Charles Hall is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Windsor Locks, CT.
Charles 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 fineartamerica.com/profiles/5-charles-hall
Evy Halvorsen is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Kingston, WA.
Evy Olsen Halvorsen (aka Halvorsen Holstein) was born in northern Norway. In 1956, she and her parents immigrated to the neighborhood of Ballard in Seattle, WA. After graduation from high school, Evy moved briefly to San Francisco before landing in Kitsap County with husband and daughters. After raising her daughters and owning a couple of businesses, she continued her education at Cornish College of the Arts. Evy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts, cum laude in 1999, in painting and printmaking. Currently, she lives in Kingston, WA.
“Perhaps because of the landscape of my childhood I am drawn to creating a sense of space, color. Norway is a dramatic country especially the islands I come from which are above the Arctic circle. I love that open country, sharp mountains rising out of the sea, the quickly changing sky. Not unlike the home I have here, water, mountains and open skies.
Landscape dwells large in my consciousness. The landscape of time, space and color. This space around us all weighs on me, as a comfort and a challenge. Color is my guide to finding my way around this space, anchoring and directing my thoughts, taking me home. The images I’m drawn to may be a literal translation or an abstracted vision of terrain and memory. A color impression, a botanical image or a visiting traveler may occupy the surface I attempt to fill. It is still always about the space, the welcoming space.”
See more work, visit evyolsenhalvorsen.com
Dr. Richard Heiens is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Greenacres, FL.
Dr. Richard Heiens is an accomplished international artist whose colorful abstract expressionist works never fail to solicit an emotional reaction from the viewer. His paintings are mostly abstract in nature with some figurative art. His abstracts highlight shapes and colors. Using color intensity and simplicity of composition, his works make a big impact without crowding the canvas.
His paintings have a wonderful balance and handling of the acrylics. They catch the eye of the beholder with their colors and shapes which tell a story. His paintings have a balance of warm, cold. and neutral color composition with a mix of different round and edged components. There are clear boundaries filled with soft shifting nuances. He uses layering of the paints to create the richness in the colors with light and darks being well placed.
In Rome, Italy, Dr. Heiens took lessons from Professor Sergio Graziani, a famous artist and actor, on how to paint in oil and acrylics. When Dr. Heiens returned to the states, he taught art to seventh graders in Illinois. He obtained a Doctorate Degree in Education Technology in 2006.
Dr. Heiens obtained gallery representation in Texas and London after selling his works on Instagram. He has had private commissions from clients in Italy, Germany, the UK, Illinois, Missouri, South Carolina, California, Florida, and Washington.
See more work, visit dochartist.com
Qrcky is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Baltimore, MD.
Qrcky was born in southern Virginia during the seventies to a family where art was not practiced or encouraged. He 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. Discovering 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 possesses 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
Leslie Jeffery is a 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 BS in Art Education from FSU. Her large acrylic abstracts are exhibited widely and have received numerous awards.
Leslie works from her studios in Largo, FL, and Highlands, NC, where she spends the summer. 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, drips, and various mediums. They convey energy and 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!”
Leslie 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: Solo show at Galleria Misto at Mahaffey Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, FL
- April 2020: Participated in the FLAG exhibition at Foosaner Museum in Melbourne, FL
- May 2020: Won First Place at Art Center Sarasota juried exhibition “UNCHARTED” (out of 270 entries)
- Dec 2020: Solo exhibit at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL “Adios 2020”
See more work, visit lesliejeffery.art
Marcie Ziskind is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Philadelphia, PA.
Marcie Mehrman Ziskind is an Outsider Artist. She is mostly self taught. Having acquired skills in ceramics, painting, glass fusion, and mosaics, Marcie’s true passion lies in the creation of fiber art – including wet felting and embroidery – and uses these complex textiles to generate wall art, decorative items, and garments.
After enduring the unimaginable, the death of her oldest son in July 2016, Marcie discovered that the physicality of making felt helped her to process her grief. Not only does she pour her physical emotion into the making of her “Grief Vessels,” and other felted items, but also they hold the pain itself. They all have interesting nooks and crannies, just like our heartbreak, which hide in the little places inside us and pop out at unexpected and inopportune times. Sometimes surprising us.
Marcie’s work has been featured at local galleries and in exhibits across the country. She owns and operates The Expressive Hand, a paint-your-own-pottery and fused glass studio that provides access to art for everyone in the community. She is a current member of The Da Vinci Art Alliance, The Women’s Caucus for Art, The Philadelphia Handweaver’s Guild, and The Northeast Feltmakers Guild.
See more work, visit feltedstones.com
Edna Santiago is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Media, PA.
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.
Medium: Printmaking, Gourd Art, Painting
Styles: Artesana, Expressive Impressionism, Abstract
See more work, visit ednasantiago.com
Sabrina Squires is a 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 sabrinajill.com
Rhonda Donovan is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Lutz, FL.
After years of creating work for the publishing and advertising industry, Rhonda Donovan 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 which includes drawing, painting, and sculpture in Tampa, Florida and Paris, France. Balancing time between these different research practices has imbued Rhonda’s artwork with rich historical references from a contemporary perspective and for contemporary issues.
See more work, visit rhondadonovan.com
John Michael Keating is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Grass Valley, CA.
John Michael Keating – oil, acrylic, watercolor, monotype, and digital print artist – 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. He has lectured on Art at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California and at various arts clubs and organizations.
John has lived in Switzerland and Spain and has exhibited his award-winning oils, watercolors, and prints in the United States and in 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 johnmichaelkeating.com