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Traci Meitzler [Certified Visual Artist – Gilbertsville, PA]

Traci Meitzler [Certified Visual Artist – Gilbertsville, PA]

Traci Meitzler is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Gilbertsville, PA.

As an artist, Traci Meitzler works hard to develop art that speaks both to her and others about her emotions and frame of mind while creating. She would classify her style as chaotic architecture. Traci enjoys the juxtaposition of straight edges with organic curves. She believes that a painting or any design cannot have just one element, but that each exists in harmony because of the other.

Traci works mostly in acrylic mediums along with other materials such as marker, charcoal, spray paint, and modeling paste. She likes to add non-standard items to create texture such as clear acrylic sheets, textured wallpaper, cheese cloth, and coarse sand.

To see more work, visit mad7studio.com

Traci Meitzler [Certified Visual Artist - Gilbertsville, PA]

 

 

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John Edwe [Certified Visual Artist – Philadelphia, PA]

John Edwe [Certified Visual Artist – Philadelphia, PA]

John Edwe is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Philadelphia, PA.

Group Exhibitions

  • Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, New Jersey (2022)
  • Luxembourg Art Prize, Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2021)
  • Pleiades Gallery, New York, New York (2020)
  • Gallery Zero, Milan, Italy (2017)
  • Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, New Jersey, Curated by Brian McCormack (2016)
  • Galerie Metanoia, Paris, France, Curated by Marc Hinnonet (2015)
  • Hamilton Street Gallery, Bound Brook, New Jersey, Curated by Brian McCormack (2015)
  • Second Saturday Gallery, York, Pennsylvania, Curated by Ken Husband (2015)
  • Gallery La La Artisan Market, New York, New York (2015)
  • Institut Francais, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti (2010)
  • Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2004)
  • Pennsylvania Convention Center, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (2004)
  • Gallery One, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2003)
  • Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York (2001)

Solo Exhibitions

  • Haitian Embassy Brussel, Belgium (2018)
  • Liberty Shop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2013)
  • Academy Art University, San Francisco, California (2009)
  • University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2005)

Commission

  • Fresco, Ambassador of Jesus Christ (Church), Brooklyn New York (2002)

Education

  • BFA University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2005)
  • MFA Academy Art University, San Francisco, California (2009)

See more work, visit johnedwe.com.

John Edwe [Certified Visual Artist - Philadelphia, PA]

John Edwe [Certified Visual Artist - Philadelphia, PA]

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Frank Altomari [Certified Visual Artist – Nashua, NH]

Frank Altomari [Certified Visual Artist – Nashua, NH]

Frank Altomari is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Nashua, NH.

Frank Altomari is a fine artist, specializing in portraits and caricatures. In 1982, he created Potman and his sidekick Courteous Cannabis, Earth’s most useful superheroes. They represent education for Earth’s most useful materials.

In 2012, Frank started a pot page on social media and educated himself about the plant. Frank was always an environmentalist at heart and began studying the Tai Chi Chuan, part of the 4,000-year-old Taoist culture focused on living in harmony with the Earth. Combining information on how to live sustainably, both cannabis and philosophy fit like a puzzle.

Frank believes that education through artwork is a virtuous job. He educates about the physiological and biological benefits.

See more work, visit potman.us.

Frank Altomari [Certified Visual Artist - Nashua, NH]

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Carlos Alves [Certified Visual Artist – Miami, FL]

Carlos Alves [Certified Visual Artist – Miami, FL]

Carlos Alves is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Miami, FL.

Carlos Alves has been serious about art since he was a child. It shows in his passion for making things out of clay, glass, metal, salvaged artifacts, and recycled objects. His mission to make art from anything is encapsulated in his motto, “Chip it, crack it, smash it. Put it back together and give it whole new life.” He draws from his Cuban / Puerto Rican roots and South Florida upbringing, communicating the themes that encompass love, hope, history, culture, politics, nature, and a kinship with the sea.

Education

Carlos graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Illinois State University, Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Miami, and scholarship to Scuola Lorenzo Di Medici in Florence, Italy. He started his post-college career with a free-flowing tile installation located on the floor and walls of the Art Center South Florida. The project eventually led to commissions by several public and private clients in the United States, London, and Hong Kong. He is excited by making artwork that is seen in large public art settings such as airports, parks, fountains, courthouses, libraries, restaurants, galleries, and private residences.

Public Art

Recently, Carlos designed and completed a courtyard featuring a sculpture fountain, garden benches, planters, seating rocks, and bamboo railing at a rehab facility in Fort Lauderdale; mosaic sidewalk “Save Our Water” for Miami-Dade Water/Sewer Department; and entrance / ticketing area for the Port Everglades’ Holland America Terminal.

He often enjoys projects with local youth and has accomplished many public artworks working with them including “The River Poetry Project”, “The Miami Children’s Museum”, and a 186 foot mural at the entrance of the new Miami-Dade County Children’s Court House. Carlos works closely with his wife and partner of over twenty years, JC Carroll, in all aspects of public art from concept, design, and manufacturing, to completion.

Private Work

As much as Carlos enjoys the public art arena, he loves creating pieces for private clients, museums, and gallery exhibitions. He is currently working on a series, “Animal Instincts”, creating large, animal shaped clay bodies filled with recycled figurines and glass. The final piece in the series is a globe that will show the animals and sea life of each region and the fragile ecosystems of the world with emphasis on showing the planet’s need for our protection.

See more work, visit carlosalvesmosaics.com

Carlos Alves

Carlos Alves

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Tieshka Smith [Certified Visual Artist – Philadelphia, PA]

Tieshka Smith [Certified Visual Artist – Philadelphia, PA]

Tieshka Smith is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Philadelphia, PA.

Tieshka Smith (she/her) is a Philadelphia-based photographer and content creator. She uses many tools to challenge and disrupt the status quo. Her community-based artistic practice interrogates racism and classism in place making and civic identity formation; how neighborhood-level memories and values are shaped; and the ways marginalization of people and ideas adversely affects American life and culture. Her photographs have been featured in print, galleries, museums, community spaces on the East Coast and in the Midwest, several noteworthy private and public collections, and online.

Smith is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and a proud alumna of Northwestern University and DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management. Serious inquiries about photography commissions, arts/cultural digital content co-creation opportunities, speaking engagements, or purchasing her work are welcomed and encouraged.

See more work, visit tieshkasmith.com.

 

Tieshka Smith [Certified Visual Artist - Philadelphia, PA]

Tieshka Smith [Certified Visual Artist - Philadelphia, PA]

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Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist – Westfield, NY]

Audrey Dowling is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Westfield, NY.

Audrey Kay Dowling received a BS in Art Education at SUNY New Paltz and a MS from SUNY Fredonia. She works in her clay, painting, and printmaking studios full time. Audrey is an award and grant winning artist and the gallery owner of Portage Hill Art Gallery in Westfield, New York.

See more work, visit audreykaydowling.com

Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist - Westfield, NY]

Audrey Dowling [Certified Visual Artist - Westfield, NY]

 

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Jane Heyman [Certified Visual Artist – Los Angeles , CA]

Jane Heyman [Certified Visual Artist – Los Angeles , CA]

Jane Heyman is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Los Angeles, CA.

Jane Heyman has been professionally painting and drawing since she was 12 years old. She has won printmaking awards, scholarships, and fellowships. Jane is known for painting President Clinton, Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Magic Johnson, and Oliver North as well as many dignitaries and private colleges.

See more work, visit janeheymanart.com

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Patti Walsh [Certified Visual Artist – Minneapolis, MN]

Patti Walsh [Certified Visual Artist – Minneapolis, MN]

Patti Walsh is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Minneapolis, MN.

Patti Walsh’s work is filtered through her road-weary, sometimes jaded, and warped mind with a unique woman-elder perspective. It’s pure feeling. She allows chaos to self-organize into a form that might be understood visually. She evolves and learns to understand that visual art expresses what we know without words but with experiences and sensory understanding.

As Patti approaches a new piece of work, she typically has a process where colors are decided and lets loose on the canvas with nothing in her logical mind. She lets her angst, joy, frustration, silliness, or a thousand other feelings dictate the movement of the work. Patti enjoys learning how people perceive the finished pieces and tell her what they feel she might have been thinking. Sometimes they’re spot on, sometimes not so much. She loves for people to get their own feelings from her work and interpret it in their own ways.

Exhibits

  • May 2021 – Grumpy’s NE – “Artificial World” outdoor art exhibit
  • February 2020 – Vine Arts Center – “Creation by Sound” group and coordinated/curated exhibit
  • November 2019 – Inverted Arts Gallery – “Love vs. Fear” Mill City Art Show Group Exhibit
  • September 2019 – Vine Arts Center – 12th Annual Members Group Exhibit
  • February 2019 – Vine Arts Center – “Locally Inspired” Two person exhibit with Susan Warner

See more work, visit pattiwalsh66.com

Patti Walsh [Certified Visual Artist - Minneapolis, MN]

Patti Walsh [Certified Visual Artist - Minneapolis, MN]

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Lisa Magrane [Certified Visual Artist – Peoria, AZ]

Lisa Magrane [Certified Visual Artist – Peoria, AZ]

Lisa Magrane is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Peoria, AZ.

Lisa Magrane has always been an artist and had a passion for creating since she was a child. Following her BFA from The School of Visual Arts and MFA at Hunter College (CUNY), she taught ceramics in Brooklyn to middle schoolers. She moved into a career in computer graphics doing website development.

After years in the tech world, Lisa had the desire to get back to creating so she opened a custom cake business and successfully ran it for 10 years – Rhapsody Cakes, located in Long Island, New York. Her husband and she decided to move to Arizona in 2016. She left the cake making and deliveries to others and returned to her artistic journey. She enjoyed designing and sculpting cakes, got good at it, and still receives calls from former clients begging for cake.

Lisa has been painting and creating since she moved to Arizona, utilizing the new art business name of Rhapsody Arts West. She is enjoying the freedom to create freely without a deadline or specific customer order. As an avid gardener, she enjoys the freedom to create flowers and botanicals with paint on paper and with paper sculpted on canvas. She loves all aspects of florals: the colors, textures, and movement of the garden. Even when people are not aware of the nature that is all around them, they benefit from being outdoors, in the grass, passing by flowers, and all the wonderful aspects of things that grow. She seeks to inspire a sense of calm and refreshment, maybe even some excitement in the viewer. She wants to add beauty to the world.

In her paintings, she tries to capture movement in a scene, the stillness of an animal, some aspect of nature, the undulation of a landscape, or the bold color of a flower frozen in a moment at the peak of its beauty. She wants to inspire the feeling of being in a beautiful and vibrant instant in a garden, the essence of an animal, movement, bold color, vibrant scenes captured in a moment of particular lighting, and the glow from the sun.

As a full-time artist, Lisa works from her home studio – back to her roots in fine art. She enjoys creating art and inspiration for its viewers.

Recent Art Achievements

  • Sonoran Art League, New Member Exhibition (2022)
  • WHAM Interpretations V Exhibition, Honorable Mention (2020)
  • Trilogy Fine Art Show Exhibitor Spring and Fall Shows (2016 – Present)
  • President, Trilogy Art League Peoria, AZ (2018 – 2020)
  • Exhibited in the West Valley Arts HQ Exhibition / Arizona Artists Guild 2019 Statewide (2019)
  • Exhibited in the “Fantastical Botanicals” Exhibition at The Chandler Center for Fine Arts (2019)

See more work, visit rhapsodyartswest.com

Lisa Magrane [Certified Visual Artist - Peoria, AZ]

Lisa Magrane [Certified Visual Artist - Peoria, AZ]

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Carlos Pardo [Certified Visual Artist – Katy, TX]

Carlos Pardo [Certified Visual Artist – Katy, TX]

Carlos Pardo is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Katy, TX.

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Carlos Pardo was always surrounded by beautiful things. His grandfather’s house in the countryside was a good escape from the city. Nature has been a good part of his life since early on. His father is a photographer, art director, and a great painter. He is one of Carlos’ greatest influences and maybe the biggest because he taught Carlos to never follow, copy, or be influenced.

Carlos graduated from high school in 1994. He started working and going to Community College in Miami. He graduated with a degree in photography and a minor in design. Carlos enjoyed college because his teachers let him explore his art by guiding him with their experience. He started teaching nine years ago, showing people that they can create and explore their imagination.

Art has always been Carlos’ escape from the incoherence of life. It makes more sense because he can leave his feelings on paper. He hopes people see their own feelings in his pictures.

Carlos’ art is edgy, but sometimes very mellow. Photos are never retouched. He thinks the way he photographs the first time is the most honest, even if it is not perfect. He loves contrast, not only with light but also colors, shapes, and ripples in time that keep moving after they are printed on a piece of paper. Carlos wants to change the way people feel about light, show them something new, and help them understand or like art more.

See more work, visit carlosapardo.wixsite.com/photo

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