William Brown is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Atlanta, Georgia.
William Brown became a photographer in the 1970s after leaving a graduate program in psychology. He received an MFA from the University of Florida. William helped found the Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta and the studio program at Emory University where he taught for over 40 years. His work merges conventions from photography, film, sculpture, and painting. William has extensive experience with international and national exhibitions, primarily in video.
William’s current project, Paintings for a Robot, uses digital techniques to generate montage images intended for rendering by robotic painting devices. William’s current experiments involve creating a range of photo montages based on public domain artworks that are readily available on museum web sites. Sometimes, he digitally cuts and pastes, creating new configurations based on the work of famous artists from the past. Other times, he overlays up to five historical works, creating a new multiple-exposure, single image. Some works mix similar types of images from different artists on a theme such as images of common people.
This brave new world of machine fine art painting signals a new singularity between photography, digital image manipulation, and oil painting. William believes that distinctions between these seemingly unique media will collapse.
See more work, visit william-brown-bzhc.squarespace.com.
Hernan Helfer is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Miami, Florida.
- MFA Paint
- MFA Design
- MFA Illustration
See more work, visit helfer3.com.
Vesna Longton is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Vesna Longton is a professional artist based in Attleboro, Massachusetts. She received formal art education and is self-taught in many ways. She loves to delve into the connection between reincarnation, practice yoga, meditation, travel, and astrology. Occasionally, predictions come through her art.
Since 2019, Vesna has been developing a unique technique of layered glass and resin to create multi-faceted three-dimensional images highlighted by LED lighting effects. In 2021, she made her childhood wish come true by making color sculptures. Her art is featured in private collections around the world and at local art exhibitions in New England.
See more work, visit vesnalongton-art.com.
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
John Edwe is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Philadelphia, PA.
- 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)
- Haitian Embassy Brussel, Belgium (2018)
- Liberty Shop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2013)
- Academy Art University, San Francisco, California (2009)
- University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2005)
- Fresco, Ambassador of Jesus Christ (Church), Brooklyn New York (2002)
- BFA University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2005)
- MFA Academy Art University, San Francisco, California (2009)
See more work, visit johnedwe.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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