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:



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What's Next ???

The artists showing work in the restaurant beginning November 4 ( don't forget to vote!) are--
Caeli Tolar & Eleanor Marshall.

What they have to say about their work;


"A lifetime resident of Gainesville, I was raised, educated, and now work here.  I guess you could say my roots run pretty deep in this town.  Although I have never had any training in art, I've always enjoyed sketching and painting watercolors.  I have a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Master of Historic Preservation from the University of Florida, so my art forms naturally from my interest in art, history, and design."


Join Eleanor as her art takes you “Everywhere You Want to Be.” Look at some of the world’s favorite destinations through a fresh set of eyes. The pieces come from her extensive travels through the United States, Canada, and Europe. She loves to find interesting places and gets lost behind her lens. Her talent for seeing what others often miss makes her photographs curious. The presentation method offers the audience a nostalgic quality that awakens fond memories of their own travel experiences. At the young age of 17, Eleanor’s art reminds the weary traveler of the joy of adventure. Her only question for her audience is…… Where would you want to be? 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What's Up ???

The art currently in the restaurant is the work of -
Jane Medved & Marie Hammer--
They write about their work in the previous post.

Here are some pictures :



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's Next???

Jane Medved & Marie Hammer will be showing their art in the restaurant beginning October 7.
Here is what they have to say about their work :


Wood is a new medium for me.  I have been drawing and painting faces for most of my life. Recently I discovered a box full of oak palette scraps left over from my husband’s large wooden dogs.  I felt the wood clinking through my fingers, and thought, “I can do something with this.”  Once I started making faces, I kept finding different forms of wood scraps, bits of bark and sticks, old wooden objects.  I do not carve and I rarely cut.  I break and assemble and glue and screw whatever the wood suggests.  Voila! 


Jane Medved's paintings depict nature and human nature in Florida and around 
the world. Her artwork has been shown at New York's Metropolitan Museum of 
Art, Brooklyn Museum, and Museum of Arts and Design, and at Montana's 
Yellowstone Art Museum. Visit Jane’s website at 

Friday, September 12, 2014

What's Up ???

The artists currently showing their work in the restaurant are--

Kim Huebner & Emma Fulgham.
You can read what they say about their art in the previous post.

Some examples of their work :



Monday, September 1, 2014

What's Next??

The artists showing their work in September are
Kim Huebner &
Emma Fulgham.


I find beauty in the big and small, new and old, fresh and falling apart and I want to share it. I’m Kim and RandomIsh Photography is a little glimpse of how I see the world around me. 

There is so much in the world we miss because we are simply not looking up, or down, or sideways. I travel with my trusty camera and try to capture the things I encounter from unique perspectives. Life doesn't need to be edited to be beautiful, or sad, or mysterious, or quirky, or anything else for that matter, so I avoid post-production whenever possible (occasionally a little cropping is necessary to mimic the eye’s focus). I want you to see what I saw, so we can experience the moment together even if we are worlds and years apart from where and when it happened.

The RandomIsh collection reflects my passion for travel. Taken from locations far and wide, each image has a story. The photo comes first and then usually I have some sort of “ah-ha” moment which develops the right title connection -- usually a song lyric or quote or sometimes a pun (I really like puns).

I also have a passion for making the world we live in a better place -- to give back or pay it forward as much as I can. When you purchase a RandomIsh Photography piece, you help me make a difference: 5% of each sale will be donated to nonprofit organizations and causes that I support.

The stories of the photos and their titles can be found in my Etsy shop: I am always happy to discuss all things RandomIsh, and I love making custom orders, so if you have any questions or would like me to make something unique for you, please feel free to e-mail me at Follow me on Facebook for shop news, updates on charitable contributions, fun contests and well, random things.

I hope you take a moment today to see something from a different perspective and don’t forget… Life is random. Enjoy it!


My name is Emma Jean. 19 years of age , and thankful for the creative abundance at hand. My inspiration is pulled from a myriad of things, but love and freedom being the greatest muse. I use acrylic, watercolor, pen, wax, name it. I hope you enjoy my art , as well as one of my favorite quotes : " He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist".  Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What's Up ????

The art in the restaurant for August is the work of
Leslie Peebles & Robyn Miller. You can read their statements in the previous post.

Some examples of the work --


 Robyn --

Monday, August 4, 2014

What's Next ??

The artists who will be showing their work during August are
Robyn Miller & Leslie Pebbles.

Their statements--


Robyn Miller is an artist, student, and human being from Fort White, Fl.
Her work is inspired by nature, psychology, mythology, animation, literature and so much more. She is currently working towards a BFA in painting at the University of Florida.


JUST TREES is Leslie Peebles' show at Satchels. She has a growing body of oil paintings and relief prints about trees. Trees represent spiritual, soulful forms whose every trial and tribulation is expressed in their great bodies. The more they go through, the more breathtakingly beautiful their forms are. Native Americans call them "Standing People". Rather than a hierarchy of life with humans at the top, Native Spirituality calls for humans to be brothers and sisters with all the other life forms on the Earth and to be open to learning the lessons each freely gives. Perhaps trees teach us patience, grace, endurance, and gratitude.

Leslie Peebles is a local printmaker and painter. Her relief prints have won numerous awards including Best of Show at 3 Rivers in Pittsburg, Pa( 2014) and first place in printmaking at Coconut Grove ( 2011). She received her B.A. in Drawing and Painting from Tulane in New Orleans and an M.A. in Art Education from U.F. She was a local art educator in Alachua County for 17 years and has been a full time artist since 2010. She is current president of Sweetwater Print Cooperative.

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