Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What's Up ???

The artists currently showing their work are
Kai Simmons & Christine Debastiani.
You can read their statements in the previous post.
Here are some examples of their work:



Thursday, September 3, 2015

What's Next ???

The artists who will be showing work beginning September 7 are
Christine Debastani and Kai Simmons.

Here is what they have to say--


Having relocated from Virginia this summer with my family, I'm a new girl in a new town. Color. Joy. Whimsy - my hope is that my paintings make you smile, move you in some way or inspire you look at things differently - if even just a little. When I find the time to paint, in between life happening, I am always reminded at how amazing it is to be able to create something out of nothing and that we are only limited by our own imagination. Sometimes I am inspired by others' work and sometimes the subject comes as an image or feeling - mostly because it has some degree of silliness to it or bright, bold color. Thank you, Satchel's, for the opportunity to share in your inspired creation - Peace. Christine


My name is Kai Simmons, from here in Gainesville, Florida. I'm an amateur photographer who hopes to make a career out of it. Hope you like what you see! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

What's Up ???

The artists currently showing their work in the restaurant are
Mark Armbrecht and Diana Diaz.
You can read their statements in the previous post.

Some examples of their work :



What's Next ????

The artists who will be showing work for the month of August are
Diana Diaz and Mark Armbrecht.

This is what they have to say about their work :

I'm a first grade teacher who practices cellphone macro photography as a hobby. All of my work is done on a cell phone device and most of my subjects and edits are inspired by Florida's nature. The end goal is to turn what we see around us everyday into ethereal images to inspire appreciation for the mundane. 


Several years ago I began entertaining myself with computer generated images. This is all brand new and a wonderful way to explore my creative that was new to me. As with all my art adventures, music strongly influences my work and as the music played , the images began to take on meanings and emotions. This has been a wonderful adventure and I hope that as you view the images the music within you begins to play. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

What's Up ??

The artists currently showing work in the restaurant are
Sarah Whitmire & Darlene Muto.
You can read their statements in the previous post.

Here are some examples of their work---



Friday, July 3, 2015

What's Next???

The artists showing work in the restaurant beginning July 7th are
Sarah Whitmire & Darlene Muto.

Here are their statements--

Sarah Whitmire, Mixed-Media Artist
5200 NW 43rd St STE 102-170 Gainesville, FL 32606 | www.whitmireart.com | sarah@whitmireart.com
Artist Statement:
Drawing on shamanic, sacred, and intuitive art influences, Sarah Whitmire paints her remarkable inner journey of awakening and conscious connection.  “It’s much like a meditation when I’m painting; I never know what I’m going to paint when I begin.  I often start with my hands and acrylic paint, making marks that have meaning for me and allowing for sacred connection and journey.”  Her creatures and compositions often morph and change in the process.  This unique approach is exciting for the viewers who assemble to watch her paint live at various events and nightclubs in her local city of Gainesville, FL.  “When I paint it’s an almost ecstatic birthing, a rhythmic heartfelt dance with the divine, and I think people are drawn to that energy.”  
“Firstly I paint for myself, for connection, for a visual reminder of that connection.  Secondly I paint for those who want to be reminded of their own connection, their own magnificence and magic, and I hope they can see themselves in the work. “ 
Painted on reclaimed doors, Sarah’s most recent body of work, titled ”The Path”, explores a secret place where the doors to self and the highest imaginings are waiting to be opened.  Here we find unconventional heroines, demons, ancient guides, and glimpses of portals to other worlds and perhaps also into our inner selves.  

Sarah Whitmire is an award-winning, internationally-published mixed-media artist who lives and works in Alachua, FL.  She is an active member of the Gainesviile Fine Art association and can be reached at sarah@whitmireart.com .  To see more of her work visit: www.whitmireart.com
“Why do I make art? I believe it is my sacred heart calling, my souls surrendering…I believe I came here to be a creator of worlds.”

Darlene Muto, of Muto Art, was born in Tucson, Arizona on December 16, 1979.  With a family comprised of artists and musicians, her creativity was nurtured allowing her to be the person she is today.  From a young age, drawing and painting were an instinct that evolved into the career she cultivates.  Her artistic studies have included several different colleges such as Pensacola State College, Cape Cod Community College, Massachusetts College of Art, and Florida State College of Jacksonville. 

How I connect with color.  To me it is an emotional connection.  My tools are vibrant, high contrasting colors and brush strokes that portray my zest for life.  My artwork emerged from a past tainted with sexual violence.  I suffered in a dark world for several years.  I was lost.  Today, however things are very different, I am not lost any longer!  The brightness gets brighter everyday compared to the darkness I have survived.  Determined to rise above, I hold my memories near and use my vulnerability to speak to my audience through my artwork. 
Though things are not perfect, I am a prisoner of hope.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

What's Up ???

The artists showing their work through July 4 are Arupa Chiarini & Bob Freeman.

You can read what they have to say about their art in the previous post.

Here are some examples:



Sunday, May 31, 2015

What's Next??

The arists who will be showing their work in June are
Arupa Chiarini & Bob Freeman.

Here is what they have to say about their art--

For most of my life I pursued writing as my art form, with some

>> success. 
>>   I had published one book of poems, one children's play, and appeared 
>> in 
>> various anthologies. I also had a few plays produced, here and in St. 
>> Augustine.   About 20 years ago, in response to a case of writer's 
>> block, I decided to take up painting.  I fell in love with it!  I am 
>> self taught and my paintings are mainly fantasy landscapes. 


Bob Freeman is an artist living in Gainesville's Southeast Historic District.

From 1999-2012 Freeman had a studio at the Tench Art Studios in Downtown Gainesville and was part of a group that started Artwalk. In addition to showing work at his studio, Freeman has shown work at numerous locations around
Gainesville. Many of his drawings and paintings are urban landscapes that reflect the area around Downtown.

He was a founding member and Artistic Director of the Acrosstown Repertory Theater for fifteen years before acquiring studio space at the Tench.

Freeman and his wife , Arupa, are the founders of the Home Van , a volunteer organization working to bring food and services to the downtown homeless , as well as working to alleviate homelessness in Gainesville.

Freeman has been an artist since 1966 and has shown at numerous shows and exhibitions in Gainesville and throughout the country.

Before settling in Gainesville , Freeman had a studio in Athens , Maine where he painted delicate landscapes of the
Maine woods. Before moving to Maine , he worked and exhibited in Greenwich Village and other venues around New 
York City. He was also a performance artist in several Off Broadway and experimental theater venues.

Friday, May 8, 2015

What's Up ????

The artists currently showing their work in the restaurant are
Beatriz Ramos & Amy Moon

Here are some examples of their work--



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

What's Next ???

The artists who will be showing their work beginning Tuesday May 5th are
Beatriz Ramos
Amy Moon

Here is what they say about their work--


I feel fortunate to be an observer of life.  Puffy clouds in a big blue sky, sunrise over the ocean, bright sand glimmers as the tide pulls back…  This world invites us to endless possibilities of pleasure for the eyes to see. 

I’ve found my happy place with photography. Feast your eyes, and enjoy.


Throughout my life, art has always surrounded me.  From my mother's side of well know sculptors to my father's side of famous landscape painters, I have continued the tradition.  Growing up in Miami, Florida my Cuba-born father, Felix Ramos kept his art close by in his home studio as well as rented space for commissioned murals.

From art gallery exhibits, exclusive studio lessons, and a famous mural at Bacardi in Bermuda, my father has always inspired the people around him, including myself.

For the past decade I have studied painting under numerous acclaimed artists.  I enjoy painting landscapes and still-life in acrylic and oil.  My favorite subjects are the beautiful Florida landscapes and fruits. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What's Up ???

The artists currently showing work in the restaurant are
Esau Rodriguez & Mercedes Neibaur.
Here are some examples of their work--



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What's Next??

The art that will be in the restaurant for the month of April is by-

Mercedes Neibaur & Esau Rodriguez.

Here are their statements--


Mercedes is an artist that is presenting various paintings that represent mix media and watercolors.

She has been studying art her entire life. She comes from a long tradition of art. She was born in Vic, Spain (North of Barcelona). Her father was an artist specializing in still life, portraits and landscapes using oil canvas as his medium. Out of these cobblestone streets scattered with aspiring artists was born a passion for beauty. She began her early artistic career studying in private studios in Spain. These studies included drawing and working in her father's oil studio. After coming to the US at the age of seventeen, she continued to study in the deserts of Nevada and later in Florida. She has attended Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and was a fellow at Crealdés in Winter Park, Florida. She currently studies with Linda Pence.

Has been a professional artist for 9 years in realism, controversial art and pop art. Voted one of most versatile artist of SW FL by Pulse magazine. Originally from Mexico and also a Professional Chef. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What's Up ???

The art currently in the restaurant is the work of Melissa Fair & Kelly Duncan.

Here are some examples of their work---



Thursday, February 26, 2015

What's Next ???

The artists showing work beginning March 3rd are
Kelly Duncan
Melissa Fair

Their statements:


People often ask me “So.. where do you get your ideas?”

The answer to that question is both easy, and very difficult. Visions wind and warp in my head, to eventually find a way to my hands. And then to the paintbrush and paint to materialize on the canvas. Or from the brush and ink onto paper. I get my ideas from everything.
Other art.
A conversation.
Something I've read.
Even a rusty nail in a well-worn wall can be the springboard for a new idea.

I hail from the hills and valleys of central new York, and found my way to northwest Florida to pursue flight training, and an eventual job as a flight instructor at Tyndall AFB. Flight instruction is a great job - you get to set your own hours risking death each day with students practicing stalls, take-offs and landings, and emergency procedures. But there's something about art. Like a siren whispering in my ear, it always calls me back.

I'm a largely self-taught artist. My art has been shown in New York and Florida. I've taught drawing at The Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, and I've done illustration work for the Buffalo Zoological Gardens and the YMCA of Rochester New York. My work is privately owned by collectors in England, Germany, and Spain, and I dearly hope to someday be as well-traveled as my art.

Kelly Duncan 2015

Melissa Fair Bio

Born in Oklahoma City in the early 80’s—the years of bad style and distasteful décor—Melissa knew right away that she wanted to design aesthetic and practical spaces. For Melissa, art is an illustration of life, a physical or emotional moment in time meant to be enjoyed by all. She attended the University of Central Oklahoma and received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts, majoring in Interior Design with a minor in Art.  She worked for an architecture firm for many years and became NCIDQ certified in 2009.  Although she had been painting since high school, it wasn’t until after the birth of her second child in 2011 that her desire to express herself with paints was re-kindled.  Melissa paints with acrylic and oils while listening to all variations of music….loudly.  She enjoys painting abstracts and recently found a love for portraits.  Her goal as an artist is to transcend the mundane and express the emotions that capture life through paint. Whether it is a precious photo of someone special or a personalized interior wall mural, Melissa transforms it into a memorable artistic expression with her own special touch.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What's Up ?

The artists currently showing their work are
Shayla Guthrie
Lorenka Campos.

Here are some examples of their art--