Nathan beard

of St. Petersburg specializes in acrylic abstraction, using a variety of processes to achieve complex, multi-layered paintings inspired by the human conception and experience of Space-Time. Notably, he uses painter’s tape as a resist to create rhythmic patterns and shifting color relationships. He exhibits widely throughout the Tampa Bay region and is represented in Japan by agent Noriko Kuehn and Contemporary Heis Art. Nathan also serves as Curatorial Assistant at Dunedin Fine Art Center, Preparator at Scarfone/Hartley Gallery (University of Tampa). Nathan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Colorado State University in 2001 and currently maintains a studio in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Margaret juul

is a successful, professional artist who holds a BFA in Studio Fine Art from Columbia College Chicago, and 60 credits in Interior Design concepts. She has cultivated and extensive list of devoted supporters while working as an artist, corporate fine art buyer, gallerist, and designer for more than two decades. Her work displays prominently in a wide variety of settings-from celebrity homes and corporate common areas, as well as international hospitality locales. Margaret’s work is represented worldwide through renowned galleries. She maintains a studio in beautiful St. Petersburg, FL where she finds inspiration at every turn.

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Frederick “rootman” woods

started as an artist at an early age by copying images out of books. Today the moving imagery of daily living is his muse. His work is largely self-taught and comes naturally as he paints. Rootman says his inspiration for paintings comes from naturally occurring designs that have stimulated his creative and spiritual forces.

Rootman’s hope that when you view his art the viewer and he can share a moment in time together, and that the experience will reflect back to us the beauty of discovery.

Over the years he has experimented with abstract ideas in terms of how shapes relate to each other and the role of negative space. This prior study and my new emphasis on the ever-changing themes of life are expressed in my current projects.

As an African American who grew up in rural Florida, he has developed a love for the versatility of growth and an appreciation for the hope of enlightenment. In this “new south” the full tenure of life's vibrant emotion is played out before us and offers us glimpse of a better tomorrow.

Rootman’s work can be found in numerous private and corporate collections. Rootman maintains a studio in St. Petersburg Florida.


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James W. Singer

James W. Singer is a native Floridian and moved to Lakeland in 2010. Inspired by his travels, Singer believes in challenging the mundane by highlighting the under-appreciated and often overlooked subjects of life. He achieves this through dramatic cropping and off-centre composition.

Singer earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Florida. He was drawn to art history believing that great images inspire feelings and emotions that no other medium can express. Through his fine art photography, Singer seeks to capture the stories all around us.

Singer previously worked at the Polk Museum of Art and has been a photographer for the last ten years. He has sold his works at several art shows including Art Crawl and Dixieland Spring Arts Festival. He currently has two pieces displayed at the Lakeland Regional Hospital and many in private homes

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Fredrick Guess

Fredrick Guess was born a sixth generation Floridian on April 21, 1953 in LakeWales, Florida.

Guess says that he had no choice but to be an artist – it’s just who he has always been. His parents, both of whom served in WWII, encouraged what they saw as his budding talent from an early age. His formal art training began at the University of South Florida. He went to receive his Fine Arts degree from the AmericanAcademy of Art in Chicago, Illinois in 1975. He then returned to central Florida to study as the protégé of renowned artist Marilyn Bendell for three years.

Since then, he has continually earned his living as an artist. His career began as a portraitist in Manhattan, where he lived for nearly five years, after which he returned to Florida for the next fifteen years. During that time, besides pursuing his passion for painting, he owned and ran an antique store, owned a shopping center, restored old homes, and restored and sold vintage grand pianos.

In 1997, Guess decided to move to New Orleans, the city that held his imagination since his first trip here at the age of fourteen. He opened the Fredrick Guess Studio on world famous Royal Street in the middle of the French Quarter. The Fredrick Guess Studio doubles as both retail gallery and working studio. In the studio, he enjoys meeting clientele from the world over, many of whom have become dear friends. He also has a wonderful time teaching workshops in the gallery and sharing his knowledge of painting.

Upon moving to New Orleans, Guess first lived in the French Quarter. There he fell into the rhythm of the city and immersed himself into its culture. He then moved to the Garden District and began to get a deeper appreciation for just how extensive the local culture has been ingrained into the area’s fabric. After ten years, Guess moved again, this time deeper into Louisiana’s unique aura. He now resides in the fishing village of Jean Lafitte, a small hamlet about twenty five miles south of the city. Nestled in the coastal wetlands he draws inspiration from the Cajun knack for joie de vivre and the environment’s serene waterways and picturesque settings.

An additional point of interest regarding Guess is his generosity. In an average year, his donated paintings raise over twenty five thousand dollars for social and charitable organizations as diversified as the Faulkner Society, Project Lazarus, Bravo – New Orleans Ballet Society, PBS, the Krewe of Petronius, the Krewe of Armenius and Parkway Partners, to name only a few. In 2006, in the aftermath of Katrina and the levee failures that devastated so much of his beloved New Orleans, Guess pulled together a group of friends to organize a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity’s Musicians’ Village. That event alone raised over twenty three thousand dollars.

Artist Statement

Life is a wonderful thing. The colors, movements, sounds and shapes that surround me inspire me. It doesn’t matter whether I am looking at French Quarter architecture or a pelican flying over the bayou or a pile of hot, boiled crawfish – they all move me.

My career began as a protraitist – a reflection of how much I enjoy people. But as life changed, so did my work. I still do portraits, and still love painting them. There’s just so much else in the world that I have seen and experienced that is so incredibly important to me, I had to expand my subject matter to include as much as I could. And especially since first moving to New Orleans and now gaining familiarity with Louisiana, I’ve come to appreciate what a marvelous abundance exists all around us for our taking.

To me, picking up a brush or pallette knife is an act of communing. I take in what’s around me, let it become part of me, and let it out again. In that step of letting it out, when it takes form on canvas, I get to not only re-experience it, but also to share it with someone else and hope that they make it part of their life. That’s when I feel that I’ve made a difference because my satisfaction doesn’t come from the taking in – it’s with the passing along.

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