Arts

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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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, …
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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 …
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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 …
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MASTERS FINE ART

MASTERS Fine Art is a publishing and distribution company that represents artists from around the world. One of the more than 20 artists the gallery currently represents is Yuval Wolfson. Wolfson’s masterful artwork draws the curious in and invites them …
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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 …
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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 …
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ART SCOPE GALLERY

CELSO Magalhaes was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Since 1990, he has been collecting paintings from a variety of emerging international artists. Throughout his extensive travel experience, he visited many art venues and met incredible artists around the world. …
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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 …
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RHONA LK SCHONWALD

OH, my heavens! You are such an extraordinary talent. The images took my breath away. … I really do love them all. It would give me such great joy to have them in my home and view them every day,” …
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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 …
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EMILY JAMES ART

TUCKED into a charming courtyard on Naples’ 5th Avenue sits the wondrous gallery of native Floridian artist Emily James. It’s no surprise her gallery was voted “Naples’ Best Gallery” for the third year in a row, as two of her …
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KIRSTEN HINES

PHOTOGRAPHER Kirsten Hines, who has been based in Florida since the 1990s and travels around the world, combines her talent in photography with her graduate studies in biology. “As a biologist, I can give unique perspectives on the animals I …
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SHEETAL SHAW

MIXED-media visual artist Sheetal Shaw believes in the transformative power of art. “Art is my vehicle for personal renewal,” she says. “My art is a direct reflection of my personal experiences through the years. Creative ideas originate as a necessity …
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MYRA BURG

ARCHITECT turned fiber artist Myra Burg is the embodiment of knowing how to swerve. Our unpredictable world constantly throws obstacles in our direction, from hurricanes in Florida to oppressive heat and property-threatening fires in California, where the artist lives as …
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ALLISON CHAMBERS

ORIGINALLY from Wilmington, North Carolina, Allison Chambers is an impressionist painter who refers to herself a Carolina artist. She calls both Charlotte and Charleston home and receives her inspiration from the region’s landscapes; the Lowcountry’s marshlands particularly capture her eye. …
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CELEBRATING THE PULSE OF FLORIDA’S ART SCENE

ANYONE WHO HAS EVER EXPERIENCED the wonderful world of The Heart of Delray Gallery would agree that if they typed the word “vibrant” into a thesaurus site, a photo of gallery would pop up. A rainbow of colors and a …
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SOULFUL SOUREN MOUSAVI

AS A CHILD, SOUREN MOUSAVI loved to paint beautiful princesses. “It was always a joy for me to remember my early years with my beautiful parents. The love of being able to paint what I could remember grew in me every …
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FRAMING COMPLETES THE PICTURE

FROM THE MOMENT you enter Around the Edge Unlimited’s distinctive lime green building, you know this is no ordinary framing gallery. Lining the walls of the office and two showrooms are more than 3,000 frame samples, decoratively arranged by color, …
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BRINGING NATURE’S REFLECTIONS HOME

THERE’S AN ART TO TAKING a good wildlife photo, and few photographers can turn photos into art as notably as Kirsten Hines. Great nature photography is about more than beautiful atmospheric shots of the natural world or even stun-ning closeup …
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JOEL SHAPSES STUDIO

JOEL Shapses Studio was created in 1995 to spotlight the acclaimed artist’s diversity in sculpture. Complementing Shapses’ sculptures are oil and acrylic paintings as well as clay and glass three-dimensional artworks by Joan Eshkenazi. Says Eshkenazi, “From the age of …
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CREATIVE ACRYLICS

HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA-BASED artist Fred Baker’s acrylic creations are an ode to love. His incredibly detailed renderings of roses carved into blocks of Lucite were born of a melding of his parents’ interests: his mother’s award-winning rose gardens and his father’s …
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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 …
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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 …
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DEBORAH BIGELEISEN

DEBORAH Bigeleisen is a risk-taker. After establishing a global textile print design company in Manhattan, she relocated to West Palm Beach in 1998 and began painting as a hobby. Twenty years later, the award-winning artist is represented by fine art …
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THE HEART OF DELRAY GALLERY

AT the heart of Delray Beach, Florida, exists an oasis of color. Aptly named, The Heart of Delray Gallery beats with the warm energy of a thousand reds, blues, greens and pastel pinks. The premier art gallery is mammoth, encompassing …
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PAT ANDERSON

WITH 20 years of experience as fabric designer, retail store and art gallery owner, Pat Anderson has a passion for painting en plein air. Starting when she was 10, Anderson would draw what she saw during her travels with her …
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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 …
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JENNIFER LASHBROOK

JENNIFER Lashbrook’s unique style uses individually cut paper paint chips collaged to create pixilated images of landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and famous works of art. From a distance, the colors blend to create a photo-realistic image, with each “pixel” becoming more …
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CRUISING EN PLEIN AIR WITH PAT ANDERSON

Plein air artist Pat Anderson has been drawing and dreaming since she was a 10-year-old girl. Her colorful story is filled with art, adventure and a passion for nature. Ever since she was 10, Anderson has been keeping a journal. “My parents drove from Mount Vernon, New York, to Florida for my father’s business, and I sat in the back seat drawing,” she says, fondly recalling trips filled with visits to museums and art galleries.
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FUSING RAW MATERIALS INTO BREATHTAKING SCULPTURES

Since the earliest of time, artists have been using raw materials such as stone and glass to create unique narratives and reveal their thoughts and emotions translated to fine art. While Joel Shapses became fascinated with sculpture at the young age of 5, much of his life was focused on the sciences, where he excelled as a dental surgeon for many years. Even then, his professors recognized his artistic strengths time and time again. Today, Shapses is devoted to his true passion. He has completed more than 1,000 sculptures, and private collections span the globe—from South America to the United States, Canada and Europe.
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ARTS

A curated selection of artists and galleries from around the Southeast.
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MASTERS FINE ART CELEBRATES THE HEART AND SOUL OF LATIN AMERICAN ARTISTS

Leon Alkelay and Gil Yedid are in love with the culture of Latin America. The Israeli-born art gallery owners and artist promoters are passionate about the feeling that Latin American art evokes. At its core, they believe that the art has a soul and touches the very essence of being human. Alkelay and Yedid are enchanted by the way the artists use bright colors and happy themes to celebrate music, dance, love, hope and happiness.
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ART CONNECTION: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO DECORATE YOUR LIFE

Ofer Sadik is a savvy businessman with a keen eye for art. In 1985, he created Art Connection, combining his appreciation for the beauty of art with astute business acumen. “I wanted to have the biggest place with the largest selection of art, like no other in the world,” Sadik proclaims with passion and pride.
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ALADDIN’S MAGICAL RIDE

 Ever since he was a young boy growing up in the California Bay Area, Aladdin has enjoyed the arts. Long before branding came into vogue, he chose an original name to express his creativity. Although he would not reveal his birth name, he shared the story of the genesis of his moniker, Aladdin. ”My mother gave me a necklace that was sort of Egyptian looking, and I was named Sinbad for a week by my high school friends, but then I changed it to Aladdin,” he wryly notes.
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AERIAL VIEWS

Looking at Joe Davis’ brightly colored beach scenes evokes the playfulness of mid-century prints by Raoul Dufy, Matisse and Miró that hung in his room as a child. Kites, umbrellas and sails are freely and joyfully painted, fusing abstract and linear elements often seen from an overhead perspective.
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LOVE IS IN THE (PLEIN) AIR

Their story is full of color, light and love. It is the type of tale that unfolds organically, like palm trees swaying in a spring breeze. It is natural, beautiful and hopelessly happy. Natalie Guess and Phil Fisher are the owners of Guess-Fisher Gallery in Naples, where they have built a life and business over the last 37 years. Guess moved to Naples from the Midwest close to four decades ago, nine years after Phil Fisher came to Florida to set up an art gallery and pursue his passion for plein air painting.
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PASSION BEHIND THE SHUTTER

Miami photographer H. Allen Benowitz was inspired the moment he picked up his first Minox camera as a young boy. After more than four decades as a leader in the court reporting world, the self-taught photographer returned to his passion to create award-winning photographs.
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THE WORLD OF ART COLLECTING

SE FLORIDA STYLE & DESIGN sat down with top gallery owners and artists to get their thoughts and perspectives on art collecting and where the industry is headed, how social media factors into the collecting process and how Millennials are changing the landscape.
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ARTS

Kirsten Hines, who has been based in Florida since the 1990s and travels around the world, combines her talent in photography with her graduate studies in biology. “As a biologist, I can give unique perspectives on the animals I photograph, insight about their personality and behaviors,” she says.
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TRANSCENDENCE IN BRILLIANT COLOR

With broad and dramatic splashes of glowing color, the works of artist Rhona LK Schonwald turn into a magnificent and joyous celebration of life. They’re also testament to a charmingly eccentric personality who rediscovered art later in life and has become acclaimed nationally for her paintings, organic sculptures and her nature-oriented photography.
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EXCLUSIVE HAND-PAINTED ORIGINALS

Since 1986, Kevin McPherrin has brought the original work of the world’s finest emerging artists to the design community. Originally representing his own work alongside Nyoman Sudarsa, a talented Balinese artist he met while living in Indonesia, the gallery now represents the work of more than 20 artists from nine countries— all exclusive to the gallery.
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ORCHESTRATED EFFORT

Like an orchestra conductor, Marlene Rose is at the center of her glass casting workshop, overseeing a carefully coordinated production that yields each piece of sand-cast glass.
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PAINTING WITH GLASS

Artist Lyn Gentry says she’s always seen light in a special way, harnessing its properties in her art.
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A FRESH FUSION OF CONTEMPORARY FINE ART

Shelby ward brings more than 35 years’ experience, knowledge and, most importantly, a fresh vision to the fine art world. After working with the likes of Sotheby’s and running fine art galleries in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, Ward realized the need for a forward-thinking gallery in Southwest Florida and brought her talents to the Naples area two decades ago.
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COLOR FURY

J.Steven Manolis may have arrived at a career in painting late in the game, but he’s approaching his newfound profession with characteristic intensity. “Full on, all in” is his motto.
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NATIVE NATURALISM

Artist Emily James has always been as captivated by South Florida’s natural beauty as she is by brush and canvas, so it makes sense that her art would bridge the two with vibrantly luminous vignettes of local life.
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VISUAL CANDY

Much like the seasonal hurricanes that dance across South Florida’s coastlines, Dede Sweet of Sweet Art Gallery is another local force of nature, albeit a friendlier, constructive force. An art dealer in Naples for the past 24 years, she’s amassed one of the largest gallery spaces around these parts, with one of the deepest artist rosters—45 artists who have produced more than a thousand works, all housed under one roof.
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FIFTEEN DECADES AND STILL GOING STRONG

If accounting for 150 years in continuous business operation is categorized as a success, then Findlay Galleries, an art gallery business that has now thrived across the globe for three centuries, is your superstar.
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LOOKING INWARD

If there is one thing Klara Chavarria is crystal clear about, it is where the essence of her art is found. While some artists watch the way the light dances on the ocean or late afternoon sunset melts into the sky, Chavarria searches her soul to direct her paintbrush.
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ARTS EDUCATION 101

Internationally pedigreed artists with something to say find their way to Aldo Castillo’s doorstep, although he won’t say exactly how he amassed his lauded roster—just that they come through his vast worldwide network.
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