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Beth Reynolds and One Day Tampa Bay

November 17th, 2017

Beth Reynolds has a long history in the Tampa Bay Area and is known as a photographer with supreme talent.  I initially met her through the Morean Art Center where she worked managing the gallery shop in the late 1990s.  Over the years, she has evolved into the Director of Photography for the center, which is currently celebrating its 100th year.  It is a perfect fit for her since she describes a lifelong passion for photography. “I found the camera to be a tour guide through life when I very shy. Most of my life I have worked as a documentary photographer – I have balanced a career... Read More

May the Force Be With You: Star Wars and the Power of Costume

November 11th, 2017

Today was an interesting day.  It started with this fellow in a robe coming up to me. He had the most intense gaze and this magical, calming voice. I remember that we spoke — he said something, but I can’t quite recall what it was.  The next thing I knew, he was gone and I found myself with an overwhelming compulsion to go and visit the Star Wars and the Power of the Costume Exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg. Anyone who has seen any of the Star Wars franchise knows about the remarkable costumes within:  Darth Vadar’s black ensemble emblazoned him as one... Read More

Mirella Cimato — A Bit of Italian Spice

October 27th, 2017

Mirella Cimato is a petite woman filled with spunk.  She speaks quickly, her words heavily soaked in a charming Italian accent.  As with most artists, she is busy hosting multiple jobs – she sits on art boards, maintains an art gallery and creates works of vibrant colors. Her career in the arts was part of her transition to life in the United States. She grew up in Rome, Italy, and went into Classical Studies in college.  There she learned about the world of the ancient Greeks and Romans, and she fell in love with the arts that those cultures produced.  This passion... Read More

Ed Stevens and His Global Perspectives

October 13th, 2017

As an artist, I was jury-selected to bring my rainbow-colored wire mermaid to Come OUT St. Pete.  This was the show’s second attempt at a reception — the first had been cancelled due to hurricane Irma.  Despite its new date, the rains still manifested into one of Florida’s famous torrential downpours.  Walking in from the gloom, my eyes were greeted by a room filled with rainbows — the theme for the night. My failed attempt to wait until the rain slowed down meant that I arrived during the last caveat of the reception.  After touring the show, I sat down at one of the... Read More

John Gascot — Don’t Blink!

October 6th, 2017

John Gascot moves at lightning speed.  If you blink, you’ll miss him…but that’s what it’s like to be a man with a mission.  I first met this energetic artist when we were showing at the Twelve Days of Dali.  He had lovely make up on and stood next to his portrait of Frida Kahlo. Since then, I have run into him at several shows that he has curated.  He is such a force that rather than speak for him, I have decided to let the artist speak for himself. You currently curate Pom Pom’s, Cider Press Café, run Galleries at 5563 and were a runner up for “Best of... Read More

Steven Ramsey, the Genteel Bohemian

September 22nd, 2017

Steven Ramsey is a man of multiple dimensions.  He speaks softly but walks quickly.  He tells stories of his life while adding splashes of spiritual insights and personal philosophies.  He is a kung fu master.  He is also a very prolific artist whose range of creativity boggles the mind. In telling the tale of is own life, he constantly returns to his drive to create. “I have been painting for 63 years.  I started when I was five years old,” he says. “Even if I painted 5,000 works and not a single one sold, I’d keep right on painting.” Steven Ramsey talks about... Read More

Folk Artist, Poet, Librarian: Meet RhondaK

September 15th, 2017

Decked in dreadlocks and constantly running about in designer high heels, RhondaK, a.k.a. Rhonda Kitchens, is an academic librarian by day and fantastic folk artist at night.  Her eccentric tastes are reflected in her works.  Though she paints hundreds of images, the artist explains that she is “creeped out by canvas.”  Instead, she utilizes wood planks, slats, and boards, sometimes interlaced with ropes, other times nailed to another post, to create her pieces.   And, even with her interest in visual art she refused to lose her other passion:  writing. Rhonda saw herself... Read More