With a deep affinity for the natural world, Shannon Lynn Ellis strives to convey that concern through art. She explores paint, collage, texture, and an idiosyncratic vocabulary of forms to communicate ecosystems that have been destroyed by the effects climate change. Her work has been featured on the covers of Gulfstream literary magazine and Coastlines magazine. In 2015, the artist was awarded the Friedland Project Grant. She earned her BFA in Painting from Florida Atlantic University. Shannon is a South Florida native, who lives and works in Coral Springs,FL.
Jill Lavetsky is a visual artist and teacher living in South Florida, specializing in drawing, painting and printmaking. She received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Florida Atlantic University and currently works as Museum Education Coordinator for the University Galleries at FAU and as an Adjunct Instructor of Visual Arts at Palm Beach State College. She also teaches visual arts workshops to inmates at Homestead Correctional Institution. In 2015, Lavetsky was awarded a residency at Cow House Studios in County Wexford, Ireland. Recent group exhibitions include Drawing Discourse at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, An Abstract View at the Cultural Courthouse Center in Stuart, Florida and Southern Exposure: New Works Now at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Isabel Gouveia’s body of work investigates processes of digital printer manipulations as a metaphor of human manipulations of the environment to express her vision of imagined outcomes of this effect on our world.
Carin Wagner is an award-winning South Florida artist. She was born in Norfolk, Virginia. As the daughter of a Navy man, she has lived in multiple states, including California and New Jersey. Wagner works predominately in oil on canvas, with a message of environmental protection at its core.
She has exhibited throughout the U.S., including shows at the Sherry French Gallery, the Silvia Wald, Po Kim Gallery in New York, the Lawrence Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, and the Lighthouse Center for the Arts. Her work has been included in multiple museum shows, including the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, the Coral Spring Museum of Art, and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
Wagner's awards include Peoples’ Choice from the Cultural Council of Palm Beach, Peoples’ Choice from Lighthouse Art Center, first place in Continuum Palm Beach, Mahlon Cline Award of Excellence, Dorothy L. Irish Memorial Award, and two time winner of the DiVincenzo Award for Life Drawing.
Her work has been featured in a chapter of the book Grand Ambition, by G. Bruce Knecht, and written about extensively in publications such as: Sun Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Gallery and Studio, an International Art Journal, Architectural Digest, Florida Design magazine, On View magazine, Showboats International, and many others. She is currently represented by Rosetta Stone Art Gallery, the Lawrence Gallery AZ, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
Ingrid Barreneche is a Colombian-born mixed-media artist living in South Florida. Barreneche earned a BFA at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL (2013). She is currently pursuing her MFA at this same university. A philanthropist by essence, her work has been oriented to serve as a “Gift” to the viewer. Through her career as an artist, Barreneche has tried to create awareness and, as a consequence, reflections about what it means to be part of a system, as an individual, as a group within a space and time. Barreneche’s pieces are a journal of life in a world of opportunities and challenges on a constant path to get the viewer’s attention.
Barreneche’s work has been included in several exhibitions including the UNESCO World Water Day (2011-2013), Jose Marti Park, Miami, FL (2011), The Rotary Club of Miami, FL (2011), Miami–Dade College (2010-2011), Miami Downtown Visitor Center (Brickell Office), Dade Federal Savings Historic Building, Miami, FL, the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Boca Raton, FL (2013), and Florida Atlantic University (2013) . Art-world pioneer Bernice Steinbaum and other private collectors have commissioned work from her. Barreneche's work has been awarded the Honor and Commends Award for community work through the Service Learning Project, Miami–Dade College (2009), the Honor Award, Miami–Dade College (2011), and the Rotary Club of Miami's 1st Prize in Sculpture for her work, “A Quest for Peace” (2011).
Kim Heise is a native Floridan visual artist and educator at the onset of her career. Her direction has so far been guided by the beauty and fragility of the natural Florida landscape and the need to protect and restore it. Her mixed-media art practice employs oil, watercolor and printmaking to explore the stories of habitats and their animal/plant inhabitants so that they may be preserved. Her teaching of young children reflects her love of art and nature and seeks to empower youth, while imbuing her students with a spirit of stewardship. She teaches art enrichment at the Imagination Preshcool, and many visual arts classes and camps at the Coral Springs Museum Of Art. She was recently awarded a Friedland Project grant to complete a project about Florda-native pine rocklands ecosystems. She has exhibited at "L’éléphant dans la Salle" Sailboat at the Bend Artist Loft, and “Endangered” by Art for Apes, where her work placed second. Heise received her BFA in painting from Florida Atlantic University in 2014, and now looks forward to immersing herself into her art and expanding her volunteer work with conservationist groups and organizations throughout the state.
Lucy Keshavarz is a fifteenth generation Floridian who graduated with a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In 1987, she assisted her husband in opening Keshavarz & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and survey firm in West Palm Beach. Lucy has worked with various performing arts organizations and directed the GardensArt program in the City of Palm Beach Gardens from 1995 to 1999. She founded Art & Culture Group, Inc.(ACG) in 1999. Through ACG, her work has included developing and facilitating art in public places projects for private developers and municipalities, curator of rotating public art programs, and managing multi-media exhibitions traveling across the US. Lucy’s studio work includes clay, glass and mixed-media. In the public realm she specializes in integrated public art and Ecological Art (EcoArt).
Two of Lucy’s EcoArt projects have been recognized by various arts and non-arts entities: Babbling Brook received “Urban Oasis” designation by Audubon of Florida and in 2014 received the “Distinguished Engineering Project Achievement Award” by The Engineers’ Council. Babbling Brook will be featured in Catherine Zimmerman’s documentary film “Hometown Habitat” set to premier the end of 2015. Old Dixie EcoWalk at Seabourn Cove, the public portion of Seabourn Cove, a luxury, gated rental development, in 2013 received the National Association of Home Builders GREEN AWARD as Project of the Year in Multifamily category: was the largest multifamily project to receive certification at the gold level - ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. Old Dixie EcoWalk also received the Juror’s Choice Award, Year in Review 2014 by the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals.
Lucy is acutely aware of the environmental degradation that has taken place in Florida. Through her art she promotes the cultural paradigm shifts needed to bring about healing and restoration of our environment. An example is Native Impressions™, a new series of works in clay that bring her recent EcoArt projects into the gallery. These pieces illustrate the beauty of Florida native plants species.
Michelle A. M. Miller is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in West Palm Beach, FL. She reimagines the observed landscape into painted works, prints, collages, drawings and installation. Recent solo and group exhibitions include The GalleRE @ Resource Depot, West Palm Beach, IS Projects, Ft Lauderdale, Palm Beach State College, Palm Beach Gardens, Design Sublime, Miami, Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Lake Worth, and 1310 Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale. Miller’s work is featured in online and print publications including Bat City Review, VoyageMIA, Oxford American, On View and on the cover of Coastlines magazine. Miller earned her BFA in painting from Florida Atlantic University and her BA in art history from Georgetown University.