It's that time of year again when Satchel & friend & fellow artist, Shawn Maschino will be showing their new work in the restaurant for December & January.
Here are their statements-- Shawn Maschino is an artist that has lived in Gainesville for nearly 20 years. His current body of work is part of an ongoing collaboration with his father, a seascape artist, that passed away two years ago. Faced with several hundred, "unfinished", paintings Shawn took it upon himself to complete the works. For the last few years he has incorporated portraits into his fathers paintings of the ocean, land and sky in a way that highlights both of their strengths. Bold aerosol stencil work is combined with organic acrylic work to create an interesting juxtaposition of styles. Shawn and his father had not spoken to one another for almost 20 years. A month before he died his father contacted Shawn to "unload" his art supplies and unfinished canvases. He was able to see the first series. With this body of work Shawn hopes to remind himself and others to talk to their loved ones, one way or another. Shawn currently works downtown doing maintenance, design and construction for the owners of The TOP, The Wooly, The Pop-a-Top, The Dime, The Atlantic, and The Arcade bar. http://shawnmaschino.tumblr.com/
I'm Satchel Raye and I've been painting 30 years. In the past few years I've been working more collage elements into my paintings. I have settled on a tradition of painting symmetrical works one year and asymmetrical the next. Pulling from an outsider/ folk art inspiration, I paint with acrylic house paint on wood and make my own frames. Painting is where I go to seek and find solitude and inner peace.
The artists who will show their work for November are
Esau Rodriguez and Andrew Masseo.
Here are their statements--
I have been a professional artist for 10 years in realism, controversial art and pop cultural art. Voted one of most versatile artist of SW FL by Pulse magazine. Originally from Mexico and also a Professional Chef.
Andrew- My name is Andrew Masseo and I have lived in Gainesville for the last twelve
years. I've been fortunate enough to meet and learn from so many established
people in this town and am thankful for all the opportunities and guidance
awarded to me. Im just your everyday Sunday painter trying to good work, real
work, with the little time I'm allotted to paint in this life.
The artists who will be showing their work for October are
Jordan Borstelmann & Danny Lore.
They also both happen to be long time employees at Satchel's.
Danny has been collecting knives for as long as he can remember. He has travelled the world with his band , Against All Authority, picking up knives along the way to add to his collection. "I would buy a knife and just study it. I'd look at the lines, the grind marks and the handles. I'd just stare at it and wonder how did they make this thing!?". One day a friend casually mentioned that he had been doing some blacksmithing for a few years. Danny asked him if he'd ever made a knife. His friend replied "No, but if you come over this weekend we can make one together." He's never looked back. Constantly working to refine his craft he's always looking for new handle materials and using different steel. He's traveled to learn new techniques under knife makers that are considered to be masters in their field. Every knife that Danny makes is hand sculpted from the beginning to the end using a combination of of old school craftsmanship, artistry and modern technology.
I have been a blacksmith for 5 years, slowly gathering the tools and skills I need to practice my Art. For the past two years I have been studying knife and tool making, which I consider to be the heart of the blacksmith's trade. Each piece is as individual as a snowflake, forged with hammer and anvil into a beautiful and above all useful form. I have also recently been teaching bladesmithing classes out of Leslie Tharp's studio and at the Florida Artists Blacksmiths Association's annual conference.
The artists who will be showing work beginning September 7 are
Christine Debastani and Kai Simmons.
Here is what they have to say--
Christine- 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 Kai- 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!
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 :
Bio: Diana-- 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.
Mark-- 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.
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.
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--
Arupa-> For most of my life I pursued writing as my art form, with some
>> I had published one book of poems, one children's play, and appeared
>> 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.