Primary Wall Artists:
Artist Olga Kaydash
Now a resident of a beautiful City of Aventura in Florida, Olga Kaydash was born in 1970 in Kazakhstan. Since young age, Olga's parents insisted on her being involved in sports, so she mastered basketball, volleyball, taekwondo and ice-skating. Between school, music school, and sports, the only time, when Olga could explore her secret love for the arts, was during summer break, when she would stay at her grandmother's, buried in books that taught her how to draw. Her summers were also spent taking care of various animals, which she would bring home and nurture. This is how her two passions, art and animals, collided for the first time.
Adult life had its own plan for Olga. Olga graduated from a University with degree in finance got married and immigrated with her family to the United States. Her career here continued in the world of numbers: she started as a bank teller and grew to manage an accounting department of a major corporation. In 2017, Olga stumbled upon a website that was devoted to animal realism in art. She was simply mesmerized, and took a short online course, which is the only education that comes to art, that she ever received. Today Olga continues her journey as a self-taught artist, working on her portfolio of unique pastel drawings.
On September 5/2019, Olga was honored with a First Place in the International competition “Golden Turtle” that took place in Moscow (Russia).
Father and daughter talented team..
"Grigoriy escaped from the Soviet regime and came to the United States at the end of the 20th century seeking asylum. His love, passion, and inspiration for art stem from his daughter's paintings. His art exhibits abstract themes using vibrant colors. Specialized paint techniques include resin and acrylic. "
And joining her father..
Alina Zekhster: "Art is my passion. I enjoy painting, exploring different techniques, and new
mediums to convey my art. My work features the use of diverse styles from using watercolors and acrylics to silk and oil painting. I enjoy fashion Illustrations and specialize in abstract paintings. The use of oil in my paintings exhibits character The use of oil in my paintings exhibits character, strength, and resiliency while a silk medium conveys the importance of delicacy and luster.", strength and resiliency, while a silk medium conveys the importance of delicacy and luster.
Eugene Gilles :His art is a mix of all these influences. As he said “He is a product of everything and nowhere”. In fact, this small island, Guadeloupe that belongs to France has a unique character. It is a melting pot of people coming from diverse lifelines, origins, religions, culture and education that share this archipelago into one vibrant and beautiful culture. They are from the native land, Africa, France, Europe, China, Liban, Israel, India and so many that have continuously forged a way to live together and to share their culture, but by respecting their difference. Everyone has a little bit of something of others. Those Six Islands have also distinct geographical structures, beaches and rivers from black, pink, white, with or without rocks or tides. Guadeloupe is really unique
His artistic perception is based upon this idea: “In my work in general, there is a simple message at first. People must question themselves. They must perform a deep introspection by using their senses in order to see differently. They need to have a new approach to the future that can be realized only by listening and respecting their differences. In a second step, we need to have multiples messages to say how the world should be. We are living in a unique world full of richness and diversity. A simple message of love thy neighbor because I am and you are us. I am between the shape of the form and the space that constitutes the form. I am this space of frictions, tensions, softness, fusion, chaos, and distance that give my work all of it poetic dimension. I am a symbiosis of these shattered worlds done by so many cultures, histories and affects, an expression that is plural of a multiple in a world in perpetual movement.”
Auxiliary Atrium “Floor”Artists:
Dennis Shattuck: "My subject matter is nature, applying an acrylic mixed media, using palette knife and brush to create on wood or canvas. I started as a muralist in Pembroke Pines painting in new home developments almost fifty years ago. My work was first published when in my early teens. My father worked as a motel manager on Miami Beach all my life, so I grew up with the ocean as my back door. Most of my oil paintings relate to that those moments captured in time. To be able to create this visualized passion and share it, is a gift."
Esprit is a spoken word poet who began writing as a therapeutic release. Her poetic words have the power to positively influence others. Esprit performs at a few local spoken word events including Ink Therapy hosted by the amazing poet May Reign, and Thou Art Woman. Esprit was also the winner of the We Rise Poetry Slam. Esprit writes about various topics including social justice, positive self esteem, love, suicide, and addiction. When Esprit is not writing she is doing her best to help populations society might have otherwise given up on. Whether it be canvassing for LGBTQ rights, helping abused or abandoned kids, or sitting with victims of domestic violence Esprit is a true advocate at heart and is now using the power of words to assist in the fight.
Esther Rodriguez is a self taught artist born in Bronx, New York. and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She was encouraged by her high school art teacher to start painting with 1980's Acrylics. Esther participated in art classes in both Boston and Florida. She always had the urge to paint; having natural inclination towards painting from photographs. Esther works with different mediums such as watercolor, pastels, and oils. Her Inspirations are Leonardo Divinci, Dutch Masters, and the encouragement from her daughters and husband, Byron.
Alina Ko worked in public radio/television and production/production in New York. A breast cancer survivor, she has been working on a series about breast cancer survivors titled Flat, the signature piece being a figure with mastectomy scars that has a motto above her head-- Be Safe Get Checked. Art is a medium that is easily understood and appreciated by most, to that end she has created paintings, digital collages and photography. She has been coordinating 3 breast cancer awareness exhibits and fundraisers in Miami and Ft Lauderdale.
Ali will also be representing Sandy Perini .. Sandy is no longer with us..yet her spirit carries on though her beautiful work.
SANDRA PERINI ARTIST BIO
Artist/Sculpture Sandra Perini (RIP) was born in Coconut Grove, Miami Florida in 10-4-1954. She received her Degree from Miami Dade Community College in Fashion Design. She resided in Stuart, Florida for several years where she operated a Clothes Boutique “Create the Look.” She sold clothes and art. Sandy was studying under Denise Justice, a Gallery 0wner from September 2001-2003. She also studied and took sculpting lessons from Felix a fellow gallerist who taught her sculpting and casting 2001-2002.
She relocated and made her residence in Charleston, South Carolina for two years where she exhibited and sold her artwork with “Low Country Artist Gallery”. She relocated again to Gatlinburg, TN, where she began her Ministry Art Series and was represented by “Art for God”. There she sold one of the “Tree of Life”, painting/sculptures in addition to “Collect my Tears in Bottle” and “Before I knew You”. She then moved back to Palm Bay, Florida. She maintained her Studio & factory, producing more sculptures and oil paintings. She relocated again to North Miami, Florida continuing her work until she passed away from metastatic breast cancer on February 2, 2019. Sandra Perini was primarily a self-taught artist who produced a large body of work during her life time.
It is important to note, in this beginning of her Bio, Sandra Perini fought a courageous battle against the horror that cancer is, despite how it was affecting her body. Often times while in pain and the morphine she was being treated with to give her relief she labored on despite its decreasing benefit. Sandy never let it keep her from passionately working and adding to her life’s work of “Ministry Art.”
Sandy Joy Perini produced a large body of work throughout her life time, only 6 of her original sculptured artworks are being displayed, exhibited and offered for sale at this time. They are High Relief 24 x 36 sculptures that are created from resin molds, painted with acrylics and mounted on Plexiglas attached to wood. Many are adorned in gold leaf and are wired on the back for hanging. Additionally, there are prints available at the Ministry Art Exhibit at the Mag Fashion Lounge as well as the Galeria Adelmo exhibits. The prints are reasonably priced at $125 each and are also available by order (POD) as they are sure to be sold out at the end of these two exhibits. They are titled as follows: “Golden Pond Your Word I Have Hid.” “Women of Faith” “Wounded Soldier” “Wash Over Me” “Tree of Life” “Man under Tree” “Beauty to Ashes” and “Owls”.
What is “Ministry Art” Simply put and as described by Sandra’s own words, to paraphrase for the sake of brevity;
“Art that is used for Christian Ministry or any other Ministry that makes the viewer connect and make them feel as well as think in a deeper way than a pretty landscape or interesting abstract.
In short Ministry Art tells a story and demonstrates a Truth that invokes feelings of thankfulness, comfort, security, hope, faith, joy and peace. It can also compel the viewer to re-think spiritual beliefs or convict him of his need to change behavior or values “
Steven Shires: Born in Richmond, Virginia, he first became enamored with photography about the age of 10. His parents were big on taking and keeping photographs, which led to his own passion.
At 17 he purchased his first 35 mm, to simply explore and make images that caught his eye. He seriously pursued this passion while in college at Old Dominion University; he worked for the Office of Public Information and the school newspaper as Photography Editor.
Putting his photography career on hold for the next 11 years Shires taught elementary school – and later, “retired” to Key West for 3 years. Realizing there was still the desire to learn about photography, he enrolled in The Art Institute of Ft Lauderdale to truly pursue his passion. With an Associate’s Degree in Photography, Steven worked as a custom color printer in a lab and became an expert color and density analyzer. He assisted for a number of years, and then opened his own business in1998. He has traveled to Ecuador; Jamaica; Venezuela; Havana, Cuba; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Denver; Richmond, VA; Helen, GA, and Las Vegas - at all locations Steven shot as a travel documentation photographer – also returning home with fine art pieces. As well as his travel, Steven has been capturing the Ft. Lauderdale community since 1995. Since 2013 until 2019, Steven worked as the authorized photographer at The Festival Flea Market Mall. He documented all vendors and their products; as well as for the mall’s monthly ads. He is the official photographer for The South Florida Symphony Orchestra, Our Fund, Broward Workshop, and Paradise Landscape Lighting. And always, he has his private/personal clients that retain his services, and new clients he gathers by word-of –mouth.
His clients are many, varied and satisfied; his passion shows as he caters to their every documentation needs. Steven “makes” images, rather than “takes” images. The difference is in his image capturing eye – and his concentration on th Recently, Steven had back-to-back, hugely successful art shows with the South Florida Symphony. Quite impressively, he sold 8 prints off the wall, with commissions for work. The City of Ft Lauderdale and City of Dania Beach curated him for their respective art shows. He has been curated by Getty Images, twice.
Steven Shires brings to his work a unique compositional eye, unveiling hidden contours, colors, angles and shapes in every scene he captures. His photographs discover the emotional life of his subjects, and preserve them for all to see.
Reggae Rasta poet spoken word artist Tommy B joining us October 12th
Tommy B: birth name Austin Johnson was born in the parish of Clarendon Jamaica he is the last child for his mother and father He felt the love for music while he was a member of the Sunday school choir, then he became a member of his High school choir. In 1995 he started to sing on local stage shows all over Jamaica .Tommy B started to attend the studio of veteran reggae singer Calvin Coca Tea Scott where he learned the craft very well. He recorded his first official record in 2004 with his hit song titled “Friday Gal” for Coca Tea record label, Roaring Lion Record gave him the opportunity to perform on the show. Shows such as original Dance Hall, Jam Jam gt, Taylor Christmas extravaganza just to name a few. He then recorded his 2nd hit song for Tim Dub Canadian Royal record label with his song titled “Wa dem fighting fa” which was ranked number 3 on the best of 2009 top 100 reggae charts. In 2014 he was the winner for “What the verdict” on the Dudley Thompson show on Roots 96fm
Carl Schmid began his studies of the violin at 3 years old. By 10 he was playing semi-professionally and by 13 made his Carnegie Hall Debut. Studying with Mitchell Stern, Charles Castleman and Norman Goldblatt, he won the prestigious Rosengarten String Scholarship. He attended Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he developed an affinity for improvisational music. Since the 1990’s Schmid has been performing and teaching throughout the US, and has shared the stage with Steven Tyler, Johnny Sketch, Derek Trucks, and a host of other musicians. He is currently the Music Coordinator for Recovery Unplugged, a national music based treatment center, and runs The Grace Notes Project, a nonprofit dedicated to introducing artists in recovery to opportunities to serve the community.
#Carlschmid #recoveryunplugged #daniabeach #artinthehall
Jazz guitarist, Armando Corsi and other experienced guitarists of Genova "Marcolino" (today successful comedian Genoves) Fabian, returned to Argentina in the early 90s with the idea of continuing to study, music and guitar. Already established in Buenos Aires, he studied at (Sadaic) and obtained a diploma in music writing and reading. He began playing in a band of blues and rock (La blouse) in various venues in Buenos Aires, where he met his first influential mentor in his musical life, the great musician and the guitar master Al Frankovic
Alfredo and Fabian shared many jams and also stages together. Later, Fabián formed a duet with the Argentine singer, Julieta Ruscelli, who had sung in Miami and also in Mexico. With the name of "Fabian and Julieta" the duo appears for several years in hotels, restaurants and festivals playing different styles of music ranging from jazz, pop, Latin and flamenco. Later, Fabián embarked on a solo career, as an "acoustic guitarist / singer" performing in South Florida, in the Miami and Broward County.
Fabian Michique has been awarded by “Gigmasters” as "Best Artist of 2012 and 2018”. He continues to offer his music for various public and private events.