Joey Clay is a portrait and commercial photographer out of Saint Petersburg, Florida. Behind the camera for over 19 years, deep with roots in the era of film & dark rooms has shaped his work today. After graduating from the Pinellas County Center of the Arts and attending S.V.A. The School of Visual Arts in NYC, he returned to assist great photographers like Jorge Alvarez and Troy Plota and became a longtime associate for mentor & friend Douglas Johns, a renowned national food photographer.
Joanna creates one-of-a-kind wearable art. Her unique jewelry, apparel, and accessories live on fashion’s front edge, with references to classic design. Her work speaks to a range of intonation, from Gypsy to post-modern punk to biker chic. She juxtaposes sharp edges and burnished metals with buttery leathers and precisely sliced cotton. Tough and soft, edgy and eloquent, Joanna’s unique pieces capture the spirit of the moment with lasting style. Experience the look and feel of her relevant, edgy and approachable creations today, tomorrow and always.
CyberCraft Robots’ science fiction themed, fine art sculptures are created aboard an Orbiting Laboratory. The Robots, Rayguns & Spaceships are constructed from metal and glass, found and fabricated objects, using mechanical connections – no adhesives, no soldering or welding. This method results in the polished “these parts belong together” feel, which is a hallmark of their work. The sculptures and their accompanying stories comment on the human condition, while adding to the growing CyberCraft Robots mythology. Though made of metal, these Robots are beings, not simply things.
At FUNKTIONHOUSE Urban Lumber, owners Robert & Zoe Bocik create one-of-a-kind furnishings, exotic slabs and lumber using trees from our local neighborhoods that would have been mulched or become landfill. They showcase the figure and colors of urban lumber, utilize artistic and time-tested builds, and complete each project with natural finishes. Their love for fine wood and passion for the environment translates into beautiful furnishings, lighting and decor designs.
From her early childhood in Johannesburg, South Africa, Jenique nurtured her passions for fashion, costume design, and acting. She attended the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg where she honed her skills, before emigrating to the US where she completed her studies at the School of the Arts in Rochester New York. From New York, Jenique moved to Florida where she attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Marketing from the International Academy of Design and Technology. Today Jenique resides in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she continues her pursuits of fashion, acting, and her love for costume design.
Colleen moved to St. Petersburg in 2010 to open Music & Me, LLC, a provider of the world renowned early childhood music program, Music Together. Music & Me, now in its 5th year, offers family classes 5 days a week for children up to 5 years old and the grownups who love them. They also provide an in-school music curriculum for preschoolers through second graders and are proud to be a part of several wonderful local schools. Using a combination of song, movement and instrument play in a fun, non-performance setting, classes promote the overall development of a child while still fostering musical growth.
Known for versatility in all makeup & hair genres, Monique McLaughlin is in demand as a Makeup Artist as she is able to create a variety of different looks. Equally talented in both makeup and hair styling, she is a rarity in this field. Known as Tampa’s Makeup Artist, she has had the privilege to work with many national and international photographers, designers, models, musicians, actresses and athletes. Her work has been shown on Fox, NBC & ABC Networks, Telemundo, Univision, CNN Latino and published in many magazine editorials and ad campaigns. She is also an internationally published writer. Her beauty Before & After headshots have also been used in infomercials.
Morlan started his career at the Vinoy in St. Petersburg, Florida, in June of 1993 as a Marchands Restaurant Cook. After two years, he was promoted to assistant Restaurant Chef. After several years, he moved into to the Pastry department and found his true passion of creating art with food. Morlan has continued his education with completing the Ewald Notter Pastry Arts Course and tutoring at the Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott in Orlando to learn new and innovating trends. He has been awarded supervisor of the quarter at the Vinoy in 2013 and won the coveted Silver Whisk Award for The Girl Scouts of America’s “Dessert First” Fundraiser showcasing desserts created by local restaurants implementing Girl Scout Cookies.
Earl is a New Orleans native, specializing in surrealistic tattooing. He started his career in Atlanta at Lucky Draw Tattoos and has been tattooing professionally for ten years; he has been drawing, painting and creating art with mixed media all of his life. This year has been one of the most challenging yet for Earl: He participated on the popular reality TV show Ink Master and continues to travel, finishing up the year with guest appearances and conventions. In 2016 he plans to focus on painting more and progress his art to the next level.
Founder Alex Matheson put his love for glass art and his background in manufacturing together to create Out of the Blue Design Studio which in 15 years has become the world leader in creating the most unique Art Glass decorative hardware on the planet. They offer over 600 glass designs in doorknobs, shower door knobs, cabinet knobs, shower door pulls, front entry pulls that illuminate with color changing LED technology and other custom pieces. With designs ranging from ultra-contemporary to classical, they have a design to fit every need.
Originally from New York, Calan Ree has called St. Petersburg, FL home for over 15 years. Her ceramic and mixed media figurative sculptures can be found in Florida CraftArt in St. Petersburg, FL, Curly Tale Gallery in Chicago, IL, and in the homes of collector’s both nationally and internationally. Ree is inspired by folklore, nature and science, often honing in on the odd. Her work can be described as haunting and sweet, macabre yet humorous. Ree uses dichotomy to reach the viewer on a subconscious level.
For the past 25 years, Geff Strik has created dynamic visual experiences where people live, work and play. Both individuals and businesses have called on Geff for help express themselves visually. He works efficiently and with integrity as he invites clients into the creative process. His experience with styles from around the world helps him to find the best image for conveying his message.