Okay...gonna try to play catch up on my pieces from last week...just because I feel like each talented lady deserves a little bit of fancy writing to go along with the work I posted...so...here goes:
Georgette Pressler, Body Painter
I can honestly say that I had never really seen body painting in real life before I met Georgette Pressler about two years ago. At the time I was participating in the Art Nouveau Events group shows in West Palm Beach and she was just one of many artists at most of the events. When you meet her, the first thing you notice is that she is drop dead gorgeous...then you realize she is nice...and then...wait..she is also talented? Seriously?!
I will always remember that raven piece that she did at the Edgar Allen Poe themed show...definitely one of my favorites...but I love all her work.
Jessie Prugh, Co-Founder of Art Hive Magazine...and one of my dearest friends
I could write for DAYS about this girl...there literally is not enough time or space to express how much I adore this gal. I first met Jessie when we were both teaching at the Armory. I saw her bedazzled phone and...it was love at first sparkle. Since that fateful day we have stayed up til the wee hours of the morning making art and attending art events, danced like crazy folks, laughed (mostly at eachother), cried...I am so happy that she has come into my life. And she didn't come alone. In she introduced me (and Johnny Nice) to her tight-knit group of friends, a beautiful group of people that I admire so much.
But wait, there's more. She is an AMAZING artist, her pen and ink pieces especially...and do not get me started on the way she creates eyes...swoon. In addition to being an amazing friend and artistic inspiration she has also included me in this Art Hive Magazine adventure...and thanks to her I have a way to share my artistic journey with others...and meet so many people along the way. All it takes is one person, one ripple in the calm waters, to set off a fantastic set of events. Jessie is that ripple.
I can't, I just can't. There is too much to say. Just know that I love me some Jessie Prugh, with her pink hair and crazy ways, she is one of the most inspirational people in my life.
Teresa Korber, Painter and Founder of Art Nouveau Events
Teresa is defintiely responsible for bringing so many of the ladies that I am featuring this month into my life. It was particpating in her monthly Art Nouveau events that not only introduced me to so many talented artists, but it really helped me to feel a part of the larger art community here in South Florida. It was tough sometimes, staying out at the events until 2-3am and having to get up to drive to IMS to teach the next day...but it was worth it. I sold work, I got my name out there, I got to hang out with my art friends....it was good times. Teresa was always very organized in planning, promoting and facilitating the events, which she did with the help of her girlfirend Angie Tronic, a talented photographer in her own right. These girls were, and are, truly a power couple. In addition to the ANE gatherings, Teresa is also a painter. Her figurative pieces explore the female form and include her curviliner line patters, and also mixed media on occasion. I like folks that produce and let me tell you- this chica WORKS.
When I see Teresa's face, highlighted by her signature blonde pixie cut, I think of those ANE nights, of her commitment to her art, her beautiful relationship with Angie and always...always...I think of their pup Bailey, the official mascot for the events, who has since passed away.
Lea Vendetta, Tattoo Artist, Painter, Model and Singer
Next up on my list of lady loves...the one and only Lea...and I do mean one and only. I met Lea through my involvement with Art Hive Magazine, and every interaction with her has been nothing but pleasant. When you first meet Lea, it is her physical beauty that captures your attention. She is truly like a tattooed porcelain doll, just flawless. But she ain't just a pretty face- she is also a fierce tattoo artist and painter. Her paintings make me happy, remind me of Marc Chagall's flying and floating figures, whimsical and narrative. But the best part...she is sweet. I just love people that are talented and good people, what a great combination. Lea is a calming, soft presence wrapped up in tattooed arms and limbs and I love that about her.
Amanda Linton, co-owner of Ink and Pistons, Founder of Art Rock, Stitch Rock, Downtown Open Market, Retro Indie Market and maker of sparkly thangs
Amanda Linton is another local mover and shaker, and also another artistic soul that I have gotten to know through Art Hive Magazine is Amanda Linton...co-owner of Ink and Pistons, craft and art fair queen and a glittery soul. I really enjoy attending her events and always leave with some amazing handmade items...and it's easy to do since the events go on seamlessly so folks can just...shop! I have had a chance to participate in a few of the shows at the Slushbox Gallery that she and J.R. put on and everything is always fun, a little funky and well-run. She makes things happen, she is a go-to person and not only that, but in addition to being an artist in her own right with
Kazilla, Graffiti-Street Artist- May 16th
Kazilla is artist that I have only met one time, at Gallery 2014 earlier this year, but I have followed her posts on social media ever since. Her images appeal to me because they usually feature woman, color and pattern- some of my favorite things. And...she is EVERYWHERE. Literally, I see her posts showing work in galleries and on inside and outside walls here in South Florida and in different cities across the USA and also has a presence on the international scene. She is a prolific artist- always working, always posting new art...her images inspire me.
Artist and Art Teacher