Monthly Guest Artist for August: Carolyn M. Shea Kleinpeter
Main Street Vero Beach presents Carolyn M. Shea Kleinpeter as the Monthly Guest Artist for August. Carolyn will be at the Opening Reception on August 4th during The First Friday Gallery Stroll from 5-8pm and her exhibit will run through the month of August.
Carolyn received her Bachelor of Fine Art (Cum Laude) from the University of Maine in Portland and Gorham, Maine with a concentration in B/W Photography & Drawing. In the spring of 1987, she had the opportunity to study one on one with the college’s Visiting Artist Series guest photographer, Todd Webb; an internationally acclaimed American Photographer (1905-2000) which was the highlight of her artistic experience.
“I remember as far back as my first grade art class, my teacher saw my paper mache figure I was quietly working on in the back of the classroom and her eyes opened up wide; she was so enthusiastic of what I was doing. She held it up to the class to see it. That teacher was my inspiration for years to come“.
After college, Carolyn made her way to Monhegan Island, Maine to work and paint for a summer. Her art hung in Lupine Gallery and sold. “I was surrounded by a pristine and wild nature and many incredibly talented artists such as Jamie Wyeth, Charlie Parker, Don Stone and his son, Caleb Stone to name a few that were actually living on the island and whose zeal for painting totally inspired me.”
Soon after she moved to Fort Lauderdale, FL to take a position with Laser Advertising then Show Management where she met her husband of 22 years. As a busy mother of four children, she made a promise to herself she would at least produce one painting a year; if not more. “The technology of photography rapidly changed to digital and I knew I could fall back on creating art”, she recalls. In doing so, she has entered and shown her work over the years in a few exhibits and received recognition. In 2002, her Oil Pastel & Charcoal drawing The Clearing of Wildwood, received Judge’s Recognition from Susan Kenneth, Creative Director of The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery of Science in the Environmental Issues Exhibition organized by The Broward Art Guild. Her painting Genetically Modified Organisms received Honorable Mention at the Coral Springs Art Guild Show Many Voices that was on display at the Marriott Courtyard in Boca Raton, FL. She also entered and was accepted to display a photograph, Christine at the 1992 51st Anniversary National Juried Art Competition in Lake Worth, FL. Her art was on display at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL where she recalls the late Dr. D. James Kennedy helped her carry her artwork out to her van after taking down the show.
In 2008, her family relocated to The Panhandle of Florida where she took a job at The Wiregrass Museum of Art as the Assistant to the Executive Director. Now surrounded by a daily deluge of art, she continued painting on her own and joined local area art guilds. She displayed her work at Chipola College’s yearly show, Sunday Afternoon with the Arts from 2010-2013 and The Dothan Wiregrass Art League’s Expressions Exhibit that took place at The Wiregrass Museum of Art’s Main Gallery. In addition, she had attended an Archival Workshop with Dr. Martin T. Olliff, Director, Archives of Wiregrass History and Culture at Troy University, Dothan, AL and a Landscaping Workshop with Keith Martin Johns, a Florida landscape artist currently living in Graceville, FL.
Today, she lives in Vero Beach, FL and has picked up her paints again after getting settled from her move. She also works part time at Main Street Vero Beach in Downtown Vero. Stop into The Main Street Vero Beach Studios & Gallery during the First Friday Gallery Stroll.
Monthly Guest Artist for September: Ray B. Holmes
Main Street Vero Beach presents Ray B. Holmes as the Monthly Guest Artist for September. Ray will be at the Opening Reception on September 1st during The First Friday Gallery Stroll from 5-8pm and his exhibit will run through the month of September.
My families roots in Florida go back to the mid 1880’s when seven fishing families moved to Florida from the North Carolina outer banks and bought 45 acres to live and fish. That town is no known as Cortez, Florida.
Having grown up on the fish docks of Fort Myers Beach has given me a unique perspective of the beauty and the wonders of our local fish. All of my fish are local species from the Gulf Of Mexico.
After graduating with an anthropology degree from Florida State, I spent the next decade researching and traveling though the beautiful and the mysterious jungles of South America and the Caribbean Islands.
My fish are painted acrylic over fiberglass, they are anomaly exact in every way. My style of painting is called “Florribean”, a fusion of the Caribbean Islands and Florida arts. Much of my brightness and boldness, of color, comes from many inspiring arts and colors of my travels.
Don’t paint what you see, paint what you feel…….. Ray B. Holmes
MSVB Studios & Gallery Resident Jewelry Artisan Clair Brunetti: Jewelry By Clair
I am pleased to announce that JEWELRY BY CLAIR has moved to a studio and gallery in Historic Downtown Vero Beach, Florida. WOW!!! To think that two years ago I was creating jewelry at my kitchen table. THANK YOU to my dedicated family and friends for the support and positive encouragement! Come in, browse and shop for yourself or for gift items. Themed jewelry includes gifts for golfers, casual, sea life, safari, nature inspired, spiritual and special occasions. I am also available for private showings and home parties. Consignments at local shops also considered.
Studio and Gallery hours are Monday thru Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday 11 am – 3 pm. I am at the studio on Tuesdays, Fridays and one Saturday each month. For other days, call or email me for an appointment. I hope to see you soon.
MSVB Studios & Gallery Resident Artist Lorrie Goss: Clay Fountains by Lorrie
Lorrie creates original and custom interior and exterior water fountain art perfectly suitable for a home or Professional office décor. The water vessels as well as the interior sculptural pieces are hand sculpted fountains from stoneware clay. Each is designed to complement and enhance the color and theme of the base fountain. Many pieces include hand crafted copper elements and a subtle light that adds even more interest for the functional water flow design. All pieces are original and no two are alike. Lorrie became interested in ceramic art and sculpture while in high school and pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Grand Valley State University in Michigan. She also has a Master’s Degree in Science Education which has nurtured her interest in working with chemical components of clay and glaze clay formulas. While residing in St. Augustine, she began creating in her art studio in 2010. Since her husband retired in 2015, they moved to Port St. Lucie where she has moved her ceramic studio and gallery.
Lorrie has participated in art shows and in galleries throughout Florida in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Palm Coast, Sanford, Stuart, Sewall’s Point, Fort Pierce and Vero Beach Florida. She has served as an art advisor in the 2014 and 2015 Mustard Seed Arts Show held in St. Augustine, Florida. Her current work is seen in professional medical offices, kitchen and bath design centers, and in private home settings such as the master bath, kitchen and screened in porches, lanai and pool areas. She has done many commissioned art water fountains for clients from a family of wolves, Alaska moose, along with ocean themed art water fountains.
MSVB Studios & Gallery Resident Artist Barbara Sharp: Sharp Art Designs
A versatile, highly respected and successful design studio artist encompassing commissions for artistic creations on, in, around and for everything and anything one could imagine. The year 1989 marked the beginning of Sharp Art Designs starting with a commission for Barbara to recreate designs for needlepoint canvasses. Over five thousand murals, thousands of yards of fabric, hundreds of rugs, and a plethora of portraits and paintings later, Sharp Art Design’s growth and success, the result of Barbara’s hard work, speaks for itself as she is now highly sought-after for all genre’ of artistic creations. Ceilings, walls, floors, cars, six foot fiberglass turtles, private jets and more, the list is endless. Barbara has painted more murals on more objects in more areas than most muralists. Her work can be seen in numerous businesses and public places locally throughout Indian River County, Florida and graces numerous private residences, yachts, planes and exclusive clubs throughout the United States. Barbara’s ability to create incredible trompe l’oeil images and faux finishes, masterful scenes and lifelike images has made her a highly sought-after muralist.
Attention to detail and the highest standards of excellence coupled with Barbara’s creativity and insight with every design is Sharp Art Design’s commitment towards Making Your World Beautiful.
Main Street Vero Beach Studios & Gallery is located at 2036 14th Avenue in the Historic Downtown Arts District. Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) works to revitalize, preserve and create a vibrant, historic downtown community in which to live, work, shop and play. Main Street Vero Beach (MSVB) is a non-profit organization affiliated with the Florida Main Street program, part of the State Division of Historical Resources and is a member of The National Main Street Center a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Across the nation, Main Street’s 4-point approach of Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring has transformed the way communities revitalize, promote and manage their historic downtown’s and neighborhood commercial districts. Main Streets everywhere thrive again living on as places of shared memory where people still come together to live, work, and play.