Meet the Artist: Jim Sherraden

Meet the Artist: Jim Sherraden

I’ve had a crush on Jim Sherraden since first meeting him almost ten years ago. It may have been his easygoing manner or how he could skillfully crank out the storied posters that peppered my walls. It was almost definitely the soft brown leather cowboy boots he was wearing.

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Meet the Artist: Bethany Mikell

Meet the Artist: Bethany Mikell

I met Bethany Mikell at the Orlando Museum of Art and her fiber work is glorious. She weaves and creates sumptuous clothing and accessories that are both soft and statement-making. She’s up in Asheville right now, making some new moves and I hope they know what they’ve got. If they don’t, they will soon.

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Meet the Maker: Jackie Juaristi

Meet the Maker: Jackie Juaristi

“I’m an abstract painter with a love of creating watery, textured shapes that represent the process inherent in making them: the pour of paint, moving it quickly, and absorbing it back up again.  This documentation and awareness of time has helped me in understanding the present moment. I also adore nature; in particular, the water and light of Central Florida.”

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Pink Elephants, Purple Horses, and Birds Everywhere

Pink Elephants, Purple Horses, and Birds Everywhere

The Mennello Museum has a collection of Lawrence Lebduska’s paintings and they are a delight. His colorful scenes, landscapes full of exotic animals and birds, snapshots of history and even his home life are enough to spark imagination. The leopard looming over flamingos in a tree are one of my favorites.

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Firing a Kiln with Richard Munster

Firing a Kiln with Richard Munster

Richard Munster seems to be moving a mile a minute. He darts quickly from a table lined with ceramics to a chair and back to a cart piled with clay. There are a couple rescue dogs and more native Florida plants I can count. His wife, Cortnee is brewing up some coffee and the kids, now home from school, wander out to say hello. The weather is a perfect 73 degrees. And he’s preparing to light a two thousand degree fire.

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Meet the Maker: Anayansi Jones

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.

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Meet the Maker: Hillary LaMountain

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.”

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