Jefferson Arts Gallery​​​
Jefferson Arts Gallery
Creativity is Contagious. Pass it on.          Albert Einstein

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Artworks may be purchaced through contact page...list artist and artwork and we will contact the artist

  
Bill Moon, Artist in Residence and Founder,
wood carving.....
  
Bill Moon, a native of North Florida, fell in love with the beauty of nature and its creatures, at a very young age. This talented musician and artist learned to express this admiration of wildlife by teaching himself to carve. He is the co-founder of Jefferson Arts, Inc., having served as its President for five years. Bill is also a talented musician. he plays guitar and sings with his wife, Lissa Moon, in several bands: The Chaotics, DownHome, and Celebration. He is member of the First United Methodist Church in Monticello. He performs with his bands and sings in the choir. Most days, Bill can be found in his workshop at the gallery or practicing with one of his many groups.
  
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Alice Cappa, weaver
  

Handwoven lace is done with many techniques: pattern weaving - surface texture created by selecting certain peddles and harnesses with which to lift the yarns; or open weaves - lifting and twisting with other yarns. Because the yarns are literally finger-picked on the loom and crossed while weaving, the loom beater can't   beat them into a tight position, thus leaving open spaces.
But best of all, I shape the open lace-work into recognizable images. Over the years I've created a series within shawls. These are customized with whatever sea images you'd like. (Other flora & fauna available, too, as well as other styles of tops or wraps.)   

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  Alice Stadin, watercolor
  
  
Alice became interested in pursuing her love of art while her husband, Roger, and she were working overseas on Kwajalein Island in the South Pacific. Taking classes and workshops from the Pacific to the deserts of New Mexico, the beaches of St. Pete to nature in  Monticello, she painted in watercolor, pastels, oils and acrylic and has shown her work in various shows and exhibits.  
 

  
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Gail Valderrama, watercolor & pastels
  

  
Gail Valderrama began to express her interest in art when she was ten and began to draw animals on the family farm. When her family moved to Florida, she continued that interest by enrolling in art classes at North Florida Community College.
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   Dot St. Pierre, watercolor
  
  

  
Having a father, Richard J. Drexel, who was a landscape architect for the city of Valdosta Ga., influenced me at an early age. He encouraged drawing as this was the only time that I was quiet. In 1952 I graduated from Valdosta State  College with a B.A in Humanities with empahasis on art. For 9 years I managed an art store in Salem, MA.  I worked as a picture framer in Salem as well.  I then began to work in stained glass with a studio and supplies and lessons for 20 years.  Winning awards in several exhibits. I enjoyed participating in two artist guilds, one in Lynnfield and one in Beverly Mass.  I studied with various artists in the Massachussets area. In 1985 I settled in Monticello, FL  joining the Jefferson Arts group upon its formation in 1997. 
        
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   Melanie Mays, fiber arts
  

  
Melanie Mays served as Jefferson Arts Gallery, President for 2 terms. She is a fiber artist, who works in crochet, knitting and knitting board design. Melanie is a published designer and teacher of fiber arts. She began crocheting at the age of 7, learning the craft from her grandmother, Ina Melton Austin. Today, Melanie is a Certified Level I Instructor and Level II Teacher through the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCOA) and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Melanie owns the internet/craft business, Diva Crochet. Her product, the Old Fashioned Knitting Board, is sold to yarn and craft stores in the USA, Canada, and Europe. Melanie is the past Vice-President and Corresponding Secretary for the New York City Crochet Guild. She is the Founder of the Tallahassee Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America. She is also a member of the Crochet Guild of America. For Jefferson Arts Gallery, Melanie wrote and administered two $25,000 matching funds grant through FDOC, helping to provide art and arts education for school children, homeschooled children, teens, and the elderly through the Travel Arts Outreach Grant. Melanie also teaches piano; dance; produces, directs, choreographs, and writes children's musicals, book, lyrics and music for The Monticello Acting & Dance Co, a not-for-profit theatre company she founded in 2007.
           
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Steve Johnson , Artist, Writer, Musician    
  
  
  

       Steve started painting in 2010. His primary medium is pastels but he works in most traditional mediums...He loves plein air painting with his K9 companion Maggie...He dabbles in writing poetry, and started playing guitar when he was age 10...  
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JEANNE ANNETTE PHOENIX... Lloyd, Florida, USA
  
  
My Artistic representational name is ArtbyPhoenix.
I started drawing ever since I was a kid with crayons, then evolved into a more mature involvement with graphite pencils in college, mastering my drawing skills at Florida State University when I was about 23. I picked up watercolor painting because of my fascination with watercolors photos I’d see in magazines of artists at the library at FSU,
aswellat the local public library in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. I love watercolor paintings because of the style of looseness with the flow of paint, and painting a great painting without so much perfection, and need for detail put into it. In fact, watercolors are more graceful and wonderful the less you do to them, using white spaces to bring out depth, and contrast which form defining shapes.
I am also a graduate from Lively Technical Center’s Commercial Art program in 1984, where I learned about composition, and I was told I have a strong “knack” for it!
Since I have gotten a lot older, gratefully, in my 60’s I have been using watercolor pencils because I can get the details down more easily, and then apply the paint. Now I use my skills with pencils and achieve effects and the realism I have a desire for, with the pencils and paints.
I have painted with oils, currently enjoy acrylics, as well. I always feel a need to improve with every painting I started. I won’t end a painting until I feel satisfied with the outcome. My favorite expression is that if I don’t love it, then neither will anyone else. My latest endeavor is with pastels,
which adds a new dimension and awakening in my artistic psyche, because of the different feel of the pastels on paper, and the broad sensitive strokes.
My companion artists at the Jefferson Arts Gallery are all wonderful, delightful friends, and fantastic creative people. I am lucky that I have them to encourage me, and tolerate my downfalls, as well as my upswings. I have never felt quite as close and united to a group of people before, I really love them all, and feel very much like this gallery is my home away from home, so proud I joined them. Born in Boulder, Colorado
April 18, 1953, raised in Norman, Oklahoma, and have lived in Tallahassee, FL, since 1966. I lived in Oregon twice as a younger adult. I have been a member of Jefferson Arts Gallery for 13 years, and reside in Lloyd, Florida.
Jeanne Annette Phoenix


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