Thursday, July 10, 2014

What's Up ???

The artists currently showing their work in the restaurant are
Jacquelyn Valentine & Nicola Barseleau.
You can read their statements in the previous post .

Some examples of their work---



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's Next??

The artists showing their work beginning July 8th are
Nicola Barsaleau
Jacquelynn Valentine

Here their statements:


My art is a montage of what I envision and capture.
Each piece is its own statement. Sometimes it is
about color and its moods, sometimes it is about the
decisive moment of action, sometimes it is the pure
white light contrasted with deep shadows and shapes.
I like my images to be raw and vital, a place for the
eye and mind to rest on.
For over 3 decades I have been collecting art, creating
interior design, graphic design and photography.
The past 14 years my husband, Vince and I have focused
on sports photography, traveling internationally and throughout
the US.  We would take time to seek out artistic visions throughout
our travels.
Our desire is to create art and present it in galleries, shows and online.
The artist JV
Jacquelynn Valentine

I create linocuts. These are carved blocks, rolled with ink and then printed by hand. I first came in contact with this art form in South Africa, where I grew up. Linocuts are a perfect medium for a strong social message. And the bold imagery of a linocut goes well with activism. When I lived in London, I learnt to make my own and I’ve been making them ever since. Most of us are familiar with traditional prints from illustrated books created before the digital age, and so they also hold an enduring, self-sufficient quality.  I love sharing my work locally, and I’ll also have some paintings up!

Friday, June 20, 2014

What's Up ???

The art of Judi Cain is in the restaurant until July 5th.
Her statement is in the previous post.
Here are some examples of her work:

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's Next???

New art will be up in the restaurant on June 8.
The artist showing her work is Judi Cain.
Here is her statement :

"My name is Judi, and I have been been an artist my whole life. As a child I would take my lunch money and secretly purchase beautiful inks, and hoard my treasured supplies. I became a school teacher, and taught art classes, then began making portraits, while living the life of a traveling artist. I began to realize how rigid the "rules" that I set for myself were, in the way of how I was supposed to create art. All these years of teaching other people that there are no rules and no mistakes in art, and there I was with so many for myself!  My Creative Energy painting is an emergence from this cocoon. I allow the energy to flow through myself and my brush, and work to release this flow from my ideas of what is "right" and what is "wrong". I work to free it with joyous expression. These new discoveries have breathed a new life and perspective to my portraits as well, showing me new hidden secrets in my subjects, colors and depths. I cannot wait to see what this journey will bring next!"

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

What's Up ??

The art currently in the restaurant is the work of
Lynda Lou Simmons &
Emma Sullivan

You can read what they say about their work in the previous post.

Some examples :


Lynda Lou---

Friday, May 2, 2014

What's Next ???

The artists who will show their art in the restaurant for May are--
Lynda Lou Simmons &
Emma Sullivan

Here is what they have to say :

I’m a journalism student at the University of Florida, but to define myself as merely an academic doesn't quite do me justice. I am a passionate and creative individual who looks at the world a bit differently than most. On any given day, you can find me painting, building my company CollegeVox, booking flights across the country (or globe for that matter), and perhaps, most importantly, interacting with the world one moment at a time in the most positive ways I can.

Lynda Lou:
For a number of decades I have played around with art. I often like the art that happens when I'm playing , when I'm not taking myself too seriously and ( therefore) having fun.
Now let me tell you, this is not always what happens. Understatement.But it is a serious thrill when it does.
The oldest piece in this show I did in 1988-ish; the newest just the other day. Both times, I am happy to say, I was playing.

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.