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Timothy Jarvis: Visual Artist

Email : tjpotter37@yahoo.com

While the ancient art of pottery began thousands of years ago, my own journey began more recently, when I formed my first pot in 1978 at the young age of 13. The feeling of the clay in my hands continues to enthrall me to this day. Through many personal achievements and failures, as well as the tutelage of several raku masters, with special individual thanks to Charles & Linda Riggs, I’ve discovered magic in its most elemental and purest form. I continue to enjoy my explorations of the ever changing mysteries of low fire pottery.

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David Khalil: Visual Artist

Email : mosaicartz@aol.com
Website : www.mosaicarts.itgo.com

David Khalil is a mosaic artist, who has passion for mosaic arts since 1979 and teaching mosaics since 1997. David is specialized in custom design, fabrication, installation of mosaics for interior and exterior, residential, and commercial. David loves teaching mosaics for able, disabled, kids-at-risk, and disadvantaged, too. David is insured and licensed to teach mosaics as a rewording trade or a cool hobby.

Teaching mosaics benefits' summary:

a)   Learn sciences and math, education, and life skills.
b)   Learn a trade and secure their future.
c)   Enhance their imagination, knowledge, motivation, self-esteem, and culture.
d)   Increase their positive thinking, behavior, and bring them back to the bright life.
e)   Heal their anger, loneliness, stress, depress, and sadness.

Please visit web sites: http://www.mosaicarts.itgo.com. and
https://www.youtube.com/user/mosaicartz/videos

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Cheryl Kinderknecht : Visual Artist

Email : chkinderknecht@verizon.net

Cheryl H. Kinderknecht is a painter, mixed media artist and former gallery owner who also happens to have a significant visual impairment secondary to retinitis pigmentosa. Her formal art training includes an art degree from Fort Hays (KS) State University.

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Susan Stemple Kubes : Visual Artist

Email : susan_kubes@yahoo.com
Website : www.artlifting.com/collections/susan-stemple-kubes

Susan is a Florida native with a lifelong passion for painting Florida's natural beauty. She works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastels, encaustic wax, and other media. Her art takes many directions. Susan is now working in abstracts on canvas and paper and also working on ostrich and emu eggs, and on gourds.  Susan has a studio in Largo, FL where she teaches classes in oil and acrylic.  She has been a VSAFL Registry member for 5 years, and with their help and encouragement has been able to grow as a professional artist and take advantage of many amazing opportunities while representing and promoting VSAFL.

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Robert Lia : Visual Artist

Email : robertlia935@gmail.com

Robert is 21 years old and loves photography. He started the art of photography while hiking in Tennessee. Robert started with his phone and has now upgraded to a camera.

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Tina Lore : Literary Artist

Email : tinamariehansen@yahoo.com
Website : www.writeliving.wixsite.com/mysite

Tinamarie was born and raised in New York. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from Eckerd College and an MFA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa. She's the recipient of St. Petersburg College's Karen Pelz Writing Award, where she won 1st place for her poem, "As I Remember" and 3rd place for her short story, "The End." Her poem, "Poetry Comes and Goes" was published by The Eckerd Review in 2015. Her work is also included in, Florida's Best Emerging Poets (2018). Tinamarie had the pleasure of editing a book of poetry published by, Dark Horse Florida Publishing LLC, titled, Junky (2018). She's had four plays produced by The Gulfport Community Players, winning Best Original Writing and Best Production for her play, "Buying Back Brooklyn." She recently (2018) directed, "The M Word" for the Gulfport Community Player's Writers Group. She also wrote a one-act play, "As it is in Heaven" which was included during GCPWG night of one acts. When Tinamarie is not writing or directing, she tutors children in reading and teaches older adults computer science.

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Austin Lubetkin : Visual Artist

Email : bocaaust@gmail.com
Website : www.bocaaust.com

As a child, my autism prevented me from communicating through traditional means until my mother used her experience in art therapy to open my eyes to all the world has to offer. Today I'm confident in my artistic abilities and have grown into an adult who uses his synesthesia, autism, and emotions to create unique and expressive pieces. My self-taught technique involves making many small paintings which I scan into the computer and combine in Photoshop to create pieces that are truly unique. Overall, I communicate my feelings through my color choices utilizing my synesthesia which involves a link between my emotions and colors. During difficult times in my life, art was always there for me and it has become a therapeutic means to express my inner voice. I frequently try to give back to the community through my artistic involvement in charities like JDRF and Artists With Autism as part of my mission statement which is that I intend to make a difference in the world by being an artist.

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Sara May : Visual Artist

Email : saralynnmay@yahoo.com
Website : www.msmouthpaintings.com

Welcome to my new creative outlet after being disabled by Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis over 7 years ago. Having always been a creative person, when my hands started to fail me, I was devastated. I heard about quadriplegic's painting by holding the paint brush in their mouth, but I was hesitant to try. I haven't seriously painted in nearly 30 years by hand so I was skeptical to try it by mouth. It took me a few months to get the courage to start. I knew it would be a challenge, but with all setbacks with MS, I didn't want to be discouraged again. Thanks to my friends and family for the support I will continue to paint. Some paintings are much better than others as I get better each day. Thank you for viewing.

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Emily K. Michael : Literary Artist

Email : emily.k.michael@gmail.com
Website : emilykmichael.com

Emily K. Michael is a blind poet, musician, and writing instructor from Jacksonville, FL. Her poetry and essays have appeared in WordgatheringNine Mile Magazine, The Deaf Poets Society, Rogue Agent, AWP Writer’s Notebook, BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog, and The South Carolina Review. Emily writes about disability, ecology, and music. Emily’s first book Neoteny: Poems is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. 

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Juliana (Jewels) Pace : Visual Artist

Email : juliana.pace@gmail.com
Website : www.etsy.com/shop/julianap

I'm a happily married Christian artist & author!  Most of my artwork is inspired by our Creator's Complexity in that He created each one of us so unfathomable that one has to look many times over to see every aspect of each person! I've crafted as long as I can remember. My Grandpa bought my first piece when I was 10, telling me that good art should be paid for! But, I just presented myself to the world as an artist in 2004!

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Aarushi Pratap : Fashion Artist

Email : aarushi.pratap@gmail.com
Website : pratapaarushi.wixsite.com/aart

Aarushi Pratap is a visual artist and fashion designer who is on the autism spectrum. She loves making things with her hands and loves to design jewelry and garments. She is also into illustrations, design art, comic strip stories, miniature craft, ceramics and random craft stuff. Aarushi basically likes to create anything that she likes and can visualize. She also works on city sketches, watercolors and acrylic on Canvas. Designing, sewing and art are the most important parts of her life! Art helps Aarushi think, communicate and be calm, happy and joyful!

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Luisa Pulido : Visual Artist

Email : meinestudio@yahoo.com
Website : www.luisapulido.com

At a very young age, I recall every day being in my parent's office, New World Magazine, where my father did his graphic arts. There was always an appreciation for the arts and visual expression. My parents understood this and gave me all the materials I needed. I drew, used watercolors, and painted coloring books as I explored my creativity and cultivated another language for myself.

I believe my family played a role in influencing me and encouraging me to pursue my artistic goals. Growing up and watching my uncles sculpt or my father air-brushing and then witnessing the results evolve in front of my eyes. It awakened a passion in my heart that made me the dedicated artist that I am today. As I grew older and learned about art, I became inspired by popular works of art leaving a deep impression on me. Traveling has also given me a broader perspective as to what it is I want to express in my paintings.  

I would say that my desire to express myself is what mostly inspires my artwork. Life itself is a fountain of inspiration and ideas. As I prepare to start on a new piece, my imagination gets a powerful spark and my studio fill with this unbelievable excitement which makes each work mystical and magical, yet fulfills me with total freedom. 

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Thomas Edison Reaves III : Visual Artist

Email : edisonart505@gmail.com

Member of VSA, MS for 10 years; Featured in One Man Show, Jackson Arts Center, Jackson, MS; Participated in numerous VSA Art Shows, Benefit Auctions and Festivals; Won Mayor's Choice Award, City Hall Show, New Port Richey, 2016; Have paintings in Community Banks of Germantown, TN, MS Arts Commission, MS Library Commission, MS Arts Council; and in the home of a former MS Governor. Participating Artist at Jackson Square, New Orleans for one year. I focus on heavily textured contemporary paintings and work on handwoven canvas. I also am a wildlife photographer.