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Alizee Saint-Louis : Visual Artist

Email : kayalistudios@gmail.com

Emmanuelle Alizee ( Ali ) is a 24yo and has Autism. She is verbal, but her ability to interfere and communicate with others is limited. From an early age Alizee has shown a great passion for painting and crafts. Like they said, art is one of the most beautiful ways to communicate. In 2020 during the pandemic Alizee was very depressed to stay home, not able to socialize and travel as usual; she has used painting to express herself and cope with her depression and also to alleviate sensory issues that cause frustrations.

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Elizabeth Sanchez : Performing Artist

Email : laedaddeoro@yahoo.com
Website : www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftnl1wMJlhU&feature=youtu.be

Elizabeth was born in Cuba in 1993. It was a very difficult time. During the birth of Elizabeth, there was a power outage in the hospital for more than 15 minutes and electricity generators did not respond. As a result, Elizabeth was in a coma the first thirty days of her life. Elizabeth's life has been an example of perseverance and hope. As a young child, she began singing in the choir at her church, Los Pinos Nuevos in Placetas, Cuba. She moved to the Dominican Republic at the age of 4, where she continued performing at church, very often. Elizabeth's vocal qualities were well received in each church's presentation. At 7 years old, Elizabeth realized that music was her passion and began to pursue, under the guidance of her parents, the study of vocal music. By the age of 11, Elizabeth and her family moved to the United States where she continued her church performances at Baptist Church Estrella de Belen in Hialeah, Florida. In high school, she took choir classes and was accepted into a vocal music magnet program at Michael Krop High School in Aventura, Florida. At 18, Elizabeth started her university studies at Barry University - vocal music major. During her studies at Barry, she actively participates in many choir performances. As a soloist, Elizabeth is working on her first album, a gospel music album. She is the writer of her songs. She dreams of touching people's hearts and minds through her voice and her lyrics. You can watch Elizabeth's Senior Vocal Recital by clicking on the following link. https://youtu.be/FtnI1wMJlhU

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Theresa Sareo : Performing Artist

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

Theresa Sareo, singer/songwriter/trauma survivor, has a powerful story to tell; one that affirms the saving power of following your dreams. After surviving a horrible accident on a Manhattan street corner that claimed the loss of her entire right leg, Theresa's courageous dedication to her recovery has inspired the amazing journey of her life and career.

She has since become an in-demand motivational performer for audiences throughout the entertainment, educational, medical, corporate, political, faith-based and military communities. Theresa was recently featured on NBC's Today with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, CNN's Larry King Live, in New York Magazine, appeared on NBC's Law and Order, and was the keynote speaker on healthcare issues with NY Senator Charles Schumer and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in NYC.  She also wrote and performed “It’s Time For A Change” for Mrs. Clinton in Washington, D.C. in honor of her 2008 Presidential Candidacy run.

By sharing her personal story through her music, Theresa aims to teach, heal and inspire awareness regarding the physical and psychological effects of trauma, and how to navigate through personal life challenges. She proudly made history in becoming the first civilian performer to sing the National Anthem at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C., and also the first to perform at the U.S. Army's Warrior Transition Units; European Command, through their Department of Ministries, making her a popular trauma-survivor/disabilities advocate and supporter of wounded military world-wide. She has visited and performed at VA Hospitals and Army Bases throughout the country including James A. Haley VA and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.  She continues and on-going partnering with Supporting America's Finest, Inc. and headlined their third Military Appreciation Concert in Tampa on February 8, 2014, which raised thousands for the Gramatica Family Foundation.

Theresa's documentary film “Theresa Sareo: Alive Again,” produced by Ms. Sareo, Evan Ginzburg (associate producer of “The Wrestler” with Mickey Rourke) and director Rye Joseph, chronicles her survival of the life-threatening accident in Midtown Manhattan on June 11, 2002. This moving and inspiring film offers an up-close and personal look into her physical and emotional recovery and how it affected her life and music career. The movie has won Best Documentary: Audience Choice at the 2012 Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa and Best Director of a Documentary at the NY International Film Festival—Los Angeles Edition. It was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2012 Reel Independent Film Extravaganza in Washington, D.C.

Theresa was also awarded the Friends of the United Nations' 2012 Human Rights Award for Courage and Leadership for Empowering and Enabling the Disabled in New York City. 

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Mary Satterwhite : Visual Artist

Email : marysatterwhite@gmail.com

I am a retired librarian. Before retirement I was the Director of the Temple Terrace Public Library. I have been an avid photographer and reader for most of my life and wish to learn to paint.

 

 

 

 

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Nolan Seel : Visual Artist

Email : nolanseel@gmail.com
Website: Nolanseelart.myportfolio.com

Nolan Seel is a multimedia artist, graphic designer, and writer. Nolan grew up in Winter Park, Florida, developing his art skills throughout his life. Nolan went to the University of Central Florida, where he graduated in May 2020 with a bachelor's degree in studio art and a minor in creative writing. Animals, particularly sea creatures, are frequent subjects of Nolan's artwork because he has always been fascinated by the natural world, especially the ocean.

 

 

 

 

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Richard Sele : Visual Artist

Email : richardsele67@gmail.com
Website : www.impactart.weebly.com

I am a retired Army Brigadier General with 35 years in service. Most of my experience was in a field called Civil Affairs. This placed me in direct contact with civilians, both governmental officials and everyday civilians, in an operational area. I am primarily a self-taught artist and first learned of scratchboard in 1978 during a high school art class. I started with cartoon caricature and charcoal portraits but then picked up scratchboard very quickly focusing primarily on portraits. My last piece of artwork was around 1980 until I resumed my work in 2011 as a means of coping with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Experimenting with impressionist painting on a few pieces I decided to try scratchboard again and since then have continued to develop an extensive collection of scratchboard pieces. The primary theme of my emotionally moving work is centered on conflict and humanitarian crises and social issues. Some pieces are influenced by my experiences and others by current or past events. The remainder of my work includes music icons, Hollywood personalities, sports heroes, and various movie characters.

 

Elizabeth Siudock : Visual Artist

Email : pein_ture9@yahoo.com

Elizabeth Ann Siudock has been showing her work in art shows since she was 24. She started showing her work with Very Special Arts in 1998. Her favorite medium is watercolor, and she likes to mix that with other mediums in her work.

 

Lisa Smith : Visual Artist

Email : rose07042k@gmail.com

I am a person with a disability and my name is Lisa. I am a visual drawer. Almost whatever I see I can draw.

 

Patrice Steele : Visual Artist

Email : steele_PatriceGD@yahoo.com

I am a self taught artist. I remember growing up, being engrossed by the movement of animated movies, amazed at how animators could use sheets of paper and a pencil bringing those pictures to life. I also loved comic books because every artist has an art style to express, proving there are many ways to define a character. Animation and comic books help me to find the artist within myself. I have specific learning disabilities (SLD) such as dyslexia along with other mental health Issues. It is still a challenge, but I try my best to persevere. I managed to earn a degree in graphic design, I have to admit traditional acrylic painting is where I am most comfortable, On occasion I will be doing a digital art piece in order to keep up the skill and find new convenient ways to digitally paint. I plan on experimenting with oil paint soon. A personal dream of mine is to hopefully one day collaborate with someone to write and direct
or maybe even voice a short animated film.

 
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RaeAnne Swanson : Visual Artist

Email : schererx6@yahoo.com

Since I was a young girl I have always enjoyed looking at photographs as they capture so may details, preserve memories, and can convey so much emotion. I received my first camera as a gift when I was about 10 years old and since then I have loved taking all kinds of photographs. It is amazing the way technology has advanced photography, so to learn more about this hobby, five years ago I signed up for the Breaking Barriers program at the University of South Florida. This program helps Veterans through artistic expression, and being a part of these yearly classes has been so therapeutic and has taught me so much about photography!


I love taking photos of my children, sunsets, and the beautiful landscapes I see when I travel.
I am grateful to Arts4All for all of the opportunities that they have given me and so many other artists. I have had several photographs displayed at the CAM Art Museum, and two photographs displayed at private art shows, selling one of them.

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Marco Tapie : Visual Artist

Email : marcoetapie@gmail.com

Marco Tapei is a visual artist who loves to experiment with texture in his paintings. He will place a simple item into his acrylic, oil or watercolor paintings to give his art depth and character. He also loves to paint anime characters.

Marco lives in Orlando and has a certificate in Commercial Arts from Lindsey Hopkins in Miami.

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Jessica Tomlinson : Performing Artist

Email : jtsoundtech@verizon.net

Jessica Tomlinson plays the piano for private parties, receptions and restaurants.  She also gives music classes for young children in the Pinellas County area.  She is also an academic tutor with a bachelor's degree in education from Saint Petersburg College. 

Nathaniel Valdes Regueira: Performing Artist

Email : joannareg854@gmail.com

Hello My name is Nathaniel and I am 18 years old. My musical name is Big Polar. I have been writing lyrics to songs for a few years now. I have have performed a couple times in talent shows and have won. I have a passion for music and not only enjoy writing lyrics and rapping but I would like to become a producer. I have self studied audio engineering and would like to receive my Bachelors degree in that field to help me with my career in the music industry.

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Chris Villarose : Visual Artist

Email : cmvillarose@gmail.com
Website : www.villaroseart.com

I am CM Villarose and I was born and raised in sunny South Florida. I have been an artist my entire life. After high school, I joined the Air Force and was stationed in Colorado Springs, CO where I developed a profound appreciation for the beauty of nature.


In high school I was in the advance placement Art classes for most of the day. I studied at a community college, but my real education came from working in an art gallery for over a decade. I got to see professional artists create and sell their works in beautiful locations around the country.
In 2013 tragedy struck when I began to show symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. I lost the ability to use the right side of my body and I am right handed. I couldn’t eat, write, or do simple tasks with my right hand let alone paint. The paintings still had to come out regardless so I learned to paint left handed.


Fast forward to the present I recently went through a ‘deep brain stimulation’ surgery. It really helps and that combined with medication allows me to use my right hand again. I never really stopped painting but I find it easier and faster after the surgery.


I would like the viewer to gain a sense of optimism and resilience in over coming life’s challenges. Conquering all obstacles that could otherwise take over and leave you defeated. Never Give Up, Never Surrender!

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Cherrae Ware : Performing Artist

Email : warechick6@gmail.com
Website : www instagram.com/mizzdrockstarr

Hi my name is Cherrae Ware and I am 35 years old Deaf and Hard of Hearing Performance Artist Actress..I currently live in Tampa Florida...I have literally little bit of experience of Performance Art skills...

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Matt Weihmuller : Performing Artist

Email : saxmatt7@gmail.com

Matt Weihmuller is a jazz saxophonist who completed both his undergraduate education (magna cum laude) and masters of music at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. 
Matt relocated to the Tampa area in 2012, where he has been serving as the saxophone and jazz instructor at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts for the last seven years.  Matt especially enjoys the opportunity to provide a well-rounded experience for students who attend the annual Patel Conservatory "Jazz Intensive" summer camp he instituted and continues to direct.  He is a frequent performer locally and also tours with several performing groups of varying genres.  Matt is also a composer, utilizing specialized music technology for the blind, as well as a frequent speaker, including several engagements as a guest lecturer at the Peabody Conservatory at John Hopkins University in Baltimore.  His greatest personal goal, however, is to champion the cause of increasing Braille music literacy for young blind musicians.

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Philip Wells : Visual Artist

Email : pwells14@att.net
Website : petsportraits.weebly.com/index.html

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.

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Wheelchair Highwaymen : Visual Artists

Email : info@wheelchairhighwaymen.com
Website : www.wheelchairhighwaymen.com

Max, JR, and Gordon, aka "Wheelchair Highwaymen" are new Florida Nature Photographers. The daily challenges these men face and overcome have not stopped them from searching for and capturing these beautiful moments. Their goal is to use technology, photography, and nature to inspire and enrich the lives of individuals with and without disabilities.

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Lyla Wright : Visual Artist

Email : lmichaelawright@hotmail.com
Website : https://www.facebook.com/Lylainthelookingglass

I am a teenage artist who has struggled with seizures and chronic pain and illness, but dreams of a brighter future through my art. I started having seizures in 2013 and have battled brain tumors, loss of sensation in my legs, intracranial hypertension, and chronic pain since then. I have solace and joy in my art.
During my countless nights in the hospital, my sketchbook has been my companion, creating miniature works of art for the nurses, doctors, technicians, and other patients. I have huge ambitions of becoming an animator but I also specialize in abstract art, having had my art displayed in the West Orange Art Gallery and being featured on the front page of the West Orange Times for my abstract work "Rough Roads."

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Abi York (Keris Eure): Visual Artist

Email : kerismatic@gmail.com
Website : kerismatic.wixsite.com/abiartphotography

I am 34 years old and have very youthful DNA.  Most people think I'm 12. And a boy. But I don't care I think its funny. I'm an Autistic soldier. I fight the battle to be myself when no one understands me and most people want to try to fix me. But I'm not supposed to be fixed the way they want. I am very non-verbal with most everyone. My Mom says I'm full of god wisdom. I love taking pictures and drawing. My hero and inspiration is the Mighty James Durbin. My Mom & my sister are always there for me and they are awesome. My Mom is also my manager and keeps me supplied in ink. I have a white Shamen cat named Punk. He's my soul cat. I use markers for my drawings. My style is abstract with elements of tangle.

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Margaret Zabor : Visual Artist

Email : margaretzabor@yahoo.com
Website : margaret-zabor.pixels.com

Now retired, I can develop my skills in watercolor painting, sketching with Tampa Urban Sketchers, and photography.  I have enjoyed classes at the Life Enrichment Center in Tampa and online. Art has long been my therapy for bipolar disorder. As an artist once said to me, "I can't not do it."  

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Miriam Zimms : Visual Artist

Email : miriam.hipster@yahoo.com
Website : m.facebook.com/TangledHipster/

I am award-winning Artist and art facilitator. 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 have an entourage of supportive equipment now – cane, rollator, wheelchair, scooter for getting around. And braces for my foot, hand and back-spine and orthotics to give me leg-length balance. This body change gave me a new life purpose to advocate for the “Power of Art to Heal.”

It was at my cancer center’s Arts in Medicine studio that I learned about the Zentangle Art Method. Later I would learn the healing arts are the Intermodal Expressive Arts. Both are contemplative, meditative and healing art forms for wellness.  I now facilitate these two art methods in the community that can be adapted to any audience, subject, or theme.  The therapeutic arts designed that way since their focus is not the end product, but the process.  No art experience is necessary, or you can be a seasoned artist needing a break from a structured process to explore, increase focus, have fun while relaxing, and create abstract art.