June 2013 News and Updates

 Art Camp for 2013 has begun with lots of creativity in the air.  Carolyn is using many ideas from her recent stint as a judge at the Brevard County Art Shows last month. Pearly has been introduced to the art camp students and seems to be taking all the attention paid to her in stride.  After all, being so cute she is used to being the main attraction.

  • Our gallery is a sponsor for Barbeque and Blues in Cocoa Village starting June 7th through the 9th.  Many people will be in town for this activity and most events will be happening across the street from Carolyn Seiler and Friends so we may have lots of visitors to our gallery over the week-end.
  • Jo-Ann Jensen has moved to Titusville and left the gallery.  We wish her the best and will miss her colorful silk creations.
  • Elizabeth Sammons recently won first place in the pet category and second place in Best of Show of the Space Coast Feline Network “Animals in Art 2013”
  • Every month City wide Arts & Entertainment magazine will feature a picture of art from one of our artists within our gallery advertisement.  Check with Carolyn to see who is scheduled to be the next featured artist.  Each artist being featured is responsible for sending Tony Strong a picture of their art with their name and a note that it is to be used as the featured artist within the Carolyn Seiler & Friends ad.  Send a short bio as well and if Tony has space he will print an article about the artist.

 

JUNE SPOTLIGHT ARTIST CASEY SCHREIBER

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Casey is our newest artist at the gallery and has hit the floor running.  She has had great sales and created a fan base that spans the globe as several foreign visitors to the gallery have returned to their homeland with some of her pocket books.

Casey was raised on a small farm in Florida by her art teacher mother and engineer father.  Casey’s mother was instrumental in Casey’s early art development as she always had art projects for Casey and her sisters to keep them busy and productive.  Casey enjoyed drawing and working with  colored pencils but her mother also provided her girls with beads, buttons and supplies so they could create jewelry.  Casey continued making her own jewelry and while in college she studied abroad in Edinburgh Scotland for a two-week jewelry course which created a true passion for design.  In the Cocoa Village Spring  Art and Craft Show this year Casey won third place in jewelry design.

Casey’s father gave her a book that became so well read that it was loved to pieces – literally.  Casey turned the beloved cover of the book into a pocket book and another outlet for her talent evolved – creating pocket books.  Her newest endeavor is making small hand-bound book necklaces which can now be seen in her display space.  Casey is continuing to experiment with her pocket book designs and is even thinking about working in stained glass again creating sun catchers.  Casey has many talents so her possibilities are endless.  It will be fun watching what she creates next!

 

Blog written by: Micheal Xavier

 

April 2013 News and Updates

  • Casey Schreiber has joined the gallery and set up her hand bound journals and beautiful hand bags using recycled book covers.  She will be displaying those creations and some hand made jewelry in the corner spot where Jo-Ann Jensen has been showing her work.  Jo-Ann will be moving to the spot previously occupied by Laura.
  • Janine has left the gallery and Laura is now displaying her art in the back room where Janine was formerly located.  In the new area, Laura is able to show her larger work.
  • Gallery Walk is scheduled for Saturday April 6th from 6:00 to 10:00.
  • Carolyn held a gallery meeting to finalize who will be assisting with the Gallery Walk preparations.  Kim has volunteered to come in early for set up.  Carol will keep watch over refilling snacks and general organization of the food and work with Greg on keeping the punch and wine filled.  Ann has volunteered to work the front desk during the evening but we still need volunteers to stamp maps and to close for the evening.
  • Carolyn has just completed the first in a series of educational videos of drawing for kids.  She hopes to have a CD of six lessons on drawing Florida wildlife available soon.
  • Every month City wide Arts & Entertainment magazine will feature a picture of art from one of our artists within our gallery advertisement.  Shirley of Yard Bird’s Bling will be the April featured artist.  Each artist being featured is responsible for sending Tony Strong a picture of their art with their name and a note that it is to be used as the featured artist within the Carolyn Seiler & Friends ad.  Send a short bio as well and if Tony has space available he will include it.  Be sure to send your information to Tony two weeks before the end of the month so he has time to include it in the upcoming publication.  His address is: tony@citywideart.com

Here is a picture of our three newest artists: Jo-Ann, Pausefunei and Casey.

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APRIL SPOTLIGHT ARTIST:

PAUSEFUNEI HUDSON

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Pausefunei’s business, Li6 Abstract Artistry encompasses her many artistic endeavors.  The name stands for Life Illustrations for Mankind.  Pausefunei is a songwriter, sings on her praise team at church, writes poetry, enjoys fashion design and creates distinctive abstract acrylic art.  Although she prefers working in acrylics, she also creates computer generated drawings and loves all mediums of art.  Her art influences her poetry and songwriting and they in turn inspire her art.

Pausefunei has been composing songs since she was 12, writing poetry since elementary school and drawing with anything she could get her hands on since she was around three years old.  Her grandmother has been her biggest supporter, encouraging her to express herself using everything from lipstick, eyebrow pencil, crayons and anything else that makes a mark.  Pausefunei’s art at the gallery includes paintings, vases and other colorful forms of unique abstract art.  Pausefunei’s future goals include getting corporate contracts for designs of logos and merchandise and fashion design.  She also will be focusing on odd color combinations and designs with musical and biblical influences.  Soon she willl be bringing in more glass creations with a $25.00 or under price point so look for those exciting pieces in late April or early May

 

 -Blog Written by Micheal Xavier

March 2013 News and Updates

  • A new artist will be joining us in March. Casey Schreiber creates hand bound books and recycled hand bags.  In March we will now have 17 artists in the co-op.
  • Carolyn has just returned from her working cruise where she taught painting to cruisers.  She says she never knew how many students would show up for class so it was always a surprise to see the size of each class.
  • Although some parents are already paying for summer Art Camp, Carolyn will officially be taking reservations on March 1st.  Check the gallery note book for further announcements from Carolyn on Art Camp dates.
  • Every month City wide Arts & Entertainment magazine will feature a picture of art from one of our artists within our gallery advertisement.  Michael Xavier was the featured artist in February and Vashti will be in the March edition of the magazine.  Each artist being featured is responsible for sending Tony Strong a picture of their art with their name and a note that it is to be used as the featured artist within the Carolyn Seiler & Friends ad.  If you want to be the featured artist in future publications, please let me know so it can be announced in the newsletter.  Be sure to send your information to Tony two weeks before the end of the month so he has time to include it in the upcoming publication.  His address is: tony@citywideart.com
  • Carolyn wants to remind all the artists in the co-op that they can send in a press release about themselves and their art to City Wide Arts & Entertainment at any time.  Tony is always looking for articles to include.
  • Michael Xavier will be displaying his art at the Fox Lake Art and Craft Show on March 16th and at the Titusville Art League Spring show on March 22 through March 24.
  • Cynthia is displaying some new durable glasses at the gallery that she has painted with enamel paint.  She has many special occasion glasses and will be adding some for St. Patrick’s Day.  She also has added some new 8 x 10 giclee prints.  Be sure to take a look at her new display.
  • Ann Micklos, Blue Planet Photos is currently displaying some of her extraordinary photographs at the Space Coast Credit Union on Merritt Island as well as the Space Coast Regional Airport.  Her work will be on display at both locations through June.  Stop by and see Ann’s exhibits.
  • Jeff is working on some exciting new designs for spring.  He will be making smaller pieces that will sell for a price point from $50 – $75.  He will also be creating a turtle series like the ones he sold out of during the holidays.

MARCH SPOTLIGHT ARTIST JO-ANN JENSEN 

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 Jo-Ann  Jensen is multifaceted in her artistic abilities.  She is not only a talented fabric artist working in batik, silk, and fabric collage, she is also a Yoga Instructor and art teacher.  Jo-Ann started her silk batik career as a student at University of Central Florida (UCF) when she was selected to assist a fabric artist in the art department in 1991.  Her love of working with fabric actually began as a child as she accompanied her mother who was an accomplished seamstress  when her mother took her to fabric mills.  She came to love the color, feel and texture of fabric.  While she does beautiful collages of fabric, her first love is silk batik.  She gives workshops on silk batik at the Cocoa Beach Library and in the fall of 2014 will be teaching at the Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina.  Jo-Ann has also been an elementary school art teacher in Cocoa Village, Titusville and Mims but now really enjoys teaching adult workshops where she can bring out the creative child in her adult students.  She enjoys capturing not only the color, movement and message of her art pieces but also the overall process of design.

Jo-Ann adapts her designs to where she resides at the time.  She loves the southwest but is now doing many designs focused on Florida sea life.  She also has a dancer series as she loves to capture the movement of dancers.  She will be entering a 24 x 24 dancer art piece called “Leap of Faith” in the Spring Titusville Art League Art Show on March 22 through the 24th.

 -Written by Micheal Xavier