Steven Lester is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Canton, GA.
Steven Lester began his career as a commercial illustrator after graduating from college with a degree in visual arts. He became an art director and creative director for corporations and advertising agencies, winning more than 100 national and international awards.
After four decades in the commercial art field, Steven fully embraced his love of fine art painting. He has painted internationally in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, India, South Africa, Canada, and the Caribbean. His work is in demand by corporations (McDonald’s, The Coca Cola Company, REI COOP), major universities, art collectors, athletes, and private individuals across the globe.
Steven was selected to be a 2020 Executive Fellow in the Clark Hulings Fund’s Art-Business Accelerator Program, recipient of the United States Sport Academy’s (USSA) prestigious International Sports Artist of the Year award, and awarded the American Sport Art Museum and Archives’ (ASAMA) “Zhenliang He Cultural Medallion”.
Steven was invited to the 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo to stage live painting events at multiple venues. Concurrent with the Summer Games, he had a solo exhibition of his narrative, Olympic-themed paintings at the prestigious Tokyo American Club.
See more work, visit stevenlesterartstudio.com
Ann Dunbar is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Longpont Sur Orge, France.
Ann Dunbar is an international mixed media artist, born and educated in UK – now working and living in France. In England, armed with a teachers’ diploma (Southbank University, 1975) and an arts degree specializing in Textiles (West Surrey College of Art, 1987), she taught in schools and colleges for sixteen years before she became a full-time artist.
Ann’s unique mixed technique, whereby she embellishes her water based paintings on paper with lavish embroidery, is her signature work. She has accumulated fifty awards since moving to France in 1996. Ann has exhibited in Brazil, USA, China, Japan, Cambodia, Russia, and Australia. Her pieces are found in many corporate and museum collections. She is represented in Italy, Australia, and UK galleries.
See more work, visit anndunbarart.com
Carrie Kingsbury is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Stowe, PA.
Carrie Kingsbury has been a full-time mural painter since 1999, when she started Promiseland Murals. She has many large commercial, community, and residential projects in her portfolio such as PF Chang’s in Lancaster, PA; World Of Beer and MOD Pizza in Exton, PA; Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia and St Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA; and Julius Silvert’s and Davita’s corporate headquarters as well as several restaurants; multiple historical murals in Berwyn, Malvern, and Hamburg, PA; and many fine homes on the east coast.
Carrie has traveled as far as California, Romania, and India to paint. In 2009, her work was displayed as part of the television show Extreme Home Makeover (Berks edition) and many mini makeovers in Berks County, PA, and the surrounding area. Carrie was involved in many Designing for Hope projects involving murals and painted a backdrop for Quaker City String Band for the 2016 Mummers Parade. She has volunteered teaching art for a scouting program for girls since 1994. Carrie currently works out of her mural studio located in Stowe, PA.
See more work, visit promiselandart.com
Gina Kropf is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from New York, NY.
Gina Kropf is a photographer and mixed media artist residing currently in New York, NY. She was born in Raleigh, NC, where she began her BFA in studio art with an emphasis in photography. She spent 2 years studying photography and painting at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA, and 2 years at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, studying photography and figure drawing before returning to Meredith College to earn her BFA. Gina spent 15 years working in photography studios and running her own studio as the principal photographer before settling in Manhattan to continue her studies in art.
Using the skills and techniques she acquired in the photography field and the classic photo techniques she learned in college, Gina employs various photographic mediums such as digital photography and manipulation, analog /120mm film photography, and acrylic paint. Her work explores aspects of individuality, non-conformity, and the human figure. She incorporates these ideas into her chaotic world, where she searches for understanding of human nature, her life, and how it evolves and takes on new meaning with the passing of each decade.
See more work, visit ginakropf.com
Linda Fitzgerald is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Fort Collins, CO.
Linda Fitzgerald was born in the Hudson Valley area of New York State and has been a Fort Collins resident since 1988. Before settling in Colorado, Linda’s path took her to San Francisco and Santa Fe where her passion for both visual and culinary art began to blossom.
In San Francisco, Linda befriended nationally acclaimed sculptress Ruth Cravath Wakefield and fine art painter Charles Farr. Both inspired and influenced Linda on her creative journey. In 1978, Linda moved to New Mexico where she had the honor of working as a Companion/Chef for Georgia O’Keeffe at Ms. O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu home. There were many conversations on the subject of creativity. Linda took to heart the advice Ms. O’Keeffe gave her, “Paint the way you paint! Don’t allow others to tell you how your painting should look. Instructors want you to paint like them, but then it’s not your work, it’s theirs’.”
Awards and Exhibitions
- City of Lafayette Group Show (January – March 2020): Lafayette, CO
- Jones Gallery Group Show (February 2020): Kansas City, MO
- Public Art Program reproduction and installation of “Flamingos” utility box wraps (January 2020): Pompano Beach, FL
- R Gallery Group Show (October – November 2019): Boulder, CO
- R Gallery (September – October 2019): Boulder, CO
- Gateway To The Rockies National Art Show (October 2019): Aurora, CO
- Art Santa Fe International Art Show (2019): Santa Fe, NM
- Gateway To The Rockies National Art Show (October 2018): Aurora, CO
- Art in Public Places reproduction and installation of “Spirit Buffalo” at the Phillip S. Miller Regional Park (August 2018): Castle Rock, CO
See more work, visit lindafitzgeraldgalleryandgifts.com
Nina Pancheva is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Woking, Surray, UK.
The art practice of Nina Pancheva is an intersection between painting, art installations, and research. Her practice based PhD research project in the University of Southampton marked the beginning of her specific approach to fine art as a method which explores the world by both written and visual means. Her paintings usually include realistic elements which are juxtaposed with abstract ones or with a specific way of perception developed by the space of the art installation.
Background and Experience
For her education, Nina took Fine Art in the University of Southampton where she earned a Master’s degree with distinction. Her works have been shortlisted for the final exhibitions of Sunny Art Prize, London; Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, London; Beep International Painting Prize, Swansea; and DAAD Art Competition, Vienna. Her paintings have been included in private and public art collections in the United Kingdom, USA, Bulgaria, and Austria. Nina’s papers were published in two books: Art as Cultural Diplomacy: European Perspectives, ed. by Cassandra Sciortino, Cambridge Scholars Press and Making Pictures, ed. by Beth Harland, London: RGAP & Camberwell. She presented papers from her practice based research at international conferences and seminars in the United Kingdom, Croatia, the Czech Republic, and Canada.
See more work, visit ninapancheva.com
Christina Mitterhuber is a Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Vienna, Austria.
Christina Mitterhuber was born 29.12.1975 in Wels, Austria, Europe and is based in 1180 Vienna, Austria.
Profession: Painter – oil paintings, acrylic paintings, and mixed media on canvas in various sizes. Self studies since childhood. First oil paintings at the age of 12. Current paintings: One Thousand.
Favorite painters and sculptures: Michelangelo, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Raffael, and Rodin
Self studies at galleries around the world including New York City, San Francisco, Melbourne, Victoria, Vancouver, Montreal, Sidney, Brisbane, Paris, Cannes, London, Manchester, Rome, Florence, Milan, Dublin, Cork Island, Berlin, Hamburg, Malaga, Prague, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Oslo, Kopenhagen, Genf, Zürich, Antibes, Venice, Nice and in the center of the cultural world, Vienna!
Self Studies at her favorite galleries: NYC Metropolitan museum of Art, MOMA NYC, Vancouver Art Gallery, Paris Musee de Orsay, National Gallery of Nice, Museum of Picasso in Antibes, Picasso Museum Malaga, MOMA, National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne Australia, Belvedere, Leopold Museum, and Albertina.
See more work, visit christinamitterhuber.at
Rabi Soltani is a new Side Arts Certified Visual Artist from Irvine, CA.
Rabi Soltani lives in California and loves painting which they started doing when they were ten years old. Rabi went to private art classes for three years and enjoys abstract style because colors give them calm and positive energy.
See more work, visit rabi-art-shop.myshopify.com
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