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Charles Hall [Certified Visual Artist – Windsor Locks, CT]

Charles Hall [Certified Visual Artist – Windsor Locks, CT]

Charles Hall is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Windsor Locks, CT.

Charles E. Hall is a Vietnam Veteran who does photography as therapy to help cope with PTSD. He has been photographing for several years. It is a reason to get out of the house, enjoy himself, and forget issues during that time.

Charles has been in over forty galleries in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, and California. He has been published in two books. Two of his photos are installed permanently at the new Ronald McDonald house in Baltimore, Maryland.

See more work, visit charlesehall.com

Charles Hall

Charles Hall

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Qrcky [Certified Visual Artist – Baltimore, MD]

Qrcky [Certified Visual Artist – Baltimore, MD]

Qrcky is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Baltimore, MD.

Born in southern Virginia during the seventies to a family where art was not practiced or encouraged, Qrcky was drawn instinctively to Chuck Jones’ cartoons, Norman Rockwell’s art, and Bob Ross’ PBS show. He would try to imitate their art while watching cartoons. Twenty years later, Qrcky began to paint reverting to the kinds of self-expression he felt closest to as a child. Finding freedom in his art, he found his voice but exiled himself away from friends and family. He discovered that under emotional distress and displacement he was able to focus and paint at his strongest while feeling content and whole.

Qrcky has six years of related work experience and a portfolio of varied accomplishments including exhibitions and academic achievements. He possess a strong sense of artistry and forward-thinking that is consistently displayed across all art pieces. He is capable of communicating with clients regarding specifications for customized art pieces.

See more work, visit qrcky.net

Qrcky

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Leslie Jeffery [Certified Visual Artist – Largo, FL]

Leslie Jeffery [Certified Visual Artist – Largo, FL]

Leslie Jeffery is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Largo, FL.

Leslie Jeffery was born in Jacksonville, FL and became aware of art at a young age painting with her grandmother, an accomplished oil painter. She studied painting, art history, and constructive design at Florida State University and holds a B.S. in Art Education from FSU. Her large acrylic abstracts are widely exhibited and have received numerous awards.

Leslie works from her studios in Largo, FL and Highlands, NC where she spends the summer. She is a Signature Member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP) and The Florida Artists Group (FLAG). She is a Past President of Las Damas de Arte, a Tampa based group of women who exhibit together and raise money for art scholarships. Leslie was co-founder of The Carolina Gallery of Fine Art in Highlands, NC and in August, 2019 was the Presenter for the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers at The Bascom in Highlands, NC.

  • November 2019 – April 2020: Leslie had a solo show at Galleria Misto at Mahaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, FL
  • April 2020: Leslie participated in the FLAG exhibition at Foosaner Museum in Melbourne, FL
  • May 2020: she won First Place at Art Center Sarasota juried exhibition “UNCHARTED” (out of 270 entries)
  • Dec 2020: she will have a solo exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL “Adios 2020”

Leslie’s paintings are primarily large format acrylic abstract compositions. The early Abstract Expressionists are her greatest influence, especially Franz Klein, Joan Mitchell and Lee Krasner. Her work is about the process and features texture – light or heavy, marks of all kinds, deep colors and many layers, patterned backgrounds, and drips and various mediums. They convey energy, mood, and are lyrical. She hopes to create interest and curiosity through the simplicity or complexity of the piece. Leslie finds the painting process exhilarating and loves to talk to viewers about their reaction and perception to her work. She feels successful when she believes the last one is her best. While a few are difficult to plan and execute and others come easily, she usually thinks, “What fun that was!”

See more work, visit lesliejeffery.art

Leslie Jeffery

Leslie Jeffery

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Edna Santiago [Certified Visual Artist – Media, PA]

Edna Santiago [Certified Visual Artist – Media, PA]

Edna Santiago is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Media, PA.

Medium: Printmaking, Gourd Art, Painting
Styles: Artesana, Expressive Impressionism, Abstract

Edna Santiago, a self taught artist, started painting in 2006 after the tragic loss of her only son. Direct, alive, tells a story, and colorful … these are descriptions of her works in oil and acrylic.

Edna expresses life’s elements and stories in color and movement. She is a retired physical therapist and interested in assisting women and children find “their way” to reach their potential through arts. She volunteers at several Philadelphia area art centers such as the Mainline Art Center and Darlington Art Center.

Edna curated and opened an art exhibition, “Nor Wind Nor Waters,” at the Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia, PA in August 2019. This was the first of a series of exhibitions in support of Puerto Rican artists.

See more work, visit www.ednasantiago.com

Edna Santiago

Edna Santiago

 

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Mary Robertson [Certified Visual Artist – Ventura, CA]

Mary Robertson [Certified Visual Artist – Ventura, CA]

Mary Robertson is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Ventura, CA.

Mary spent her early years in the animation industry drawing cartoons for production companies like Hanna-Barbera, Chuck Jones, Filmation, and Ruby and Spears. She had two children and began working at home for these companies as a freelancer.

She went to UCSB and learned graphic design at a time when the industry was transitioning to computers and began painting acrylics on canvas as a hobby. Mary is a self taught painter. She began a job as a production artist painting for restaurants and hotels. Mary later had a job as a graphic designer for a publishing company. She is now retired and painting more.

See more work, visit aereodesigns.com

Mary Robertson

Mary Robertson

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Sabrina Squires [Certified Visual Artist – Provo, UT]

Sabrina Squires [Certified Visual Artist – Provo, UT]

Sabrina Squires is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Provo, UT.

All cultures have creation stories that describe the culmination of earth and man. When disharmony enters that relationship, the earth and its inhabitants grow sick and suffer. Never before has there been such an opportunity to divorce the spirit of man and nature. This denial results in the withering of the collective living soul.

In opposition to the force that seeks this degradation, Sabrina Squires’ work is a continuous effort to keep that first primitive connection. The natural world is a challenging mentor who constantly inspires her to spend hours observing its details and reinterpreting them through her own creative ability. The product is a manifestation of that connection – a way she shows reverence and gratitude for this living place she calls home.

Sabrina’s work begins with a layer of altered National Geographic pages and builds through layers of ink, charcoal, and acrylic paint. She uses these media because of the depth, texture, and vibrancy they allow in her paintings.

See more work, visit www.sabrinajill.com

Sabrina Squires

Sabrina Squires

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Rhonda Donovan [Certified Visual Artist – Lutz, FL]

Rhonda Donovan [Certified Visual Artist – Lutz, FL]

Rhonda Donovan is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Lutz, FL.

After years of creating work for the publishing and advertising industry, Rhonda returned to fine art studies and completed an MFA. Full engagement in the art community has afforded solo, group, invitational, and juried exhibitions, as well as being part of large public art projects.

Merging love for making and teaching builds momentum and includes drawing, painting, and sculpture in Tampa, Florida and Paris, France. Balancing time between these different research practices has imbued artwork with rich historical references from a contemporary perspective and for contemporary issues.

See more work, visit http://www.rhondadonovan.com

Rhonda Donovan

Rhonda Donovan

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John Michael Keating [Certified Visual Artist – Grass Valley, CA]

John Michael Keating [Certified Visual Artist – Grass Valley, CA]

John Michael Keating is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Grass Valley, CA.

He is Professor Emeritus of Art and Humanities at Sierra College in Northern California. He has twice been Visiting Artist at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland and has lectured on Art at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California and at various arts clubs and organizations.

He has lived in Switzerland and Spain and has exhibited his award-winning oils, watercolors, and prints in the United States and Spain. His works have been purchased by Marriott Inc., Bank of America, San Francisco General Hospital, and the Toyota Motor Corporation. His paintings hang in the Firehouse Restaurant in Sacramento, Napa Valley Museum in Yountville, and Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City, California.

See more work, visit https://johnmichaelkeating.com

John Michael Keating

John Michael Keating

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Urvashi Lele [Certified Visual Artist – Los Angeles, CA]

Urvashi Lele [Certified Visual Artist – Los Angeles, CA]

Urvashi Lele is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Los Angeles, CA.

She is best described as a creatively eccentric person (or even an eccentric-ly creative person). An animator by day, Urvashi dabbles with embroidery and fiber art on other days and has a keen interest in clothes-making.

Besides making an excellent cup of tea, and an even better gin and tonic, it doesn’t hurt to know that Urvashi is an alumni of the UCLA Animation Workshop.

Born in India, Urvashi moved to the UK early in life and the US later where she now resides. A woman of many talents, Urvashi is always working on more than one creative project at a time.

By the way, you can call her Le.

See more work, visit sirpeagreenstudios.com

Urvashi Lele

Urvashi Lele

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Nick Steinman [Certified Visual Artist – Schwenksville, PA]

Nick Steinman [Certified Visual Artist – Schwenksville, PA]

Nick Steinman is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Schwenksville, PA.

Nick Steinman lives in Philadelphia, PA. He paints simple, dream-like landscape oil paintings. Working serially, Steinman focuses on the impact of his color choices, mark-making, and paint handling. He was recently part of a group exhibition at the National Liberty Museum, located in Philadelphia.

Born in 1998, Steinman grew up in Schwenksville, PA. He went on to study Fine Art at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he received his BFA. Steinman was a former curator at Gallery One located in the Kimmel Center.

See more work, visit nsteinman.com

Nick Steinman

Nick Steinman

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