ville, Banner Image: Building the Wall by Kerry Didday.

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Helen Solomon

Helen SolomonHelen has been teaching fine art to beginners and advanced students for over twenty-five years. She teaches a variety of art subjects such as still life, landscape/seascapes, figures and portraits. Teaching students simple shading in pencils and color pencils to more advanced mediums such as pastels, watercolors, acrylic and oils.

Helen has always been involved in the arts, Helen was one of the founding member of the South Shore Arts Council. A current member of the Tampa Museum of Art and The Firehouse Cultural Center. Helen had owned her own art business for many years before moving to Illinois. Helen worked at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, teaching continuing education and older adults before moving to Florida in 2003.

Classes with Helen Solomon

Victoria Mayol

Victoria MAYOL picVictoria Gomez Mayol is a young joyful artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She majored in Visual Arts at the University of Arts in Buenos Aires. Her work has been featured in galleries and national and international private collections. Her compositions are clear statements of life. Victoria’s innovating manner combines traditional materials and luminous colors, with a variety of mixed techniques. She considers herself a figurative artist. Most of her work is about the female figure painted with strength and personality. The artist’s refined style makes her compositions well-balanced, distinctly unique and they are real conversation pieces. Her classes are a breath of fresh air, where she not only teaches technique but also encourages her students to explore and experiment while connecting with their emotions. Art is about finding our own voice. It is a continual search throughout our lives and we must enjoy the journey.

Classes with Victoria Mayol

Alexandra Lillis

lexiAlexandra Lillis’ artwork has been  featured in solo and group exhibits at governmental buildings and  cultural centers. In addition her work is in private collections.  Alexandra Lillis lives and draws her inspiration from Anna Maria Island,  Florida. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) from Ringling  College of Art and Design, Florida

Classes with Alexandra Lillis

Lolly Owens

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Creative Process:
Art is both a freedom and a restraint for me as well as a constant source of pleasurable problem-solving and spiritual exploration. It never gets boring. The more I delve into it, the more I realize I need to learn and the more I try to push the boundaries. Inspiration comes from my faith that we are all born with spiritual elements that we sometimes forget we have and therefore do not express as we travel through our lives. The elements of the human soul I refer to: Gratitude, Humility, Love, Peace, Courage, Joy and Strength. This is what I paint in abstracted ways but within color focus . Joy is primarily yellow in my work; gratitude is green; humility is indigo; love is red; peace is blue; courage is orange and strength is violet. When a person is attracted to my red works, I know they are unconsciously remembering love and/or want to be surrounded by love. This is what feds me and sustains meLolly Owens is an award-winning artist whose work has been widely exhibited in group shows around the country as well as in Florida. She is a member of the Florida Arts Group (FLAG), the Sarasota Chapter of the National League of American Pen Women, Women Contemporary Artists, and the International Society of Experimental Artists. She is the former president of the Palouse Watercolor Socius and a founding artist of the Pullman Gallery & Studios in Pullman, WA. From 2001-2008, she was a member/officer of The Artist Guild of Anna Maria Island, FL. She  holds a BA from Chatham University in Pittsburgh.

Classes with Lolly Owens

Janet Flickinger

FLICKINGER PHOTO Janet Flickinger

Flickinger Design Studio
While attending collage Janet worked as an architectural model builder. It is at this time that she fell in love with the symmetry of architecture. In 1982 Janet graduated from the Art Institute of Houston with honors. She subsequently continued for the next ten years in graphic design and illustration. In 1993 she founded Flickinger Design Studio.

It is at this time that Janet’s passion for drawing and painting people really began to flourish. Her style can be characterized as (social or photo realism) with a high technical and detailed structure. Her style goes beyond what the naked eye can ordinarily comprehend and combines the fluidness of the human figure with the structure of architecture. Her passion now is to capture the essence of everyday life as it exists.

Janet loves the emphasis on common life as it occurs with the detail of architecture. Janet loves to capture the interaction of people as they conduct their everyday pursuits of life. As one examines her work they will begin to observe life through the perspective of her eyes. Janet is more drawn to recording history rather than creating decorative art.

Classes with Janet Flickinger 

Angel Navarro

Angel Navarro owns and operates Angel Navarro Photography, Inc., a photography and digital design company, in Bradenton, Florida. He provides both portrait and commercial photography services to clients through all of Central Florida. His portrait specialties are high school senior pictures, wedding photography and professional headshots. In addition to portraiture, he also provides editorial, advertising and product photography.

Angel began a career as a professional photographer in 1996, which added to his repertoire of skills as a graphic designer. It was a natural addition to a creative process that thrived on creativity, resourcefulness and ingenuity.

The rewarding opportunity to provide photography education began when he was asked to join Johnson Photo Imaging as their director of education. He soon discovered that what he understood now needed to find its expression to teaching. As both an instructor and a full-time photographer, he discovered the rewards of teaching others the craft of photography. With each passing year comes the opportunity to meet new challenges and serve new clients. As one who has benefited from the craft of photography, he also feesl a responsibility to pass on the skills which have served him so richly.

Classes with Angel Navarro

Something Tasty

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Sep 5-Oct 4

Kellogg & Searle Galleries

An open, all media, juried exhibit

Opening Reception Thursday, Sep 12, 5:00-7:00pm

Something Tasty permits a variety of ways to interpret food or drink – from the colorful bounty of the market to the balanced beauty of a still life; from scenes that evoke memories of everyday experiences to unexpected juxtapositions and whimsy.  Image: Donuts by William Perry.

Our Instructor’s Showcase exhibit will be displayed in the Reid Hodges Gallery.

Juror: Christine Renc-Carter
Curator for the Leepa-Rattner Museum

Born in 1975 into an artistic family in Florida, Christine Renc-Carter has spent a lifetime deeply rooted in the pursuit of art. As a child, she traveled the country with her artist parents and started drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. Christine earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland in 1997 and has studied paper preservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Working for galleries and museums in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area and in Florida for 20 years, Christine has cultivated a unique artistic career as a fine artist and museum professional and has worked with the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Vero Beach Museum of Art, Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Florida International Museum and the St. Petersburg College Foundation. Formerly the Director of Adult Education at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, she oversaw the art center’s expansion of studios and programs. Christine became the Curator for the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in 2016.

As an accomplished artist, Christine shows her work throughout the United States and Japan. Her work is included in collections such as the Marriott Corporation and NBC, as well as private collections worldwide, including the Curator of the Fogg Museum at Harvard University.