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2021 Artists

THE TOUR IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the artists at work, and to view and purchase a wide range of original work directly from the artist. 

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Sharing studio tour site, GFAA, with Tina Corbett and Linda Krause.

Candace McCaffery, Fiber Artist

GFAA Gallery

1314 S Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-226-7760

https://www.artisansguildgallery.com/candace-mccaffery

Candace McCaffery learned sewing from her mother at an early age. After graduating from college with a BS in forestry and wildlife ecology, she began exploring the technique of quilting. Candace has developed her own contemporary style and technique. Fiber reactive dyes, hand-painted, printed, hand-dyed, and marbleized fabrics are all elements of the original designs for her pillows and wall hangings. Frogs, lizards, turtles, and snakes are often immortalized in her art and reflect her love, respect, and humor for the natural world.

“I try to create art that reflects my connection to nature.  I enjoy experimenting with many surface design techniques to create unique fabrics that I incorporate into my art.”

Sharing studio tour site, GFAA, with Candace McCaffery and Linda Krause.

Tina Corbett, Painter

GFAA Gallery
1314 S Main Street
Gainesville, Florida 32601

​386-588-4163

https://www.TinaCorbett.com/

​Tina Corbett is a plein air artist and studio painter specializing in oils and mixed media. She served as the US postal art illustrator for the South Florida District Postal Service for 17 years before moving to northern Florida. Her education includes two years studying commercial art at the Miami Lakes Technical Institute and several years studying with a respected South Florida artist for oil painting, along with numerous fine art workshops. She currently resides in High Springs, Florida, where she pursues her first love, fine art oil painting.

This area of Florida has inspired her creativity with its “artsy” spirit and its wonderful array of springs, beautiful ranches, farms and historic “Old Florida.”  She also paints commissions of figurative, animal & automobile portraits, and landscapes.

Recently she has stepped out of her creative box to combine the world of ultra-realism and abstract works, adding to her art portfolio.

Tina opened her own gallery, the Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies, in beautiful downtown High Springs. She regularly participates in plein air events and outdoor art festivals.

Sharing studio tour site, GFAA, with Tina Corbett and Linda Candace McCaffery.

Linda Krause, Fiber Artist

GFAA Gallery

1314 S Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-575-7943

https://www.facebook.com/BlueFlagStudioLindaKrause/

Linda is a native Floridian. She received her MS in Computer Science from the University of Florida and in the process fell in love with Alachua County where she resides to this day.

Her artwork, Aspens Alive, has been published in the Perspectives catalog by Studio Art Quilt Associates. She was also selected as an Artist in Residence at the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and was a proud recipient of a scholarship to the Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Ohio. Linda received the “Award of Excellence” and “Judges Selection” awards at the GFAA Summer Showcase and Fine Arts for Ocala shows, respectively.

Linda’s fiber art expresses a spiritual connection to the natural world. It draws on experience as a former park ranger and takes inspiration from her nature photographs. Marrying pencil, paint, dye, bleach, and ink with the timeless quilting materials of cloth and thread conveys a sense of respect for tradition while also reflecting the rhythm of the modern world. Visual harmony is created through layers of rich, vibrant colors using these materials. These layers on the cloth represent the layers of nature.

 

Gainesville Fine Arts Association

1314 South Main Street    Gainesville, Florida

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Sharing studio tour site with Toni Jepson, Photographer

Leslie Peebles, Printmaker
(linocut & wood-cut relief prints, mixed media)

Sweetwater Print Cooperative

117 S Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-474-9504

http://www.lesliepeebles.com/

"My path as an artist intertwines between spiritual and dream work, and an ever-growing connection with nature. Nature serves as a living metaphor for the connectedness of all things; internal, external and universal. Land, trees, and animals are the projections and identifiers of self and universe."

Leslie's pieces begin with a profound personal experience. Next, the long, arduous process of carving begins. The blocks are printed on an etching press and color is added with watercolor, encaustic medium, or through reduction or multi-block printmaking.

Sharing studio tour site with Leslie Peebles, Printmaker

Toni Jepson, Photographer

Sweetwater Print Cooperative

117 S Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

 

206-696-2012

https://tonijepson.onfotomat.com/
 
Toni Jepson (b.1982) is a multimedia artist with a multidisciplinary and multicultural background who creates social, geopolitical, and ecologically oriented work in documentary film, photography, and video installation. Toni seeks to further understand how art, media, technology, and popular education can be integrated in ways that provide equal and accessible forms of learning and teaching, while developing solidarity and ecosystem conservation awareness.


A graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, Toni also holds a BTG medical interpreter training certificate from The Cross Cultural Health Care Program in Seattle, WA.

Toni is currently setting up a traditional darkroom at Sweetwater Print Cooperative in Gainesville's Tench Building, having recently joined as a transient member. Home is a traveling studio van.

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Jane Medved, Painter (acrylics)

Jane Medved Art Studio & Gallery

705 NE 9th Avenue

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-375-6879

https://www.janemedved.com/

"My art studio is a hidden two-story structure near downtown Gainesville. The building style blends with the neighborhood’s historic architecture.

 

"My paintings of nature and human nature generally fall into three categories I’ve dubbed waterscapes, peoplescapes, and worldscapes. I enjoy the challenge of painting water with its shifting light, reflections and wave patterns. I paint wildlife and human visitors having fun outdoors. My worldscapes are satires of life on earth. I also create folk-art masks and will hold a drawing for a free mask on each day of the studio tour."

 

In addition to local venues, Jane's artwork has been shown at Montana’s Yellowstone Art Museum and at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Arts and Design.

 

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Eleanor is sharing her studio space with Dorota Haman, non-functional porcelain ceramics.

Eleanor Blair, Painter (oil paintings, watercolors, drawings and pastels)

1105 NE 3rd Street
Gainesville, Florida, 32601

352-316-1751

https://www.EleanorBlairStudio.com

Eleanor Blair graduated from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City in 1969. She moved to Gainesville in 1971 and has been painting Central Florida scenes since that time. She is a well-known member of the art community in Gainesville; exhibiting her work in local art festivals, and performing on stage with the Gainesville Orchestra.

Blair paints in oil on canvas. Her work combines visual accuracy with painterly brush work and rich color. Florida landscape is her primary subject, but her portraits, still life, interiors and architectural studies demonstrate her fine draftsmanship and sense of light.

“I paint and draw the world around me - my dogs, my travels, interesting objects, dreams and memories.”

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Michelle Nagri, Photographer and Painter

1616 NW 10th Terrace

Gainesville FL 32609

352-228-1786

https://www.mnagriphoto.com/

Using photography, paint, and collage (both digital and analog) Michelle’s work is about telling stories, sharing feelings, and chronicling moments in time. She is inspired by shapes, color, lines, and the beautiful little details hiding in plain sight around us. She finds her inspiration in nature, architecture, books, and the dreaming world. Her latest experiments combine paint with her photography, and she plans to give painting and photography demos during the Studio Tour. She is also part of a collaborative art project called Wild Together Art with Peter Senesac. Together they paint abstract works and plan to give live demos of their process during the Studio Tour. Michelle has been photographing and painting since 2010. In that time she has shown her work at numerous art festivals, and local and national exhibits, and has received several awards. Most notably she was invited to be the Santa Fe College 50th Annual Spring Arts Festival poster artist in 2018 with her limited edition piece entitled Into the Garden of Dreamers.

Michelle is sharing her studio tour site with Peter Senesac, Painter.

Wild Together Art is a collaboration between Michelle Nagri, a photographer and mixed media painter, and Peter Senesac, More info see... Wild Together

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Peter Senesac, Painter (acrylics and oils)

1616 NW 10th Terrace

Gainesville Florida 32609

352-214-6649

https://www.jewelryartstudio.com/

 

"I have been making art for as long as I can remember. Painting, for me, is a chance to explore alternate views of reality. All my paintings, even the abstracts, seem to resolve as landscapes. I want to express how the land and sky are shaped by light and how reflections describe the surface of water. Mood and atmosphere are more important to me than representing a particular place. My intention is to encourage the viewer to daydream, to remember, to invent a story.

 

"I apply both oils and water media to canvas, watercolor paper, or prepared wood panels. With brushes, palette knives, improvised tools, and sometimes bare hands, my techniques range from thin washes and glazes to spattering and thick impasto. Finished paintings are protected with varnish. You can follow my painting on all the social media platforms, Etsy, and my website under the name Art For Pete Sake."

Peter is sharing his studio tour site with Michelle Nagri, Photographer.

Wild Together Art is a collaboration between Michelle Nagri, a photographer and mixed media painter, and Peter Senesac, More info see... Wild Together

Wes shares a studio with his partner

Debra Lindberg, Encaustic Mixed Media.

Wes Lindberg, Photographer (light painting, long exposure)

The Lady Loft Studio

846 NW 31st Avenue

Gainesville, Florida   32609

352-538-7708

https://weslindberg.com/

“My personal passion has always been to excite and inspire through the arts. Being a digital media artist has accelerated my creative process as I continue to discover new and exciting forms of self-expression."

"Currently my vision is one of contemporary humans contemplating their purpose on the planet. The process begins with sacred spaces and stained-glass windows, capturing the streaming light, then painting with the light using dancers as brushes. Each figure is photographed in motion and poses of contemplation while the radiant light shines through and around them, enlightening the spirit.”

Wes Lindberg is a full-time digital media professor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. He has been a fine art photographer for most of his life and is now creating images and video for worldwide performance art exhibitions.

Debra Lindberg, Encaustic
(wax-based, collage, mixed media)

The Lady Loft Studio

846 NW 31st Avenue

Gainesville, Florida 32609

352-538-5216

https://debrajlin.com/

"My work employs a traditional encaustic process incorporating multiple layering of collage elements, pigments, photo transfers and other materials, such as batiks, that are encased between layers of clear encaustic medium via heat fusion. This process results in an unmatched level of depth and luminosity that is unique to encaustic."
 

Deb and Wes Lindberg have a newly constructed two-story artist studio including a "Man Cave" and a "Lady Loft" behind their vintage home in the Stephen Foster neighborhood. On your way to the studio enjoy a lovely walk through the loosely landscaped gardens. You will need to climb twenty-three steps to visit their studios.

Deb shares a studio with her partner Wes Lindberg, Photographer.

Jay Winter Collins - Acrylic Paintings & Illustration
Art Studios of Grace
3146 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, Florida 32609
(located in the former nursery school behind Grace Presbyterian Church)
352-870-2843
https://jaywintercollins.com/​

Jay uses high-flow acrylic, applied with markers and brush, on wood, canvas or found objects to create vivid images and patterns. The work may include more than 16 layers with thin varnishes between layers to maximize the density of color.

 

The whimsical subject matter is meant to engage the viewer, gladden the heart and encourage a moment of delighted mindfulness, as the brain is stimulated by the juxtaposition of intensely saturated line and pattern.

Jay is the illustrator for the Rhoda the Alligator series of books, written by Governor Bob Graham.

Linda Zidonik, Mosaic Artist

3146 NW 13th Street

Art Studios of Grace

(located in the former

nursery school behind

Grace Presbyterian Church)

352-262-7278

Linda Zidonik is a retired art teacher.  She first found her love of mosaics in Italy where she took a week-long workshop.  Since then, she began making mosaics from her barn in Micanopy. She now is a resident artist in the Art Studios of Grace.  “I love the whole process from scoring the glass to “painting” with the pieces, grouting, finishing the frames, everything. I love the challenge of painting with glass, the hard surfaces and distinct colors blending into a soft, thoughtful expression. I love sharing my passion with others in workshops.”  Linda’s work can be found at McIntyre’s Stained Glass Studio and Gallery in Thornebrook.

 

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Kate Shakeshaft Murray, Potter
(stoneware & porcelain functional pottery)

 

1854 NW 41st Avenue

Gainesville, Florida 32605

352-318-4462

https://kateshakeshaftmurray.com/

Kate enjoys clay and the processes of throwing, trimming, glazing and firing so much that she has continued doing ceramics for 40 years. Her work is both useful and thoughtful. Currently she teaches at Santa Fe College and welcomes you to her personal studio.

Kate has a BFA in ceramics, sculpture and drawing from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. She has exhibited nationally, winning awards along the way.

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Diana Tonnessen, Printmaker
(linoleum block prints)

2390 NW 18th Place

Gainesville, Florida 32605

352-665-9331

https://www.floridianastudios.com/

Through whimsical compositions, luminous colors and the rustic texture of the linocut I aspire to capture the charm and allure of an Old Florida vacation and explore the state’s colorful history as a travel destination for millions of Americans.

My art is inspired by the Florida I remember as a child, when our family made the three-day trek on U.S. Highway 441 and U.S. Highway 301 from our home in New Jersey to my mother’s Central Florida hometown of Bushnell, Fla.

I now live just a mile west of U.S. Highway 441 in Gainesville, Florida, where roadside relics of that era can still be found. One of them, the Florida Motel (1935-2018), is where I began my artistic exploration of the Sunshine State’s rich cultural history as one of America’s favorite vacation destinations.

My limited-edition linoleum block prints are made entirely by hand using the centuries-old process of relief block printing. Each print, or impression, is pulled from a hand-carved block of linoleum and printed on archival paper using a hand-cranked etching press.

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Alfred Phillips, Painter (contemporary realism, acrylic)

1325 NW 53rd Terrace

Gainesville, Florida 32605

954-326-3133

https://www.alfredphillips.com/

"Because I almost always paint realistically but never to the point of photorealism, I call my work 'contemporary realism,' and it often has a narrative theme--sometimes humorous and sometimes serious. Lately I have been introducing abstract elements into my work and experimenting with mixed media."

Alfred Phillips is a Gainesville-based artist who specializes in acrylic painting. Educated in Louisville, Kentucky's Art Center School, with a full scholarship four-year studio degree, Phillips has a long, successful career in commercial art. This included stints at ad agencies, then his own graphics design firm. In 2003 he closed the firm and took up acrylic painting full-time when he relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earning multiple awards and making sales on national and international levels. In 2013 he moved in Gainesville, Florida, and became active in the arts community.

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Bettianne Ford, Glass Artist

401 SW 42nd Street

Gainesville, Florida 32607

352-246-7506

https://lunaglassart.com/

"I use my love of color and shape to inform the pieces I create.  Skills gained aa a photographer and stained glass artist provide me with the background for the composition, structure and techniques of glass work.  Combined they allow me freedom to experiment with my designs, while the variety of glass colors available offers me unlimited possibilities in the studio."

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Adrienne Gonia, Painter
(acrylic, oils & cold wax)

2212 SW 79th Drive

Gainesville, Florida 32607

352-328-4977

https://www.adriennegonia.com/

A retired traveler who has made Gainesville her home, Adrienne is continually inspired by the landscape of Paynes Prairie and the animals that live there.  The ever changing light in North Central Florida provides a dramatic backdrop to our local environment and her goal is to paint the wild beauty of our area.

Recently she has been working with cold wax, an oil-based process, and will be giving demonstrations both days during the Studio Tour.

 

Karen Koegel, Mixed Media, Painting, Collage

1582 SW 85th Terr.

Gainesville, Florida 32607

321-749-4136

https://www.facebook.com/UniquesByKarenAnn

A Florida native, I was raised in Miami and at 17 attended the University of Florida.  My passion for UF and the Gainesville area was immediate. After spending many years working in other states as a special education teacher, professional organizer and Realtor, I moved back to Gainesville in 2010, where I helped rebuild and lead the Gainesville Fine Arts Association while also directing the GFAA Winter Fine Arts Fair at Tioga. During that time, I also became an avid abstract artist.
 
Artists often face the canvases of works that didn’t find a patron to purchase them. I decided to add life to my unsold paintings, to lift them to another level through collage.
 
This new energy has also stimulated original collage pieces from real life and not so real life. I have truly embraced the concept of collage, which I feel is a unique and artistic way to tell a story, often one that creates itself through the process. Whether I am scraping spackle, dripping liquid ink, crushing eggshells or using spray paint, I believe all will unfold into a poetic, seductive, speculative piece.
 
My art embraces who I am; there is always more than you see. My work is a true reflection of my life, as I have never been one to stay within the lines.

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Dave Morris - Thistle Dew Art Studios
(2D and 3D stained-glass, mosaics, collage, painting & printing)

8572 SW 12th Lane
Gainesville, Florida, 32607

386-237-8819

https://www.thistledewartstudios.com/

As a self-trained observer and glass and mosaic artist for 20 years, I find inspiration in nature and color and I thrive on the predictability of unpredictability in the natural world…like the morning sun through a beveled piece of glass throwing a rainbow on the wall.

Ultimately, if my work starts a conversation, makes you take a deep breath, sparks a warm memory, or just touches your heart, then I have accomplished my goal of assisting you in your own celebration of all things random. I hope to make you think, I hope to make you smile, and I hope to ease your navigation of this unpredictable life.