2018 Studio Tour Artists

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

 

1854 Northwest 41st Avenue

Gainesville, Florida  32605

352-337-9074 or (cell) 352-318-4462

www.KateShakeshaftMurray.com

"Throwing pottery on the wheel is a meditative process that can engage the spatial non-verbal part of our brains in a satisfying way. It is also a source of humility...our preconceived plans are regularly disappointed. Pottery as a result of our efforts can be a pleasing marriage of sculptural art and practical daily living."

In 1978 Kate Shakeshaft began making pottery purely for fun as an English major at Grinnell College in Iowa. She never stopped. Kate has a BFA in ceramics, sculpture and drawing from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida.  

Linda is sharing her studio tour site with Karen LeMonnier, oil painter and plein air artist. 

Linda Pence, Painter
(mixed water media)

318 Southeast 71st Street

Gainesville, Florida   32641

352-376-8327 or (cell) 352-215-1705

www.LindaPence.com

You may find Linda out painting in the garden that surrounds her home and studio in East Gainesville. Much of her inspiration comes from spending time working in her garden where she tends to native plants and fosters an expansive butterfly garden. It is here and in her home studio that she does her more experimental and personal work.  

"My love of art began in NYC where I attended Pratt Institute. I studied at the Art Students League and Cooper Union, and was also a student and instructor at the Arica School. I moved from NYC to Gainesville in 1997 and became attracted to our local parks, springs and rivers where I could capture the innate feeling of place and express the energy of nature with a more abstract interpretation through my artwork."

Karen LeMonnier, Painter

(oils, plein air)

318 Southeast 71st Street 

Gainesville, Florida 32641

(Sharing studio tour site with Linda Pence)

610-390-9717

www.KarenLemonnier.com

Karen's favorite studio is outdoors. Her paintings are personal reflections of the energy, light, and mood that a natural scene inspires. By using vivid colors and bold brush strokes, she strives to capture a moment in time and a sense of place. Painting nature has been her endless inspiration and joy.

Originally from the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, Karen moved to historic High Springs, Florida in 2005. She has worked hard to support and strengthen the local and regional art community through her volunteer efforts and expertise.

 

While attending the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida she discovered her love of painting. Karen exhibits her work locally as well as nationally.

Alfred is sharing his studio tour site with Chris Tatum, Woodturner.

Alfred Phillips, Painter (contemporary realism, acrylic)

1325 Northwest 53rd Terrace

Gainesville, Florida   32605

954-326-3133

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."

Phillips had a long, successful career in commercial art that included stints at ad agencies, then at his own graphics design firm. In 2003 he closed the firm and took up acrylic painting full time, earning multiple awards, and selling his work nationally and internationally. In 2013 he moved to Gainesville and became active in the arts community. He is currently on the Board of the Gainesville Fine Arts Association and serves as Creative Director.

Chris Tatum, Woodworker

1325 Northwest 53rd Terrace 

Gainesville, Florida 32605

(Sharing studio tour site with Alfred Philips)

352-281-8872

www.tatumwoodworking.com

Chris Tatum has worked with wood all his life. Originally from Miami, Florida, he moved to the Gainesville area in 1978. For more than 30 years Chris has crafted fine furniture and cabinetry.

 

In recent years Chris has reinvented his art form to focus on woodturning, the art of shaping forms on a lathe to create functional and sculptural objects. Utilizing discarded material, Chris meticulously crafts beautiful works of art from his imagination. His work not only serves a functional purpose, but is aesthetically engaging and thought-provoking.

Candace McCaffery, Fiber Artist

GFAA Gallery

1314 South Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-226-7760

www.artisansguildgallery.com/candace-mccaffery

"I am a self-taught fiber artist. I enjoy experimenting with color and pattern to create my designs. Many of my artworks reflect my love for nature. It is rewarding to me to be able to transform plain white cotton into something much more: A colorful celebration of nature in my own interpretation.

"I utilize many different surface design techniques. Dyeing and overseeing, stamp making and direct and indirect printing are a few of my standard techniques."

Come watch the process and the transformation!

Michelle Nagri, Photographer

GFAA Gallery  

1314 South Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-228-1786

www.mnagriphoto.com

"It's about the light, the shape, the feeling."

 

Michelle has spent the majority of her life being the quiet observer. Spoken word never came easy for her, but she still had something within that she wanted to share with the world. In 2010 she was introduced to a digital SLR camera and immediately fell in love. Since then she's been honing her craft in an attempt to find her voice. She enjoys nature and architecture as subject matters, and especially loves to abstract such environments in order to highlight the light, the shape, and the feeling of a particular location. "Ultimately photography is a form of communication, a way to show the viewer the beauty the surrounds them, a way to engage the viewer with the environment."

 

During the Studio Tour Michelle will have her trusty Canon 7dmkii and an array of lenses to show visitors her photo-taking process. She will also have her laptop on hand to explain her personal 365 Project, in which she edits the same image differently every day for one year in an attempt to celebrate the infinite possibilities of unique perspectives in the world. The project will be in its final two weeks during the tour, and visitors will have the opportunity to view the evolution of imagery over a year-long project.

Peter Senesac, Metalsmith & Painter

(acrylics, oils, gouache, watercolor)

GFAA Gallery  

1314 South Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-214-6649

www.jewelryartstudio.com

Peter has been working as a professional artist in Gainesville, Florida for 39 years. He is primarily self-taught as a metal smith and painter.

With his jewelry he strives for an elegance that speaks for the individual yet retains a timeless quality. Several techniques are used, including forging, fusing, roller embossing, constructing, and casting. Designs are inspired mostly by nature. Ideas come from the land and the sea. 

"Painting is a chance to explore alternate views of the world." As a painter, his intention is not to paint a particular place but to create a mood, to encourage the viewer to daydream, to invent a story, to communicate a sensation of a beautiful or interesting place. Composition, light and shadow, color and texture, all help set the stage to tell the story.


During the tour Peter will be demonstrating in oil and watercolor. He will also have a selection of jewelry showing various techniques and styles. 

Mike and Mary McIntyre, Stained Glass Artists

McIntyre Stained Glass Studio & Art Gallery 

Thornebrook Village

2441 Northwest 43rd Street, Suite 11A

Gainesville, Florida  32606

352-372-2752

www.McIntyreStudio.com

"We have worked with glass for over 40 years and continue to be fascinated by the often magical effects of light shining through textured glass."

Each project begins with an original design drawn the old fashioned way with pencil and paper. Next is glass selection, which is crucial to the outcome and includes consideration of hue, value, texture, pattern and transparency. Most of their pieces are created using the copper foil method, though they also work with lead when appropriate.

Mike's designs are influenced by his architectural training and lifelong love of music while Mary concentrates more on natural images. Both enjoy the challenge of creating scenes of local flora and fauna.

Debra Lindberg, Encaustic Mixed Media (encaustic, collage, pigments)

846 Northwest 31st Avenue 

Gainesville, Florida 32609

352-538-5216

www.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...and if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of one of the resident garden bunnies along the path.

Wes Lindberg, Fine Art Photographer 

846 Northwest 31st Avenue 

Gainesville, Florida   32609

352-538-7708

www.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 discover new 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 poses of motion and contemplation while the radiant light shines through and around them, enlightening the spirit within.”

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 full color fine art images for worldwide exhibition.

Jacquelyne Collett, Glass Artist

3619 Northwest 30th Boulevard 

Gainesville, Florida 32605

352-373-4331

www.JacquelyneCollett.com

"I am drawing and mark-making with glass, hand pulling glass threads over a torch and then manipulating them again with heat to make shapes. I rarely have a preconceived idea of what the pieces will look like. I am exploring.

"In this body of work, the colors I am using are reactive with each other, that is, they form a subtle interactive border due to the oxides in the glass."

Jacquelyne has been working with glass since 1978. Her distinctive work has been shown in national and international exhibitions and is held in private and corporate collections.

Cindy Capehart, Painter and Photographer
(oils)

3513 Northwest 16th Boulevard

Gainesville, Florida 32605

352-246-6786

www.CindyCapehart.com

Cindy Capehart has found her inspiration in the natural world, finding beauty in unexpected places. She sees a unique view of the landscape by focusing closely on the subject. The subject then becomes the geometric design created by the vegetation and its cast shadow or reflection. In designing such a composition based on patterns in nature Cindy is exploring the abstract qualities inherent in nature. What results is a bold and dynamic painting that also evokes a sense of intimacy as well as unexpected tranquility.

Cindy graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. While she enjoys photography, drawing, printmaking and painting; painting in oils on canvas has become her primary means of expression.

Bettianne Ford,
Glass Artist & Photographer

401 Southwest 42nd Street

Gainesville, Florida 32607

352-372-2485

www.LunaGlassArt.com

www.BettianneFordPhotography.com

"My journey to glasswork followed a winding path, beginning with photography. As I captured images on my camera, I felt the urge to recreate them in other art forms. I started with stained glass and later progressed to kiln-formed glass.

"I can apply my stained glass skills in cutting and shaping glass and pair those with the color and composition that I bring from photography. This allows me to create freely by using color and texture, and offers both freedom and structure in the design process. I will be showing both photography and glass during the studio tour."

Allison LeBaron, Painter & Potter
(oils)

Art Alley Studio

717 Northwest 1st Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-281-6240

www.ArtAlleyStudio.com

Allison LeBaron has been a working artist in the Gainesville area for more than 30 years. She is both an accomplished oil painter and potter. Allison’s recent work focuses on the natural world, especially wildlife. Lately she has been throwing pots that depict colorful sea creatures.

You will find Allison at Art Alley Studio, a community clay and painting studio that she opened several years ago. Here she offers classes for beginners and experienced artists, as well as studio memberships for potters.

 

Presently Allison shares her space with the following potters: Janet Barrett Suggs, Barb Chapin, Robert Cooper, Carolyn vonZabern, Marie Brown, Kylie Munroe, Joe Hight, Jamy Darezzo, Eric Lewis, Luise White and Debbie Hart. When you visit this studio you will  have the opportunity to see a lot of variety and styles!   

Diana Tonnessen, Printmaker
(linoleum block prints)

2390 Northwest 18th Place

Gainesville, Florida 32605

352-665-9331

www.FloridianaStudios.com

"I am a Gainesville, Florida-based artist and printmaker whose limited-edition linoleum block prints combine whimsical compositions, luminous colors and the rustic texture of the linocut to depict Florida's rich cultural heritage as one of American's top tourist destinations. My heritage series features classic cars, campers, motels, gas stations, diners, roadside attractions and other ephemera of early-to mid-20th Century car travel in Florida. Many of my works were inspired by real motels and attractions on U.S. Highway 441 in Alachua and Marion Counties.

"My creative process begins with an original photograph, sketch or composition, which is reversed (everything prints in mirror image), transferred to a block of linoleum and carved by hand. Each print is created by applying ink to the block with a hand-held brayer, covering the block with a sheet of paper and either rubbing the back of the paper by hand or feeding the block through a hand-cranked press."

Marcus Collier, Woodworker

 

1114 Northeast 5th Street 

Gainesville, Florida 32601

205-470-7541

www.MarcusWoodworking.com

"When I signed up for my first woodturning class I asked my instructor how many pieces could by made during the class. He said one or two. I thought that was not getting my money's worth so I started coming after class--then climbing into a window after hours. Then Ray gave me a key."

 

It was his instructor and future mentor Ray Ferguson who granted him unfettered access to a high-end wood studio at the University of Florida (1987 - 1994). For seven years he blossomed, initially turning wood and later moving into creating beautifully crafted, distinctly designed furniture.

Mandy Macias, Painter
(acrylics & mixed media)

3508 Northwest 26th Terrace

Gainesville, Florida  32605

352-316-5503

www.MandyMacias.com

"When I work on a new project, my journey is always an exciting experience from beginning to end. I start painting not only with a blank canvas but with a blank mind, letting images develop as they please. Intuition then lets my emotions, feelings and memories take over until I am satisfied with the end result."

Mandy enjoys working with charcoal, watercolor, and acrylic. Her subject matter ranges from realistic to abstract, depending on her mood and inspiration.
 

Leslie Peebles, Printmaker

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

Sweetwater Print Cooperative

117 South Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-474-9504

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.

Christina Bartonicek, Printmaker

(linocut & silkscreening)

Sweetwater Print Cooperative 

117 South Main Street

Gainesville, Florida 32601

(Sharing studio tour site with Leslie Peebles)

www.opendoorprints.com

Christina Bartonicek is the sole woman working behind the scenes of Open Door Prints. Orginally from Eastern Europe, her family came to the States in 1999 in search of the good life, which she has most recently found right here in Gainesville! 

 

Christina's prints are inspired by Eastern European folklore, the art nouveau movement and the natural world. She works mostly in linocuts and silkscreening, enjoying the physicality of the process of hand-printing and hopes to teach others about the beauty of the impression of a linocut on paper.

Tina Corbett, Painter (oils, plein air, mixed media)

Lanza Gallery and Art Supplies  

23645 West US Highway 27

High Springs, Florida  32643

352-474-9922

www.tinacorbett.com

www.lanzagallery.com

"I have been wearing two art hats of late, one where I endlessly pursue that next amazing scenic view and recreate it in 'en plein air,' with rich oils, my first love. Visit my studio and art gallery where you can view many of these traditional works. 

 

"Recently I have been exploring new styles and manipulations in mixed media with collage, texture, acrylics and intense colors to express an idea, a mood or a statement. Fueled by personal experience it is leading me on a new exciting journey in my art career. "

 

You can visit Lanza Gallery & Art Supplies that serves as Tina's studio and includes the pottery, jewelry and paintings of  20 additional local fine artists. The other side of the store is a quality art supply store with the finest art supplies for the professional and amateur artist. Tina carries many of the top major brands in the art world. 

 

Tina will show you where she does her studio work, what tools she uses and talk about her process. Since you have to travel farther to visit her, expect a warm welcome with snacks, lemonade and iced tea or coffee.

Gainesville Fine Arts Association

1314 South Main Street    Gainesville, Florida