Selected Artists in Studio Visit Book Vol. 1
The Arts to Hearts Project team is excited to introduce you the artists featured in our Studio Visit Book Vol. 1. With the help of these 33 incredible women and our guest curator guest curator Danielle Krysa (the jealous curator), we wish to provide inspiration to other artists who are on the same path navigating their art journeys.
These women artists have offered an interesting perspective into their world of art, filling our book with stunning illustrations and visuals. We thank them for their contribution and hope to work with them again soon!
Our Guest Curator
Danielle Krysa has a BFA in Visual Arts, and a post-grad in graphic design. She is the writer/curator behind the contemporary art site, The Jealous Curator (est.2009), and has curated art shows from Washington DC to Los Angeles, San Francisco to Toronto. Danielle creates her own artwork as well – mixed media collages which combine found images, paint, and as much humor as she can pack into each title. When she’s not in the studio, Danielle is writing books : “Creative Block”, “Collage”, and “Your Inner Critic Is A Big Jerk” were the first three, and her fourth book, “A Big Important Art Book – Now with Women”, was released in October of 2018. Danielle has also had the great pleasure of speaking at TEDx, PIXAR, Creative Mornings, CreativeLive, and was interviewed for several video segments on oprah.com.
he Jealous Curator has been featured by Oprah Magazine/oprah.com, Brain Pickings, Fast Company, Apartment Therapy, Sunset Magazine, Frankie Magazine, InsideOut Magazine, Flow Magazine, The Vancouver Sun, Glamour Paris, and more.
Studio Visit Book Vol. 1 Selected Artists
Stephanie Gowdy also known as Alyrical is a visual artist born and raised in South Florida. As an artist Alyrical works with acrylic on canvas along with mixed media graphite and charcoal on paper for portraits. Despite her many struggles in life such as being diagnosed with epilepsy, divorce, and literally losing sight and becoming legally blind Alyrical continues to use her inner vision to live out her purpose.
Alyrical’s vision is that art can be for everyone, using it to not only create awareness for multiple topics but bring society together. One os her favorite bible verses is Proverbs 29:18 “where here is no vision people perish.” Alyrical refuses to allow her life setbacks, health issues, or the loss of her sight to stop her sharing her vision and inspiring others to follow their dream
Jessica Larsen was born in rural Idaho. She is currently still living and producing work in her country studio. Intrigued by time, memory and nostalgia, Larsen works intuitively to create work that invokes the recollection of memory through abstraction and material. Larsen, also a trained woodworker, blends her skills as a craftsperson with her formal and painterly aesthetic to create contemporary pieces. Using humble mediums, such as homebuilding and homemaking supplies, Larsen is aestheticizing the ordinary and commonplace materials that surround us. The mixed media artworks are invitations from the artist to hold space for the allure that exists within the inconspicuous and overlooked details. Larsen recently graduated with an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her BFA from Boise State University and obtained an Associates of Applied Science degree in Woodworking and Cabinetry from the College of Southern Idaho. Larsen teaches Woodworking and CNC Milling at her alma mater, the College of Southern Idaho. She takes pride in serving her community by offering community education courses and has recently started volunteering her time as a board member of the Magic Valley Art Council. Her work has been featured in the online publication Outback Arthouse and in the Canyon Community Connector. Larsen has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Delia Dante Gallery in Boise, Idaho the summer of 2023 and was also invited to exhibit as a visual artist for the Treefort Music Festival in Boise Idaho. She participated in an exhibition called recollected at the Garage Door Gallery in Incline Village, Nevada in 2022, a midway exhibition at the Sierra Nevada Tahoe gallery in 2021. Larsen also has produced several custom pieces for corporate collections as well as for individual collector
Ashley Longshore is a New Orleans/New York based, self taught artist who is regularly called a young, feminist Andy Warhol for her contribution to pop art and the creative inspiration she finds in pop culture figures and brands. Longshore has built an empire in the art world and challenges the traditional business model of art galleries. As a powerhouse artist and pioneer in social media marketing, she has exploded into a global brand and used her platform to encourage positivity and authenticity. Dubbed by The New York Times as “Fashion’s Latest Art Darling,” Longshore has paved a colorful path for pop art and fashion to coexist.
Laura Radwell, a native New Yorker, is an artist and devoted collector of visual impressions who has lived in Northampton, Massachusetts since 1974. She attended schools in New York, Massachusetts, and in France, studying language, literature, and psychology. With little to no formal training, she found her own way in a variety of media including batik, sculpture, calligraphy, graphic design, and painting. In the early 1990s Radwell began focusing on photomontage, but then needed to turn her full attention to her growing business, Radwell Communication by Design.
In November of 2009 she resumed the photo-based work, deconstructing and recomposing elements of nature and the built environment. This time the work was entirely digital, beginning with photographs she captured of the landscape, deteriorating surfaces like oxidized metal and chipped paint, and objects of interest (grimy factory windows, walls showing the effects of time, cracked cement, etc.). Blended and arranged on a virtual canvas, abstractions based on real world elements were created, challenging habitual ways of seeing.
In September of 2014, she took up her oils once again. At first, the work resembled landscapes she had painted decades earlier. But her style quickly evolved into a new mode of painting that was actually informed by the digital work she had been doing. What has now emerged is a way of painting landscapes that is more expressive, and one that produces more abstract studies in color, texture, and form. Though abstract, the work contains an aesthetic that landscapes have often manifested over time, one which conveys feelings and emotions that range from peace and acceptance to turmoil and yearning, depending on the vantage point of the view
Sarah-Mecca Abdourahman is a graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2020). She has previously exhibited at the Senate of Canada (2023), Ottawa City Hall (2023), Rubenstein Arts Center at Duke University (2022), Digital Art Resource Centre (2022), Gallery 101 (2022), La Maison d’Haïti (2022), Institut National Art Contemporain (2022), Ottawa Art Gallery (2021). Her work has been featured in CBC Arts Documentary Series: Exhibitionists (2020). In addition, she has designed murals for the Vanier Community Service Centre and Lansdowne & the Glebe Park (2020-2021). She has also led creative workshops with Ottawa Art Gallery and Somerset West Community Health Centre (2021-2022). Her work is among private collections and the City of Ottawa Art Collection. Most recently, Abdourahman presented a solo exhibition entitled L’exil at MIFO gallerie d’art Eugène-Racette (2022).
Christine Romanell’s colorful wall sculptures and installations explore non-repeating patterns informed by cosmology and physics, while rooting itself in applied design similar to Islamic patterning. Her use of rotational symmetry to generate dimensional forms allude to movement and create an event horizon, a space where the infinite tessellations of universal physics can intersect with patterns, collapsing the divide between the theoretical and the real.
Romanell lives and works in New Jersey where she’s on the board of Manufacturers Village Artists space in East Orange. She is the founder and editor of NotWhatItIs art blog. Her work has been discussed in Hyperallergic, MIT Technology Review, All She Makes, Art and Cake, ArtFuse, ArtSpiel and WoArt. Her sculptures have been included in ArtPrize and she is a recipient of an NEA grant for her work through Chashama in NYC. Christine Romanell received a 2022 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. She has lectured at Pratt University and taught at the College of St Elizabeth. Her BFA is from the School of Visual Arts (NYC) and her MFA is from Montclair State University (Montclair NJ).
Kreetta Järvenpää is a Helsinki-based photographer artist who specializes in flowers and plants. She has an MA degree from the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. Järvenpää started exhibiting in Finland 2017. She has been featured in magazine publications like Rum Ute, Helsingin sanomat, Asun magazine and Orlando magazine. Järvenpää creates contemporary interpretations of Dutch golden age era with her floral fantasy. Prints of Järvenpää’s original work can be purchased from her website, www.kreettakreetta.com
Mia Rollins (Nashville, TN, 1995) is an installation artist, researcher, and critical theorist. Though they grew up in the South, at the age of fifteen, Rollins moved to the Northeast to pursue a career in competitive figure skating. They received their BA in Visual Art and Modern Culture and Media from Brown University in 2017 and their M.F.A. in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design in 2022.They are currently a professor, teaching Engineering Graphics, Blueprint Design, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing in the Department of Physics and Engineering at the Community College of Rhode Island. As a large part of Rollins’ practice is advocating for the incorporation of artists’ perspectives in STEM research, Residencies and collaborations with scientific and technological research projects are integral to their practice. From 20221-2022, Rollins was the Artist in Residence at the Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center, researching Cherenkov radiation, gamma spectroscopy, and cosmic radiation. Rollins is a founding member of the Brown University Space Program, which launched SBUDNIC, a small satellite, into space in June 2022. Currently, Rollins is the Artist in Collaboration with the Flow Physics Facility at the University of New Hampshire, working alongside a team of physicists to develop new methods of educating students on flow physics using projection mapping and smoke holography. The project has received a 2023 NASA SCoPE Seed Grant. Rollins is looking forward to their first international solo exhibition, Dreams Like Cherenkov, this Fall (2023) at Galerie Siedlarek in Frankfurt, German
Hilary Swingle, a Salt Lake City-based figurative realist oil painter whose work showcases hyper-realistic imagery created through the indirect painting method. Hilary’s art has been showcased in galleries and museums across the United States and internationally, earning her recognition in prestigious art competitions such as the 16th ARC Salon, where she was a finalist, and the 2022 Exhibitour, where she was awarded an honorable mention by juror Alyssa Monks. Hilary’s love for art blossomed at a young age, which she mostly contributes to her grandmother Donnabelle, who transformed her kitchen countertops into an art studio every day after grade school. Her favorite lessons were about the Masters of the Italian Renaissance, particularly their mastery of rendering the human form. Equally inspiring were the Post Impressionists for their ability to evoke strong emotions without the use of realism, but with color and bold brushwork.
Although she always had the dream of becoming a professional artist, Hilary pursued a career in healthcare. She promised to return one day to her initial dream, which she fulfilled through her dedication to self-learning and seeking classes and mentorships from prominent artists such as Dorielle Caimi, Jennifer Balkan, Shana Levenson, David Kassan, and local art professor Perry Stewart. Hilary is represented by 33 Contemporary in Chicago, Illinois, and Sugarlift Gallery in New York,
Jennifer Warren is a Chicago-based oil painter making work that explores themes around nature, beauty, and the Black body. As a largely self-taught artist, her practice reflects her passion for incorporating new ideas and techniques that aim to convey the lived Black experience through everyday intimate and meditative moments. Her work has been exhibited at the Martin Gallery, Chicago, IL; the Sidney Larson Gallery, Columbia, MO; and in the Saatchi Art Virtual exhibition. She was one of seven artists cast on The Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist. A new reality show/docu series produced by MTV and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Jennifer graduated with a BA in International Business and a minor in Visual Arts from Eckerd College and attended a Painting and Drawing program at the Leo Marchutz School of Fine Art in France. She currently lives and works in Chicago, IL.
Katie Southworth is an internationally collected abstract artist currently based in Boston, MA. Originally from Darien Connecticut, she graduated from Colby College in Waterville Maine with Bachelor degrees in Studio Art and Psychology. Katie discovered her signature style her senior year of college, the same year she unfortunately grieved the sudden loss of her mother. She was the recipient of the Charles Hovey Pepper Prize for her body of work featured in the 2016 Senior Capstone Exhibition. She went on to receive her Masters in Teaching at the Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts in May 2018. In August of 2021, after three years of teaching elementary art, she began pursuing her fine art career full time. Over 200 of her original works are in private and public collections in 50+ cities across the nation and abroad, including New York City, Miami, LA, Canada, and more. Her first solo show “Colorjoy” in November 2021 attracted over 300 people to Opening Night, where 10 pieces sold in total, and 10% was donated to suicide prevention organizations. Katie’s work has been featured in international, local, and fine art publications including Vanity Fair London, British Vogue, Colby Magazine, and Create! Magazine. At this point in her career, Katie is completely independent and shows her work online, in exhibitions, and in art fairs across the country. Katie works out of a large warehouse studio in Hyde Park, MA, where she hosts quarterly Open Houses.
Yunuene (Yunuen Esparza, born in 1975 in Mexico City) holds a degree in Graphic Design from the Intercontinental University and currently lives and works in Mexico City. Her artwork transforms everyday reality, which can often seem strange and chaotic, into a colorful and fun celebration of life. Since 2014, she has been an international pioneer in the use of augmented reality technology in art. Yunuene’s artistic style incorporates a multitude of personal, aesthetic, and cultural references that reflect the plurality of her personal life and contemporary social issues. She often plays with people’s perceptions of the mundane and the traditional, using augmented reality to complement her message. In 2018, her solo exhibition “Valores Invertidos” was named one of the top 5 must-see contemporary art exhibitions by Architectural Digest and Bogart Magazine. Her recent 2022 exhibition, “Tricked,” in Germany, attracted over 100,000 visitors, setting a record for its two-year participation. She recently collaborated with HONOR Global as a judge in their international art and design contest, as well as in the creation of an augmented reality experience in Hamburg as part of the launch of their Re-techoration campaign. She is also a self-published author of an interactive book called AR PARTY, which is available on Amazon and has been translated into three languages. Yunuene’s contemporary art has been exhibited both individually and collectively in prominent museums such as the Museum of the Stock Exchange, the Soumaya Museum, the National Museum of Art, the Centro National Museum of Arts, and within the CDMX Metro system. She has participated in over 40 collective exhibitions, and her work has been exhibited in numerous countries around the world, including the United States, Germany, Austria, Spain, Canada, Israel, Brazil, Colombia, and China.
Shilpa Nayudu is an artist, who quit her career as an Army officer and a dentist to pursue her dream to make art. She takes inspiration from nature and the spaces around her. Her work revolves around her ruminations on life, reflecting the conflicting feelings of wonder and dismay she experiences as she journeys through her ephemeral life. Her recent works are draped with a strong sense of admiration and gratitude towards nature and the human body and mind. She loves to meet new people and Studio Raah, is her studio space, where she invites artists to collaborate and learn from each other and grow in their own art practices. She has been part of residencies and group exhibitions in different parts of India and has recently moved to (2 weeks back!) and works from Goa, India.
Nicole Young is a visual artist and curator based on the traditional, unceded and occupied territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, BC.) Born in Ontario, Nicole received a BFA in Visual Arts and Art History from UBC Okanagan, and studied studio arts and art history at UCLA. Working in the confluence of visual arts, environmentalism and storytelling, Nicole’s works are as much science experiments as they are conversations on ways to approach climate justice. She uses natural pigments and dyes in her paintings as a way to deepen her connection with nature, and to create a dialogue about waste-free practices. Moving seamlessly between large scale textile installations, works on canvas, garments and graceful drawings, Nicole’s works aesthetically resemble collage while maintaining their painterly qualities. Her work has been exhibited in Canada and abroad since 2010.
Brooklyn-based self-taught painter Stacey Billups is best known for depicting Black and Brown women in moments of contemplation, relaxation, and joy.
Billups works primarily with the mediums of oil paint and watercolor and gouache paints. She describes her style as Figurative Expressionism. She finds inspiration in the spirit of women.
Billups has exhibited her work in group exhibitions, most recently in 2022, “More Art Coney Island,” Brooklyn Waterfront Coalition, NY, and “Healing and Hope” at Kente Royal Gallery in New York, and “Small Works 2022 New Beginning” Upstream Gallery, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. She publicly displayed artworks in 2022 through Arts Gowanus in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and the citizenM Hotel in Miami, Florida.
Billups has been featured in publications including Bair, Diane: “Portrait of an Artist,” USA TODAY; Best Years Magazine, August 2020, p. 50-51 and Killens Review of Arts & Letters “THE BEAUTIFUL STRUGGLE, “Fall/Winter 202, VOL.12, NO.1, PORTFOLIO: pg. 48-51.
Originally from Queensland, Australia, Michelle Biggar is a self taught visual artist living and working in Vancouver, BC, Canada. After completing a Bachelor of Built Environment, majoring in Interior Design, at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia; and with a prolific 25-year career as an Interior Designer, Michelle’s art practice is born as a territory for the exploration of expressive freedom within the structures and geometries that dominate her work.
Michelle’s art practice is an exploration of the structured and the organic, the rigid and the soft, the free gestures of the hand and the precision of geometry – bringing these concepts together in a layered mixed-media expression that combines the tactile qualities of paper and thread into balanced compositions.
The circular form is prominent in Michelle’s current work. Here, pure circular shapes are dissected, manipulated and recreated in a quest for harmony, unity and new types of perfection. Colour combinations are explored for their emotive qualities. Layers of coloured papers are connected with sewing thread, embroidered by hand or machine-stitched, exhibiting the gestures of the process.
Through her works, Michelle explores and defines a unique language of abstract geometry and tactile play. She is interested in the quiet order and movement created through the use of repetition, colour proximity and pure geometry.
Michelle is an emerging artist with her first solo exhibition “Complete” -a quest for wholeness + the freedom between the lines” featured at Propellor Studio + Gallery on Granville Island from October 2022 through to April 15th, 2023.
Doris Kapner is a multidisciplinary artist working primarily in ceramics and printmaking. The daughter of German immigrants and raised in New York, she earned her B.F.A. in Sculpture from Purchase College in 1994 and has worked in art galleries, as a TIG welder, police officer, homemaker, loss prevention manager, visual merchandiser, yoga teacher, and art instructor. This fluctuation between typical male and female roles informs her work. Doris began working in ceramics in 2015, creating undergarments, dresses, and handkerchiefs, often adding needlework and crochet, influenced by her upbringing. She has been exploring printmaking since 2022 as a selected artist of the Studios at McColl Center program in Charlotte, North Carolina where she has her studio.
Joy Kinna (b. 1997) is an abstract painter living and working just outside of Vancouver, Canada. She has exhibited work in Vancouver, Toronto, and throughout the USA, including New York, Seattle, and Des Moines. Joy is represented by two US galleries, Sugarlift Gallery and Liz Lidgett Gallery. Joy also successfully sells her work internationally to private collectors.
Tara Sellios is a multidisciplinary artist working mainly in large format photography and also in drawing, sculpture and installation. She graduated from The Art Institute of Boston in 2010 with a BFA in photography and art history. Recent solo exhibitions include Infernalis at Gallery Kayafas (Boston, MA), Sinuous at C. Grimaldis Gallery (Baltimore, MD) and Testimony at Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR). Her work has been included in several group exhibitions locally and internationally, the most recent being inclusion in Photo Brussels Festival (Brussels, Belgium). She is a multiple Massachusetts Cultural Council Award Fellow and has appeared on the cover of Photograph magazine and Art New England, amongst others. Her work is part of several permanent collections, including The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Danforth Museum and the RISD Museum. She currently lives and works in her South Boston studio, where she is preparing for her next solo exhibition at Fitchburg Art Museum in 2024, as well as several across Italy.
Anastasia Parmson received a Master’s in Visual Arts from Strasbourg University in 2009 and then embarked on multiple life-changing adventures on sea, land and in-between.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery and MAY SPACE Gallery in Australia, Megan Dickinson Gallery in New Zealand, Tallinn Light Biennale in Estonia, Apollonia Art Exchanges in France, and more.
Anastasia has been featured in multiple blogs and publications such as Articulate Magazine, Colossal, Create! Magazine and Bored Panda.
In 2021 she was granted a Create NSW Arts and Cultural Funding Grant toward developing her most ambitious work: a site specific installation for Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, which was exhibited from November 2021 until February 2022.
In the past few months, Anastasia has been the finalist in several contemporary art award shows across Australia, including Dobell Drawing Prize, Jacaranda Acquisitive Art Award and was voted as winner of Paul Guest Prize People’s Choice Award.
Based in rural New South Wales, Australia, the artist behind Stitch and Bone, Rachel Gooden, creates works that are an amalgamation of her fascination and awe of the natural world, in particular insects, and her love of creating unique handmade faux entomological stumpwork embroidery pieces made out of beautiful materials. These creations are not designed to be realistic replicas but rather fantastical representations – ‘dressed-up’ entomological versions of an insect shape that have been embellished and adorned with striking beads, fabrics, threads and crystals.
Whilst Rachel’s work embraces facets of traditional stumpwork embroidery she endeavours to create pieces that embody modern elements, aiming to bring this intricate and established art form into the present day through heirloom pieces that will hopefully be displayed and treasured – and perhaps become a part of someone else’s collection.
Bridgette Meinhold is a conceptual artist based in Park City, UT where she is known for her atmospheric, foggy encaustic landscape paintings. Meinhold shows her artwork in galleries across the Mountain West in Park City, Jackson, and Durango. Nature is the starting point for all of Meinhold’s work and her inspiration comes from watching the weather, walking in forests and through mindful observation of our environment. Besides encaustics, Meinhold has a regular sketchbook practice where she documents her travels with watercolor, pen and ink. She also often paints the landscape en plein air while out on hikes, bike rides, and even while backcountry skiing. Meinhold also creates her own inks and paints out of foraged materials, creates conceptual projects to raise awareness about pressing environmental issues, and makes ephemeral snow labyrinths as an act of moving meditation.
Janien Prummel lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Wandering in and around the farm, during childhood in the Netherlands, shaped her preferences. Her affinity for old books, worn materials, objects with a (personal) history have their origins here. The texture and traces of time that become visible in the materials inspire her every time to collect and process. Collage (or assemblage) is her medium. She organises and arranges elements into new, mostly abstract compositions.
Besides being a creative therapist, Janien (1963) also studied sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. But she did not pursue the path of sculpture. To find out what is truly her medium and her visual language, was a long process. She privatly experimented with collage in (sketch) books. The sketchbook was a safe place to experiment and further develop her visual language and confidence as an artist. Books still play an important role in her work as subject, material and medium.
As a multidisciplinary visual artist, Kate Wilson creates frameworks to spark the imagination, infused by her former careers as a teacher and graphic designer. Across all disciplines, to creations and commissions, Kate adds hidden positive words, metallics, remote-controlled lighting, and even trash.
Kate says, “Making art allows me to communicate in a way that words cannot. Working in this pure form of expression, I create art to spark imagination and invite wonder.”
Kate trained at RISD and Skidmore College and has built her artistic practice from formal teachings, continued self-education, and the psychology of color. Her work has earned multiple awards, been written in articles, and has been invited into exhibitions. She was selected by RISCA for a solo exhibition at the Block Island Airport and has been featured in many other solo and group exhibitions, including the Providence Art Club, Artbox Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland, and the Bristol Art Museum, where Kate was said to be one of twelve “regional abstract artists to watch.” Kate’s Hope For The Planet aerial sculpture, spanning eight feet, was invited to be installed in the Rhode Island State House, where visitors could add their wish for the planet to the 800 wishes already present. Her art is in private collections worldwide, including a 12-foot work in the New England Institute of Technology residence hall and hotels along the Florida coast.
Kate enjoys giving artist talks and being a repeat celebrity artist for Providence’s Gallery Night Tours. Her studio is in Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Juliana Rempel is a graduate of Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada where she received her Bachelor in Visual Arts degree. Following this, she attended Cardiff School of Art and Design in Wales, UK where she completed her Master of Arts degree in Ceramics. Juliana has had the opportunity to attend art residencies such as the International Ceramic Studio in Hungary, Fourwinds Arts Residency in France as well as Medalta International Ceramic Residency in Canada. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, most recently her work has been shown at the Augsburg University Art Gallery (Minnesota, USA), the Alberta Craft Gallery (Alberta, Canada), Leighton Art Center (Canada), Collar Works (New York, USA), Art Souterrain (Quebec, Canada), The Gardiner Museum (Toronto, Canada), and as part of ‘Oh Ceramics’ exhibition at the Esplanade Museum and Gallery (Canada).
Juliana resides and maintains a studio practice in Bragg Creek, Alberta (Canada) and is currently teaching as sessional faculty at Alberta University of the Arts.
Andrea Facusse is a Honduran-American visual artist. Her artistic skills encompass a wide range of mediums, including 2D acrylic and oil paintings, murals, and installation artwork. Facusse is mainly self-taught however, she studied art theory and painting practice with Venezuelan artist Geula Zylberman. Andrea is a well-respected artist in Palm Beach and is currently in her fourth year of residency in Pineapple Grove at the Arts Warehouse in Delray Beach, Florida. Andrea’s artwork has been displayed in numerous galleries throughout Palm Beach County, including the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, Boca Raton Innovation Campus, Arts Warehouse, and more. Her creative pieces have caught the attention of various media outlets, including Boca Raton Magazine, where her work was featured, and La Primera 104.1 FM, where she participated in a live Spanish radio interview. In addition, PBS South Florida also did an excerpt about her work. Facusse’s art often reflects on mental health, environmental disruption, gender inequity and social inequalities. She uses her platform as an artist to raise awareness and open dialogue to these different pressing issues facing our world today. For example, her series featuring endangered species highlights the urgent need for conservation efforts to protect these animals and their habitats. Similarly, her work exploring mental health encourages viewers to reflect on their own experiences and the importance of addressing mental health issues in society. Overall, Andrea Facusse’s art is a powerful expression of her commitment to bring awareness to various pressing world issues. Andrea is an accomplished artist whose exceptional talent has earned her a significant following and a well-deserved place within the contemporary art community. http://www.andreafacusse.com @e.com @andreafacusseart
Nafia Syeed is a self-taught visual artist based in Northern Virginia and a proud mother of two beautiful children and a cat. Originally from Bangladesh, she moved to the United States in 2020 to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time artist.
Growing up in Bangladesh, Syeed was always drawn to the natural world and the rich biodiversity of her surroundings. With a deep passion for experimentation and exploration, she constantly pushes the boundaries of traditional artistic mediums, often combining unexpected materials and techniques to achieve her artistic vision.
Her work is inspired by the natural beauty, and explores themes of identity, memory, and connection through a variety of mediums, including sketching, painting, mixed media, alcohol ink, resin, gold foil, and natural found objects. Through her vibrant paintings she invites viewers to engage with her art on a deeply emotional and intellectual level, encouraging them to question their own perceptions of the world around them.
Today, Syeed’s paintings are characterized by their vibrant colors, intricate details, and organic forms and work has been featured in several local juried exhibitions, where it has been praised for its originality, beauty, and emotional depth.
As an emerging artist, Syeed is committed to using her art to raise awareness about the importance of preserving our natural world. At the heart of her work is a belief in the power of art to heal and console, as Vincent Van Gogh once said. She is actively involved in promoting conservation and sustainability, and hopes that her work will inspire others to appreciate life, cherish our natural world, and protect it for future generations. Each piece she creates is infused with love and a desire to bring positive energy and hope into the world.
Stacy Seiler is a multi-disciplinary artist, journalist and design educator based in New York City. As an effect of a traumatic brain injury sustained in 2019, her work made a dramatic shift from precisionist charcoal drawings to mixed media photo collage and sculptural forms. Embracing this unexpected change has allowed her to find gratitude, even in the most challenging of situations. Stacy has exhibited in notable institutions, including Sotheby’s, The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, University of Southern Mississippi Museum of Art, The Gould-Guggenheim Estate, Swiss General Consulate NY, Fashion Institute of Technology and The Painting Center. Her work has received features in Drawing Magazine, Photo Trouvée Magazine, Common Ground, Oyedrum and Artistonish. In addition to her art practice, Stacy is the Art Editor of IRK Magazine and an Assistant Professor of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design. Stacy earned her BFA with a minor in Art History from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Parsons School of Design.
Fernanda Martínez is an Oakland based artist and founder of La Tinta Art. Through her abstract paintings and murals, Fernanda explores the relation with the environment by incorporating nature elements as themes. With an experimental and intuitive approach to her work, Fernanda’s pieces are unique statements that represent feelings of connection, expansion and growth. Over the past seven years, Fernanda has exhibited her work throughout galleries; she has also collaborated with brands such as Meta, Google, Anthropologie, Lulu and Georgia, among others. Fernanda’s art and murals can be found across the Bay Area and select online platform
Kim Manfredi graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) with a BFA in 1988 and then worked as a skilled decorative painter for many years. She returned to MICA and graduated with an MFA in Fine Art in 2009. Kim moved to the Palm Springs area in 2016. The Pandemic inspired a period of experimentation in which Kim began applying paint in a free, liberating and abstract way. She is an enthusiastic cyclist who rides daily with her biking community through the valley and into the mountains. These journeys power her artistic vision and provide the raw materials for new paintings. After graduating MICA, she was represented by C. Grimaldis Gallery, 2009 – 2013 and has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, VCCA, Maryland Art Place and most recently a portfolio reviewed workshop at Anderson Ranch. Kim has exhibited at various venues in the Coachella Valley, exhibits with Slate Contemporary in the Bay Area and is a founder of the Desert Open Studios Tour.
Melissa Jander is an award-winning artist creating oil paintings full of color and emotion. She began her studies in the field of technical drawing and architecture, later adding a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language and Literature from Washington State University, a Graphic Design Certificate from the Art Institute of Seattle, and a Web Design Certificate from Bellevue College. Continuing art instruction included the Loveland Academy of Fine Art in Colorado, Gage Academy and Kirkland Arts Center in Washington, and private art instruction. Melissa is a Signature Member of Women Artists of the West, and Associate Member of American Impressionist Society, and Oil Painters of America. Melissa was chosen by the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival as their poster artist for 2018.
Frances Berry Moreno
Based in Memphis, Tennessee for the past fourteen years, Frances started her artistic career as a photographer. Midway through her masters degree at the Memphis College of Art, she discarded all of her cameras, spent a few years as a digital artist only to eventually land on painting, which is where she is today.
Grace Worley is a painter from Akron, Ohio. She graduated from Wittenberg University in 2020 with a BA in art education and is completing her MFA in the painting + drawing program at Ohio University. Worley’s work has been exhibited throughout Ohio and across the United States. Since 2021, her work has been featured at the Swope Art Museum (Terre Haute, IN), Wild Goose Creative (Columbus, OH), Manifest Gallery (Cincinnati, OH), Don Drumm Studios & Gallery (Akron, OH), and the Springfield Museum of Art (Springfield, OH.) Worley was awarded the People’s Choice Award in 2020 by The Contemporary Dayton Gallery (Dayton, OH). She has been featured in interviews with VoyageOhio Magazine and CanvasRebel, as well as published in Thought Art Magazine (Issue 6), Envision Arts Magazine (Vol. 9), ArtWalk Magazine (Issue 3), Gigantic Sequins Magazine (Issue 14), and the Phonebook Collective Magazine (Vol 1.).
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