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 | |
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 .  To see more of her work visit:
“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--



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

what's next ???

The artists showing work in the restaurant beginning February 3 are

Shayla Guthrie
Lorenka Campos

Here is what they say about their work--


Lorenka Campos is a local artist who studied  the visual arts at Florida School of the Arts. Over the past five years she has focused primarily on mobile art and is recognized as a visionary in the mobile arts community. Her work has been shown in many galleries and numerous publications in the U.S. and abroad. 

Shayla --

My name is Shayla Guthrie, and I live on the beautiful Santa Fe River. Art has always been a passion, alongside reading and writing.  I find inspiration in everything, and see beauty all around me. I try to live life to the fullest, and always see the glass as half full.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

What's Up???

The artists showing their work( the walls are packed! ) now through January are
Satchel Raye
Shawn Maschino.

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

Here are some examples --



Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's Next ???

It's almost December which means it's time for Satchel to show his latest work.
For years he shared the space with the late Lennie Kesl.
This year he has invited Shawn Maschino to join him.

Here are the statements of
Satchel Raye
Shawn Maschino--


My brain gets overloaded often enough for me to need a reset.
Painting is my favorite reset for the over-stimulated world I often create for myself. When I sit at the easel my goal is to become more blank, quiet, reflective, centered, and devoted.

I have gotten into the habit of painting for a year asymmetrically, and a year symmetrically. By painting I often mean collage elements also.  While I consider them chiefly paintings, the collage pieces help me establish a design quickly and with texture and pattern. This year is a “symmetrical” year.

The symmetrical paintings are somehow more fun and easy for me, and they reflect the joy I feel in my life, work, and family.  The asymmetrical ones are more tedious and abstract, and tend to speak of landscapes, still life’s, and invented machines.  I enjoy both pursuits equally, and feel excited when I get to put my latest 11 months of work on display.
Our world gets fuller and fuller of quick on-screen images for us to consume, and these paintings reflect my 46th year of life quite slowly.

I like to remember what a friend once told me… “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.”  I am deliberately trying to transform that “anything” into a tangible something that takes the form of framed paintings.



I am a thirty seven year old man.  I have lived in Gainesville for seventeen years.  I started showing my work almost immediately after arriving here.  My first show was at Terranova Catering Company. Since then I have regularly shown at E'lan Hair Salon, Satchel's, 2nd St. Bakery, Circle Square Studios, The Bull, and The Wooly.  I always struggle with this part of the process...the artist statement. Answering this question is no easier than explaining what a tattoo means.  It should be fairly straight forward.  It should be easy for someone to explain something that is a part of them, but herein lies the "artist struggle".  I don't find it difficult to be an artist.  I find it difficult to define my work.  I do not buy art supplies.  I inherit them.  I find them on the street.  They are trickled down to me in the most bizarre circumstances.  They are passed when I am driving, only to be contemplated briefly while I look for a place to make a U-turn.  They are taken from the "free junk" table behind this restaurant.  Once they are in my environment it could be a matter of hours, or a matter of years before they are either turned into something to look at, or turned into trash.  

This year was a year of loss for me.  I lost my father on December 6 2013.  I also lost a six year battle with Bank of America on November 18 2014, a battle that started when I was working within the walls of this restaurant.  We, as a community, lost Lennie Kesl, who's work has classically hung here along with Satchel Rayes'.   So this show is some sort of vague anniversary and modest celebration of life after death for me.  The end of an exhausting drive through mountain hills lined with cork trees, painted and numbered.  My father was estranged for nearly 20 years. Just before his death he contacted me and wanted me to collect all of the belongings of his "studio", a small guest room in his shared home.  All of his life he painted.  The most beautiful seascapes and landscapes eventually filled his attic, some still wet with thick oils as I loaded them into a rented truck.  He thought that I could sand them down and Gesso over his work to paint my own.  I started taking those that were not finished and painting directly on top of them with spray paint and stencil.  Finishing them with my work. Painting portraits on top of seascapes allowing elements of his painting to fill in some of the space. My father never showed his work to any avail, but I did have a few shows with this body of work, and he did get to be present for one.  He ran his fingers over the paintings several times before fully realizing that his work was there as well, behind the faces.  A few months later, he was gone.  I went and gathered the remaining work.  Several hundred canvases in various states of completion, but mostly unfinished.  Frames, brushes, paint, pencils, pastels, every issue of Playboy from 1963 to today, and very few photographs or anything of personal value.  That is what I have to work with now.

Monday, November 17, 2014

What's Up ???

The artists currently showing their work in the restaurant are
Caeli Tolar & Eleanor Marshall
Their statements are in the previous post.
Here are some examples of their work: