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Adorable Monique is a visual artist based in Southwest Florida, raised abroad in Central America, profoundly influencing her understanding of art, culture, and color. Monique is well known for her figurative works, landscapes, people, among diverse themes. In addition, to painting, she is accomplished in other mediums such as ceramics and illustration. She obtained her formal education in Fine Arts, Teaching Visual Arts, and Education from the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán, and at St. Thomas University - with honors. In addition, her art has received copious accolades and the opportunity to exhibit in many venues. Growing up surrounded by different cultures has broadened her overall view of life, and continuously is pursuing success in personal, professional, and artistic endeavors and the cultural experience itself.  

    My backdrop in a developing country  allowed me to identify with the agricultural setting and be grateful for my surroundings and the natural environment, such as trees,  reservoirs and animals. As well, there were days with limited essentials such as water, electricity, and sustenance. However, the neighboring ambiance instilled a higher appreciation of having these basics when possible and being thankful for them. Likewise, it is part of life to acknowledge nature, customs, and values. Planting trees and keeping closeness with the intrinsic habitation as much as possible. Securing habitats for future generations is essential to developing a more solid connection with nature. Including the portrayals of diverse ethnic groups, as humanity is an integrated part of her work process.  

Making art during the years, exploring various techniques and mediums, including murals and creative designs, has deepened artistic insights and novel approaches. Furthermore,  various artworks are included in private collections across the United States and Internationally. Featured art in publications;  Naples Daily News, Florida Weekly, Coastal Breeze News, The River Weekly News, Paradise Coast, SW Spotlight News Magazines, Naples Illustrated Charity Register, Voyage MIA, Shout Out LA, Casa America, Professional Artist, the bibliographic book collection from National Library of Honduras Juan Ramón Molina are to name a few. Moreover, commissioned to illustrate Children's books and fables published by the National Association of Writers in Honduras, La Biblioteca GN among publishers.

Alexander Goldstein, is a music composer composing classical crossover and film scores for 27 feature films and over 300 documentaries. Goldstein is cinematographer and director. Naples, Fl Redifingin Paradise and Southwest Florida Jewish Pioneers.

My artwork is the manifestation of my spiritual practice. The painting and mixed media applications are meditative, magical processes through which I can charge each piece with vibrations of love, health, and gratitude.

Amanda Jaron has been designing jewelry since she was a child. Her designs are sometimes funky, often romantic & always sophisticated. After completing college and gaining her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Amanda took off for NYC and worked for fashion powerhouses Givenchy, Tommy Hilfiger,  Nine West and Jones NY, before leading the design team at AVON Products. During her decade in NYC she also crafted runway pieces for exclusive couture fashion houses of Europe.

Andy Browne, a painter/printer, steps into her garden for inspiration. Her subject matter shifted after a move from New England to Florida, offering an “entirely new and alien ‘garden’ that demanded a fresh look.”

My inspiration comes from the beauty of Nature. Land, sea, sky and anything related, are my muses. My relationship with my them is very emotional. It creates a visceral desire to express my emotions in the best way I see fit at the moment and what I think best represents them. Therefore, my form f expression variesand I am equally at home with abstract and representetional painting. I refuse to stagnate by repeating the same art formula.

Annabelle Johnson is a potter who creates usable art – including dinnerware, mugs, pitchers, bowls, vases, baskets and candle holders. She is known for her tropical designs.

is the unique pop-art pointillism of British Artist, Cath Branwood. The painting are inspired by travel, nature and life and are vibrant, textured, colorful, and lively. Each patient point represents all of Cath’s creative influences in a single calm peaceful moment.

Arturo Correa is an American-Venezuelan artist based in Naples, FL. Flat, frontal and with no concern for perspective or horizon to ground the viewer, Correa’s paintings combine figures and text as well as contemporary and historic iconic imagery. Materiality and spirituality, pain and love, yearning and hope are all reflected in the work.

Arturo Samaniego is an internationally recognized visual artist working in a range of media and styles, ranging from Contemporary realistic figurative, to mix media Abstract. He is the recipient of many national awards, and his work has been published by International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Juxtapoze, Florida Design Magazine and more.

Beth Crosley uses acrylics and mixed media to paint famous musicians who have impacted the world. A musician herself, Beth hopes to express the power of music through her visual art, reminiscent of the 60’s- very colorful and a little abstract.

Beth Sistrunk’s oil paintings are full of wonders that fool the eye. A delicate balance of contrasting light and shadow set a dramatic stage where three dimensional frills and wispy colors of beautiful seashells are revealed.  We invite you to closely examine her paintings; you never know what you might find.

Bonny Hawley weaves from the fabrics of ancient worlds and threads of her imagination to create her mysterious flowing large scale mixed media artworks.  She strives to uplift and inspire the viewers' spirit, and is deeply inspired by the beauty and serenity of the water and her nature surroundings in South West Florida.Experimentation and Imagination are the driving forces in her work.  Never one to color in the lines she is constantly striving to try new techniques and pushing the limits of the traditional processes.  The Art consists of acrylic mixed media collage with layers of papers, prints, metallic paints and a unique glazing technique on textured surfaces and free flowing supports.Bonny has been a professional full time working studio artist for 40 years.  Originally from Kansas she graduated with a BFA in Art from FHSU, and has lived in Naples Florida for the last 30 years.  Represented by fine art galleries across the country, the work is in private and corporate collections in the United States, Europe and Asia."Living by the ocean inspires and heals me, the flow of the water, the changing tides and the supreme power that controls it all."

Brendon McDonnell is a professional musician based in Naples, Fl.
Software development includes Bandosaurus, the new standard for music &
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Terra Guitarra® is the original painting style of musician Bruce Hecksel. These paintings are created using the guitar shape as a symbol to imagine the whole world is singing. The Guitar shape also contains the infinity symbol. Vibrations are infinite and the paintings are positive vibration symbols as well as meditative tools. Terra Guitarra® is also a world touring, award winning, chart topping guitar duo and 2018 Winner “Instrumental Album of the Year”. They have performed over 4,500 concerts, released 22 albums, toured over 1 million miles, and have an international concert production titled “The Landscape of Guitar” featuring projected animations of the paintings in concert with live music!”

Nearly 20 years ago, Carri Colvin formed The Creative Spectrum and adorning anything paintable still makes my heart sing. Inspiring others to find hope in all things and encouraging little ones to “think BIG thoughts” through picture and story makes it dance! Please visit my website where you can view an array of my art and create with me from the heART!

Cesar Aguilera was born in Quito Ecuador, and navigated hi childhood by virtue of creative observation, learning from his first curiosities onward that imagination and ingenuity have critical roles to play within our human experiences of life. This has taken him through a vast spectrum of mediums, techniques and subject matter.

Chrissy Lush is an artist from New York, currently based in Nashville, TN. She earned her BFA in Photography from SUNY Purchase and her MFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design. In 2014 she attended Arteles Creative Residency in Haukijärvi, Finland. Her work has been shown both nationally and internationally. With her project, Hold Me Tight, she has received an honorable mention in the 18th Pollux Awards, been shortlisted for the Royal Photographic Society’s International Photography Exhibit 164 and been named a Critical Mass 2022 Finalist.

Christine Cook‘s award winning photographic art is known for its dramatic scenes and fascinating characters, both human and animal. Her images evoke thought and emotion from the viewer. Enjoy longed-for vistas, interesting characters, imaginary places and intense beauty.

Christine Otis is a visual artist whose work ranges from painting, photography, mixed media, digital art, pattern designs, teaching to writing and editing. Her work incorporates many forms from graphic design to abstract to sci-fi.

Christy Noonan I think of myself as an abstract painter. My vision in painting is to bridge the physical forms in Nature with the formulas of movement and light on canvas.I studied Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and  later continued my formal studies through the N.Y. Studio school workshops, in Naples and with Hollis Jeffcoat, once Director of the Paris Division and founder of The Silver Tree School of Painting and Drawing.As an artist, “The need is for the connection to nature within ourselves; only then can we understand how to act towards nature outside ourselves.”

A Legendary Photographer and National Treasure

The scale and extraordinary clarity of his work sets it apart as exceptional. In the tradition of the nineteenth-century Hudson River School painters, Clyde composes his works at pristine and untarnished locations across the United States, creating arresting compositions that distinctly mark him as the foremost landscape photographer in America today.

Clyde has been called the next Ansel Adams by Popular Photography magazine, awarded as a humanitarian for acting for the betterment of his community, and recognized as a conservationist for bringing issues to the forefront of public consciousness through his art. His photography transcends political boundaries, challenging us to work together to protect natural places across the globe.

Butcher’s journey began with a humble origin, born in Kansas City, Mo. in 1942, the only child to a sheet-metal worker. As a child, he spent most of his time drawing boat designs and crafting ship prototypes from scrap metal.

Butcher graduated with a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University. It was then that he discovered his inability to draw architectural designs. To rectify this he taught himself photography, enabling him to photograph (rather than draw) his architectural models for presentations. Unable to afford a store-bought camera, he made himself a crude, but dependable pinhole camera.

Niki Vogel and Clyde married in 1963. He saw an Ansel Adams Photography exhibit at Yosemite National Park, and was so impressed by Adams’ work that he began to photograph landscapes in black and white. Clyde left the architecture field in 1970 and began exhibiting his black and white photographs at art festivals...

Read more at his website.

Col. William C. Boling, three plus decades of service in the US Air Force helped me pursue two lifelong passions, photography and travel.  Photographic specialties include landscape, wildlife and macro.  I have been fortunate to exhibit and present my work to groups here in Naples and elsewhere.  Plans are underway for a website and commercial venture in the near future.  The accompanying photograph was taken in the Serengeti, East Africa while on safari, 2019

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