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Soul-stirring, interdisciplinary work has garnered Al Letson national recognition, critical acclaim and devoted fans. Early in his career, Letson established himself as a heavyweight in the Poetry Slam Movement, which reaped artistic credibility and renown. He has performed on a number of national, regional and local stages, including such venues as HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and CBS’s 2004 Final Four PreGame.
In 2008, Letson was one of three finalists out of more than 1,500 applicants to win the Public Radio Talent Quest. The Talent Quest is an effort by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to find new voices and innovative programming to launch nationally on public radio. Letson’s program “State of the Re:Union” is gearing up for a full season of 12 episodes and a robust multimedia campaign that will launch in February with a Black History Month. Produced by the Public Radio Exchange and distributed by National Public Radio, State of the Re:Union travels to an American city or town to discover the interesting things that people are doing to create community and transcend their circumstances, while placing focus on the vital cultural narratives.
In addition to the radio show, Letson works as a professional playwright, and actor. Drawing on his background as a performance poet, Letson seamlessly weaves spoken word into the fabric of his theatre work His solo play, Summer in Sanctuary, will be produced off Broadway by The Abingdon Theatre Company at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. The Baltimore Sun said, “Letson is a powerful performer who tells his story by moving fluidly from one role to the next.”
While his many interests are diverse, the common theme in Letson’s work is his effort to bring people together. By examining difficult topics and influential historical themes, Letson strives to focus on our common humanity—and always present a production with consummate artistry.
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The landscapes of Allison Watson are represented in over 400 public, private and corporate collections nationally including the First District Court of Appeals Tallahassee, The Office of the Mayor in Jacksonville, two works in the Baptist Medical Centers, etc. She has had over 35 solo exhibitions throughout the South East. Ms. Watson is on the teaching staff of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville and other locations. She has worked as a studio artist since her twenties. She is best known for her paintings of the wet lands, upland forests, springs, rivers, lakes and dunes of her native Florida. Ms Watson is a life long environmentalist.
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Amy Leggin is a visual artist from Maryland. She makes paintings and drawings that are driven by process and memory.
Highly influenced by nature and travel, her work focuses on the dynamic and sometimes volatile relationship between pure natural space and the man made world. Now residing in Jacksonville, Amy is making drawings and paintings that explore architecture versus natural structure.
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Figure 8 Studio is a commercial and advertising photography studio based out of Jacksonville, Florida. Amy Ploss-Samson is the face and talent behind the company. Since graduating from Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in Photography, Amy has gained over 10 years of experience working in the commercial and advertising industry.
Figure 8 Studio - A photography studio dedicated to always providing the highest quality imagery and services, while continuing to test the limits of her and her clients’ comfort zones, pushing herself to see the world and its most minute details in interesting, beautiful ways, and above all else… having fun doing it.
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Avondale Artworks, located in the CoRK Arts District in Jacksonville, Florida, provides archival quality custom picture framing, art installation, and periodic exhibitions in various venues. Visit our website at www.AvondaleArtworks.com for more information.
In our workshop, located at 2689 Rosselle Street in Jacksonville, we have thousands of moulding and mat choices to choose from, representing most major suppliers and all price points.
We are the framing choice for Art Collectors, Artists, Interior Designers, traveling art shows, and even frame for some of our competitors!
All framing work is completed on-site using archival materials. For larger custom framing orders, we also provide pick-up and delivery services. We provide quality custom framing options to meet your needs, and your budget! To schedule an appointment for custom framing, please call us at 904-716-3117.
We work with many business partners toprovide periodic exhibitions of artwork in various locations, and have access to The Art of Dr. Seuss, Mackenzie Thorpe, Peter Max, actress Jane Seymour, and Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection. We also work with many local and regional artists and can help you find that perfect piece of art for your home or office.
Installing artwork, like creating artwork, can be challenging for some people. At Avondale Artworks, we provide the professional expertise to make your art installation easy and appealing. Our art installation services are offered at an hourly rate, and can accommodate most schedules.
Call today for a free estimate, call 904-716-3117.
Multi-faceted artist Barbara Colaciello began her career as the Advertising Director of Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine at The Factory in New York City. Over the years, she has worked extensively as an actress, director, playwright, educator and narrative coach.
Her company Improv to the Rescue specializes in experiential and creative learning to enhance communication skills, develop storytellers and encourage collaboration through workshops, classes and coaching. A 2013 TEDxJacksonville Speaker, Barbara recently was voted Best Actor by Folio Weekly’s 2016 Best of Jax readership.
BABS’LAB, a story shaping studio located in CoRK North, is a space/place to experiment with sound and movement, voice, form, and content.
A space to invite other creatives...to PLAY,to DIALOGUE, to SHOWCASE, to INTEGRATE visual art with theater.
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Chip is a renowned artist known for portraits, political and street art. He considers himself equal parts artist and activist and lives in Jacksonville with his wife and kids.
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Visual Artist / Gardener / Amateur Naturalist
Event Coordinator for CoRK Arts District
contact: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Available for Commissions
From the artist:
My work explore themes of nature, storytelling, and adaptive reuse, taking personally collected ephemera and manipulating materials and objects into naturalistic and nostalgic assemblages. I construct sculptural vignettes based on my love of natural history, thus creating my own cabinet of curiosities. I employ preserved insects, taxonomical items, natural artifacts, living plants and artificial objects in my work to activate magical narratives, collecting, cataloging and documenting a dark silhouette of an organic bricolage in hopes that my works transcend the appropriated objects and transfer the viewer into a world that they have created.
Currently curating artwork for Bold Bean Coffee locations in partnership with CoRK Arts District
Created the 5'' in the round living terrarium reference as a collaboration with artist Shaun Thurston for the Hemming Terrarium Mural - July 2015
Commissioned in Spring of 2015 by the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for a piece to be auctioned during the annual Cummer Ball
"Artists Across America" Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, CA August 2014
"Wunderkammer" Installation at Bold Bean Coffee Roasters April - June 2014
"Exhibit A: Zebra Longwing" David Montgomery x Crystal Floyd - Collaborative Installation - Looking Lab Jax February 2014
"Our Shared Past" Exhibition: Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens December 2013 - May 2014
Recipient of one of the 2013 Art Ventures Individual Artist Grants from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida
Folio Best of Jax 2012 for Best Art Exhibition: Dark Nature: Eric Gillyard & Crystal Floyd at CoRK
"Mediums" Exhibition with Eric Gillyard and Thony Aiuppy October 2012 at FSCJ Kent Campus.
Guest Artist Show in September 2012 at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts
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Contemporary explorations of the architectural structures of portraits and environments through the use of canvas, metal, oil paints and graphite pencil.
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Dennis' commissions include portraits of university presidents and U.S. ambassadors, food by celebrity chefs, and fashion work for clothing lines and luxury brands.
His editorial work invokes themes of youth, bad behavior, innocent intentions, and unabashed drug use.
He is a full time photographer based in Florida.
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Doug Eng is a fine art photographer and installation artist whose specialties are urban and natural landscapes.
An engineer by education and trade, Eng is pursuing a lifelong interest in the visual arts and has established a reputation for unique imagery and meaningful public projects. “My visual fascination with my surroundings, whether built or natural, comes from many years of trying to understand why things are what they are. An engineering discipline seeks to explain and rationalize the world, and to develop solutions to problems. My curiosity about forms, structures, patterns, rhythms, and textures, is a natural outgrowth of the need to find order in all things. But it is chaotic randomness that creates uniqueness and vitality. Our world is both simple and complex, structured and random, free and bound…all in a simultaneous expression of what IS. This is my realization through my art and these are the subjects of my investigations.”
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Portraiture, Landscapes, Abstracts in oil and other mediums. Commissions and Classes offered.
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Specializes in fiber art / textile art / installations
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Images of the past possess the ability to be deeply sentimental to the owner or the initial creator, but can be simultaneously barren of emotional attachment to any other viewer. I’m exploring the relationship an outsider experiences to images possessing personal importance to a stranger-- this curiously disconnected emotional response to documented proof of an anonymous life. Through archiving and reproducing found images I seek to underline this deformed sense of understanding the past. I reproduce images using different methods of print, and then directly apply pigment to the reproduced image. Modifying what has already been established as history gives the found image new life.
CoRK WEST, STUDIO 3
Fine art silk screen serigraph discipline.
CoRK WEST, STUDIO 4
After attending Architecture school, minoring in Printmaking & majoring in Photography and Interactive Media Design…Jamie Jordan foundedPaperweight Design Studio in 2012. Letterpress has (since then) satisfied & incorporated all things Jamie once thought parallel, into a common point.
Every step of the process is done by Jamie Jordan’s own hands with care, and attention to detail. From custom vacuum pressed plate making, to hand cutting, Jamie’s end result is that every single piece has its own subtle unique character.
Paperweight Design Studio is home to a 1962 German Heidelberg Windmill Press and a ChandlerPrice guillotine paper cutter.
CoRK WEST, STUDIO 8
Jensen Hande is an award-winning commercial photographer with more than 15 years of experience behind the lens.
His clients include companies such as Lexus, Anheuser-Busch, American Airlines, Sperry Topsider and CSX Transportation, and his photography has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, People Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Parade Magazine and HBO Pictures.
Known for his versatility and client-centered approach, Jensen loves to experiment with new techniques to create dynamic photographs. His energy and commitment to his craft have garnered Jensen industry awards such as the American Adverting Federation’s Gold, Silver and Judges awards on Local, Regional and National levels.
CoRK SOUTH, STUDIO 1
Jeff Whipple creates art that engages viewers in imaginative contemplations about the weirdness and beauty of our brief appearance in the infinity of time. He has won awards in professional competitions for drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, video, photography and playwriting.
He has had 83 solo exhibitions in galleries, colleges and museums including the Tampa Museum of Art, the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, the Museum of Florida Art, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art. His art has been in dozens of group exhibitions across the USA and has received 48 top awards in competitions.
Whipple’s play “Spokesperson” was produced in Chicago in 2008 and his comedy, “Couch Potatoes of the 22nd Century” was produced in 2009 in Orlando. He’s had 17 other play productions since the mid-1980s. He’s won several playwriting awards including five Florida statewide playwriting competitions.
Whipple has won six state arts council individual artist fellowships: Two from Illinois: 1985 and 1990 and four from Florida: 1982, 1996, 2006, and 2014. The 1996 Florida fellowship was for Playwriting and the others were for Visual Art. In 2001, he won the $10,000 Fulton Ross Grant based on career achievements.
Whipple’s paintings for a New Orleans library were selected as one of the 50 best public art projects in 2012 by the Public Art Network. His other public art commissions include an 80-foot long video on the exterior of the Tampa Museum of Art, a 300-foot long mural for the City of Tampa and a 150-foot long mural for a library in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Tampa Museum of Art commissioned Whipple to create a large-scale outdoor video and art installation in Miami Beach that was seen by hundreds of thousands during the week of Art Basel Miami in 2006. In 2014, he created a 75-foot long mural for Ballou High School in Washington, DC.
Whipple’s artwork is in dozens of corporate, municipal, college and museum collections.
He has taught at several colleges including Arizona State University, Florida State University, and Northern Illinois University. He currently teaches at the University of North Florida.
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photo credit: Ingrid Damiani
Jenn's plays and music take her performances and recording projects to France, Spain and Senegal, Africa. As an opening act for Grammy winners the Doobie Brothers, The Rippingtons, and Lisa Lobe she written and released five albums of original music.
Her musical performances and writing workshops have been featured at fine venues and festivals such as: National Parks Services, DASOTA Writer's Festival, Alliance Française, Body & Soul, the Cummer Museum, Mayo Clinic Humanities in Medicine Program, Florida State College at Jacksonville, University of North Florida, cultural centers and theatres regionally and internationally. In film/television she performed in and written original music for, the P.B.S. documentary, "In Marjorie's Wake."
Her plays include dramas "Handmaid" and "Artichoke Soup," a series of monologues: "Eva Chase Wood," and musicals "Majigeen" and "La Caroline," which recently traveled to Nantes, France.
Jenn and collaborative partner John E. Citrone, received wrote in residence at the prestigious CAP 21 Musical Theater Conservatory in NYC. Jenn has been awarded grants to include,an Art Ventures grant from the Jacksonville Community Foundation, Division of Cultural Affairs through the Jacksonville Historical Society, and a generous grant from The Maison des Etats Unis, in Nantes,France.
She has studied, written, performed, and taught abroad in Dakar, Senegal at the ACI Baobab Center through a Rotary Ambassadorial grant: at the University of New Orleans summer seminars in Madrid, Spain and throughout France.
She has a B.A. in International Studies and French from the University of North Florida and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans.
Jennifer is been an award-winning professor of Humanities, English and Creative Writing at Florida State College since 2003 and produces page to stage works in progress through her production company aJENNda productions at CoRK Arts District. She was honored in 2015 as the first Artist in Residence at the Museum of Science and History (MOSH).
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Jim Gold has studied art formally or informally throughout most of his adult life. He is currently focused on plein air and studio landscape painting.
Jim regularly visits art museum shows and art fairs; and he is active in First Coast Plein Air Painters, The Plein Air Convention, Art League of Jacksonville and Jacksonville Art Guild. Other memberships include: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (Artist Membership), The Drawing Center (Artist Membership), Cummer Museum, etc.
CoRK EAST, STUDIO 7
Local art curation. Documentary Photography.
Karen Kurycki is a designer/illustrator in Jacksonville, FL. Design is her passion and she loves to combine illustration with design in her commercial work. Karen has been experimenting with watercolor since her days at Kent State University, embracing its unpredictability and the surprises that can come out of using it. She admits that in her view of the world she usually sees the humorous, the quirky, the slightly off "normal", which she tries to communicate through her design and illustration.
Karen has worked with a number of national and international clients including The Washington Post, the Jacksonville Jaguars, Nike, Reebok, McDonald's, AT&T, TBWA Italia and Emirates Airline.
Karen served as president of the Jacksonville AIGA chapter from 2011-2013, and is a strong proponent of volunteerism. During her role as Community Outreach Chair for AIGA Jacksonville, she was instrumental in starting Discover Design, a mentoring program for high school students that has been active for eight years.
Visit Karen's website
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Keith Doles is an artist and graphic designer living in Jacksonville where he received his BFA in Graphic Design from the University of North Florida and a MA in Business from Webster University.
His painting style includes influences from Cubism and Abstract Expressionism where geometric shapes are layered in perspective with expressive color.
His graphic design career started at a Wisconsin-based web design firm in 2005 and currently teaches a series of fine art courses at the UNF Adam W. Herbert University Center.
In recent years, Doles has participated in several regional art exhibitions and youth outreach activities in Jacksonville, St. Petersburg and St. Augustine, Florida. His work can be found in private collections and public institutions.
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Larry Wilson received his Bachelor of Design Degree, University of Florida in 1976. After practicing in Houston, Washington, DC and New York City,
Wilson relocated to Jacksonville, Florida. Wilson has exhibited in national museums and galleries including the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Fl., MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, The Fine Art Museum of the South, Montgomery, Alabama, The Alexander Breast Museum at Jacksonville University, The Boca Museum, Baca Raton, Florida, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, Alabama, The Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida and The Nathan Wilson Gallery at Florida Community College in Jacksonville.
Appointed by the Mayor he served as the Chair for the Art in Public Places Committee, he also served on the board of The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and currently sits on the Jacksonville International Airport Art Commission. Wilson has served as a Trustee on the board of the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Photographer Laura Evans's mantra: what doesn’t kill her makes her stronger. She loves to run and eat tofu. Yes, really.
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Jacksonville based artist Laurie Hitzig, a graduate of the University of Florida, also studied at the Kansas City Art Institute, Florida State University Overseas Study Program in Florence, Italy and the University of Missouri.
Hitzig, a native New Yorker, has been exhibiting her powerful and mystical paintings and sculpture since 1985. Laurie’s work has been shown nationally and regionally and has won top awards in Juried and Group exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the Southeast including The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Jacksonville, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville (MOCA), the University of North Florida, the south gallery at the Nathan H. Wilson Center for the Arts at FSCJ, Jacksonville, The Alexander Brest Museum at Jacksonville University, The Boca Art Museum, The Norton Art Museum in Palm Beach, The All Florida Juried Exhibitions in Boca, The Haskell Gallery, Jacksonville international Airport, The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra, The Thomas Center in Gainesville, The Suwannee Valley Regional Exhibitions, The University of Mobile, Florida A&M University and The Fine Arts Council of Montgomery, Alabama. Laurie was invited to participate in The Florida-Wyoming Tarot Project Artists’ Collaboration with the Wyoming Arts Council in Cheyenne which was exhibited in galleries throughout the country.
From the Artist:
Creating is a process of constant discovery.
Sometimes the image is right there, other times it is a struggle.
When the images begin to reveal themselves it becomes a collaboration between me and the work.
It is always different from my initial intent.
The most successful and exciting pieces are the ones that just happen on their own.
All I have to do is brush away the dirt and uncover what is hidden.
email@example.com 904 318-9544
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Figure Sculptor / Writer
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Liz Gibson is a self-proclaimed “Deformance” artist who expresses her personal experience of living with a birth defect through her art. She works in painting, sculpture, video, installation, performance and storytelling.
Her art has been presented and exhibited in galleries, colleges and museums including performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, the Jepson Center at the Telfair Museum in Savannah and the Ringling Museum of Art.
Gibson won an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs for 2014. She was a recipient of a Spark Grant funded by Florida Blue Insurance to bring art experiences about her themes to young adults in Jacksonville in 2014-2015. She also received a grant from the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida for 2013-14.
She received her MFA in Performance Art from Florida State University in 2011. Gibson is based in Jacksonville, Florida and teaches at the University of North Florida.
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Madeleine Peck-Wagner (United States, 1977), received her BFA from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and anticipates the completion of her MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in late 2014.
She has exhibited her work in Miami, Los Angeles, Asheville, and Orlando. She has been a guest curator at the Museum of Modern Art, Jacksonville, a guest lecturer at the Woman’s Center of Jacksonville, and an artist in residence at UF Health, a trauma one hospital in the urban center of Jacksonville.
Engaging in a drawing practice that is edging towards sculpture, Peck-Wagner’s works are an attempt to reconcile fixed notions of beauty with that which is imperfect and flawed. Her work addresses issues of consumerism, imperfection, and capitalism.
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Contemporary Figurative Painter
MFA : The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, in Philadelphia.
BA : Florida State University , The History and Criticism of Art
BFA : Florida State University, Painting and Drawing.
Media: Oil Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Acrylic and Installation Works
Taking commissions (email or call) Teaching private lessons and classes (email or call) Looking for an opportunity to do what I love.
CoRK North, Studio H
b. 1971, Tampa, FL
Assistant Professor of Drawing and Design
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Mark Creegan creates works using various mediums and formats including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and performance.
Pervading most of Creegan’s work is a playful and improvisational engagement with material, color, form, and display. Using various objects such as cassette tape, hairnets, combs, shark’s teeth, and watercolor sets, Creegan transforms often crude discarded objects into uncanny formal arrangements.
Recently, Creegan has been involved in a series of drawings that morph into sculpture/installation. His ongoing Hooks VS Checks series uses hundreds of quickly drawn linear ink drawings using two repeated motifs. These are collaged into stand-alone works or made into cascading paper tapestries to display from ceiling to floor. These larger collaged works take on a monumental and topographical presence and envelop the viewer in an obsessive, childlike world of organized scribbles.
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Renaissance Jax is responsible for 170 FIRST Robotics teams in Northeast Florida. Our machine shop calls the CoRK Arts District home and we are built upon the idea that engineering is an art form. When you place robotics students near the ideas and artists at CoRK, magic happens.
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I am an oil painter whose work is informed by the natural world through observation and fueled by imagination. I am excited to explore and manipulate color complexions, along with the use of calligraphic line, to capture the changing nature of our environment.
It is my belief that art is the catalyst to the healing process of the human spirit. Lifting our thoughts and emotions to levels that transform our physical and spiritual well being.
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Muffie Austin has always worked in the arts. She received her bachelors and master's degrees from Massachusetts College of Art.
Working first in the fashion world, she eventually discovered textile conservation, where she has held jobs as a textile conservator for over 36 years. As a conservator, she has been a staff member of the Textile Conservation Center in the Museum of American Textile History, The Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Assistant Director and Field Service Director of the Textile Conservation Workshop in New York.
Through the years Ms. Austin has treated textiles ranging in age from 5thC. to contemporary; sizes range from tiny Coptic fragments to 18 foot tapestries; all types of fibers- natural, synthetic and composite objects; and textiles both flat and 3 dimensional, especially costume. Along with laboratory treatment, it has been her job to travel to museums and historical societies throughout the United States to give lectures, teach workshops and survey textile collections for both, condition and environmental detriments. In the laboratory setting and on-site, she has trained many interns in the field of conservation.
She has been privileged to work on objects such as Princess Diana's dress, Teddy Roosevelt's bear and Benigno Aquino assassination garment. She has done surveys and also treated textiles belonging to institutions, such as the Ellis Island Museum, Lincoln Library, Appleton Museum, Harn Museum, Bass Museum, Florida National Guard, Ponce Inlet Lighthouse, Holocaust Museum, Tampa Bay History Museums, and the Fine Arts Museum in St. Petersburg among others.
Muffie has also worked internationally both in Europe and in Asia.
Now living in Fernandina Beach, Florida, her private practice includes examination, treatment, surveys, collections management, lectures and workshops on condition, storage and textile exhibition.
For the last number of years Muffie has taken a hiatus from her art. Now with a studio in Cork she is returning to creating her art.
It is no wonder that her love of textiles has been translated into her collaged art work. Working with color, patterns, watercolor and found objects, she combines and pieces them all together to create her finished art. Preferring to work on a smaller scale, these jewel-like "pictures" represent the creativity of her imagination.
To contact Muffie:
Textile Conservation Services LLC:
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I am a senior illustrator at the Wall Street Journal, producing the iconic "hedcut" portraits and other pen and ink illustrations. My style is notable for its high level of detail and traditional, engraving like effect.
I have done work for a large number of clients over the years including magazines like GQ, Wired and Newsweek, commercial clients like Jim Beam, McDonald's and MTV, and a large number of corporate clients such as NYSE, JPMorgan and Wells Fargo.
I'm available for commissioned work whenever my schedule permits, so if you are interested in a hedcut of your own, feel free to inquire about my availability.
CoRK WEST, STUDIO 4
Olivia Carr was born in St. Augustine, Florida in 1985. She studied at the Jewelry Design Institute where she learned the fundamental techniques of design and jewelry fabrication, including silversmithing and casting.
Carr has been creating jewelry for the last 12 years and has received a degree in sculpture from the University of North Florida. She maintains a studio in Jacksonville, FL at Cork Arts District in the Riverside neighborhood. In her work, she explores the relationship between fine art and craft, particularly interested in the areas where the two disciplines merge and where they divide.
Carr finds great inspiration in the organic patterns and repetitions found in the plant and animal kingdoms.
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Born in Haiti, Overstreet Ducasse came to the United States at the age of six. Faced with the challenges of an unfamiliar environment, a new language, and a different culture, Ducasse turned to art as a means of expression and communication. He deems art the universal language and a way to release frustrations and aggravations.
The art of Ducasse goes beyond the visual. His work is captivating, direct and abundant with metaphors and meaning. As an artist, Ducasse refuses to be locked down by one particular style. “The number one rule in art is that there are no rules.” He creates on a variety of mediums from traditional canvas to wood frame doors.
Inspired by the desire for reason and understanding, his work is the expression of his life experiences as well as his true intellect. Ducasse describes himself as a Deepressionist, a term he conceived to express both the frustrations experienced by the artist and the depth of thought and imagination an artist must exude. Ducasse’s art is in the collection of former advisor to Bill Clinton and current mayor of Jacksonville FL, Alvin Brown and HBO star Bill Mahr.
CoRK WEST, STUDIO 7
Paul Ladnier, Professor Emeritus, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, taught courses in figure drawing and painting, abstract and plein air painting for more than thirty years.
He has had many one-artist exhibitions, participated in numerous group shows, conducted figure painting/drawing and plein air painting workshops in Italy and in the southeast. He is a regular invited artist to plein air competitions and the prestigious, yearly, Publisher’s invitational, “Paint the Adirondacks,” hosted by the publisher of Plein Air Magazine, Eric Rhodes.
His works have been exhibited and featured in exhibitions in the Lufrano gallery, University of North Florida and MOCA, Jacksonville, Fl. In 2014, he had a one artist exhibition at the Thrasher Horne Gallery, St. John’s River Community College, Orange Park Florida.
He is one of the featured artists at the annual Tarpon Springs, Florida Paintout Invitational, Jacksonville Arboretum Paintout; Painters on Aviles Invitational, St Augustine, Florida. Awarded the Judge Choice award, 2010 Forgotten Coast Quick Draw competition. In March of 2015 his landscapes were featured in an exhibition at the prestigious, Ponte Vedra Cultural Center, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
He is most recently an invited artist in the “Face Off” exhibition in the Haskell Gallery, Jacksonville International Airport, and a one man show at the JCA, Jacksonville is scheduled for 2016. He has numerous portrait commissions and received top awards in plein air and figure painting competitions.
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At rocketstudioart.com, you may see how my furniture making becomes sculptural art.
Visit Peter's site
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The Sword & Brush Gallery
Princess Simpson Rashid is an American abstract painter and printmaker.
Her current body of work explores the relationship between color, perception and symbolism. She is a breast cancer survivor and feels her more recent work has been matured and tempered by that experience.
Rashid has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in museums, art centers, galleries and alternative art spaces across the United States including the Pacific Grove Art Center in Pacific Grove, CA, Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz, CA, Tempus Projects in Tampa, FL and the CoRK Art District in Jacksonville, FL.
In addition, her paintings and prints are in museum and private collections in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Portugal. Rashid’s museum collections include, The Museum of Science and History (MOSH) in Jacksonville, FL, The Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, KS, and The Lake Eustis Museum of Art in Eustis, FL.
Princess Simpson Rashid was born in Atlanta, GA in 1972. She studied printmaking and painting at Escuela de Artes in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She earned her B.S in Physics from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
Rashid currently operates her studio practice within the CoRK Art District of Jacksonville, FL.
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He is a figurative artist who combines a fascination with anatomy, art history and the beauty of classical art forms in his work.
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Robert Leedy’s watercolors are filled with bold color and luminous light; the paintings wonderfully exemplify the medium through mingling color, granulating washes and rich, transparent glazes.
A native Floridian, Leedy grew up in Jacksonville but spent over 20 years living all over the world. He returned to his hometown in 2010. The artist now divides his time between his studio at CoRK and painting in nature en plein aire.
Leedy teaches watercolor classes and workshops locally and is slowly converting oil painters. He also accepts commissioned work and is available for lectures and group demonstrations. His work is on permanent display at Southlight Gallery in Downtown Jacksonville and First Street Gallery in Neptune Beach.
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I paint abstractly for personal emotional expression, utilizing acrylic on canvas and mixed media. My art is inspired by complex dreams and the philosophy of human nature. My early work focused on experimenting with color field painting and the contrast and comparison of vibrant colors and shapes.
Recent work explores philosophical theories, particularly those of Plato, as reflected in the "Divided Line" series, which graphically represents the Allegory of the same name, and the "Dissociation" series, which investigates Plato’s Theory of Good and Evil.
Through the use of bold color blocking, geometric shapes, and fluid brush strokes, I produce abstract pieces that examine the influence of color and composition on the psyche to stimulate an emotional reaction on a subconscious level.
Robyn Andrews is a Jacksonville, Florida abstract artist. She began painting with acrylics as a youth in the 1980’s, under the nickname/pseudonym Lara Hall. Deeply influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement, her early work consisted of experimentation with various styles, particularly Neo-Plasticism and Color Field painting. Moving her studio, Lara Hall Art, to the CoRK Arts District in 2015, she began to produce series work that dissects philosophical theories through the use of contrasting colors and bold geometric compositions, alternating with fluid brush strokes and color blocking meant to encourage contemplation and deep introspection. In addition to painting with acrylic on canvas and mixed media, Ms. Andrews enjoys photographing cityscapes, architecture, and nature to capture the unique personalities in animals, places, and people she encounters. Writing in the forms of poetry, prose and fiction are also of interest.
CoRK EAST, LABS
Painting for over 30 years Roosevelt Watson III is an accomplished Artist and native of Jacksonvillle, Fl. His love of distorted images attracts him to the style of Abstract Expressionism. For which he uses a variety of mixed media to create his dynamic artwork.
CoRK WEST, STUDIO 5
The Next Gallery
Sharla Valeski is a professional artist with a BFA in Studio Art from Jacksonville University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1994.
At JU. she was the recipient of several awards including the Award of Excellence in Painting and the Whatley-Nied Art Award for Outstanding Merit. She has well over 20 years experience working in multi-media practices from drawing, painting, cloth sculpture and installation.
Valeski has 10 years experience managing gallery spaces and organizing art exhibitions. She facilitated events for the Beaches Fine Arts Guild "Ocean Gallery" (1994-96), the Ponte Vedra Community Center (1997-99), her own gallery "The Next Gallery" downtown Jacksonville on Laura Street (2009-11), and CoRK Arts District, West Gallery (2011 - present).
At CoRK Arts District, she's been the innovator of several ground-breaking art exhibitions, most notable was "Cut, Paint, Draw" in 2013. Sharla Valeski has developed an effective method of promoting her exhibitions which has proven success evidenced by the number of followers and the amount of people who attend her openings.
Additionally, Ms. Valeski was the Development Director for a therapeutic art program at Gateway Community Services from 1999-2004. It was at Gateway that she gained hands on teaching experience working with adults and teens recovering from substance abuse. The projects she developed for the clients at Gateway were designed so that anyone with the desire could accomplish making art and feel good about themselves. Valeski is particularly adept at creating step-by-step art processes which can be successfully executed by just about anyone.
Presently, Valeski has a studio at CoRK Arts District. She has spent the past four years at CoRK creating large-scale, cloth sculptures utilizing traditional quilting techniques. These sculptures are soft and 3-dimensional. Valeski hangs her large sculptural spheres from the ceiling and they are designed to be stuffed or inflated on site. At exhibitions end, the spheres are un-stuffed or deflated to be stored or shipped in moderately small containers. The artist uses inflatable beach balls, bubble-wrap, poly-fill and bio-degradable shipping peanuts for "filling". At the end of an exhibition the "filling" is recycled/reused by local businesses and schools. The first of these sculptures- "My Ego" (approximately 17' x 17' x 18') was exhibited at CoRK Arts District, OneSpark 2012, and NoMO (North of Miami) during Art Basel- 2012 in Miami, Florida. The second cloth Sculpture- "Victorian Schoolhouse" is smaller (approx 10' x 10' x 10') and was part of an invitational group art exhibition at FSCJ South Campus in 2014. The third and most recent sculpture- Mesh Window (14' x 14' x 14') was part of the "Who's Fooling Who Art Exhibition" at Gallery 18 in Pembroke Pines, FL.
Ms. Valeski has a philosophy of working that is process oriented. She enjoys developing a series of steps for art-making and then repeating these steps over and over. This is very much like the methods utilized by the artists who are considered "National Living Treasures" in Japan. This philosophical practice, Valeski believes, will help her achieve art that is sublime. Her layered paintings (the White Series) which begin with a horror vacui of color and ends in layers of white have vague and subtle remnants of shape and color. These paintings are in the collections of several individuals and corporations. Another painting series are portraits.These portraits are very small, sometimes the size of a postage stamp. The portraits do not depict actual people- they are from the aritsts imagination. Yet, as dedicated as she is to painting, it is drawing that Valeski returns to again and again. Drawing remains the basis of her practice and it is with her drawings that she can invoke ideas for her 3-d fabric sculpture pieces.
There are many artists who inspire Ms. Valeski. Annette Messager is a living artist from Paris, France. Known as a feminist artist, Messager creates installations of photographs and toy-like, hand knit animals in costumes. Valeski also admires Frida Kahlo as much for her struggle as for her paintings. And the work of Max Beckmann evokes a strong emotional response from Valeski, particularly the triptych "The Departure". Valeski is very fond of the surrealist Rene Magritte but it is probably the drawings of Cy Twombly that gives Valeski a sense of connection to herself in the world.
CoRK EAST, STUDIO 25
CoRK West, Studio 2
Studio/ Plein Air Oil Painting Artist
Stephen Dunn has been oil painting since high school. With a natural talent to draw and paint, he started oil painting with little to no instruction. After years of being self-taught, it wasn’t until his later years he started taking lessons from established artist.
Stephen is currently President of the First Coast Plein Air Painter in Jacksonville, FL. This allows him to get out of the studio and paint the world around him. His studio work ranges from still life, wild life, architecture, landscape, ocean and beaches, and pet portraits. He is always expanding his knowledge of mediums and styles.
Commission work welcome, group oil painting classes as well as one-on-one classes are available.
Current art for sale, please contact the artist to set an appointment.
CoRK EAST, STUDIO 10
Susan Davenport Ober was born and reared in Virginia. As an adult, she lived in South Carolina, Virginia and Washington before moving to North Florida in 1987. She earned a BS degree in art education at Longwood College in Virginia and did post-graduate study in art education at Virginia Commonwealth University. At University of North Florida she earned a BFA with an emphasis in drawing.
She has had a nearly life-long interest in portraiture and figurative representation. In this pursuit, she has used a wide range of media, including vine charcoal, pastel, oil, and watercolor as well as clay, wax, and bronze. In recent years she has been better known for floral and still life painting.
In her current work, she uses the tool of photography to capture, preserve, enlarge, and reveal. She uses the vehicle of oil painting to interpret the discoveries she makes from her photographs of a transient subject.
Ober has participated in both solo and group shows in the southeastern states. Her work has received both regional and national recognition and is in private, corporate and museum collections.
CoRK North, Studio I
Portrait photographer and abstract artist
CoRK NORTH, STUDIO C
Tony Wood was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee but left there to pursue a career in art. Wood studied with photo-realists in Columbia, South Carolina, and studied contemporary pop art on the streets of San Francisco and finally expressive and realistic figure at the University of North Florida where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2001.
Wood is currently based in Jacksonville, FL at the CoRK Arts District in Riverside and teaches art and design at Stanton College Preparatory School. Wood recently had an exhibition based on a westerner’s point-of-view of Japanese Ama pearl divers from the 1960’s in the South Gallery, at the Wilson Center and a collaborative exhibition of paintings and performance with playwright and musician, Jennifer Chase and actor, Eva Matthews at the gallery at CoRK North and will be exhibited again in January at the Cummer Museum.
Wood has shown his work throughout the Southeast and can be found in many private and academic collections.
“My paintings seem to always gravitate towards people, faces and the figure. I believe I am looking for an emotional connection, a certain action that speaks to our humanity, our biography, our wit, and I want to say it with subtle but universally recognizable human gestures and nuanced body language. Because I choose to paint people and their emotions, I have often been called a romantic, trying to only paint and draw beautiful things. Sometimes this is true – I like to accentuate the beautiful in an often ugly world – but I’m not naïve. I also want my art to reflect my time and my truth. This is a truth in metaphor only because the idea of a naturalistic painting as something other than illusion is laughable. It is a lie by nature. A lie made beautiful, poignant or ugly by the artist. I am interested in this beautiful lie and how I can use it to find my place in the vast representation of the human in art.”
CoRK EAST, STUDIO 11
My art represents convergence of Western structure and Eastern philosophy.
As a young artist I studied Japanese Suiboku painting at the Nippon Club in New York with a renowned Japanese teacher, Hozan Matsumoto. Through this extremely disciplined Zen exercise I first absorbed the meaning and power of a beautiful brush stroke depicting the natural growth of plant life, its rhythm and poetic nature. After many years of classic western art training and abstract painting I transformed this early influence and incorporated it into my own language of expression.
I have had exhibitions in New York and Florida. I had recent exhibitions throughout Jacksonville, including the Haskell Gallery, the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, and I am currently exhibiting at Fairfax Gallery. In 2011 I was accepted into the All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition in the Boca Raton Museum of art and have been recently featured in Arbus Magazine and Folio. My works were sold and displayed in private collections nationwide. Steve Jobs said,
And keep it playful."
Natural simplicity of form and motion animates my works on display today.
"I want to give the viewer a reason to stare."
All images are oil paintings
CoRK EAST, STUDIO 2
The physical manifestation of Hip-Hop and one of the funkiest cats to ever touch a microphone and MPC.
Zac Freeman’s work focuses primarily on portraits created by assembling found objects, disposable goods, and the leftover trash of things we consume in our society.
From the artist:
It is very important to me that I incorporate the actual objects into the art as opposed to a picture or rendition of it because it better expresses the intention of the artwork. I feel the junk is more powerful being present. It is an actual thing to be reckoned with that existed in this time and place and carries energy in and of itself. The result is a time capsule of objects that reflects our culture.
My assemblage artworks have continued to encapsulate cultural change. For example, grey film canisters used in my early junk portraits are very rare now as our society has moved to digital cameras. An iPhone used as shading on a cheek looks desired one year and archaic the next as society, technology, and consumables continue to change.
Born in Texas 1972.
Freeman builds layer upon layer of found objects, cast-offs and junk into portraits whose detail and subtlety only emerges with distance. In his Assemblage series, out of a seemingly chaotic collection of buttons, bottle tops, pen barrels, key caps, baby dolls - and other three-dimensional scrap plastic objects - appears an impressionistic two-dimensional face constructed from an impressive range of shades and tones.
Freeman's work has been commissioned for use in commercials for Absolut Vodka, appears in the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami Museum of Science and Space, and the Art Collection of The Regency Group in Florida. He won the Art Chicago award in 2010, and has been exhibited at major art fairs in London, Miami, Chicago, Toronto, Houston and the Hamptons, New York. His piece Steve appears in the book The Art of Seeing by Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher (8th edition, Prentice Hall, 2010), and appears in and on the cover of Launching the Imagination by Professor Mary Stewart (4th edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2011).
Freeman graduated cum laude from his fine art degree at Jacksonville University, Florida, in 1997. He has collected junk and found objects for use in his creations since 1998.
Freeman lives and works in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.
2015 Art London
2014 Scope Miami
2014 Art Wynwood, Florida USA
2014 Art Palm Beach, Florida USA
2014 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2013 Art Miami, Florida USA
2014 Toronto International, Canada
2013 Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston
2013 Art Southampton, New York
2013 Ffound exhibition, Woolff Gallery
2013 Scope, New York
2013 Art Palm Beach, Florida USA
2013 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2012 Art Miami, Miami
2012 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2012 Art Southampton, New York
2012 Houston Fine Art Fair, Houston
2012 Woolff Gallery Summer Show, London
2012 Art Toronto, Canada
2011 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2011 Art Chicago, Chicago
2011 Art Hamptons, New York
2011 Art London, Royal Hospital, London
2011 Toronto International, Canada
2011 Art Miami, Miami
2010 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2010 Art Chicago, Chicago
2010 Art Hamptons, New York
2010 Woolff Gallery Summer Show, London
2010 Art London, Royal Hospital, London
2010 Toronto International, Canada
2010 Art Miami, Miami
2009 London Art Fair, Islington, London
2009 Art Chicago, Chicago
2009 Cummer Museum, Folio Weekly Individual Artist Exhibition, Jacksonville Florida
2009 Woolff Gallery Summer & Winter Group Shows, London
2009 Art London, Royal Hospital, London
2009 Toronto International, Canada
2008 Price Tower Arts Centre, Imaginative Qualities of actual things’, Bartlesville, OK
2008 Affordable Art Fair NYC,
2008 Krause Gallery ‘2 Person show’, Atlanta, GA
2008 JIA Haskell Gallery ‘2 Person show’, Jacksonville FL
2008 Krause Gallery ‘Collaboration show’, Atlanta, GA
2007 J. Johnson Gallery ‘Winter Selections’ - Jacksonville Beach, FL
2007 Chester Gallery ‘Postcard Show’ - Chester, CT
2007 Krause Gallery ‘End of Summer Show’ - Atlanta, GA
2006 Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville ‘Illuminated Space’ - Jacksonville, FL
2006 Miami Museum of Science and Space ‘Projected Light Works’ - Miami, FL
2012-13 Absolut Vodka campaign
2013 Personal commission for Elliot Graff (Graff Diamonds)
The Art of Seeing by Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher (8th edition, Prentice Hall, 2010) – Features ‘Steve’
The cover of Launching the Imagination by Professor Mary Stewart (4th edition, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2011) – also features ‘Steve’.
Artist Enhancement Grant – Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
Art Venture initiative Grant – The Community Foundation in Jacksonville & the art ventures fund
Art Chicago 2010 Award – Survey America
B.F.A Jacksonville University – Cum laude & departmental honor