Friday, August 26, 2016

Dreyfoos Grad Gets Degree at UMass Amherst and Starts Internship at The Box Gallery

Michael Belcon b. 1993 in Toronto, Canada.
Currently lives in West Palm Beach, Fl

Michael Belcon
University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.F.A., 2016
A.W Dreyfoos School of the Arts, Palm Beach, FL

Recent UMass Amherst Grad, Michael Belcon returns home to West Palm Beach, Florida and accepts internship position at The Box Gallery located at 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405. 

Come by and meet Michael Belcon during the opening reception of

Friday, September 9, 2016

Michael Belcon has also volunteered to assist with the
Annual Art Synergy Exhibition at Art Palm Beach
and
The Palm Beach Art Week Guide





Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Artisan Cuisine & Fine Arts Fusion at The Box Gallery


Photograph: Elliot Block
Press Release

Artisan Cuisine & Fine Arts Fusion 
at
The Box Gallery's



Opening Reception, Friday, September 9, 2016 | 6 p.m.

FREE VIP INVITE

  • Over 30 Florida artists and Chef Nina Kauder come together for a sensational exhibition. Artists Profiles 1    Artists Profiles 2
  • The Flora and Fauna: The River of Grass and Beyond Exhibition
  • September 9th through October 2, 2016
    Opening Reception: Friday September 9, 2016 | 6-11 pm
  • The Box Gallery, 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405
  • Artists and chef come together to showcase the array of culture which South Florida houses by combining cuisine and the fine arts. 
For more information, contact The Box Gallery at (786) 521-1199 or PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com

West Palm Beach--The Box Gallery is proud to present a stimulating and thought provoking exhibition which features the collective work of local multimedia artists and the culinary preparations of "recipe-less" Chef  Kauder.

Artists and chef come together to showcase the array of art and culture which is unique to South Florida. This local artist showcase reveals the beauty of Florida, ranging from the famous flamingos to our rare spotted rabbits, from our dense beds of sawgrass to the elegant water lily.

Chef Nina Kauder shares the aroma and tastes of local organically farmed produce with her specialty hors d’oeuvres.  Chef Kauder emphasizes the advantages of utilizing local farmers, and ingredients with her “recipe-less” approach to cooking. Kauder’s cooking methods suggests an accessible, easy, and fun method for everyone. Both the chef and the farmer will be showcasing a sample farm share box and be available for questions.

This exciting exhibition offers an opportunity to learn about a local chef and farmer, accompanied by an exposed glimpse of local artist's perspective of Florida ecology. Following the opening experience a live musical performance by Pocket of Lollipops and Pesh Kab.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Florida Flora and Fauna: The River of Grass and Beyond Opens on September 9, 2016

Flamingos by Sarah Knouse/ The Box Gallery

Florida Flora and Fauna:
The River of Grass and Beyond

Curator: Rolando Chang Barrero

Exhibition Dates:
September 9th through October 2, 2016


"in the heart of the Cultural Corridor"
811 Belvedere Road,West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11-6 p.m.




Friday, September 9, 2016 | 7-11 pm


Box Gallery goes Au Naturale

West Palm Beach- The Box Gallery presents an exhibition of works by Florida artists, working in all media, that celebrate the natural environment of Florida's rich ecology. From our famous flamingos to our rare spotted rabbits, from our dense beds of sawgrass to the elegant water lily, over 30 artists have come together to showcase the beauty that is Florida though their creative and masterful works of art. 

The exhibition opens with a reception on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 6 p.m. followed by the live musical experience of Pocket of Lollipops and Pesh Kab.

High definition photos available to the press upon request
PalmBeachFineArtGallery@gmail.com

Artists Profiles 1





Keeping it Au Naturale and Educational: 

Get a taste of farm-fresh produce with specialty hor d’oeuvres made by Chef Nina Kauder, The Recipe-less Chef, at the Flora & Fauna:
River of Grass and Beyond Exhibition. 

Appetizers will be prepared using Chef Nina’s “recipe-less” method, which makes cooking accessible, easy, and fun for everyone.


Details Here


 “This is an exciting opportunity to get to know a local chef and a local farmer that harvests  the best produce from around the state, not just South Florida.” 
-Nina Kauder, Living Food Chef



Visiting artist, Elayna Toby Singer presents...



The Art, Science & Soul of Making Mobiles 



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Artists Profiles Part 2: Florida Flora and Fauna: The River of Grass and Beyond

Florida Flora and Fauna: 
The River of Grass and Beyond


Opening Reception


Friday, September 9, 2016 | 6-11 pm




Heart of the West Palm Beach #CulturalCorridor


811 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

786-521-1199

presents




Exhibition Dates:

September 9th through October 2, 2016


Opening Reception


Friday, September 9, 2016 | 6-11 pm
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Artists Profiles Part 2

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Marie Christine

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Ilene Adams


 HARVARD UNIVERSITY
Cambridge, MA Graduate courses in marketing & business
SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS
Illustration/Milton Glaser
New York, NY
Courses in advertising and illustration (Milton Glazer)
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, TYLER SCHOOL OF ART
Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Fine Arts – Graphic Design and Advertising

TYLER SCHOOL OF ART, ROME

I believe that art and beauty bring joy and wellbeing to
individuals and are essential for a well-balanced life.
I work in both mixed media and photography with
influences from Robert Rauschenberg and Maxfield
Parish.
Rauschenberg’s influence is apparent in my paintings that incorporate paint,
collage, photographic images and artifacts. They evoke a feeling of nostalgia or
of imaginary places.
My photographs deal mostly with nature, but nature through an intense filter.
Images are put under a microscope and colors are heightened. There is beauty
all around us but how often do we take the time to really see it? Ordinary
images are enhanced to create painterly new images that leave the viewer

wondering if they are paintings or photographs? Abstract or realistic?
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Sherry Stephens
Post Graduate Studies, Barry University, Miami, FL

MFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


A lovely medicinal garden at Palm Beach State has been a constant source of inspiration and intrigue to me. I often think about how the ancients achieved this knowledge and how they depended on plants for food and medicine. Modern science has investigated these uses and has implemented many of these plants into Bio Science, coupling human and natural systems. In this series I have gathered specific medicinal plants traditionally used to treat health issues. Lumen prints are created using traditional black and white gelatin silver darkroom photo paper. When the paper comes in contact with live plant material and left out in UV light for many hours, the paper reacts with the plant chemistry to produce lovely photographic images. I have worked with a variety of toners to achieve these softly colored results. Each is scanned digitally and printed with an archival pigment printer in limited editions.
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Michael Kupillas
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Maureen Fulgenzi



 Born in Westchester N.Y. from her earliest memories Maureen Fulgenzi knew and concentrated her efforts in becoming an Artist. After 4 years at the School of Visual Arts in NYC studying fashion illustration Maureen landed a freelance position w/ Sassoon Jeans and designed their first marketing poster. She then worked and as a sketch artist for Fairfield publications ie, (W) 
Fulgenzi's talents & pioneering spirit in the late 70's launched a new hand painted fabric & silk trend that sprung onto NY couture scene & was quickly picked up by the "A"-list department stores and boutiques nationwide. 
Maureen brought both; her technical skills and innate color sense to custom create and apply silk dyes to fine fabrics. She created a standardized and branded design trademark in the fashion industry. During this time Mary McFadden chose one of Fulgenzi's creations called "Windrift" that became the most popular and longest selling designer bedding collection that the Martex Corporation had produced. Being in high demand for her design skills & innovative thinking Fulgenzi was contracted to design prints for a men’s line of shirts for Designer, Diane Von Furstenberg & printed dress collection. She then went on to have a successful career producing a line of clothing with hand-painted fabrics, forming Horito/Fulgenzi designs in 1982. The company's list notable clients, such as Mary Tyler Moore, Betty White, Cecily Tyson, and were sold in department stores, catalogs and boutiques nationwide. Their design had exploded creating a fashion trend that was copied by other companies and spurred Maureen forward to create new ideas. 
In the early 90's Fulgenzi ended the fashion business to pursue her painitng career. Answering her own, long-smoldering desire to become a recognized Fine Artist, Fulgenzi left the city to immerse herself in creating a fine-art portfolio, working in the Hamptons and later Italy and traveling through Europe gaining new sources of inspiration and sophistication in her work. Color, with its wealth of possibilities is the basis for her work. 
I began painting from memory – large landscapes, still life’s and florals. They began selling through NY galleries and through networking with former fashion clients. 

This morphed into abstraction, complicating the paintings themselves, taking them into another realm. 
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Shosh Cohen


"I create original and custom stone sculptures suitable for the home as well as for professional decor. My sculptural pieces are carved from marble, steatite and alabaster, no two are alike. My most current body of work is a fascinating collection of stone sculpture women’s high heel shoes."

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KarlaWalter

BFA, Major: Ceramics
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

 As an artist, it is important to recognize a message and seize that moment. Crows are messengers, omens for change. Several personal encounters with crows have compelled me to express my personal creativity through this messenger.   The themes of my work concentrate on interactions observed in nature, humans and society. My work is informed by my life surroundings, observing nature and the natural interactions between animals and man. My goal with the Flora and Fauna exhibition is to bring an awareness to the plight of the Florida Crested Caracara and other endangered birds of the Florida Everglades. I have personally seen Caracara’s on trips across the state of Florida.  The Florida Crested Caracara (Caracara Cheriway) is a large powerful and elegant bird. There are only approximately 400 Caracara’s currently living in the Florida Everglades. A tropical falcon version of a vulture, the Crested Caracara reaches the United States only in Arizona, Texas, and Florida. It is a bird of open country, where it is often seen dining with vultures. The Caracara is not a picky eater, it will kill its food or dine on road kill,  sharing a meal with its fellow vulture.
According to the Natural Resources Management Office, “This bird is protected as a Threatened species both by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The Caracara is also protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and secondary protective zones around the nests and prohibits harassing, taking, or killing any animal. It is unlawful to possess any Crested Caracara (alive or dead) including parts, products, eggs and offspring.” 

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Lee Andre
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Loren Squier
B.A., Florida Atlantic University

"I use spray paint for the main figures in the paintings (free-hand and stencil work), which are just about always on stretched canvas.  My backgrounds are acrylic wash or spray paint, sometimes both and paint markers for text, outlines, and just marks when needed. I have four major influences that can be seen clearly when viewing my art. They are the ocean, comic books, Japanese wood block prints, and all the beautiful 
graffiti all over the world.

The last thing I would say is thank you for looking at my work and (paraphrasing Banksy in Exit Through the Gift Shop) “I don’t think….played by the rules in some ways; but, then there aren’t supposed to be any rules. So I really don’t know what mine is.” 



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Lynn Morgan

Palm Beach Community College


"Before I begin a painting, I already have an idea in my head about the subject matter.  That idea is often inspired by photos taken on one of my adventures, but it is always my intention to use photos only as an initial idea.  Since color is my primary passion, I will select a color palette based loosely on the subject but more on what colors I am in love with that day.

I begin with a loose sketch of my subject using a dark hard pastel.  Then I block in dark and light shapes with hard pastels, usually in a color complementary to my final color scheme, and usually with a very bright color for the lights.  At this point, I will wash over the entire underpainting with denatured alcohol which creates the lovely drips, splashes and patterns that I will incorporate into the finished painting."
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Nazare Feliciano
MFA, PH.D., 
Chair of Visual Arts and Art History
Palm Beach State College


“Still Life with Poppies” is part of a series of Still Lifes that I am working on currently.

These Still Lifes pieces are my pursuit for beauty and silence in a world crowded with images, sounds and tastes.  I plan to develop this series of flowers and vases further but I do not know what it will develop into. I like to develop art pieces that transform themselves with the touch of my hands and body. As I touch and shape the clay the clay responds and that response affects my further interaction with the work. The shaping and forming of these works is still fresh on my fingers, hands, and mind. It will take a few months for me to be able to analyze these works at a more conscious level, and reason 
with their metaphoric content.

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Michael Marciano


The joy of Photography is the wonder of Drawing with Light. It is the true heart of photography. Not only to draw with light but to capture the life of that drawing so that it breaths and has a life of its own. Photography for me is “the essence, the life of that specific fraction of time”. 

Michael Marciano, born in Manhattan developed an eye for symmetry, color, texture and form at an early age. Michael’s family traveled the globe in search of beauty, art, music and the opportunity to offer the world their interpretation of the arts and free thinking ideas. Through audio and visual observation, Michael’s heart was captivated by their ideas and artistry.  Still very young, Michael was familiar with many of the masters having been to the Momma and the Guggenheim in Manhattan on many occasions. At the age of 12 Michael had his first camera and his first dream to become a photographer.

“Since a boy I have always been awestruck with the work of masters such as Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci as well as Monet and Picasso, then Chagall, Rauschenberg, Kandinsky and Warhol. I have always been drawn to reflections and shadows, balance, color and light. Images that require thought and evoke emotion are essential in visual artistry”  Michael Marciano 


Michael currently resides in Florida and photographs mainly in South Florida and New York City. Michael has been published Nationally and Internationally.

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Pat Strum


I have been artistic since my earliest recollection and it has manifested itself
in many ways.  But my creativity did not turn to painting until I felt fulfilled
in my other artistic pursuits.  First, as Assoc. Editor of Seventeen Magazine ,
I often “painted” cookies and cakes to make them attractive for photography.
later I became an avid gardener with planting well known in my community.  
I can’t resist the beauty of nature and when I started painting I was drawn to 
landscapes and “skyscapes”.  However, my long association with horticulture, 
including many courses at the NY Botanical Gardens and years of perfecting my 
garden, has lead me to a fascination with nature’s construction of the flower 
bloom.  A single bloom can be enveloping, seductive, sensuous and above all
remarkable in its makeup.  The floral palette is endless and often challenging to 
capture.  The subject matter seems to be in infinite supply and I’m excited with 
my efforts to capture the beauty and drama that I see.  Since living in Florida, I 
have added the pastel medium to my portfolio with paintings of tropical 

landscapes and exciting “skyscapes” in luminous colors that only pastels can provide.  
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Robert Catapano
Studied with Metal Sculptor, David Haussler
Studied with Stone Sculptor, Eniko Veres-fi

Studied with Artist, Christopher Reisman

These recent paintings are far from my figurative work, but contain my idea of moving to simpler and sometimes abstract work, but still hold true to my use of color and line. Two of these works are done in acrylic and oil bars, which give them great texture and depth.
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Rochel Schiffrin

Chatham University – BA Visual Arts


Paper cutting has a vast history, which has evolved throughout time. My hand cut paper artworks draw upon this history while also experimenting with different facets of the art. Paper cutting not only reflects the intricate nature with which I enjoy
operating, but it also enables me to express deeply rooted ideas and concepts. I work with various themes such as nature, dance, mandalas, as well as,
Jewish religious motifs. I always strive to instill an uplifting 
aesthetic throughout all my work.


While at Chatham I rediscovered my love for cutting paper and
experimenting with this other form of drawing. When I cut paper, it is an
intuitive and natural reaction for my love of detail, care, and intricacy. As a
creative technique, paper cutting is not only cathartic to me, but it also
allows me to illustrate concepts and designs that are near and dear to my
heart. I hope to continue exploring where this creative 
art form can take me!
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Thomas Schmidt


“Art training” consisted of the way that Andy Warhol claimed that he learned to draw (watching the Jon Gnagy television show in the 1950’s).  Alumni of same college as Alexander Calder (large mobile hangs from the ceiling in the library) but inspiration was Louise Nevelson’s Sky Cathedral.  My work consists mostly of mixed media and photo-based assemblage/collage.  The best “art” creates an emotional response in the viewer.  I consider white, black and gray to be colors, and frequently use image repetition.  First ever juried exhibit was “Emerging Artists 2015” at the Artists of Palm Beach County (APBC) Art-on-Park Gallery.  
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Yochi Yakir-Avin
Ein-Hod School for Art Studies, Israel.
Beer-Shiva Art Institute, Israel.
Graduated the Academy of Fine Art “Brera”,  Milan, Italy

"The creation of an artwork is different every time and each work has its
story. In the beginning it’s a dream that is visualized in my mind until it
becomes so real that it needs to be created.
I sculpture and paint using various materials (mix media) in various
subjects; it allows me to experiment in new combinations.
Still life and portraits are often dominant in my work. Captured in
irregular positions and angles, painted in thin layers of color that forms
a sense of vibration and depth, creating the texture. Weather open or
close, from the front or the back, it’s always about the topic surrounded
by emptiness. Shapes as the center of the attention, enigmatic, they
contain a hidden dialog.

My home is my art.
It’s my safe place. It’s where I lose myself and the sense of time for a
complete devotion for creation."



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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Artists Profiles Part 1: Florida Flora and Fauna: The River of Grass and Beyond

Florida Flora and Fauna:
The River of Grass and Beyond


Opening Reception


Friday, September 9, 2016 | 6-11 pm



Heart of the West Palm Beach #CulturalCorridor


811 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

786-521-1199

presents




Exhibition Dates:

September 9th through October 2, 2016


Opening Reception


Friday, September 9, 2016 | 6-11 pm
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Artists Profiles Part 1
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Elliott Block
"I look for a unique, artistic view of a flower, bird, architecture, equipment that imparts its character.  Sometimes just the structure; other times a combination of colors, shapes and rhythm. I convey the ineffable, transitory nature of beauty by capturing a fleeting mental view and converting it into a lasting picture that incorporates what I experience. Many times an image of detail provides a better appreciation of the whole structure that is not visible, yet is filled in by our mind."
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Bjorn Davidson

“Bjørn Davidson is an emerging artist born and educated in New York. Calling on inherited talent and self taught skill to venture forth into the world of art, he enjoys expanding his artistic horizons and changing  other peoples.”
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Bonnie Wilburn

"My art is inspired by my love of horticulture.  Surrounded by beautiful flowers and plants in my Florida home, I am continually amazed and inspired by their beauty.  My art captures the intense color and structure of the tropical plants using a unique and elegant style I have developed over the years.  My botanical paintings are a combination of realism and fantasy capturing the essence of each plant."
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Chris Kling 
Chris Kling received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1978


Since then Ms. Kling has received numerous awards from shows for her landscapes and portraiture throughout the southeastern region of the United States and with the Portrait Society of America. She has received many commissions for her oil portraits and landscapes and her work is in numerous private and corporate collections in the United States as well as international collections. Those collections include the painting of John Peyton, Mayor of Jacksonville, Florida. 
Chris states “Being an artist is not just my career.  It is an integral part of who I am and is something that I am compelled to do.  I work in oil primarily in a traditional manner but with a contemporary flair through color, composition, value, and application of paint. Color sings to me and I try to use its harmony to evoke an emotional connection with others.  I love to paint plein air which helps my studio work retain an authenticity that only comes from observation from life. Painting, to me, is reaching out to find the common emotional connection between all of us and life around us.”
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Deborah Bigeleisen
Graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY 

 "Having started my fine art career by painting Rembrandt-like portraits of illuminated white roses, I credit my discovery of fractals for transforming my artistic vision and giving a new energy and voice to my work. Fractals have taken my vision of a single image of a flower to depths beyond what the naked eye can see - the point of pure abstraction. My vision is in sublime chaos. "

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Elizabeth Reed
 1994 Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, Washington 
BFA Illustration and Graphic Design, highest honors

1976 The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 
Painting and printmaking, degree studies Reality is what we perceive.
"My paintings and drawings rearrange fragments of images into imaginary scenarios. These selective memories reflect my dreams and concerns. "

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John Rachell
BFA - School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1977

”The gentle breeze plays a soft lullaby as it dances through a veil of creation. Listen and hear the delicate tiptoeing of the meek beneath a canopy of endless similes and exquisite metaphors. Be still my spirit… 
for a moment in the garden.”
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Emilio Aponte Sierra
Master Degree of Education, Ann G. Mendez University

My body of work is created using a unique technique which I have called Aponte-Sierra paper manipulation©. This technique is a unique method of weaving together pages from colorful magazines and news publications. I also cuts, folds, interlaces, rolls and twists the recycled paper to create 3D art pieces. Each piece is presented in an acrylic box.
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Gwen Eyeington


Gwen Eyeington has a bachelor’s degree in biology, worked in the environmental field for many years, and now publishes books in environmental science.  Gwen is also an artist, and strives to convey the passion and wonder she feels for the natural world, primarily by painting landscapes and wildlife in oil.  Combining her scientific knowledge with her artistic ability Ms. Eyeington hopes to create environmental awareness, especially for the unique ecosystems of Florida, which she enthusiastically visits whenever possible.
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Scott Jeffries


Scott’s work is an irreverent expression of his sub-conscience, an invitation to imagine space and form  from a new perspective. Born in New York City, raised and educated in Pennsylvania, he draws inspiration from the world in which he lives.
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Sami Makela


 Artist SAMIMAKELA (born 1972) is from Helsinki, Finland. As a son of a well-known World War II illustrator, Reijo Makela, Sami grew up appreciating all types of art. After finishing art school in Helsinki and making a name for himself as a graffiti mural artist, Sami travelled to Paris to seek inspiration. Finally in 1994, Sami decided to pursue his dreams in America. As an owner of Makela Art Studio, art restoration, murals and decorative painting is close to Sami’s heart. He has also continued to create his original Recycled Paper on wood Cityscape paintings for clients. Sami also paints Sea Turtle paintings which he most of the time donates to Juno Beach Marine life Center. Profits from those paintings go 100% to their Sea Turtle Programs. He has also been involved in street art events and work since the mid-1990s, and many of his murals are still in existence around Palm Beach County. In addition, one of his mural works “History of Helsinki” (1992) is part of a permanent exhibit in Helsinki Museum of Art. 

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Sandi Pfeifer

"Simply put: I am a rabidly curious person with a restless mind who just happens to be a mobile photographer!"
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Manon Sander
Marin Art School, Novato, CA,
studying oil painting in colorist impressionist style with 
Dorallen Davis and Jane Heaphy.

Expressing my joie de vivre through loose brushstrokes in
combination with a well thought-through design and a vibrant color
choice translates into a painting that resonates not only with me as
artist but also with the viewer, offering him a view of things that might

otherwise have gone unnoticed.
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Rick Newton
 BFA Massachusetts College of Art

Newton’s paintings depict an unsettling world where there has been a change in

hierarchy with a story that goes on with in an endless state of irresolution, they have a quiet elegant quality. The scenes are oil and acrylic paintings rendered meticulously typically using a limited color pallet complemented by graphite mark making that indicate a flux in energy or molecular structure. The work is done on wood panel with Venetian plaster or backgrounds applied resembling the finish on cabinetry, which asserts his images. 

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Nicole Galluccio
BFA, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

 With the piece I have submitted for Flora and Fauna, “Sacred”,
I felt it was important to touch on current ecological issues within our
society and how we relate to them as humans. I chose to utilize a flora and fauna mandala (sacred geometry) as a metaphor for the sacred planet and what 
we are aiming to protect. 

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Andrew Pereira

Guatemala City, Guatemala
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Andrea Huffman
 1994: M.S., Art Education, Florida International University 
1980: B.A., Art Education, Florida Atlantic University 

 “I am intrigued with the small nuances in nature, the interdependence within every aspect of the natural world and its relationship to humanity. I create works of art on fabric to connect my viewers to my personal observations and experiences. Fiber offers tactile and dimensional qualities, while essentially maintaining a two-dimensional surface. My work draws upon both fine art and craft traditions, as well as contemporary innovations. I integrate various media, including dyeing, drawing, painting, printmaking and digital imagery with machine and hand stitching, along with a new exploration of natural dyes and pigments, to embellish each image in a way that will emphasize and convey to the viewer, my initial fascination with my subjects. Through this process I seek to actively engage each viewer in a visual dialogue about our connectedness to the environment and the need to preserve its beauty. It is my intention to inspire a deeper appreciation in order to effect positive change.” 

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Petrina Easton
Petrina Easton, who now lives in Boynton Beach, is inspired by the merging social and cultural factors affecting modern life. Her current body of work is focused on still-life, taking a traditional approach but with a modern-day twist.

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Judy Yudit Eisinger

 Kent State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts, minor in education, 
full scholarship 
Cleveland Institute of Art  and Cooper School of Art 

 For me, art has always evolved from impressions of life, rather than a strict rendering of a given subject. In every new painting, I love the ebb and flow of line and bold colors, the power of less is more, and the ways simplicity and boldness together can magically evoke sensation. 
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Sarah Knouse
MFA, Cuny Hunter College, New York, NY

 Through my art making practice I explore themes of ornamentation and superficial grandeur as they occur at a domestic scale. I often combine notions of quotidian household surroundings with those of the ephemeral and surreal. My fascination in our culture’s relationship with decoration and surface treatment plays a large role in my work. 
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Sue Oakes
Briarcliffe College, A.A.S., Graphic Design, 1999 


 My work is not straight Photography but Photo Imaging, enhanced photographic techniques created by my digital “hand painting”. Although it originates with computer hardware and software, it is not the result of anything “automatic”, and is developed from my original photography.

Through my work and teaching, I demonstrate that art and technology are not antagonistic, but can coexist and should be used to enhance each other in new and exciting ways. In my digital work I blur the borders between photography, painting, and digital illustration to achieve my artistic vision.
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John Mangan
Clark College, Vancouver WA, Major in Fine Art/Painting

"The tropical areas of Florida are magical. There is such diversity in these verdant acres, such mystery and sensuality in the flora and fauna; broad leafed plants, gators, ibis, the history of big cats do thrill me as a painter. As I continue painting I see my work edging closer towards the interaction between human communities and unfettered nature. "
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Carol Erenrich

BA Art History, Boston University, Boston, MA

Making photographs, capturing a moment, is a pleasure that trains the eye to see extraordinary arrangements, textures, and color in what might seem to be a very ordinary every day image. Taking that image, combining it with others, creates new meaning for these images. This has become a passion. I am often surprised at what comes from these combinations and manipulations. It is an active process; twirling, mixing, shredding, ripping, reversing, inverting (and sometimes reverting) my images. But this has, paradoxically, helped me become a better photographer and often becomes an outlet to comment on social issues.

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Judy Flescher
Bachelor of Art, Framingham State College, Framingham, Mass.

I would like viewers to feel the joy, the beauty, the magic of living. We are all touched, sooner or later, with tragedy and the realization of our own mortality. When I create, every piece is an emotional expression of what I am feeling, viewing, or remembering. Art helped me to heal emotionally after my fight with breast cancer. Art gave me hope, which I want to share with others.
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Kim Fay