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Ellen Jean Cole
Ellen Jean Cole lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida during the winter months. In the summer, she lives in a log cabin on a river in Maine. Nature is the inspiration for her art. After working in the business world with her husband for twenty-five years she had decided to explore her creative side. At that time, she had a passion for collecting and making pottery. While hiking and kayaking in Florida she had contracted Lyme disease, which put a stop to making pottery, but not art. She fell in love with the art of precious metal clay. She describes her art as a reflection of “nature with a Victorian flare”. Ellen draws her designs on paper and then goes from there. She teaches this technique to small groups and hopes you will enjoy her art.
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Julie Christ
Julie Christ lives in Tampa, Florida. She comes from a military background but has lived in Tampa since 1984. Professionally, she has worked in the legal field for the past 20 years and is currently employed as a paralegal with a defense firm in St. Petersburg. She began beading with her daughter and has enjoyed the process of creating mala-type bracelets. She makes rings, bracelets, and necklaces with glass and stone beads. She likes to work with the stone Agate as they offer so many different colors and patterns. Recently, she makes necklaces using hardened glass glitter. Christ says she finds her inspiration from fashion. Also, she suggests not wearing her jewelry in water for an extended period of time.
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Buzz Coren
Buzz Coren was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Wyoming and received a biology degree in 1975 from the University of South Florida. He learned woodworking basics from his father and school shop. When it got out of hand as a hobby, he began a career in crafting wood fulltime in 1980. Through reading, curiosity, and happy accidents, he developed a style of laminating hardwood and veneer to achieve distinct and unique patterns. After years of crafting wooden desks and fashion accessories, he now creates bowls and vessels. He is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Carolina Designer Craftsmen, and Piedmont Craftsmen. He lives with his family in Western North Carolina.
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Lee Cox
Beginning with copper, Lee Cox has been working with enamels for over four decades. When she was 11 years old, her parents sent her to the beautiful summer camp Mystic in Texas the hill country. She was so homesick by the first week of camp that the only fun thing she enjoyed that did not leave her crying was the daily hour of arts and crafts. She would spend the hour carefully scrubbing small copper bowls and sifting enamels onto them. She couldn't wait until the next day just to see what the teacher pulled out of the kiln. Over the years, she played with other forms of glass art, including stained and fused glass. Cox then had a very successful career in glass beaded jewelry. After years of traveling and exhibiting at amazing art shows around the country such as Cherry Creek, Columbus Arts Festival, and St James Court just to name a few, Lee took a much-needed break. During the break, she returned to her first love, enamels. Lee has been fortunate enough to study under some of the best cloisonné artists in the country including Sharon Scalise, Patsy Croft, and Amy Roper Lyons. She loves working with all the color possibilities because the opportunities for whimsy are endless. Lee often starts with fine silver and 24-karat gold. Some settings include using the Korean technique Keum Boo for adding gold to silver. Lee spends countless hours in her studio creating one-of-a-kind, unique necklaces, bracelets and earrings that are wearable pieces of art.
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Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow
Cheryl Anne Day-Swallow was born in New York and raised in Largo, FL. Her passion for art led her to photography. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Digital Photography Magazine and has been exhibited at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art and the Naples Museum of Art. She and her husband, Jim, facilitate a non-profit photography group called The Photographic Art Society of Florida. It is their hope to encourage other photographers to go out and capture their passion for life, through photography. Nature is the inspiration for her art. After working in the business world with her husband for twenty-five years she had decided to explore her creative side. At that time, she had a passion for collecting and making pottery. While hiking and kayaking in Florida she had contracted Lyme disease, which put a stop to making pottery, but not art. She fell in love with the art of precious metal clay. She describes her art as a reflection of “nature with a Victorian flare”. Ellen draws her designs on paper and then goes from there. She teaches this technique to small groups and hopes you will enjoy her art.
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Eric Folsom
Eric Folsom was born in Gulfport and currently resides there after working as a bicycle messenger in Washington D.C., and an artist apprenticeship in Virginia. He spent ten years there living in the woods in a hand-built house. Eric’s bronze and copper braze-welded jewelry and objects are still influenced by Mexican art after a number of bike tours of Mexico. He has exhibited at Florida Craft Art Gallery, the Temple Beth El Festival and received second place in 2017 at the PAVA Member Show.
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Gail Gamble
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Trudi Ann Gridley
Trudi was born in Illinois but spent much of her life in Hawaii, while she was growing up and after her marriage. Her husband Jack and their two children moved across the country to Arizona, Texas and Washington, D. C. when Jack was in the military. Trudi and Jack retired to Dunedin and have been volunteers at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center for over 19 years. In 2009 Trudi began taking jewelry wiring classes and now shares her “Follow Your Art” creations in the DFAC gift shop.
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Barbara Hacker
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Judy Helfrich
Judy Helfrich is an artist who has worked in and taught several mediums, including oil painting, pen and ink and stained glass. In recent years, she began working in jewelry sales and found a new outlet for her creative vision. She has studied jewelry-making around the country and learned much about different precious metals and stones, as well as the infinite number of possibilities in which they can be molded, shaped and blended to achieve their dazzling potential. Her work has appeared in the Lapidary Journal and is represented in shops in New York (including The Departure Shop at Albany International Airport), Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida. She is a member of the Designer Crafts Council, Albany, NY. Her current “flower line” is created by doing chase/repousse. “First, I love flowers. So, I create flowers (and) leaves, with or without stone centers, or center stem combinations. I love to bend/hammer metal to depict petals with soft flowing lines. I also like the textures created and the light reflecting off the metal flowers. All of my pieces are one of a kind in gold, silver & copper.” In addition to her beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces, Judy also creates “customized” jewelry by request and can help you bring your creative vision to life.
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Patricia Lafaye
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Carol LePierre
Carol LePierre became interested in art after taking a few classes at the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL. She found that she loved the beauty and design found in many different forms of art and worked with a stained glass artist in Oldsmar, FL, exploring the design and technique of glass art. In 2003, she had the opportunity to attend classes given by Finland's first female glass blower. Fascinated by the art of Sumi-e, she worked to bring that aesthetic to glass. Her jewelry journey began after creating torch-worked glass beads and moved on to the beautiful designs we see today. She has exhibited her glass and jewelry designs throughout Florida, won a buyer's choice award, has been named one of the featured artists in the Lake Wales monthly art walk. Her jewelry has been featured in the Tampa Bay Magazine holiday gift-giving guide for the past three years. Her current collection - The Journey Collection - features a sterling silver compass rose on each piece and the wonderful energy of individual gemstones.
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Susan Maxon
Susan Maxon was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona where she was exposed to the art of silversmithing at the tender age of four. She grew up across the street from well-known Arizona silversmith Gran Minor. At that time, Mr. Minor was contracted to teach the fading art of silversmithing to the young men of the Navajo Tribe. Susan would visit every day to learn and to watch what was going on in the studio. She could barely see over the bench, but she could see enough. When she returned home from these visits, she would sit at her little table in her room and, instead of having tea parties with her dolls, would hammer out little bracelets and rings from the wind off strips of metal that once came on cans of Planters Peanuts. Susan used a tiny hand-made hammer that was made for her father when he was a child. Although she made her first piece of forged jewelry in 1949, she began her career as an arts educator in 1968. She earned a BA Ed (Art Education), MEd (Counseling/Psycho-therapy) and “ABD” Ph.D. (Art and the Child: Dichotomy of Brain Function) degrees in Oklahoma and Texas. Susan was the first and founding faculty member of the DFAC’s jewelry department. Before moving to Florida and teaching for DFAC, she was the Chairman of the Art Department at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Susan owns and operates Honors Gran Jewelry and she still uses that tiny hammer.
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Carol Mayle
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Mark Noll
Mark’s playful jewelry is made from upcycled materials, most frequently Corian because it provides the ability to design delicate yet stable pieces. Mark’s primary inspirations are nature and geometry, which are reflected in the many circles and arcs that appear in his pieces. Corian pieces are safe to wash. All findings are surgical stainless steel that will not tarnish or rust.
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Carole Rosefelt
Carole has called Clearwater her home since 1979. A native of Milwaukee, WI, she studied at Layton Art School and Cardinal Stritch College. Her art career has spanned more than 40 years. She is very active in the local art community, participates in regional and national juried shows and galleries, and is an award-winning painter with paintings in private and corporate collections around the world. “Painting and designing are my life’s work and commitment. All of my inspiration, ideas, and creative stimuli are from my love of nature and humanity. My favorite technique is direct easel painting in water media – mostly acrylic on canvas and paper. Line, shape, and color are now my challenges based on principles of composition. I am specializing in large canvases, custom sizes, and color.” Carole also collects precious stones and creates her own line of natural jewelry. Carole is currently teaching at the Dunedin Fine Art Center, Dunedin, FL.
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Debbie Stone
Debbie Stone is a retired Pinellas County Schools teacher and administrator, whose love for culture, art and all things beautiful drove her to launch her collection. A self-taught designer, inspired by an artistic mother and grandmother, she has created a jewelry line with a balance between easy elegance and upscale casual qualities. The jewelry collection includes eye-catching earrings, stylish necklaces, and vibrant bracelets with a mix of authentic Murano glass, exotic stones, freshwater pearls, Miriam Haskell faux vintage pearls, hand cast toggles, exquisite wire wrapping, vermeil, and sterling silver. Launched in 2012, Debbie Stone Jewelry is available from the Chihuly Collection Store, ETSY website (DebbieStoneJewelry store name), trunk shows and private appointments. Debbie places a strong emphasis on stunning details, extraordinary quality, and customer excellence.
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Sharon Swallwood
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Monia Swann
Monia Swann
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Breta McGuire
Breta McGuire is originally from Moravian Falls, North Carolina. She has always been good at creating with her hands. She first realized her love for shaping metal when a friend in Washington State signed them up for a jewelry soldering class. Now, metalsmithing is her passion. She takes her inspiration from everyday sights and activities. Striving for the organic, she feels each piece should happen naturally and stay fun. The beauty of gemstones and working with silver also inspire her. Breta shapes and polishes her own cabochons from rock slabs. This is called lapidary. Depending on the piece, Breta recommends cleaning it with either a jewelry polishing cloth or a toothbrush and dishwashing liquid.
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Carol Tracht-Kader
Carol Tracht-Kader grew up in Pittsburg, PA, and has a professional background as a microbiologist. In 2014, she retired and now lives in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Inspired by her love of yoga and jewelry, Carol has been beading for years. For the past two years, she has been exploring forging metal and setting stones. She is drawn to the organic appearance of metals and stones, particularly agates, such as citrine and quartz with inclusions. Carol suggests storing her jewelry pieces rolled in a soft cloth and placed in a plastic bag.
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Wanda Walker
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Lee Anderson
Lee V. Anderson began working with clay in a class a decade ago at the Dunedin Fine Art Center and quickly developed an intense avocation for pottery and the ceramic arts. He studies the physical and chemical properties of the clay and glazes so he can work with instead of against the material, which then frees him to play with form and structure. In particular, he has been drawn to interpreting Southwestern and Scandinavian forms, to hand-burnishing work with a polished stone or the back of a spoon, and to the smoke and fire of raku. The clay takes on a life of its own as it responds to each of the stages in the process, and he is often surprised by what he finds when he opens the kiln. Lee teaches both throwing and hand-building clay at DFAC. He also maintains an active blog about the ceramics arts in Florida.
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Joan Duff Bohrer
Joan Duff Bohrer was raised in New Jersey. She earned her undergraduate degree at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and a Master's degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, Joan also did independent study at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. She currently splits her time between Salem, NY, and Dunedin, FL and maintains studios in both locations. She teaches at DFAC during the winter sessions. Her work features strong color and a loose painterly style: "My work is deeply involved in the layering of drawn images, adding veils of color, the destruction, and reconstruction of forms and a gradual simplification using the tools of my trade: mark-making, lines, and gestural color. My subject matter includes emotional states, contradictory forces, and transience in all levels of life. Having been described as 'an abstract painter with discernible references to the natural world', I realize that I often find icons for these forces in the natural world: flowers, birds, cages, vessels of all kinds, hooks, chairs, ladders, fragments of words, amaryllis bulbs and garlic bulbs (my newest icon). I believe that orchestral music and abstract painting relate. Both involve the imagination of the viewer/audience to be appreciated." Her work has been exhibited widely in New York and the Tampa Bay area was included in the 1996 Biennial at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York, and is included in several private and corporate collections. She has recently had a large charcoal, Requiem, accepted into the Permanent collection at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. She is represented privately in Florida by Alison West Brown in Clearwater and Susan Baisden in Tampa.
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Wendy Durand
Wendy Durand grew up on Long Island, New York in a household devoid of art – no painting, sculpture, glass or pottery – not even music. Television was the highest form of “art” in her home. It wasn’t until college that she saw a potter throwing on a wheel. She was mesmerized, but it never occurred to her to major in art. At the time, her family would not have accepted her decision. However, she did hold on to her dream. She spent 30 years as an executive director in women-focused nonprofits (rape crisis, healthcare, and domestic violence). It was not until she moved to Florida that she was fully exposed to art in all its forms… and she loved it. Once she began to take clay classes, she knew that this would become her life’s work. “There is something calming and centering about clay that allows me to fully express who I am. My work has evolved over time from wheel-thrown vases and jars to sculptural and functional hand-built work. It wasn’t until I discovered hand-building that I found what allowed me the most creativity and finally gave a voice to my work.” The creation of ceramic art involves both technical skill and creativity. But, behind it all, for Wendy, there is nothing quite like the joy of immersing herself in clay and attempting to make something beautiful. “I want people to touch my work and for my work to touch them.”
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Henry & Amy Gernhardt
Amy creates high fire stoneware pieces inspired by earth mediums and nautical themes. Originally from Detroit Lakes, MN, her work spans from utilitarian to fine art pieces and is exhibited in seven galleries throughout Florida. Amy is the Executive Director of the Cedar Key Historical Society. Her pieces are finished with non-toxic glazes and are microwave and dishwasher safe.
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Monica Guerrero
Monica Guerrero was born in Lima, Peru, where she studied drawing and hand-built pottery at the Escuela de Bellas Artes and the Mokichi Okada Foundation. She is a graduate of Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos Mayor with a degree in Latin American art history. Guerrero moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2005 where she currently resides. She has worked as Educator Coordinator at the Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg, Florida. As a pottery artist, Guerrero has expanded her work to include glass fusion and watercolor designs. She believes that every object, no matter its humble function, may also serve as art and enjoys creating something where the primary purpose is to provide beauty, yet favors that which provides practical utility. The ideas for her designs come from many sources - nature, her background as a Peruvian American Art Historian, ethnic art from around the world, children's book illustrations, animation, and cartoons. These influences can be seen throughout her work in subtle or overt ways. Her blog "Barro y Arena" started as a diary of her experiences on the potter's wheel and cutting glass in Tampa, Florida: "I started writing for myself and for friends and family in Peru and around the world and little by little clay just took all my time, and since 2010 it has been my only occupation. It doesn't mean that the academic has gone for good but it has taken a sabbatical." In 2016 Guerrero was accepted in her first international show—“Cheers” in Alberta Canada and has become a regular in group shows in Friends of River Oaks Square Art Center in Alexandria, LA in addition to “The Almighty Cup” in Fabius, NY.
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Sara Haydon
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Merrill Kramer

Merrill Kramer grew up in New York City, NY and has studied clay for over 40 years. She creates stoneware sculpture with a unique spirit; employing slabs, textures, oxides, and colorants.

She hand-builds “out of the box”, experimenting with innovative techniques, textures, and multiple surface finishes to meet technical and aesthetic challenges. Pushing clay to its limit as a medium while having a great time is her passion!

Her imagination, creativity, and love of clay coalesce to create objects with a unique spirit. Her art is exhibited throughout the US and Caribbean. Merrill teaches hand-building clay classes at DFAC.

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Jackie LaDrig
Jacqueline LaDrig earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics at the University of Tampa and her Masters of Fine Arts in ceramics, with a minor in small metals, from Georgia Southern University. She has taught elementary, high school and college level art. She is affiliated with the College Art Association, the American Craft Council and Florida Craftsmen, Inc. Jackie teaches ceramics at DFAC.
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Heather Leisch
A Florida native, born in Ft. Lauderdale and raised outside of Jacksonville, Heather is a ceramic artist who strives to capture the perfect harmony and balance in nature that is often missed by incorporating the beautiful patterns of leaves, feathers, rocks, and trees in her work. Heather has shared her love of art for the past 10 years as an art teacher in the Pinellas County schools.
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Alyssa Ligmont
Alyssa’s ceramic artwork has been exhibited in museums, fine art galleries and numerous retail galleries in Florida, Virginia, and Alabama. The forms are loose, even whimsical, juxtaposing seemingly dissimilar and even absurd elements and ideas into a single object. Alyssa fills her artwork with imagery from stories, music, her dreams and ideas about human nature and mankind’s relationship with nature. Alyssa is a member of the Naples Art Association, Broward Art Guild, Florida CraftArt and the American Craft Council. The tableware and kitchen tools are microwave and dishwasher safe. Soap dishes should be hand washed.
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Mitch Lowenstein
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Diane Lublinski
Diane Lublinski was born in New York City and grew up in South Florida where she still makes her home. Born of Cuban Spanish parents, she had a rich multicultural upbringing. A self-taught artist with a childhood love of fantasy, Diane is drawn to the figurative form expressing the absurdity of things while drawing influence from unexpected sources like the lyrics of music and nursery rhymes. She has recently shifted her focus to a more organic form, inspired by the fragile coral reef.
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Jackie McDonough
Jacqueline McDonough attended American University in Washington DC, majoring in design and art history. She has embraced different art forms from around the world, but always returns to clay. She loves exploring new ideas, pushing the limits and sharing and learning from others. Jackie teaches ceramics at DFAC.
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Karen James McGavock
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Pat Underwood
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Ana Varela
Ana Varela received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Florida in 1985. As a student, her work was selected for participation in the Florida Student Crafts Exhibition. Later, she was awarded first place in ceramics in the Art ‘85 in the Village festival presented by the Gainesville Fine Arts Association. Since then, her work has been presented in several fine galleries and exhibitions. She has won many top awards throughout the Southeast. “My imagery is based on people, animals and things I come in daily contact with. A reflection of my external observations coupled with some internal vision: people I meet, my neighbor’s cats, the cashier from Publix, the lizards that crawl around my studio, tree frogs that cling to the kitchen window at night. These images are personal, but hopefully also universal and promote a closeness to the earth.”
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Sharon Appler
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Debra Blythe
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Danielle Conte
Danielle Conte is originally from Harvey’s Lake, PA. She has extensively traveled and lived abroad and now resides in Ozona, FL. Danielle finds her inspiration from the organic shape and essence of natural materials and aims to highlight this beauty in her works. Her favorite materials to work with include leather, semi-precious stones, bone, horn, seeds, and coral. She uses the traditional technique of punching and hand stitching each of her leather pieces. Danielle likes the feeling of bringing a new life back to the materials she uses in her artwork. She has taught, been commissioned, and sold works both nationally and internationally. She encourages conditioning her leather products (i.e. mink oil, neatsfoot oil, Dr. Jackson’s leather conditioner) for nourishment, protection, and longevity.
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Smelia Damjanovich
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Marlene Glickman
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Laura Lee Hubbard
Laura Lee is a musician whose sensitive sounds and music have captivated audiences around the world. She has performed in Sweden, Japan, Germany, Ireland, and in Medjugorje, Bosnia at the Church of St. James the Great. She has been heard on national commercials for AT&T, Dove Bar, Nutri-Grain Cereal and Diet Coke. Through her website, she offers home concerts, as well as a children’s “Story Hour” in which she shares her original stories and illustrations, music, and crafts. She began sewing as a way to relax from her musical endeavors. It grew from a healing influence in her own life to sharing healing joy with her customers. As a fabric artist with Lily Monk, Laura Lee creates beautifully unique one-of-a-kind clothing, handcrafted totes, scarves, caps and clothing accessories – all “made with repurposed fabric & LOVE.”
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Carolyn Kossar
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Karol Kusmaul
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Ericka Leigh
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Janet Rose Nelson
Having learned to weave many years ago Janet fully immersed herself into mastering the craft of weaving and dyeing after retiring from her career as a college teacher. She expresses her ongoing love affair with color by dyeing most of her yarns herself, exploring new hues and combinations which she then applies primarily to bamboo and rayon yarns because of their softness and sheen. Janet is inspired by abstract expressionist artists and is a devotee of the Japanese school of Saori weaving which encourages self-exploration through free-form weaving. “For me, weaving is a form of meditation, a creative expression and an exploration of the infinite connections of color and texture all rolled into one.”
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Rosemary Nolletti
Rosemary Nolletti hand-knits each MONSTER with love. MONSTERS are individuals like you and me...no two will ever be exactly alike. "They always make me smile when they're completed and their personalities come out. I hope that they will make you smile, too." All proceeds from the MONSTERS go directly to The Jennifer Nolletti Art Foundation, providing scholarships to help students in need so that they may continue with their education in the arts. "Jennifer always had a passion for art and music. She played the flute in her middle and high school bands and played guitar just for fun. She pursued her Bachelor's Degree in Art Education at the University of North Florida. Becoming an elementary school art teacher was a perfect fit and a job she absolutely loved. She was dedicated to inspiring her students to develop a deep understanding and appreciation of art. Their age didn't matter; she just wanted them to enjoy it. Art and music, along with her fiancé, family and friends were the things that brought joy to Jennifer. Unfortunately, her life was cut short due to an irresponsible driver. It is in her honor that we have proudly established this foundation."
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Carol Sackman
Carol Sackman is a multi-media artist, who holds BFA and MFA degrees from the Maryland Institute of Art, College of Art. She has studied at Greenwich House and Art Students League in New York City, Pacific Basin Textile Arts in Berkley, CA, and the Columbia Center for the Visual Arts in Columbia, Maryland. She has exhibited her work throughout Maryland and Washington DC and participated in outdoor art shows in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. She is currently creating whimsical button necklaces and bracelets, which incorporate vintage and new buttons and beads were given to her by friends or found at flea markets. Each piece is different and often contains vintage jewelry or some unique trinket. Her work is whimsical and can be commissioned. She and her husband Blake are Dunedin Mosaic artists and teach classes in their home for DFAC. They recently installed a large mosaic mural at the Tampa Aquarium.
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Lina Teixeira
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, to Portuguese parents, Lina Teixeira now resides in Dunedin, Florida. She is a master in multi-tasking. She is a busy mom of two, business owner, published author, special concepts director, and is a passionate Wearable Art Artist. She loves turning the everyday mundane into beautiful forms of Wearable ART. Lina's Wearable Art has been viewed on an international scale as well as being featured in local news media and various public forums. Her art has been featured at the Mahaffey Theater and the Museum of Fine Arts, St Petersburg. Her work has been consistently sought out by fellow artists in the industry as well as media and private clients. She recently She recently opened her new studio, STUDIO 617, on 617 Cleveland St, Clearwater, and has started taking on private clients who commission her wearable art for advertising, promoting, and branding.
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Concepcion Tharin
Concepción Poou Coy Tharin, or “Concep” for short, is Mayan Q’eqchi’, from a small village named Samac outside of the city of Coban in Guatemala. She is a master back-strap weaver, taught by her mother and sister, specializing in an intricate lace-like white-on-white style of weaving called picb’il. She has given workshops at New College of Sarasota, and the Weedon Island Preserve and is dedicated to sharing Mayan weaving and culture. In addition to traditional blouses, called huipils, she weaves scarves, shawls and other fine textiles in many brilliant colors. She teaches Mayan Back-Strap Weaving at DFAC.
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Elly Turnbull
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John Haseney
John Haseney is originally from Schwienfurt, Germany located in Bavaria’s wine country. An electrician by trade, John’s began his clock making career when he needed a clock for his office and was dissatisfied with those he purchased. Remembering a clock made for him by his father, he set up a workshop and began making his own. Each one is unique and uses Alabama pine and exotic hardwoods from South and Central America. His quartz clockworks are from his place of birth in Bavaria.
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Arthur Worth
Art has been turning a wide variety of items from wood for over 20 years. He has won numerous awards for his work at the Florida State Fair and an Award of Distinction at the juried art show at the Suncoast Art Fest in 2014. He is currently the turning instructor for the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. Art is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners, a member of the Suncoast Woodturners and President of the Tri-County Woodturners chapter.
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Marie Burnham
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Elanor Pigman
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Alex Casano
Alex is a photographer, filmmaker, and historian. His mission is to capture the natural beauty and rich history of Florida, as well as the stories of those that call Florida their home. Alex documents that which is often taken for granted, deemed mundane, or simply ignored. Artistically, Alex has been influenced by the beautifully detailed and magnificent work of painter Christopher Still and photographer Clyde Butcher. You can often find Alex at the many libraries and museums throughout Pinellas County, or with his camera at the County beaches, parks and historical landmarks.
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Sherri Edell
Sherri "Nikki" Edell grew up in Brooklyn, New York surrounded by a family of artists and musicians. As a child, she and her friends dreamed of becoming famous artists and each took a name that would become their lifelong artistic moniker. It was then that Nikki Creates was born! By the age of 10, Nikki realized that photography came naturally to her but film and flashbulbs were expensive for a kid. She ran errands for neighbors to earn pocket money and eventually purchased her next camera: a Kodak Disc to photograph her new baby brother. As a teenager, she traveled frequently and began photographing the places she visited. Local shops sold what she had created and "working for a living" was just doing what she loved. While studying advertising design in college, she discovered that a Fine Arts Photography major better suited her passion and never looked back. Her love for New York and its famous landmarks is apparent in her many photos, as well as her quirky sense of humor. After Hurricane Sandy, she relocated to Florida and turned her photographic attention to local and natural landmarks. Beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches, local fauna, and wildlife are now part of her collection of over 225 images. Nikki's photographic images can be found on quality greeting cards and switch plate covers, as well as beautifully matted photo prints ready for framing. "You must love what you do - or why bother!"
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Elizabeth Faubert
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Mikell Herrick
Mikell Herrick is a mostly self-taught and “probably a little obsessed” photographer, as she takes a life-long interest in picture taking to a more serious level, shooting hundreds of photos every week. Her husband studied photography at university and not only buys most of her gear as birthday and Christmas presents but is her number one source of technical help and a critical valued eye in critiquing her work. She enjoys taking pictures of just about anything but is most personally rewarded by candid people captures – street photography: “I find people fascinating and love to catch an honest moment of life through my lens. A second obsession is my cat, Cisco, who captures my attention daily.” Mikell is a transplanted Canadian and semi-retired writer/journalist. She is the mother of four adult sons who are often the subjects of her work and she has a new step-granddaughter whom she has already photographed a thousand times, at least.
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Cyndy Nelson
Paul and Cyndy Nelson have been local artists since 2003. In this husband and wife team, Paul creates his unique designs, called fractals, and Cyndy translates them into various media. Paul is a graduate of the Honeywell Institute's intensive computer training program. He first started working with fractals in 1986, writing his own code to calculate the basic designs he was after. Over the years he has developed his own unique style of imaginative art by using mathematical functions that can generate up to a billion calculations for each design. These form the basis for images that are then turned into art by coloring, layering, texturing, combining and reshaping, resulting in fascinating, never-ending (infinite) designs. Today Paul's art is produced on ceramic tile, glass, aluminum, in greeting cards and in print form of all sizes. Despite Paul fulfilling a full-time profession as a computer programmer, he continues his art interests. His works are sold in galleries and stores in three states, including the Dunedin Fine Art Center.
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Jean Schnell
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Diederik Tamson
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Steve Whalen
Steve Whalen grew up in Clearwater, Florida. After attending law school, he was commissioned in the Navy’s JAG Corps. While stationed in California, Steve was inspired by the majestic beauty of the state and developed a passion for photography. Since returning to Florida, photography has remained Steve’s artistic outlet. His main focus is local lightning storms, our natural surroundings, and native wildlife. He is a member of the Dunedin Creative Artist Guild, the Tarpon Springs Art Association, The Exhibiting Society of Artists, and the Dunedin Fine Art Center, and participates in local art shows. His photography has been exhibited at local libraries, performing arts centers, hospitals, restaurants, museums, the Stirling Art Gallery and other venues. Steve’s work is available at museum gift shops as well as at the J.A. Vassel Art & Antiques Gallery in downtown Dunedin.
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Coralette Damme
Coralette Damme received her BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Although her primary outlet is block printing, she is a trained painter and has a history of working in ceramics as well. Artistically her affinities lie with the German Expressionist movement combined with a touch of the Surreal. She practices an analog approach to creating artwork and, having limited studio space, has found inventive ways to put everyday resources to work in her creative pursuits. The family traditions that she was raised with, the value that was instilled in her for creating items by hand, the work ethic of farm life and the appreciation of a partnership with nature have greatly influenced her artistic process and imagery: Coralette prints her linocut artwork the old fashioned way, by hand, with a printing press and her screen prints are similarly hand-blocked and printed. Many of her prints defy the convention of numbered editions and often are one-of-a-kind singular works. She finds inspiration n holiday traditions, the natural world, and cultural legends and symbols. “I work in a spur of the moment/what is inspiring me right now method. I am fortunate to have a variety of media to use in my efforts to create and express my mood. My creations tend to be based in reality and are figurative for the most part – you can usually spot the source of my inspiration right away. I infuse bold contrasts, heavy outlines, strong colors and a sense of humor in my work. I draw equally from nature, myths, holidays, and daily life as starting points for my imagery. My work tends to leave people smiling, or at least smirking… I make art to express that which is felt but unseen and to engage myself and the viewer with things we may have forgotten: the connection to our roots, to childhood, nature, mystery, and the unknown.”
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Karen Woods
Karen Woods is a weaver, dyer, quilter, photographer, beader, papermaker, basketmaker and a serious student of the possibilities of polymer clay. In her words, “Each craft influences the ones to come. My designs in clay reflect in large part weaving and quilting techniques.” Karen is a member of numerous guilds including the Handweavers Guild of America, Florida Tropical Weavers Guild, Tampa Bay Basketmakers Guild, Florida Craftsmen, Inc., National Polymer Clay and Tampa Bay Polymer Art Guilds. Karen teaches polymer clay at DFAC.
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Demeree Barth
Demeree Barth, aka DemiGod is a contemporary, mixed media artist exhibiting widely throughout Florida. With a degree in Photography and Art History, she enjoys the tactile possibilities of her current mediums of choice: found object sculpture, painting and printmaking. As of late, she has been exploring the possibilities of joining found objects to produce small sculptures. As an elementary school art teacher, traveler and lifelong learner, she has built up her own artistic personal vision and is inspired by the folk art of other cultures, mainly from Native America and Mexico. Demeree teaches mixed media at DFAC.
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Ann Bass
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Eva Ditrich
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Denis Gaston
Originally from West Virginia, Denis Gaston grew up in Florida and received a BA in Design from the University of Florida. He worked for fifteen years as a graphic designer in Atlanta. In 1984, Gaston returned to Florida and embarked on a fine art career. He has maintained a studio since 1986 in the Gulf Coast cities of Dunedin and Clearwater. His mixed-media paintings and drawings are rendered in oil, acrylic, wax, tar, collage, and other materials. His work, at once spontaneous and intuitive, draws inspiration from world cultural traditions. Masks and indigenous art hold special attractions for him. In 1990 Gaston was honored with a State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, and his art is included in the Florida Art in State Buildings Collection. He has participated in hundreds of exhibitions and one can find his work in private and public collections throughout the United States, and in Florida, the Polk Museum of Art, Raymond James Financial Corporation, Holland and Knight Law Firm, Stetson University College of Law and Eckerd College.
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