Saturday, April 12, 2014

What Else Is Up ??

This month we added another artist, James Bates.
See his blog

Thursday, April 10, 2014

What's Up ???

The artists currently showing their work in the restaurant are:
Mike McIntyre on the east wall--
Jordan Borstelmann & Danny Lore on the west wall.

Mike's work:

 Danny & Jordan"s work:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What's Next ???

The artists who will be showing in the restaurant beginning April 8 are:

Mike McIntyre
Jordan Borstelman & Danny Lore

Mike's statement:

Mike McIntyre has always been an artist. Drawing and design came naturally to him as a child. He earned his degree in Architecture at UF and there honed his design sensibilities, but knew even then that his real calling was art.

Mike has made his living and reputation as a stained glass artist in Gainesville for well over 30 years. His artistic influences come from every part of his life. Most recently he has been focusing on his life-long love of music in general and guitar in particular. His architectural training (i.e. model building 101) is most evident in his new mixed media guitar sculptures.

Whatever subject or medium he focuses on at any given time, the constants in his work are a strong sense of design, attention to detail, and superb craftsmanship.

Jordan's statement:

Jordan Borstelmann has been blacksmithing for five years, beginning his training with a course at Penland School of Crafts.  He also spent a year apprenticing with noted blacksmith Yaw Owusu Shengofemi, creator of the Dreamer's Garden Gate.  Recently, Jordan has started making knives in addition to some of his more traditional smith work.  Each knife is hand-forged, meaning the metal is heated on a coal forge and beaten into shape using a hammer and anvil, producing a unique work of functional art.  These blades are meant to be used, and feature 1095 high-carbon steel.  The heat treating process, done at Jordan's own Crooked Path Forge, creates a tough and rugged blade capable of chopping through a 2x4 while still retaining an edge sharp enough to shave with.  Jordan prefers to use natural wood materials for his handles, including but not limited to Florida Cypress, Australian Pine driftwood, and Florida Long Leaf Pine "Fatwood".

Danny's statement will be in the next post.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What's Up ???

The March artists are Masami Koshikawa & H.R. Gertner.
Their statements are in the previous post.
Below are some examples of their work.

H.R. Gertner--

 Masami Koshikawa--

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's Next ?

The artists who will be showing their work in the restaurant beginning March 4th are
Masami Koshikawa & H.R. Gertner.

Here is what they say about their art:

Masami Koshikawa speaks three different languages , is currently pursuing her Master's in Fine Arts at the University of Central Florida. Her work reflects a collage of her thoughts and memories, revealing many different facets of personal identity. Having a multicultural background (China and Japan) , then moving to the United States, Masami compares and contrasts two unique perspectives that allow her work to be the bridge between Western and Eastern sensibilities.

Distinguished by it's bold lines and bright colors H.R. Gertner's paintings whimsically combine a Las Vegas sign sensibility with Mexican Day of the Dead and musical themes.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

What's Up ???

The artists showing in the restaurant for February are from Gainesville Art lab.
You can read about their organization in the previous post.
A few samples of their very diverse work:

Friday, January 31, 2014

What's Next ???

The new art will be in the restaurant beginning Tuesday, February 4th--after Satchel's new work comes down.
The artists are a group of folks who are a part of Gainesville Art Lab.
Here is some information about them:

Art Lab is a local not-for-profit artist organization. We provide local artists with a creative community to work & grow in. Our biweekly meetings are free to attend & feature topics that range from hands-on technique workshops to lessons in professional practices . Our members volunteer to lead workshops on subjects they are passionate about & our meeting location varies depending on the meeting. Find out where we'll be next at & come join us. Our membership is free, our meetings are free, & we welcome new faces anytime.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

What's Up ????

Satchel's new body of work is adorning the walls of the restaurant for December & January.
Come in & see some of what Satchel does when he's not making pizza.
He talks about his current art, as well as his friend & fellow artist, Lennie Kesl, in the previous post.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

What's Next???

The art in the restaurant for December & January will be the latest work of Satchel Raye.
Here is what he has to say :

I've been showing my new paintings and collage every year since about 1996.  I started showing at Leonardo's 706 when i washed dishes there.  Local artist and wild man, Lennie Kesl, would always come see my show and give me encouragement and advice.  Later when I opened Satchel's, Lennie thought it would be a good idea if we showed our art together every December and January. We had a show together every year since Satchel's opened. 
Last year Lennie had a fall and died at the age of 86.  He and I were a week away from hanging our annual show. I was able to borrow some of Lennie's works and hang that show without him.  He is sorely missed as there seems to be a spark that has gone out in this town. 
Lennie would often give me boxes of scrap material and wallpaper samples for collage.  I always seemed to have some collage material of my own to use and so those boxes collected dust. But this year I started through them and have created the bulk of my collages this year from material given to me by Lennie. In honor of him I have worked three times as hard as usual to make over 20 pieces to fill the restaurant with all new works never before displayed. 
Lennie always seemed to work 3 times as hard as anyone else and seemed to do about 3 times as much stuff as other folks. He was a sweet and funny old fellow. 

I am excited to display these 2013 works. I feel I have covered some old ground in my simple paintings, and explored deep into new territory with some of the more intricate and colorful collages.  These works eagerly express where I go when I slip out to my studio for some "unpacking."  It's as if I sort my unconscious over and over into shapes and colors, fabrics and patterns. Some days are busy and manic, others are simple and easy. I hope you find something in them. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

What's Up ???

There is a group show in the restaurant during November. You can read about this group in the previous post.

Some of their work:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What's Next ????

Beginning next week we will have new art in the restaurant.

Here's what it will be :

      November Art Exhibit at Satchel's
"Shapes & Colors: A Group Show of Abstract Paintings "

This lively collection of paintings grew out of a class taught this year by Jenna Weston.
The works on display were created by :
Beckie Dale, Lynda Lou Simmons, Jackie Davis, Mary Fukuyama, Connie Jylanki,
Pam Smith, and Randi Cameon.

Monday, September 30, 2013

What's Up???

The artists showing in the restaurant for October are
Andrew Masseo
Jason Armadillo

Their statements are in the previous post.
Here are some examples of their work:



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What's Next??

The October art that will be up in the restaurant will be the work of
Andrew Masseo & Jason Armadillo.

This is what they have to say :

I draw and paint cartoony creatures and have been doing so for over 20 years. Influenced by animation , comics, and sci-fi movies, I try to make things that both kids and adults can enjoy. I'm excited to be back again at Satchel's this October --that's "MONSTER MONTH" for me.

Although I stick to a certain style of specific looking art , I do try to experiment with different mediums. With this new series of work , I've introduced a little more variety into the mix than I have in the past.
Creations will be in a variety of media and live on various surfaces. Additionally, some pieces can be for everyday use , not simply to hang on the wall.

Expect bat wings, pointy tails, and sharp teeth.

I hope folks like it.

And in support of Halloween creatures , I will be donating a portion of my art work sales to the Lubee Bat Conservancy.(

My name is Masseo. I am a proud father of two and adoring husband to the only one. Self-taught and wrought with ardency I fight the good fight . To work. To find time to work. Painting that same picture day after week after month after year. Entrenched between the lines of sanity and calamity , sweltering in a garage adrift the citronella ether. Fans all abuzz , hands filthy with enamel, honing my methods over and over and over again. One's influences are sundry and most times due to change . Subject matter, not unlike a beloved medium , come and go --but the work , the work it never ceases. And for that I am beholden.

Friday, September 13, 2013

What's Up???

The art currently in the restaurant is the work of Natacha Monnalisa & Ani Collier.

Check out their very interesting statements in the previous post.

Some examples of their work---



Friday, August 30, 2013

What's Next???

The artists who will be showing work in the restaurant for September are-
Ani Collier & Natacha Monnalisa.

Ani's statement:

I love to dance.
I studied ballet behind the Iron Curtain in Bulgaria and arrived in USA a few months after the Wall came down.
I performed on stage for many years before photography and visual arts captured my interest.
Ballet remains my first love and now i try to dance with my pictures. It is so ethereal, a moment in time.
Exactly what a photograph can be....
Ani Collier is a dancer, choreographer, director and visual artist. She was born in Bulgaria and trained at The State Ballet School in Sofia behind the Iron Curtain before moving to USA after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990.
Ms Collier has danced principal roles in classical ballets such as ‘The Nutcracker’ and she has directed and choreographed numerous dance theater performances after she retired her pointe shoes.
 In Gainesville her photo collages have been exhibited at the Matheson Museum, Thomas Center, Hippodrome Gallery, Hector’s Gallery and others, as well as in New York, Italy and Bulgaria.

Natacha's statement:


​Natacha Monnalisa is a contemporary artist born on July 23, 1977, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Early in her childhood Natacha showed a great deal of interest in the arts, entering and winning various contests for children. In 1990, she moved to Miami, Florida, and attended the prestigious magnet school program, Design and Architecture. There she studied and excelled in the field of fashion design. Later she completed her BA and MA degrees with high honors from the University of Miami. The knowledge obtained from her studies, paired with other experiences, such as motherhood, love, travels, adventures, and curiosity for life’s mysteries have been the defining factors behind her artwork. The media of choice are acrylic on canvas, watercolor, color pencil, and ink. However, she often explores other media and crafts, such as wood-burning, hand-painted pottery, and more recently, stained glass. Natacha currently resides in the city of Gainesville, Florida.

artist statement
My style is a unique combination of vibrant colors, clean lines, and what I refer to as “abstract reality,” which is a blend of surrealism, realism, and abstract designs. My drawings are kept simple through a minimal use of lines which are just enough to convey feelings and ideas in a whimsical and fantasy-like manner. My goal is to showcase life as if seen through the eyes of a child, innocent and pure. Dream-like creatures are becoming a recurring theme in recent years, representing the unexpected, yet possible. I aim to explore, reflect, and embrace the experiences, feelings and emotions that make us who we are. I often work with acrylics, watercolors, inks, pencils, pyrography, stained glass, mosaics, or a combination of some or all. Regardless of the media utilized in my pieces, the artwork remains true to my form and style. Overall, art is my ultimate expression and my greatest passion!​