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
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
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
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