Orlando, FL (November 25, 2019) – Downtown Arts District and CityArts Orlando announce their participation in Aqua Art Miami, held during Miami Art Week December 4-8, 2019. The Aqua Art Miami fair accepts up to 50 art galleries to exhibit emerging and established artists from around the globe. Last year CityArts was selected in the top ten galleries at Aqua by BlouinArtinfo, a blog dedicated to arts, culture and luxury.
Barbara Hartley, the executive director of the Downtown Arts District said, “Four years ago, the Downtown Arts District Board of Directors agreed to invest in exhibiting Orlando based artists during Art Week Miami to expose local talent to an international audience of art collectors, artists and galleries. Over 60 Orlando artists applied to be considered for this year’s CityArts Orlando exhibition at Aqua.” The jury panel of arts leaders included: Flynn Dobbs, manager of the Grand Bohemian Gallery; Donna Dowless, Artist & Consultant; Shanon Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Mennello of American Art; Patrick Greene, Curator & Artist; Alya Poplawsky, Director of A/K/ART; Hansen Mulford, Curator at Orlando Museum of Art and Tiffany Sanders, Principal, The Sanders Collective.
This year’s featured artists include: Clint Burbridge, Ericka Sobrack, Kelly Joy Ladd, KYLE, Mary Bel, PJ Svejda and SKIP.
· Clint Burbridge is a multi-disciplinary artist who currently lives and works in Florida. The full spectrum of his life’s work ranges from Contemporary Art to Commercial Art to Art Education, and includes digital design, 3D printing, woodworking, painting, drawing, and glassblowing.
· Ericka Sobrack specializes in small and large-scale paintings portraying suburban domestic scenes of America in both acrylic and oil paint. Sobrack has participated in local, regional and national juried exhibitions. She graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Florida.
· Kelly Joy Ladd is a self-taught artist who graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Liberal Studies degree with a focus in astronomy and creative writing. She channels her creative process through paper – ripping, cutting and folding it into visions of her meditations, and connecting her internal thoughts onto her art pieces incorporating the great wonders of the astronomical universe through name and form.
· KYLE is classically trained with a Master of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Central Florida. He constructs tableau with found and fabricated objects, which create their own kind of space. The constructions are a tactile way to express something. He likes to work with an idea, in both two and the three-dimensional projections
· Mary Bel is a fine art conceptual photographer. She creates images she sees in her mind, evoked through emotions as thought provoking self-portraits. She uses self-portraits to tell stories that come from being a highly sensitive person, aware and constantly in tune with her consciousness and the well-being of others. Being emotionally self-aware allows her to manifest her thoughts and energy in the form of art that looks dark, moody and painterly.
· PJ Svejda received BA in Illustration and MA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. Her love of animals and the lessons learned inspire her works. For every concept, she carefully researches specific breeds of plants to wildlife and how they interact. She pushes the envelope, juxtaposing controversial imagery with a classical and traditional style. Her paintings tell stories of pain and hope, and raise the viewer’s self-awareness into their own humanity; urging increased consciousness of the time we spend here on earth
· SKIP Orlando-based postmodern satirist and multi-disciplined artist/creator, SKIP, uses his brand Franchise Industries as a conceptual filter to present his ideas through various artistic mediums including – but not limited to – hand-cut stencils, wall murals, large-scale installations, carpentry, photography, music performance, illustration, and documentary filmmaking.