ARTS

SWEET ART GALLERY

Sweet Art Gallery is Southwest Florida’s largest source of contemporary artwork. An anchor in the North Naples Art District, the gallery features 14,000 square feet of original art, including abstracts, expressionism, contemporary realism and sculptures.

Representing more than 45 national, international and local artists, the gallery’s extensive collection is constantly evolving to keep up with art trends. Gallery owner Dede Sweet says, “Our wonderful clients come to us because, put simply, they love art.”

In 2017, Sweet teamed up with Daniel Lubner of acclaimed furniture company Clive Daniel Home to bring together gorgeous vignettes of abstract art with fine furniture. “This collaboration is so exciting because clients don’t have to imagine how the art will look when paired with furniture,” says Sweet. “Living with art is like living with a family member or a friend. It is the signature of the room.”

Sweet, a decorative artist who has been Naples’ “art girl” for 28 years, opened the gallery in 2005. “I wanted to bring forth something fresh and new,” she says. “We were the first to offer contemporary abstract artwork.” The gallery, which at any given time displays more than 300 original pieces, offers free delivery and installation and has a custom framing department.

SWEET ART GALLERY
239.597.2110
THESWEETARTGALLERY.COM


KLARA CHAVARRIA ART

Located among the lush green avenues and vibrant community of Miami’s Coral Gables, Klara Chavarria’s studio and gallery welcomes both casual passersby and learned art lovers to explore the artist’s stunning works. Chavarria is an internationally collected artist recognized for her philosophical and spiritual concepts, which incorporate figurative and abstract elements. Her body of work, exhibited everywhere from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport to the prestigious Latin American art auction “Juannio” at the Museum of Modern Art in her hometown of Guatemala City, is spontaneous, innovative and brimming with emotion. She says: “[My] work explores our shared human experiences and the mystery of life. I am interested in capturing the rawness in life, moments, thoughts, experiences, relationships, deep emotions, feelings and how these influence our existence.”

The studio and gallery is open to the public and offers original paintings, commissioned projects for corporate and private clients, and selected limited edition prints. “I can adapt to anything,” Chavarria says. “My work is very personal; it’s about us and our human condition, so I love to work with all people. I love to share the story of my work, to see someone connect with a

KLARA CHAVARRIA ART
305.282.2116
KLARACHAVARRIA.COM


KEVIN MCPHERRIN GALLERY

Since 1985, Kevin McPherrin has brought the original work of the world’s hottest emerging artists to the design community. Originally representing his own work and that of Balinese artist Nyoman Sudarsa, the gallery now represents the work of 20 artists from nine countries, each of whom brings a unique vision to the gallery’s ever-evolving collection. Twelve artists are exclusive to the gallery. Some offer edgy looks with elements of street art, others explore fashion and haute couture, and some go for exuberance and fun.

Clients delight in both the vast inventory (more than 600 paintings) and the gallery’s commitment to authenticity and exclusivity. Every single piece is a hand-painted original. This unique quality offers, in the words of McPherrin himself, “that particular feeling when you can see a brushstroke or a drip of paint, and you know that actually happened in the artist’s studio. There is not another painting exactly like this one.”

Designers looking to fill new contemporary spaces can appreciate the gallery’s large stock of big, bold, color-filled statement pieces. McPherrin says: “If we don’t have the perfect piece, there’s nothing we cannot create. Our lead time for custom pieces is just six to eight weeks. We will go to any lengths to turn a client’s dream into reality.” The gallery is strictly to the trade and by appointment.

KEVIN MCPHERRIN GALLERY
561.417.9122
KEVINMCPHERRIN.COM


ALDO CASTILLO GALLERY

Aldo Castillo Gallery, established in 1993 in Chicago and relocated in 2011 to the Miromar Design Center in Southwest Florida, features an exclusive group of international contemporary artists who create paintings, photography, drawings, sculpture, works on paper and new media installations for private collectors, museum collections and design professionals.

Founder and director Aldo Castillo, who has received numerous awards and whose portfolio includes more than 350 international art exhibitions, has more than 30 years of diverse experience in the art world; he has worked as a museum curator, artist, art dealer and director of several international art fairs. His inspiration is captured by the famous words of performance artist Marina Abramovic: “The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, and to elevate the mind.”

Castillo notes: “I am considered a human rights activist. The reason I founded this gallery is because art is the best tool to reflect on issues that we are dealing with. I [become] interested in artists for a combination of their skills and their messages, messages about global topics, including animals, women, the environment and discrimination. These issues are worldwide, and that is what makes them international masters.”

ALDO CASTILLO GALLERY
312.375.8887
ALDOCASTILLOGALLERY.COM


J. STEVEN MANOLIS/MANOLIS PROJECTS GALLERY

Manolis Projects studio and gallery is the highest-end, professional working gallery in Miami. The mammoth space, 5,000 square feet with 15-foot white box ceilings, presents the work of acclaimed and diversified artist J. Steven Manolis. Besides exhibiting the artist’s distinguished artwork, the gallery also offers commission projects, including large-scale pieces.

Manolis and his team will professionally curate any space, working with interior designers to meet a budget. Manolis is a painter in all mediums. His artistic concentration is focused on abstract expressionism with an emphasis on color and the creation of pleasing visual dimensions. He has been a private art student of renowned artist Wolf Kahn for nearly 20 years. In the short period he has been painting full time, he has achieved pinnacle critical acclaim and set copious records in the history of American art. Manolis is highly involved in the field of visual arts and was past chairman of the advisory board of the National Academy of Design, as well as a trustee of the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, which conducts the nation’s largest artist residency program.

J. STEVEN MANOLIS/MANOLIS PROJECTS GALLERY
786.360.2833
STEVENMANOLISART.COM


DOUG POWELL ART

Professional, award-winning artist Doug Powell has mastered an unusual art form: mosaic portraits and murals created with cast-off computer keys from tens of thousands of keyboards. Powell notes in his artist statement, “From a distance, the three-dimensional mosaics look like a textured painting, but upon closer examination [they reveal] an unexpected landscape of hidden words, phrases and quotes intimately related to the work.”

His art is collected by Ripley’s “Believe It Or Not!” and displayed in numerous museums in New York, California, Canada, London and Amsterdam. Since 2010, Ripley’s and Powell have transacted dozens of works of art, including mural-like portraits of John Lennon, Steve Jobs, Frankenstein, the Statue of Liberty, John F. Kennedy and, most recently, Princess Leia. In 2017 and 2018, Powell exhibited in Art Basel Miami and was featured in the Spectrum Miami Art Show, winning the Director’s Award both years as well as Spectrum Selects and the Spotlight awards. His commissioned works include a 7-by-14-foot abstract mural (24,000 computer keys) for the Marriott Resort Hotel in Santa Clara, California, and a 7-by-7- foot portrait of Mary Kay Ash, created out of 11,800 lipstick caps, for the Mary Kay Corporation in Dallas.

DOUG POWELL ART
407.325.8866
DOUGPOWELLART.COM


MASTERS FINE ART

Masters Fine Art is a publishing and distribution company that represents artists from around the world. Leon Alkelay and Gil Yedid founded the gallery with the belief that art is the soul of the world and that it represents our human essence. The two friends now work mostly with Latin American artists. Says Alkelay: “Our art portrays a happy view of life: bright, beautiful colors, music, dance, love, hope and happiness. It gives us the feeling that we can overcome all hardships.”

Located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Masters Fine Art currently represents the works of more than 20 artists. “The art we carry is many things: colorful, contemporary, sexy, emotional, musical, romantic,” says Alkelay. “Above all, it is beautiful and happy.” The duo is eager to promote newfound talent through exhibitions and publishing. “We are always searching for new artists to represent,” Alkelay notes.

The gallery also produces high-quality giclée prints and offers custom framing services. Alkelay invites all to explore the offerings. “We strive to bring these wonderful works of art to your home or any space in which you’d enjoy color and life,” he says.

MASTERS FINE ART
954.316.2252
MASTERSFINEARTLLC.COM


DELRAYART

DelrayART is a cutting-edge art gallery located in the hip Pineapple Grove arts district of Delray Beach, Florida. Owner Joe Davis, who opened DelrayART in 2006, is a renowned painter, illustrator and graphic artist. He has exhibited worldwide, from New York to Los Angeles to Tokyo. His work has appeared in national publications, such as The New Yorker magazine, and is in many collections, including those of the John Paul Getty estate, Nicholas Cage, Universal Studios, Seibu Japan and more. Part of the East Village art scene in New York in the early 1980s, Davis maintained a studio on 42nd Street, where he became known for his paintings of Times Square and the Lower East Side.

DelrayART gallery focuses on works that express a sophisticated coastal sensibility, and the art is selected to blend with both contemporary and traditional décor. The gallery represents Davis’ paintings and prints, as well as the photography of Karen O’Neill and Verne Varona. In addition, DelrayART specializes in décor solutions for large spaces and walls through custom large-format printing on canvas, aluminum and acrylic, as well as epoxy-resin coatings. Prices range from “beginning collector” to high-end décor, and the gallery also offers full custom framing services.

DELRAYART
561.278.0746
DELRAYART.COM


ONESSIMO FINE ART

Under the keen direction of owner Debra Onessimo, Onessimo Fine Art has been introducing exciting new exhibits to Palm Beachers since 2003.

Onessimo Fine Art is committed to representing mid-career and established international artists who work in a range of media and styles. Inspired by an earnest dedication and passion for art, the gallery consistently exhibits a high standard of contemporary artists and master prints. This 3,000-square-foot landmark has an extensive and varied selection of inventory readily available.

Onessimo Fine Art offers a complete range of services to both the lifelong collector and the first-time buyer, including curatorial services, personal collection development, onsite consultation, international sourcing, archival framing and worldwide shipping.

Debra Onessimo is known for her creative vision and drive. She says: “It’s what I rely on to bring in new artists, to curate my gallery and to build relationships with my clients. I’ve always been creative, and my passion for art has been lifelong. I began my career as an advisor and curator over 30 years ago and I haven’t looked back. I am one of those lucky people who loves what they do. I eat, drink and sleep art.”

ONESSIMO FINE ART
561.355.8061
ONESSIMOFINEART.COM


WILDSTYLE INK STUDIO

A famous graffiti artist for more than 30 years, Aladdin is a legend and pioneer of the graffiti movement in California. He has been featured in countless magazines, books, music videos, film documentaries, and his work has appeared on two NBA posters. He has shown his work in various galleries around the world, including the San Jose Museum of Art, and he has been an additional artist in the Burning Desire exhibit, which originally featured Los Angeles graffiti artists such as Hex, Slick and others. He is also a featured artist in various books on street art, including Painting the Towns—Murals of California by James Prigoff and The History of American Graffiti by Roger Gastman and Caleb Neelon. Says Aladdin: “My artworks to date veer away from the stereotypical imagery that shines the spotlight on negativity and the madness that surrounds us. … I really want to promote happiness, laughter and positivity. All of my pieces incorporate colorful and vibrant light.”

Aladdin, who paints murals globally, currently creates from his new studio located in the new Magic City Garage Venue in Miami. See his most recent work on Instagram @aladdin _the_artist and contact him via email at art@wildstyle.ink.

WILDSTYLE INK STUDIO
888.415.6630 OR 786.357.1611
WILDSTYLE.INK


SOUREN MOUSAVI

2016 ACA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Souren Mousavi focuses on feminist expression. “My aim is to express the freedom reflective of every life, empowering women and the lives of everyone,” she says. Mousavi, who was born in Persia and is classically trained across all artistic media, including watercolors, oils, acrylics and graphite, describes her work as outwardly reflective, noting, “I look into myself and create images and stories designed to reach out to the souls of those who see my art.”

Her semi-realistic expressionism uses a modern application of traditional techniques that together create emotional, intense and sensitive pieces centered on freedom and empowerment. Mousavi, now Miami-based, works with clients on individual and commercial commissions and also creates wall murals, body art and bespoke portraiture.

The internationally renowned artist appeared on the front cover of ArtBusiness during Art Basel 2015 in Miami, has had her life story broadcast on the BBC World Service, and has been featured in The Sunday Times. She obtained her master’s degree during a period in Iran’s history when women’s rights were repressed, and she protested for the rights of women, despite being beaten, arrested and jailed four times. Says the artist, “I never gave up on my dream to be a free feminist artist, recognized by the world.”

SOUREN MOUSAVI
305.606.0105
SOURENMOUSAVI.CO.UK


MEREDITH POSTON

Meredith Poston was born in Louisville, Kentucky, into a family that appreciated the fine and performing arts. From an early age Poston wanted to be an artist and was strongly encouraged by her family. She focused on human and animal subjects, and she copied the work of her father, who was a medical illustrator.

Throughout her adolescence Poston’s passion for art grew. She participated in art classes and camps throughout high school. She attended Western Carolina University, majoring in fine art and communications, where she developed her abstract style. After graduation Poston left the North Carolina mountains for the Charleston, South Carolina, coastline, settling on James Island in 2009.

Poston paints abstract expressionist remembrances and reflections. She finds solace in loose, sporadic brushstrokes, with a combination of soft elements juxtaposed to stark separations of contrasting color. Her work is an expression of nature as she sees it—colorful, sometimes gentle, but often startlingly real. Poston paints in her waterfront home studio when not working as a writer and researcher; she also contributes to the James Island government, as secretary for the James Island Public Service District.

MEREDITH POSTON
843.593.5215
MPOSTON.COM


ARCHITECTURAL WALL DÉCOR

Owner Dan Houston has been an exceptional, award-winning contemporary artist for more than 40 years. His unique, contemporary pieces include outstanding paintings and sculptures created for collectors, architects, designers and interior decorators. He creates framed and unframed abstract and realism paintings using acrylics and mixed media on paper, canvas, wood and Masonite. Houston’s versatility is a key asset in his commission work, and he works with clients on large-scale projects. Though varied, Houston’s art is easily identifiable and distinct; his trademark use of courageous, contrasting colors is described by aficionados as “fearless” and “bold.” When these strong, striking colors are combined with passionate brushstrokes, his abstract art gives the viewer a sense of strength and empowerment.

Houston’s new space, Architectural Wall Décor Art Gallery, is just minutes from downtown Sarasota, Florida. Houston was drawn to the area for the vibrancy of the art community, saying: “My work is bold and contemporary. … I moved to Sarasota because of the openness of the art here.” The gallery, newly opened at the start of 2019, features abstracts, romantic couples, figurative work, greeting cards for the LGBT community, silkscreen T-shirts and hand-painted tote bags.

ARCHITECTURAL WALL DÉCOR ART GALLERY
941.266.8224
ARCHITECTURALWALLDECOR.COM


ART CONNECTION USA

With more than 32 years in the fine art and custom framing industry, Art Connection is the leading provider of framed art to designers, galleries and art retailers. Its massive 45,000-square-foot showroom, located in Pompano Beach, Florida, holds more than 4,000 pieces of art, as well as metal and resin sculptures, vases, lamps, Italian accessories, and “Melting” sculptures.

Says owner Ofer Sadik: “The showroom is a destination. People come to look at the art, and eight out of 10 people spend one to three hours here.”

Representing artists from local to international, Art Connection offers a wide variety of genres, prices and subject matter, and caters to clients’ dreams and tastes. As part of its dedication to its clientele, the gallery offers a complimentary consultation service with a designer, who will bring pieces into clients’ actual spaces so they can see exactly how the art will look in situ. “Art Connection is the best-kept secret,” says Sadik. “There is nothing like this anywhere in the world.”

You can also see Art Connection exhibit work at Art Basel week at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. Visit the website below to learn more about hours and information or to view artwork by artist, subject, collection or price.

ART CONNECTION USA
954.977.8177
ARTCONNECTIONUSA.COM


RHONA LK SCHONWALD

Multitalented, award-winning international artist Rhona LK Schonwald creates art that stirs the imagination and sparks creativity in all who enjoy her work. Her highly acclaimed paintings have been featured in the movie Universal Signs and on both book and music covers, and her work has been exhibited in the permanent collection in the consulate in Dubai and in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Her works play on emotions and draw from nature, evoking serenity, sensuality and joy. The relationships among colors of paint or forms in sculpture embody human emotions and interactions. Her creations are reflections of life’s milestones, miracles, adventures and triumphs.

For Schonwald, developing abstract works creates a conundrum—how to create an intriguing, cohesive composition from absolutely no frame of reference. This is a puzzle that both stimulates and perplexes the artist. The famed French author Marcel Proust stated that, “The real voyage of discovery comes not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” That is what Schonwald hopes to convey to people, and it’s why her paintings, photographs and sculptures are designed to be turned multiple ways—to enhance the voyage of personal discovery through imagination and creativity. The piece featured here may be rotated so that the lavenders match up, or the whites match up, or the yellows and purples come together.

RHONA LK SCHONWALD
410.489.6065
RHONALKSCHONWALD.COM


TALIN TROPIC STUDIO

Florida artist Talin Lyman has been creating and designing for more than 25 years. Known originally for her vibrant and lush tropical fabrics and wall coverings, her work appears worldwide, from her one-of-a-kind musical painting in China to two grand frescoes at the Intercontinental hotels in Italy. Her internationally acclaimed fabrics have been featured in Architectural Digest, Coastal Living, Veranda, Florida Design, international design centers, luxury hotels and more. Her artwork can also be found in the galleries on Holland America cruise ships.

Talin Tropic Studio offers a wide range of exclusive, custom products for both homes and commercial properties. These include paintings, fabrics, murals, frescos, floorings and wallpaper. Lyman’s art training enables her to produce gorgeous works in a variety of styles, from abstract to impressionistic to tropical and beyond. She takes creativity to the next level, offering art classes at the Intracoastal Park Clubhouse in Boynton, Florida, and even inventing a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture: the Bone Appetit Seat. Featured on Martha Stewart, these “doggy high chairs” are custom-made and hand-painted with a portrait of the lucky pup on the back. “They make a great conversation piece, and little dogs love it because they get to join their families at the table!” says Lyman.

TALIN TROPIC STUDIO
561.573.0123
DESIGNERFABRICS.STUDIO


JOEL SHAPSES STUDIO
FEATURED ARTIST: RICHARD DIEDRICH, PAINTER

Joel Shapses Studio was created in 1995 to spotlight the acclaimed artist’s diversity in sculpture. Complementing Shapses’ sculptures are abstract paintings by Richard Diedrich.

Richard Diedrich is an architect, author and painter. In South Florida, he is known for the design of Neiman Marcus stores in Palm Beach and Coral Gables as well as Bloomingdale’s stores in Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens. Recognized as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects for works of clubhouse architecture, Diedrich has taught 16 summers at Harvard and published three books.

As author and illustrator, Diedrich created a coffee table book on Atlanta’s Brookhaven community, featuring more than 30 watercolors on canvas that depict doorways of homes. He is currently being retained to capture the romance of the architecture of South Florida houses with “portraits” of owner-loved homes, apt for meaningful and personal gifts.

As a painter, Diedrich’s alter ego uses ink on stretched canvas to characterize “Man on the Edge,” the abstract representation of humankind’s propensity to settle where the water meets the land, one raison d’etre of the attraction of South Florida. Communicating the theme, a diptych painting might show the beautiful seascape of the benign nature of land, water and sky juxtaposed with a painting of nature unleashed, as in Hurricane Irma.

JOEL SHAPSES STUDIO
954.830.3156
JOELSHAPSESSTUDIO.COM


DINORA TRINDADE FINE ART

Born in Portugal, artist Dinora Trindade fell in love with painting while living in Africa. Notes the artist in her artist statement, “I remember as a young girl, driving with my father in Luanda, viewing the scenery, and saying to myself, ‘I can paint that.’” After moving to the United States, she developed her talent through years of study, maintaining her objective to perfect the art of realism. She continues to see her travels as a source of inspiration.

Her work is categorized into three styles, electric, “rising,” and impressionism. “I have recently added my own style of impressionistic work as an added choice to my clientele,” she says. “[Though] challenging, working with palette knives is a very rewarding experience, creating an end result that is light and expressive. I concentrate heavily on color, composition and simplicity.”

Painting has always been a calling for Trindade, who “believes that art is a core value in our world,” and this mentality shines through every piece of art she creates. She is available for commission projects or, as she says, to help “select an existing piece that reaches your soul as it has reached mine.” For more information, visit her website.

DINORA TRINDADE FINE ART
440.360.7196
DINORATRINDADEFINEART.COM


GAPPA FINE ART GLASS

Gappa Fine Art Glass specializes in working with homeowners, business owners and interior designers to create one-of-a-kind commission pieces for private residences and commercial properties. Combining architectural training with innovative artistry, founder David Gappa is a master at transforming glass into fine art sculptures, chandeliers, tabletops, pendant lights, decanters, wall sconces and displays. “I have found that the passion of my life is working with the shifting energies of molten glass into its final stages of artistic completion. Glassblowing, for me, is a magical act of translating the ethereal into solid form. The creation of each piece is a journey, as I strive to trust in the path that the glass chooses for me,” says Gappa.

Employing a turnkey process— concept, design, installation— each commission is original and customized for the client and the space. His pieces of art glass can be found and purchased at Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Fine Art Gallery in Grapevine, Texas. Gappa Fine Art Glass brings the ancient art of glassblowing to life with a modern twist.

GAPPA FINE ART GLASS
817.251.1668
GAPPAGLASS.COM