Meet the 12 exhibitors the Zodiac Committee has selected for The Dalí Dozen (fka 12 Days of Dali) Membership Event this year, and see pictures from last year’s event.
Alli Arnold’s eye for art and design developed at a young age, being a voyeur of New York City street fashion (from St. Mark’s to Sutton Place), spending days wandering through The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and devouring books and magazines while hiding in the stacks of the local library. She attended Parsons the New School for Design where she got her BFA in illustration, then spontaneously decamped to Seattle to experience living on the west coast. After three years, she returned to her first love, New York City, where she continuously finds inspiration around every corner. These days, Alli happily resides in The Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Petersburg, Florida where she lives with a handsome graphic designer and a naughty little dog. Her client list includes The New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Magazine, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Tiffany & Co., to name a few.
“I am a St. Petersburg, Florida muralist and logo designer. My business, Paint That Ugly Thing – Business Aesthetic Solutions, has succeeded due to the support of the St. Petersburg community, in combination with my insatiable love of color and design. I can’t get enough of these two, they are what get me up in the mornings; they catapult me into a dopamine rush of color, in which I crave so badly every single day. So on most days, I persist in the pursuit of happiness through art, and strive to help small businesses create dream destinations from their own passion within.”
Brandy Stark moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, in 1992. It was here that she began to engage in visual arts. As an undergraduate, she took a course in sculpture at the University of Tampa where she worked with clay, wood, stone, and cloth. She discovered her wire wrapping abilities during the independent project assignment. Utilizing welding rods, she made three wrapped wire figures: a triton, a dragon, and a centaur. These constituted the first generation of her “Metal Myths” series, established in 1995. A lifelong lover of world mythology, her works often manifest as ancient characters, legends, and deities. Tying past to present, Stark sees herself as a Neo-expressionist with the weaving and wrapping process she uses transferring her own energy into the piece. Inspired by the sculptures of Joan Miró, she also utilizes found objects in her pieces. These promote an awareness not only of upcycling, but symbolize that everything and everyone has a place in this world.
Local artist Chris Deacon incorporates multimedia into his works of art, ranging from etched wood pieces to lighted shadowboxes. Involved in various aspects of the art scene, Deacon has exhibited his work at museums and galleries. He’s taught drawing and sculpture at the Art Institute Tampa for many years. In 2002, he earned his Master’s degree in painting from the University of South Florida. “I approach it like a painter thinking about light and form, but currently I use wood stains to produce shadows and various sanding techniques to create highlights.” Deacon currently serves as the Art Director and Project Manager for S+L Millworks, a fine woodworking and fabrication company located in Tampa.
“I am inspired by nature and its power. I focus intently on observing nuances in the natural world such as the small curves and folds of leaves and the texture and bends of branches. I like to shift the scale of organic forms to explore balance and fluidity that merge with the materials I use. I use primarily ceramics, steel and stone. The steel reflects on nature’s power and danger and the ceramic relates back to the natural material, its beauty and delicacy. My goal is to allow the viewer to fully explore my artwork by creating compelling compositions that draw the viewer into the work. I want to lead the observer to discover his or her own thoughts and feelings about the natural world by revealing the unseen.”
Caribbean-born artist John Gascot affectionately coined his signature style Latin Pop after years of unsuccessful attempts at categorizing the work as one genre or another. The work blends elements of Pop, Cubism and Folk. His contemporary visual narratives use global influences to blur divisive cultural lines. John strives to create art that is accessible and promotes diversity while simultaneously celebrating and challenging social and gender roles dictated by tradition. His work can be found in various collections across the US and Europe.
Indiana native Jon Stine earned his MFA in 1998. After working for Ball State University Museum of Art as Chief Exhibition Designer, Jon moved to St. Petersburg. In 2006, he started Stine Custom Woodworks, a design/build firm focusing on commercial and residential projects. In 2013, he co-founded Local Longboard Company and a year later Central Skateboards. As a multi-media maker, he’s had numerous solo shows and group exhibitions worldwide. He continues to create unique two and three-dimensional artworks and is ever evolving in both his artistic and business endeavors.
Nicole Hays is a visual and performance artist based in St. Petersburg, Florida who specializes in professional face and body art, canvas and mural art, circus acts such as partner acrobatics and unique apparatus, vocal performance and show production. Nicole was also one of the final four contestants in the original season of Game Show Network’s hit bodypainting competition show Skin Wars. She most recently wrote, produced and performed in her own original circus production, Lumiere, which was commissioned for performance in Rosemary Beach, Florida in the summer of 2016.
After graduating on a full scholarship from Cooper School of Art in Cleveland, Ray Domingo earned international recognition and numerous awards as an illustrator and graphic designer. Today, after retiring from the graphic arts field, he finds endless inspiration from the magnificent creatures that inhabit the Florida waters. Ray’s vibrant paintings are dynamic depictions of the oceans ever-changing moods; from the silent serenity of a living coral reef, to the breathtaking explosiveness of a life-and-death chase in the open sea.
“In 1989, I saw a painting by French artist Claude, and this painting changed me forever. I realized that painting was all I wanted to do. I abandoned being a musician, and retreated into myself for several years. In 1992, following the outbreak of war in Bosnia I found myself wondering around major capitals of Europe. I settled in London, accompanied by my wife Irena, who provided moral and financial support. Inspired by Dali’s “Autumn Cannibalism,” between 1992 and 1996 I painted nearly 200 abstract and surrealist paintings. Most of these were somewhat experimental in subject matter but dealt primarily with war and sex; however contradictory, these two subjects do intermingle. Since moving to the U.S. in 1996, my wife and I have had a daughter and the subjects of my paintings have changed. Although the drama is still there, one can clearly see a new “glow” in my paintings. I now find inspiration in words of association and symbolism.”
“I’m a photographer. We have only one chance on this planet and I wanted to have a unique life experience, so I made photography a major part of my lifestyle. I love the adventures that photography offers. The thing that keeps me inspired is the creative process and collaborations with other artists. Practicing the art of photography keeps me in the present moment and that is the primary key of where happiness comes from. I Specialize in Commercial, Portrait, Headshot and Sports/Fitness Photography in St. Petersburg, FL.”
“I mainly work with film and photography but I use many different mediums frequently. I have been inspired most recently by the study of logic, yoga and meditation and environmental justice. My degree is in interdisciplinary arts, with concentrations in creative writing and film production. As of late, I have used film to communicate local information to local audiences in efforts to redefine the broad scope of environmental documentaries. I have traveled and lived in different countries since I left high school when I was sixteen. Every experience I have had has enlightened my perspective to the immense complexity yet utter simplicity of this world. My films are all commentaries on the human experience whether explicit, implicit, intentional or unintentional. I am always planning my next video project while finishing my last. I love being able to communicate my experiences with other people. It is a joy that I will never tire of, the reason I love film making – and I am just getting started.”