Ten Artists Not To Miss At Arts, Beats & Eats

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Looking through Sonny Dalton’s sculpture at
Allan Teger’s photos at Arts, Beats & Eats

1. Mitch Wolok – from Steinhatchee, FL, former Detroiter; wood carver working only with wood he has gathered from nature resulting in all one-of-a-kind pieces

2. Steve Edgar – from Tallahassee, FL, last year’s Best of Show winner, creates one-of-a kind leather bags with startling designs and fabulous workmanship

3. Earl James – from Cleveland, OH – Glass blower who creates luminous glass objets, all one-of-a-kind

4. Svetlana – from Burdett, NY, Russian émigré who both weaves and designs fine clothing in finely coordinated colors and styles

5. Ed Holland – Marquette, MI, photographer working in black and white creating his own highly distinctive imagery. Website: edwardhollandphotography.com

6. New in 2007! Juan Gutierrez – ceramicist from Zebulon, NC, sculptures and stories in clay, embracing the cultural history of Nicaragua and keeping the traditional methods alive today.
Website: www.gallerynica.com

7. New In 2007! Steve Terlizzese – Chattanooga, TN, who calls himself a “visionary collage mosaic artist,” who is part folk artist, part modernist, using found objects in his work and creating hip, up-to-date mosaic pieces large and small. Website: www.mosaicguy.com

8. Laura Stamper – from New Hope, MN – A jeweler who creates wearable sculpture, crafted from porcelain and gemstones. Each piece tells a story. Website: www.laurastamper.com

9. New in 2007! Alison Dryer – from Baltimore, MD, working with unusual fabric pieces creates the purse you have always wanted to own. Wonderful designs that will wow you and convince you need a new purse.

10. New in 2007! Bruce MacDonald – metalsmith from Burlington, VT whose work is exhibited at the nation’s fine craft shows. Expect to see heirloom quality pieces from large wall sculptures to fine martini glasses. Website: brmdesign.com

Can’t wait to see the art fair? Visit Arts, Beats & Eats now for a sneak peek .

Robert Trisko showing his jewelry to a patron

More interesting information from the artists about themselves and their art:

Lisa Berry of Grand Rapids, MI – Fiber
One of our handwoven tapestry footstools is currently appearing in the features section of Trout Fisherman Magazine UK. The footstool is titled “Brown Trout”. One of its unique features is that we’ve attached real fly fishing flies (hooks removed of course) to the wooden trim on the base. Website: www.motherloom.com

Sandi Garris of State College, Pa – Fiber
Bold, saturated colors in art quilts for the wall, bed quilts, and table linens. Website: sandigarris.com

Geoffrey Harris
0f Lexington, SC – Painting
Original acrylic paintings inspired by art styles and themes from the past. The artwork is influenced by vintage posters, antique advertising, art deco graphics, old wind-up tin toys, pinball machines, neon signs, juke boxes, game boards, and more. website: geoffreyaaronharris.com

My goal is to mix all of these styles, add my own artistic talent, and create truly unique retro designs.

Anne Havel from Wells, VT– Jewelry
I am a CPA and former CFO turned lampworker (flameworker–that is, I make beads), metalsmith, enamelist and I now earn my living doing craft shows throughout the Northeast and Midwest. I was always driven by color from a very early age. if I wasn’t given the 64 box of Crayola crayons I cried pitifully. I needed all those colors if I was going to able to even remotely simulate nature. I pursued photography and sewing while I was engaged in the business world so I could indulge my color drive. But I grew weary of the demands placed upon my time and ethics after 20+ years and decided to give glass beads a try. The rest is history, as they say, and I have been at it for over six years now.

I use many of my business skills in my work. Efficiency modeling, scheduling, accounting (of course), as well as analytical skills, and I truly believe I have an advantage because of my background and what I have learned over the years in both public and private accounting.

James Mayfield completing a sale at ABE

Jan Kaulins of Manitou Beach, MI – Photography
Hand-colored black and white photographs of Detroit, including The 2006 World Series, Last Game at Tiger Stadium and many other wonderful Detroit sports and architectural images. Website: jankaulins.com

Glenn and Linda Mace of Mocksville, NC – Wood
We design vessels from beautiful exotic and domestic woods, turning them on a lathe first, and many times carving or embellishing them with found objects.

Stuart Morrow of Kansas City, MO – Mixed Media
Nightlights and Wall Lamps handcrafted from aluminum sheet metal and detailed with plexiglass and paint. Website: katsudesigns.com

Bruce Reinfeld of Philadelphia, PA – Photography
I am probably the only artist with a MySpace page: I tend to have younger hipper crowds in my booth at shows and my photography reflects just that.
You can get a lot of information on my band/art page:
www.myspace.com/highfidelitydisco Website: www.highfidelitydisco.com; contact info: 215.783.8427

Dennis Thompson 0f Branson, MO – Ceramics
will be featuring a collection of his well-known and highly collectible dragon sculptures. Ranging from baby dragons peeping out of their eggs to full-scale adults, these highly detailed reptilian sculptures have been collected by many over the years and continue to delight and amaze the Arts, Beats and Eats audience.

Walt Majewski
of Tampa, FL – Drawing
Walt draws High Fashion Glamour Portraits reminiscent of Magazine Illustration using Crayola markers, to the amazement and delight of all who watch him perform. Additionally, Walt has been privileged to have performed at all 9 of the previous Arts, Beats, and Eats. PERFECT ATTENDANCE!! Website: www.waltmajewski.com

Drawing by Walt Majewski

Kim and Katherine McClelland of Galena, OH – Graphics
Unique engravings on ancient ivories from Alaska and contemporary resins

Aaron Reed of Conyers, GA – Drawing
I feel as though I should be one of the 10 artist not to be missed at ABE because I am among one of the youngest artist to travel and exhibit in some of the largest shows in the country. (at 24) I am a self-taught artist with my own unique style were I give an abstract but realistic approach to my drawings, making the observer use their imagination to complete them. I started my art business at age 19. I have won several awards. Most importantly, I can be a good inspiration or role model to younger artists wanting to start a career in art. I can be a living witness to show them that dreams can come true. Website: artbyaaronreed.com

Hussein Saidi of Silver Spring, MD – In my 2-d mixed media collages, I imagine that all of my images are in constant motion, with static matierials such as natural fiber papers, tree barks, sisal, woodchips and other natural materials. Website: ujamaart.com

Michael Stephens of Edinburg, PA – Jewelry
Fabricated art jewelry encompassing a broad range of non-traditional materials including barbed wire, water buffalo horn, antique keys, computer microcircuits and fossil ivory, fashioned into dramatic wearable art” that usually “tells a story”.

Why I should be one of the 10 artists not to be missed:
a. Most artists have one or two distinctive “branded” styles. My jewelry is a true “one-of-a-kind” (never to be duplicated) with its own style.
b. The material, or the stone drive the dimensions of the jewelry design, making almost all pieces distinct and different.
c. Materials: barbed wire, antique Chinese signature stamps, fence wire, antique keys, antique marbles, soft drink cans, Wooly Mammoth Ivory, coins and computer micro-circuits, to name a few found objects
d. The “Adobe Series” uses natural picture jasper stones as the landscape backgrounds and then sculpt ancient American Indian “Pueblo” structures, trees, and cloud features to create miniature, wearable landscape paintings of the Southwest.
e. People have commented that looking through my showcases is like looking through an art gallery.
f. And I am an OK guy. Website: sarasfalls.com

Clark Stoeckley of Louisiana, MO – Drawing
I began selling my artwork at art fairs when I was 7 years old until I turned 13. Being quite fascinated after a trip I took along Route 66 with my uncle, I drew landscapes of the Southwest and still lifes of chili peppers. I get back on the road whe I turned 16 selling my dad’s work at low end arts and crafts festivals in Missouri until I turned 19. Then I got my act together and filled my summer breaks with art fairs to support me through art school. I am lucky to say I have never had a real job, and I am not quite sure that I am even employable. Website: clarkstoeckley.com

Cukier of Casselberry, FL – Mixed Media
Each sculpture I create is a process which begun by educating my self about my family heritage . All of the art I make is comprised of many different medias including : *Paperclay, gold, silver, copper leaf, handmade papers, paints, gemstones and some found objects.

I recycle what is old and make it new. My new series features
vintage postage stamps from Israel. This has been a true educational process since the history of Israel is depicted through her postage! Each stamp tells a story and to incorporate this significant part into one of my mixed media sculptures I have learned much about my heritage and the history of Israel.

Since I have debuted this series the public reaction has been incredible. Many cannot believe how unique but the true compliment from my collectors and audience is how each piece of my art is connected to another family. It brings forth how we are all truly connected over the years and how history is so important to pass along to our children.

My art pieces often create a discussion of their own among visitors in my booth who become acquainted through my art pieces. My children have become very interested in this series of artwork and have learned a great deal from the initial collection of the stamps along with the full creative process that takes place with each sculpture.

I am currently working on a piece of artwork which will be displayed in an exhibition in Washington, DC, that focuses on the postage stamp series from Israel. This is truly a great honor to be able to represent my heritage.

Most recently I had the fortune of meeting and making a piece of artwork for the granddaughter of the distinguished person on one of my postage stamps! I never imagined that my dream would come true in such a unique fashion to bring others together through my artwork. It is my hope that all artists will take the initiative to create and educate. Doing this will ensure a strong cultural future for us all. Website: www.cukierart.com

Debbie LaPratt of Shelby Township, MI – ceramics
I feel that I am an entrepreneurial business person. I have a store that has been open for over a year in Livonia with 20 of Michigan’s finest artist. Each one brings to the table their uniqueness and talents to make this store work. It takes a village to make art work. The store is in Livonia at Laurel Park Place Mall. The store is called ART- IS -IN – MARKET.

Michael Holloway – of Keller, TX – Metal
I’m definitely the person with an entrepreneurial background. Besides being a CFO for an Oil & gas and real estate company, I was also the personal business manager and CFO for the billionaire Bass/Taylor family organization. I am an investor in a chain of restaurant/bar operations and two commercial real estate companies in Colorado. I mentor fellow artist on their business skills and speak often to high school aged children about business and art.

Being able to bring the Iron Chinchilla functional art studio to fruition was my life long passion. I was always an artist at heart trying to break through the bindings of the business world.

Also, I believe I am one of the 10 artists not to miss. I have been at Arts Beats for several years now and sell out almost every year. Website: www.ironchinchilla.com

Artist Patrick Pierson of Palm Springs, FL – Oil Painting
FYSHWERKS STUDIO GALLERY
Palm Springs, FL 33461-1907
561.965.6209 OR 561.707.3526

I will be debuting a new body of artwork at the ARTS, BEATS & EATS Art Festival under the banner, PLANET ZOOTOPIA.

The art depicts anthropomorphic characters — toads, alligators, dodo birds & flamingos to name a few — in whimsical roles filled with irony, set in a metaphorical world that celebrates life on Planet Zootopia.

The pieces include short narratives and are accompanied by various artifacts that have been recovered from Zootopia.

Tagline: Zootopians celebrate life. Though it sometimes kicks them around, they embrace it all the same; from lovers spurned and fortunes lost to the joy of revelation through emancipation, be it good or bad, they celebrate.

Yours Most Fincerely, Patrick Pierson Website: fyshwerks.com

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3 Responses to “Ten Artists Not To Miss At Arts, Beats & Eats”

  1. Jeanmarie Skahan Says:

    Thanks for the great information.

  2. 20's fashion Says:

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  3. Collectibles Says:

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