Arts

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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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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