Artist Registry

Arts4All Florida showcases artists with disabilities through our Artist Registry. All art forms are represented including visual art, performing art, and literary work. Artist Registry members receive:

  •      Announcements for Calls for Art
  •      Invitations to exhibit or perform for Arts4All Florida events
  •      Opportunities for informational webinars
  •      Periodic newsletters

The registry is a FREE service. Click here for an application.
For more information, please contact Sandra Sroka, Adult Program Coordinator, at srokas.vsafl@gmail.com or 813.974.0721.

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Luz Elena Aponte
Visual Artist

A South Florida Hispanic artist who notwithstanding the challenges of developmental disabilities, with the support of her team and technology creates abstract art that conveys a special meaning and message to those who see and purchase them.  Owning a piece of LUZ’s art will inspire you to “Believe In”, to “Dare to Dream”, to “Enjoy…”, and to see the “Possibilities” for your life and  move beyond your personal challenges.  An inspiring micro-enterprise pioneer, Lucy demonstrates that people can reach their dreams by using their talents to develop their own businesses and achieve the American dream of self sufficiency.  Her family’s motto:  To Love, To Learn, To Share and To Serve.  Lucy’s business name:  Life’s Unlimited Zenith, LLC is best understood by Gandhi’s quote:  “My life is my message”. 

 

“Not being able to speak is not the same as not having anything to say, to do, to learn, to dream!”

Lynn Garris
Visual Artist

Diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at age 11, Lynn struggled mentally and socially from a young age. However, through art she was able to express herself and graduated from the University of North Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking. Her work has been featured in several exhibitions such as the New View Student Exhibition at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and Non-Traditional Painting at the Jim Draper Gallery, located in Jacksonville, Florida. Her illustration was also published as the cover art for Douglas Anderson School of the Art’s mailer advertisement in 2007. She currently lives in Ocala, Florida where she works as a freelance artist.

Marcos Miguel Abreu
Visual Artist
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My name is Marcos Miguel Abreu, and I live in Jacksonville Florida. My favorite medium is acrylics on high quality watercolor paper or canvas, and my body of work naturally gravitates towards abstracts using vibrant color themes.

Margaret Zabor
Visual Artist
Phone: 813-504-7089
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As a recent retiree, Margaret can now enjoy her two loves: Taoist tai chi and painting.  After some years of painting first in acrylics and then oils, she is starting to experiment with watercolor --  a whole new world to discover.  Although her bipolar disorder did not prevent her from working (although just in clerical jobs), it did impose some limits, and painting became a therapeutic release. She is mostly self-taught and looks forward to taking some local classes.

Mark Seamonson
Performing Artist
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I was born on November 2, 1953 in Rockford, Illinois.  I was born two months early.  because of this, I have mild spastic cerebral palsy in all four limbs and am blind in my left eye.  when I was a kid, these birth defects kept me from playing organized sports (the excuse was insurance rules).  I started taking guitar lessons instead.  I took lessons for six years, until I was eighteen.  After that, I just played music with my friends (mostly rock and blues).

I dropped out of college in the mid-70's to seriously go after a career as a musician.  after seven years of this, I began following Jesus Christ and started college again.  I finally graduated in 1990 and went on to teach in a middle schools which lasted for two years.  I moved on to teach Pre-Kindergarten for eighteen years in the Headstart program.

I was laid off in 2012 from this job with over 300 other people due to the program being privatized.  I am currently semi-retired.  Over the years, I also learned to play the banjo, mandolin, and some violin.  I have been happily married to my wife Lynn for 25 years and we have a beautiful 24-year old daughter, Leah.

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Matthew Weihmuller
Performing Artist
Phone: 813-541-4012
Website:

Matt Weihmuller is a jazz saxophonist who completed both his undergraduate education in music (magna cum laude) and masters of music at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.  He was a member of the FSU Jazz Ensemble I and various jazz combos, as well as a regular performer at various Tallahassee jazz venues.

Matt recently relocated to the Tampa area, where he is the saxophone and jazz instructor at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.  Matt also provides private music instruction from his home.  He currently tours with a band, called UNRB,  featuring original eclectic music with elements of funk, jazz, rock, and reggae, in addition to performing locally with a jazz trio when his schedule permits.   

Via performance and workshop experiences, Matt has had the opportunity to gain from the direction of many noted jazz professionals, including Marcus Roberts, Bunky Greene,  Jason Marsalis, Buster Cooper, Bill Kennedy, John Lamb, Chick Corea, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Don Braden, Jim Snidero, and Walt Weiskopf.  He was fortunate to receive his early music instruction in Tampa, Florida where he attended the H.W. Blake High School of the Arts, and benefitted from the instruction of the University of South Florida saxophone instructor, Valerie Gillespie.

At The Florida State University, he was a member of the Phi Beta Lambda honorary music association, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Gold Key scholars, as well as a number of professional music associations.

Matt is also a composer, utilizing specialized music technology for the blind. His greatest personal goal, however, is to champion the cause of increasing Braille music literacy for young blind musicians.  

Michele Mancini
Performing Artist
Phone: 727.324.3422
Website:

Mancini Media/Michele Mancini

Freelance Camera-Woman.
Graduate of CN School of Broadcasting.

Full Production including: editing /audio / music / narration / scripting & studio “package production”

Radio On-Air / Music / Voice-overs / Narrator / Creative Writer (published articles) / Video Documentaries

Mindy Susan Egert
Visual Artist
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As an artist, Mindy works in a variety of art media and enjoys teaching what she has learned over the years.  She currently holds a Masters Degree in Visual Communications with a major in Clinical Art Therapy.  Mindy is currently teaching art at a private school for gifted and learning disabled students.  For now, her art work can be found on facebook under the title "artzy". 

Miriam Zimms
Visual Artist
Phone: 813-601-5047
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I am an award-winning artist and certified Zentangle teacher (CZT).  I started my art life in 2010 after a battle and victory over breast cancer.  In 2013, I was diagnosed with a separate and unrelated cancer, ChondroSarcoma (primary bone cancer).  The second cancer required that I spend a lot of time in bed after surgery and approximately two years relearning how to sit up, stand up and walk again.  I moved from a wheelchair, walker and crutches over that time period and now use a cane.  Through that rehabilitation process I fell in love with the Zentangle Art Method (Z-Method).  I currently volunteer my time teaching Zentangle in the Hillsborough County Libraries at the Children's Cancer Center.  I also teach private classes (i.e. AOE Art Supply in Temple Terrace).  I enjoy creating art through a Zen process that teaches, "anything is possible, one stroke at a time."  And just like in life, there are no mistakes in Zentangle, because we are all imperfectly perfect.

Monai Willett
Visual Artist
Phone: 407-453-2275
Website:

Hello, my name is Monai Willett.  I am a student at the University of Central Florida.  I began painting as a therapeutic vessel for sublimation.  Art has helped me establish an identity and a concept of self through expression & introspection.  My goal is not to be rich nor famous.  My passion is to touch lives through creating art.  I have open arms to many people in my community.  My greatest achievement has been to draw awareness to the benefits of art for those who suffer from mental and/or physical disabilities, but also to adolescent children.  I love to use several different techniques, which I have learned through experimentation.  I find perfection in imperfection!  My journey has been a long one, but every day I learn something new about myself, and I would like to be an advocate in helping others gain piece of mind, relaxation, fellowship, and acceptance with not only my art, but also through supplies provided to those eager to express themselves artistically!  One person can not change the world, and not all people make history, my passion is to create beautiful art and impact as many lives as I can.  "I have come a long way from where I been and I'm still on a continuing journey to where I'm going!"

Techniques include Digital Collaging, Assemblage, Canvas Installation, Functional Art, Abstract Expressionism, Expressionism, Acrylics, Oils, Golden Mediums and Gels.

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Nicole Cappelletty
Visual Artist
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I'm new to Florida. I've been drawing for as long as I can remember. Over the past year I've gotten into working with mixed media. I am passionate about making an art journal. I have taken classes in Fashion
Sketching, Digital Design, and Watercolor. I am an avid knitter. Creating art helps me cope day to day. I have worked in the past as an Assistant Teacher in Early Childhood.  I love seeing others express
themselves through art.

Pamela Davis
Visual Artist
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Pamela Davis was recently involved in the expressions of Courage Program and has service as Vice President of Art and Humanities.  She taught art for Elementary and Library Programs under DAHC.  Currently, Pamela is showing 9/11/01 and Nature art series throughout Florida.

Paul Gavin
Performing Artist

Paul E. Gavin is a Drummer and Percussionist in Tampa, FL. He performs, teaches private and group lessons, and writes marching percussion arrangements and cadences. He's currently a Junior at the University of South Florida double-majoring in Music Education and Jazz Studies. At USF he is a member of the Graduate Jazz combo, Jazz Ensemble II and Trombone Band I. The USF Jazz department will be traveling to Italy this summer to play at several Jazz Festivals and events.

His professional work includes playing regularly with the Southwest Florida Symphony in Ft. Myers, FL as a percussion sub/extra and doing drum set and percussion work for musical theater companies in Naples. 

He has been teaching private lessons and groups since his senior year of high school and continues to keep private teaching a central part of his musical endeavors. His students have won places in honor bands, gone on to march drum corps and major in music in college. He teaches group lessons on marching percussion and Latin hand percussion as well as coaches percussion sections for the Florida All-State convention and Hillsborough County’s Honor Bands. This year was his third year teaching the Sickles High School marching percussion section of Tampa, FL and they’ve consistently earned the highest ratings at MPA since he began working with them.

He also writes marching percussion cadences, show music and warm ups. He writes regularly for the Sickles percussion section and has written for schools in Atlanta, Georgia and Ft. Myers, Fl. 

Paul McAuliffe
Performing Artist
Phone: 850-381-6695
Website:

Paul McAuliffe is a world/ethnic flute player, flute maker, drummer, storyteller, songwriter, social services worker, autism advocate and short story writer. He's given dozens of presentations throughout the Southeast, including at the University of Central Florida, the University of Alabama, Florida State and the University of Mississippi. He recently gave his "Flutes & Autism" program at the Center For Disease Control in Atlanta, and has been featured twice on CNN and on various National Public Radio affiliates. He's given his "Flutes & Storytelling" program at a variety of elementary schools and Boys & Girls Clubs.    
Paul plays djembe (West African hand drum) with the Mother Earth Drummers. He's the founder and facilitator of the Bay County Asperger's Support Group, and serves on the Constituency Board of the Florida State University Center For Autism (FSU CARD.) He performs regularly with the Bay Storytellers of Panama City, FL. He loves to serenade the Florida Panthers (an endangered species) at Bear Creek Feline Center, a sanctuary for big cats that cannot live in the wild for various reasons. His latest/third CD is entitled "Young Cat Dreams:" http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/paulmcauliffe2
  
Paul's current Presentations are:
1. Flutes, Autism & A Different Way Of Seeing: I discuss my own autistic journey of self-discovery, play quiet, soothing music on a variety of world/ethnic flutes, discuss what it's like living on the autism spectrum in a "neurotypical" world, and explain why Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning autism) kids will be the world's future inventors and innovators. To the best of my knowledge, this is a totally unique program.
2. Flutes & Storytelling: Along with my passion for world/ethnic flutes and autism advocacy, I love to tell stories; I perform regularly with the Bay Storytellers of Panama City. In this program, I tell a variety of original tales interspersed with performing soothing, peaceful flute music. Through the ancient art of storytelling, we weave words, we teach one another, we learn from one another, we laugh, we acknowledge our humanity, we realize others have the same foibles we do, and we grow into a better understanding of the world.
3. Flutes Of The World: Goes into more details about the flutes themselves, including longer flute solos, and more info about the history and special challenges of each flute. If there's time, I also play and discuss the djembe (West African hand drum.)
4. Flutes, Autism & Creative Focus: I've put out 3 CD's of all original music, create flutes out of bamboo, and am finishing up my first book of short stories, poems and essays. I'll discuss the creative process from an Aspergian perspective, and play a wide variety of wooden and bamboo flutes.

Pete Noto
Visual Artist
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Pete enjoyed a successful career in the advertising business as an art director and creative director. Some products he worked on were Wrangler Jeans, Garanimals Childrens clothing, Mateus Rose, Monet Jewelry, Gucci Perfume, Nicorette and Nicoderm, and a host of other drug products launches which garnered a number of industry awards.
Battling NY traffic and health issues prompted him to cut short his career and retire his magic markers in 1995.
Pete continued to pursue his creative talents through watercolor, pastels, and Photo Impressionism, which are original photos taken over a lifetime, including many recent ones from South West Florida.
Recently, Pete discovered an interest in acrylics and only regrets that he didn't start years sooner.

Philip Wells
Visual Artist
Phone: 321-259-6543

Philip began his painting vocation because of his great love of color.  His themes generally encompass local sea and scenery of the waterways and beaches of the Brevard county area.   His love of painting is something in which he feels he can always express himself and his great love of the sea and natural surroundings.

Philip’s style is one of a natural primitive artist ripe with the intuitive love of color and composition similar in the style of the folk arts of early New England seascape painters.   His balance of both local scenery and Floridian atmosphere create a peaceful blending of old Florida and its natural surrounding beauty.

Artwork by Rachel Barcellona
Rachel Barcellona
Visual Artist
Phone: 727-786-5069

I would like to introduce Rachel Barcellona. She is 20 years old and  a student at St. Petersburg College studying exceptional student education. An advocate for those with disabilities she created her platform, The Ability Beyond Disabilities, to inspire those that have challenges to strive for their dreams as well as to educate those around us to understand the challenges we face.
As an individual with Epilepsy and Aspergers syndrome - a form of autism, Rachel often felt like she could not do anything, but because of my life and social experience, I have overcome many challenges. Today I am the International spokesperson for the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities at the University of South Florida (CARD-USF) and was just elected to the constituency board.
Rachel is a member of the International Thespian Honor Society for theater an honor student and vocalist and author.  Recently she won the title of Miss Florida International and will complete for the national title this summer with women from around the world. She also work's with several organizations that provide services to individuals with disabilities including therapy such as occupational and physical along with music and art therapy.  My plan for the future is to graduate from the University of South Florida with a PHD in education, open her own school and work with children with disabilities.
 

Reagan Stunkel
Visual Artist
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Reagan was born in Washington, DC and lived the first 38 years of his life in and around Baltimore County and Columbia MD.  As a young boy a stigma developed around Reagan making him fodder for any and all the bullies in the neighborhood.  Nonetheless, despite the beatings and gross humiliations there was something about art, particularly the art he saw at the museums in Washington that fascinated him.  The way Picasso would paint a leotard arm of a girl forming ninety digress, but under the arm his use of a dry , almost chalkish yellow, suspending her arm in space.  Specific memories like these fascinated Reagan as a child and stayed with, not just as sight, but more, as feeling  he FELT that arm being suspended above the girl’s place of standing.

     Reagan is a colorist.  But he doesn't want to oversimplify.  Yes, when he is in a new environment, the color is the first he FEELS AND SEESI  But there is  more to color then swashes of colored paint. Color is the point of the painting but is as well  supported by composition, shape, texture  and all else  And by depth Reagan means an apparent overpainting to make an apparent dark canvas-but that’s not really dark so colors emerge in the darkness.  This is where he is, at this point..

Reuben Gilbert
Visual Artist
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Reuben Gilbert is an amazing man with many interests and abilities. Although he is a performer and has been part of the Pyramid Players for two years, Reuben is mainly interested in visual arts. His work mostly consists of human figures painted in bold colors and fragmented lines which often overlap and follow unrestrained patterns. Even though, Reuben Gilbert uses reference images to create his work, his use of color and shape make him a unique illustrator and painter.

Photo of Richard Davis
Artwork by Richard Davis
Richard Davis
Visual Artist
Phone: 352-777-5329

Richard Davis has had the opportunity to express his thoughts and feelings using various mediums.  His recent work has been to share his life of living with epilepsy.  In the last four years he used his ability to do paintings to raise money for the Epilepsy research in California and resides in Spring Hill, Florida.