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Creatives in a Changing City

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PHOTOGRAPHER: JOHN REVISKY

Richie BraSil

Richie is a self-taught contemporary graffiti artist, as well as a fine artist, who has masterfully combined a more classical approach to his art with his love of photorealistic spray paint, resulting in art that reflects the rough urban environment of his youth. His massive murals can be found on numerous walls around our city, with many of them paying homage to the pulse of the neighborhood, its residents, past and present, and its history. richiebrasil.com

Dustin Juengel

The photorealist oil paintings of this Ringling College graduate have been exhibited around the U.S., the U.K. and Germany. Dustin is exhibition curator at Art Center Sarasota, where several of his curated exhibitions have focused on showcasing the work of new, up and coming artists from Sarasota and Tampa Bay. He also serves as an instructor in the Illustration and Fine Art departments at Ringling College. dustinjuengel.com

Keith Christopher

Keith Christopher (Christopher Finch) is widely known for his fine art bronze and mixed media sculpture for walls as well as full around, large freestanding pieces.  His work is found in numerous fine art galleries and internationally in private and corporate collections.  Chris creates his amazing bronzes under the name “Keith Christopher” to pay homage to his late father. Chris is also lead vocalist and owner of the top-notch wedding and corporate special event band SerenadesSouls.
keithchristopherbronze.com  | serenadeofsouls.com

Jana Millstone

The visually distinct work of Jana Millstone covers a variety of subjects generated by her preoccupation with themes of transition, authority and control. According to Jana, “My paintings are simply a dialog with myself in an effort to understand things.”  This painting, Fire, is part of her Veil series. It recently won first place at Florida’s Finest, a juried group exhibit of Florida artists, which took place at Art Center Sarasota. janamillstone.com

Vicky Randall

Vicky’s work has been described as “majestic, lyrical, and assertive of the space they occupy.”  It’s no wonder, given the monumental size of her stainless steel sculptures. For Vicky, art is communication and her language is sculpture. In her statement, she says, “Striving for simplicity, I demand harmony between landscape and the cityscape in my forms.  I use abstractions of steel and light to exemplify my impression of time.” Vicky is a faculty member at Ringling College. vickyrandall.com

Joseph Arnegger

Joseph’s work is composed in layers of nostalgic image and color, which speaks to the influence of many time periods and many different painters throughout art history.  The materials he uses, combined with his set of icons, patinas and deliberate mark making, creates images that are unconventionally beautiful yet deeply moving. A Ringling College graduate, he found the beautiful color and light that is present in his work when he came to Sarasota as a young man. josepharnegger.com

Olivia Gibson

The art of media makeup and special effects makeup creatively transforms a model for a photo shoot or an actor for a film or theater character.  Its importance cannot be overstated.  Master makeup artist Olivia Gibson created this glitzy, horror look on Sarasota Scene intern Victoria Sinclair, a senior at Southeast High School in Bradenton. In addition to makeup for media and theater, Olivia does both airbrush and classic makeup for all occasions. facebook.com/oliviagibsonmua

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