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Art à la Carte

Rafi Perez — Featured Artist October 2018

Contact Info: rafiwashere@gmail.com

Rafi Perez is an award winning contemporary artist who creates emotionally charged works. His art is meant to inspire empowerment, self awareness, and mindfulness. His diverse collection of work has been described as reminders of personal power and beauty. He is best known for his use of texture, bold color palettes, experimental techniques, and striking pieces that each has an emotional, and deep personal story to tell.

He is an established artist whose sense of adventure and constant experimentation in his studio has led him to develop a painting technique with unique characteristics. His ambition with his paintings is to use symbolic shapes, figures, texture and colors to express his deepest emotions and passion for life. This leads him to apply paint to the canvas in unusual and interesting ways. His paintings also require layers upon layers of paint to create a sensuous and turbulent surface texture that is as vital and as complex as life itself. He uses color to allure an imaginative and emotional response from the viewer. His dynamic depictions of the human experience and expressions are the product of many days of working and reworking.

His paintings represent the discovery of mysteries of the subconscious mind that are part of his own personal journey in life. The art holds the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles, and will. It is a collaboration of the mind and spirit. It is designed to speak to the viewer in a confidential language. Once a piece of art grabs you, you cannot help but interact with it; it demands contemplation, study, feeling, and flights of fancy.

Paula A Chavers — Featured Artist September 2018

“My name is Paula Chavers, I live in Cantonment, Fl. I studied Economics and I am a self-taught artist. I have explored various arts and crafts through jewelry, floral arrangements and painting. We moved from Virginia three years ago and now Pensacola Florida has become my home. I started to paint one year ago.”

“For me painting with acrylic on canvas is something that takes me to a dimension that I had not previously explored, where I find myself with a world of possibilities in colors, textures and shapes. It is an expression of freedom and happiness that I want to share with others.”

“For me painting is one of my ways of expressing my love for trees, animals, and all of nature. I would like to my paintings to inspire others to help conserve our planet.”

“I try to capture the beauty of these beings that our Lord has given us, with my paintings.”

“I am a very lucky person because I live 20 minutes from the gulf. The Gulf is my paradise and I try to reflect all of its beauty in a lot of my paintings.”

Lee Jessen — Featured Artist July 2018

Contact Info: leejtoday@gmail.com

Lee Jessen is an independent artist who has been creating art in Atlanta for over 30 years. She has participated in many Atlanta art shows and exhibits, including B Complex, Mattress Factory Shows, Hodgepodge Gallery, Eyedrum and long-term at Ziba’s Wine Bar and Atlanta Art Solutions Gallery.

After relocating to paradise, Pensacola, she has shown two works, A Woman’s March, and Belly in the 2017 and 2018 Pensacola Museum of Art Juried Members Shows. A Woman’s March is being offered as a silent auction with 50% tax deductible proceeds going to Pace Center for Girls.

Jessen works paints onto small canvases and prints onto any medium, including canvas, clear Mylar, and Plexiglas. Her work is dreamy and ethereal or practical and geometric. She creates art to any specifications for the film and commercial industry and currently has art in several film and television productions, including Atlanta, Suspicion and Stan Against Evil.

All art shown is available in a variety of sizes, print styles and framing options. Imagine designing your own custom headboard or beach art using canvas or acrylic prints. Use your imagination! Contact to discuss your custom projects.

Rob Uniacke — Featured Artist June 2018

“After moving from a small coastal town in England to Pensacola Beach in the US, “Brits and grits” art was born, a representation of my heritage and my present life.”

“The majority of my paintings are inspired by the local area, with my most popular pieces being sea turtles and crabs along with fish, pelicans and herons. I paint mainly on canvas (sometimes wood) and I almost exclusively use large foam brushes and a vibrant color palette. I have been using these brushes consistently for the last 2 years. I enjoy the simplicity of these brushes and they have helped force me to not focus on those small details but to concentrate on the big picture. I enjoy using this technique to create new textures, from painting smooth underwater scenes to the fine detail in turtle skin and fish scales and feathers.”

“As a younger painter I would always have trouble fully completing a piece because I would be caught up in the details. Ironically, in life I am someone that does not sweat the small stuff and I am happy that my style is becoming more carefree, a much better reflection of my personality that is now displayed in my work.”

Kendall Sainata — Featured Artist April 2018

“Photography gives the viewer the chance to eliminate everything else and focus on the beauty within the frame. I love to photograph the intimate details within reality that are so easy to overlook, as well as create perspectives that bend reality into something new. I have always loved living behind the camera and capturing the world around me. I am a portrait, wedding, engagement, landscape, and fine art photographer. My favorite moments are when I capture the relationships and emotions of my subjects in my work. I love to photograph and experiment with the ones I love who have inspired me most.”

*Kendall Sainata is the winner of the 2018 Pensacola State College Sunset Photo Contest!”

Alex Dantin — Featured Artist March 2018

Contact Info: Website

For artist Alex Dantin (www.saltyhumans.com), there is no subject that is beyond his visual eye for capturing moments perfectly. He is equally proficient in shooting images that are accomplished in translating the meaning and emotion of the subject at hand.

The full-time artist and live music enthusiast, who has been shooting since 2012, has attracted many publications that have featured his work, such as Eastern Surf Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Stab Magazine, Surfline, Magicseaweed, What Youth, and SaltyHumans. A native of Pensacola, FL and graduate of Pensacola State College, has spent the majority of 2017 traveling the Southwestern portion of United States, Mexico and Central America to shoot and share the energy of the beach and balance in and around the ocean. He is also the founder and Co-owner/operator of SaltyHumans (Pensacola Beach daily surf report/blog)

Favorite quote “Buy the ticket, take the ride” –Hunter S. Thompson

Pensacola State College Advanced Photography Students — Featured Artist February 2018

Contest Voting Link: Click Here

Jaco’s is happy to announce the annual Sunset Photo Contest with Pensacola State College Advanced Photography Program as part of our monthly Art à la Carte. This is the final semester for these art students in the program where the curriculum includes obtaining experience in exhibiting their work. We are excited to partner with PSC again to offer these students not only opportunity to display their work, but also to support their artistic aspirations.

Chance Wallis — Featured Artist January 2018

Contact Info: Website

My work emphasizes the polarities of imagination. Using imagination and dreams, we can create new realities. The meditative mindset of the creative process provides transcendental insight. These are moments of power, energy, and personal transformations. The relationships created between the art and viewer exists in moments of interpretation. I work in mixed media. My palette is inspired by salt water. Being in the ocean, with the waves, under the water, informs my palette. I am influenced by motion and intuition. I aspire to create images that reflect the natural world. Expressing a visual language with the abstraction of light desires an emotional response. I question the nature of light to create an ocean of artistic interpretations of my work. Human instinct strives to adapt to the nature of the wave. No two waves will ever be the same.

Rafi Perez — Featured Artist December 2017

Rafi Perez is an award winning contemporary artist who creates emotionally charged works. His art is meant to inspire empowerment, self awareness, and mindfulness. His diverse collection of work has been described as reminders of personal power and beauty. He is best known for his use of texture, bold color palettes, experimental techniques, and striking pieces that each has an emotional, and deep personal story to tell. He is an established artist whose sense of adventure and constant experimentation in his studio has led him to develop a painting technique with unique characteristics.

His ambition with his paintings is to use symbolic shapes, figures, texture and colors to express his deepest emotions and passion for life. This leads him to apply paint to the canvas in unusual and interesting ways. His paintings also require layers upon layers of paint to create a sensuous and turbulent surface texture that is as vital and as complex as life itself. He uses color to allure an imaginative and emotional response from the viewer. His dynamic depictions of the human experience and expressions are the product of many days of working and reworking. His paintings represent the discovery of mysteries of the subconscious mind that are part of his own personal journey in life. The art holds the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles, and will. It is a collaboration of the mind and spirit. It is designed to speak to the viewer in a confidential language. Once a piece of art grabs you, you cannot help but interact with it; it demands contemplation, study, feeling, and flights of fancy.

Chuck Lisner — Featured Artist November 2017

Contact Info: Website

Nothing warms my heart more than creating. Capturing a scene only starts the process. Developing the scene into a one of a kind image is the excitement.

Years ago it was all about what was in front of me. Now it is about the unusual. Sometimes it is the color, sometimes the shape; but always the unique.

In Pensacola we have beautiful sunsets, sunrises, beach and water. We also have foggy days and nights. There is always something new to be found here and I enjoy finding it.

I draw inspiration from the many masters I have seen throughout the world in the great museums. As I work my images I see those masters. There is nothing new under the sun and the same is true of art. It is said that everything has been photographed which is why my goal is to make something unique out of the ordinary.

Alex Dantin — Featured Artist October 2017

Contact Info: Website

For artist Alex Dantin (www.saltyhumans.com), there is no subject that is beyond his visual eye for capturing moments perfectly. He is equally proficient in shooting images that are accomplished in translating the meaning and emotion of the subject at hand.

The full-time artist and live music enthusiast, who has been shooting since 2012, has attracted many publications that have featured his work, such as Eastern Surf Magazine, Surfing Magazine, Stab Magazine, Surfline, Magicseaweed, What Youth, and SaltyHumans. A native of Pensacola, FL and graduate of Pensacola State College, has spent the majority of 2017 traveling the Southwestern portion of United States, Mexico and Central America to shoot and share the energy of the beach and balance in and around the ocean. He is also the founder and Co-owner/operator of SaltyHumans (Pensacola Beach daily surf report/blog)

Favorite quote “Buy the ticket, take the ride” –Hunter S. Thompson

Chance Wallis — Featured Artist September 2017

Contact Info: Website

My work emphasizes the polarities of imagination. Using imagination and dreams, we can create new realities. The meditative mindset of the creative process provides transcendental insight. These are moments of power, energy, and personal transformations. The relationships created between the art and viewer exists in moments of interpretation. I work in mixed media. My palette is inspired by salt water. Being in the ocean, with the waves, under the water, informs my palette. I am influenced by motion and intuition. I aspire to create images that reflect the natural world. Expressing a visual language with the abstraction of light desires an emotional response. I question the nature of light to create an ocean of artistic interpretations of my work. Human instinct strives to adapt to the nature of the wave. No two waves will ever be the same.

Dustin Williams — Featured Artist August 2017

Contact Info: Website

I am a portrait, family and fine art photographer, working and living on the Gulf Coast. I currently reside in Pensacola, FL, but I am always up to travel and see new places! I started out doing Photography in 2013, and it has developed into a full time creative passion and job. I have been very grateful to turn something that I love doing into a career. There is truly nothing better than that.

 

Carol Loethen — Featured Artist July 2017

Growing up in Bunkie, Louisiana, Carol Loethen learned that art would be an important part of her life. For many years, she explored various arts and crafts through woodworking, polymer clay and painting. She was always drawn to the arts, never thinking that she would someday, make it a career. It wasn’t until she moved to the Florida Panhandle that she become interested in fashion design and photography. She attended Pensacola State College to pursue a degree in Graphic Design in 2010. She took many courses in illustration and photography where her professors inspired her. While in school, she worked in the retail industry and continued to design her own jewelry, too.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2013, she pursued a career as an artist. Carol has her own business, Loethen Design, where she freelances as an illustrator, photographer, and jewelry designer. Currently she sells her art at Blue Morning Gallery which includes mixed media, water media, and​photography. She is now the window display coordinator at Blue Morning Gallery.

Carol currently lives in Pensacola Beach, Florida with her husband.
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Carol’s work has been published in several local magazines. Her jewelry designs and art have also been exhibited in many juried art shows, fairs and festivals.​As a member of the Pensacola Wide Angle Photo Club, she designed the club’s Facebook page and monthly​newsletter. She also is a member of the National League of American Pen Women where is the treasurer of the local branch.

Tobbe Byrd — Featured Artist June 2017

Contact Info: Website

Being a Pensacola, Florida native I have access to all the treasures of the Gulf of Mexico. It has given me many subjects to transform into metal works of art. Each piece of art is created by hand, therefore no one piece is identical. I have been diving and fishing for over 20 years and have seen my subjects in their natural environment. I use this to my advantage in trying to make each piece of aquatic art as realistic as possible. I then transfer the drawing to at flat sheet of stainless or plain steel and cut the shape out with a manually operated plasma cutter. After cutting out the piece of art, my husband and I both de-burr and polish the piece. This process gives you the final product that you see… Enjoy!

Anne Beverly-Stamps — Featured Artist May 2017

Contact Info: Website

Anne Beverley (Stamps), recently relocated from West Tennessee to Pensacola. A former resident of Pensacola, she returned to continue painting her Coastal Art of the Gulf Coast. For the past fifteen years, Anne has pursued her art career, painting wildlife and illustrations for children. Her latest venture has been writing and illustrating children’s books. She has written and illustrated four children’s books. Anne recently published a book “Quotations in Art”, a coffee table book of illustrations and quotes. Anne studied at The Memphis College of Art. She has served as an executive committee member on art council boards throughout the South. Anne is a licensed artist for Coasterstone Products. Her art appears on coasters and other products of the company which are sold nationally. Her work is exhibited at Atchison’s Gallery located in Pensacola at 11th and Cervantes.​

Michael Dicks — Featured Artist March 2017

Michael Dicks is a third-generation Pensacolian whose work ranges from the giant, shining Pensacola Pelican dropped each year on New Year’s Eve, to designing and art directing Downtown Pensacola’s “Escape on Palafox” escape rooms to paintings shown in local art shows, including Cinco Banderas.

With a lifelong love of art and experimentation, Michael has also worked in poured aluminum sculpture, jewelry design and custom furniture making. His dedication and abilities in diverse media have allowed him to pursue creative and commissioned work full time.

A 1997 graduate of Woodham High School, Michael now lives in East Hill with wife Jahna and their two daughters, Ellery and Quinn.