3-D Florida at the Library


Jim McManus takes 3-D photos and right now twenty four images he created are on display downtown at the Orlando Library.

I could have stayed there staring at them for hours. Although I’m sure there’s a limit visually and maybe cognitively as to exactly how long you should immerse yourself in this stuff. Lake Eola swans glow, bridges propel you into a different time, and the Space Shuttle looks almost ready to launch…again.

There are twenty four images printed on metal affixed to three long panels outside the Melrose Center on the second floor of the library. Grab a pair of 3-D glasses and be transported. 

Top Tip: Do NOT look at the library carpet pattern with your 3D glasses on. DO NOT. It’ll make ya woozy.

Abandoned Passage, Suwannee Springs Bridge, Live Oak, FL 2004 - Jim McManus

Abandoned Passage, Suwannee Springs Bridge, Live Oak, FL 2004 - Jim McManus

These swans don’t bite. (Can I please just retitle this one?) Swan Boats Resting, 2010, Jim McManus

These swans don’t bite. (Can I please just retitle this one?) Swan Boats Resting, 2010, Jim McManus

Not Florida, but then sadly not everything is.

Not Florida, but then sadly not everything is.

Jim McManus

Click on his name there to get to his website. More stereoscopic images are there, so keep your glasses and immerse yourself online. (The work is awesome, but really, put a time limit on it, because headaches can happen.)

Meet the Maker: Anayansi Jones


Amanda Jones is also known by her artist name Anayansi. An Orlando artist and ceramicist from Clearwater, and a graduate of UCF, Orlando is now where she calls home. This month she is curating her first exhibition at Mills Gallery. The show is called TREPIDATION and features artists Peterson Guerrier, PJ Svejda, Jason Littlefield, Ivelisse Perez, Scott White, and Evan Rosato. The opening is from 6-9PM and you may feel feelings if you decide to go. That’s what art does. And these locals are good at making us feel.

What time of day do you like to start working on your art?

I like to start working in the morning, around 9:30 or 10:00. I like working first thing in the morning because otherwise I might get caught up doing something that’s not related to creating and making art. I tend to be intense and focus when I work, however, I do take 5-10-minute breaks to keep my quality up. 

Do you want to be liked or respected?

I think generally everyone wants to be respected as an artist, but not everyone wants their work to be liked. Personally, I want to be respected, however, not everyone has to like me or my artwork. To me there is a huge difference between like and respect. I know the actual definition of respect is different from the way I use the word. To me respect is when you understand another person’s boundaries and you take each individual for who they are and what they create; however, under no circumstances do you have to like them or their work. Ideally, you can walk into a gallery and say, “I don’t like this work” but still respect it enough to recognize its value as art.

What does your support system look like?

I have a husband who supports me all the way. I go to a studio ceramic studio called Porch Pottery that has an open studio membership. All the artists there are very friendly and supportive. I also have 2 dogs and 3 cats that all stare at me when I’m doing work. Does that count as support? (Townie Tourist says YES!)

What would your key artist advice be?

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your work. Try different materials, different subjects, or objects that might not be consider art. AND don’t be afraid to fail or get rejected. 

What do you find the most difficult part of your work?

The most difficult part of my job is being my own boss. It’s both a blessing and a curse. As an artist you’re not just creating but your marketing yourself, managing your website, photographing your work, and going to exhibitions to represent yourself. It can feel very overwhelming and to me, if I fail at any of these tasks, the only person I have to blame is myself. But I remind myself that these things take time and experience is so valuable, so I try not to be too hard on myself. I’m bound to fail and I have been rejected many times. But this is part of the job. I just have to keep pushing forward.

Have you ever made a mistake you wish you could take back?

It’s not really a mistake but I lacked self-confidence when I was at UCF and I didn’t apply myself the way I know I could have.

Describe your typical Florida uniform. What do you wear when you want to feel like yourself?

Yoga pants with paint or clay all over them with comfy shoes and a shirt. I love to be comfortable.

How does Orlando inspire you?

Orlando is full of wonderful and friendly artists that inspire me to keep pushing myself. I love how friendly the art community is here and how many of the artists I’ve met are doing amazing things like murals, solo exhibitions, and just all-around impressive work.

What do you miss most about home when you travel?

I’m originally from Clearwater, Florida by Tampa. I miss the being really close to the beach and having that sea breeze. I miss driving over the Courtney Campbell Causeway and seeing the bay on either side. But when I leave Orlando, I miss my friends and the food. 

Describe your ideal food day in Orlando.

Easy! Beefy King for lunch and Asian food for dinner like Domu, Izziban, or Thai House. Any of those three! So good, I highly recommend all those places.


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Meet the Maker: Hillary LaMountain


Hillary LaMountain is an illustrator based in Orlando. “My work is bright, colorful, filled with sass, and a little morbid, but in like, a cute way. Growing up, I was always obsessed with horror and all things strange, so I love incorporating those themes into my brand. More recently, I’ve been working toward opening an online shop and I’ve been having so much fun creating products for it. I’m so grateful to be able to create every day, because it’s something that I genuinely enjoy and love doing.”

What time of day do you like to start working on your art/design?

I’m one of those crazy morning people. I wake up between 5-6am so that I can have time to think about my day ahead. Maybe drink a coffee, scroll through various social media accounts, taking in the memes. And then I like to get started right away while I have the energy. 

Do you want to be liked or respected?

I mean if someone doesn’t like me, then they don’t like me — I couldn’t possibly please everyone. But yeah I’d like to be respected; and I just think that comes from being a genuine, reliable non-asshole human.

What does your support system look like?

My support system looks like my mom, my 2 cats, the Great British Baking Show and bubble baths. 

What would your key entrepreneur/artist advice be?

Self-care, and I can’t stress that enough. As someone who has burnt themselves out from working many times, taking time to invest in yourself is not only important, but necessary. So, devote some time in your day to doing something you like, even if it’s small! And sometimes, you can even use it as an incentive to get work done. Somehow, knowing you’ve got a Netflix-binge or a bubble bath (or both if you’re really living your best life) waiting for when you finish work makes it a little more enjoyable.

What do you find the most difficult part of your work/art?

I’m actually just getting out of an art block right now so this question is kinda perfect; my biggest struggle with my art is myself. I’m an over-thinker and I’m constantly questioning everything that I’m doing — so much so, that every so often, I begin to hate everything I make. So, I go back to the drawing board (pun always intended) and sketch until I like what I see. And sometimes that takes a few days, and sometimes it takes a few months. 

Have you ever made a mistake you wish you could take back?

Gahhh so many.

If you could fix one thing about your solopreneurship today, what would it be?

Time management. I’m a master-procrastinator so I wish that I would’ve just taught myself better habits early on so that they weren’t so hard to stick with nowadays. 

Describe your ideal food day in Orlando.

Okay so prepare yourself for an extremely thought-out answer; and I’m going to start by waking up and going straight to White Wolf for breakfast. Then since it’s early, I’m gonna to run to P is for Pie to get some handheld pecan pies for dessert when I get home later. Then for lunch, I always love a classic burger and fries with a twist — so for that, I’m going to Toasted. And for dinner, I’m sooo going to Sushi Lola’s because Lava Dips are what dreams are truly made of. Throw in stopping by Skyebird for a lavender lemonade and I could die happy (and full).   

How does Orlando inspire your work?

Orlando is such a weird and fun place to live and the one thing that I love the most, is how time and time again, I’ve seen this community come together and do amazing things. Orlando inspires me to work hard and create meaningful work, so that maybe I too can make Orlando a lil more awesome. 

What do you miss most about home when you travel?

My bed!