Get To Know: Jim Sherraden

Get To Know: 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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Get To Know: SUN SIGNS' Jeff Williams

Get To Know: SUN SIGNS' Jeff Williams

I headed over to St. Pete for St. Printersburg and the very first face I saw was that of Jeff Williams. His little sign painting info table was the cutest ever and he was so happy about being there and sharing his sign painting know how. I could not resist. I had to ask him…to be on the blog.

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Get To Know: Bethany Mikell

Get To Know: 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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Get To Know: David Lawrence

Get To Know: David Lawrence

Though I’ve only known David Lawrence for a couple years, I think his youthful vibe has always been a part my life. He has a joyous spirit and a way of capturing people at a moment in their timeline that supersedes how they see themselves. He is a talented photographer and storyteller and if you get the chance to work with him, take it.

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Get To Know: Chris Kernstock

Get To Know: Chris Kernstock

Chris and I have known each other for a while. You may be an admirer of his work and maybe not know it. Have you been to Red Lobster? (P-O-P-C-O-R-N-S-H-R-I-M-P) I love Red Lobster. It was the FANCY restaurant my family went to for birthdays or when my grandparents came to town. Chris works for the brand and the photos he takes may be on your menu, table card, or Insta feed. He’s SO good at what he does and his photo and video skills are moving in a much more forward-facing direction with his YouTube channel.

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Get to know: NOBLE FOLK DESIGN

Get to know: NOBLE FOLK DESIGN

I met Will on Twitter. Do people still meet on Twitter? Will does some of the designs for Biggie’s Deli Fresh Threads shirts. He’s really good at what he does. He doesn’t live in Orlando, but I figured since he’s impacting our community through his design work, it still counts as being part Orlandoan. So, let’s get to know Will Truran a.k.a. Noble Folk Design.

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3-D Florida at the Library

3-D Florida at the 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.

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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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Sneak Peek of Duane Michals: The Portraitist

Sneak Peek of Duane Michals: The Portraitist

I visited the Snap! Orlando space and their latest exhibition of Duane Michals: The Portraitist. If you haven’t yet visited Snap! it’s an experience you shouldn’t miss. The current show was curated by Linda Benedict-Jones, former Curator of Photography at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and current Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University teaching the History of Photography. This collection is the first comprehensive overview of unique portraits by this influential photographer.

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