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Boca Raton’s Rising Stars

The heart of our mission at VoyageMIA is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Miami’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool.  Check out Boca Raton rising stars below.

Steve Whittenberger

I have always made art of some kind as long as I can remember. Growing up I was very into punk and skating. There were always plenty of tattoos around and it intrigued me. After making several designs for friends to get tattooed, one of the local tattooers named Buz Bailey noticed and asked if I had any interest in learning to tattoo. It seemed like the coolest opportunity ever and so I jumped at it. Tattooing has taken me many places and given me many opportunities and twenty years later I find myself working in Boca Raton at Black Pelican Tattoo. Read more>>

Ricky Bolufe

Such as the rising sun we know not why we do what we do. We just know we must do it. 8th grade I started listening to Metal and hanging around with a suspect crowd. I assume this trend scared my parents into thinking they needed to help me find a path. My father, being a former artist (singer/songwriter) they suggested music. I liked music but never thought about playing it. Read more>>

Ethan Thornton

Several years ago, I dropped out of college to pursue my photography dreams. With very little knowledge and work. I had my mind set on doing what made me happy. As a Christian, I felt it was my calling as well. I then put my faith in God, trusted my gut, and put one foot in front of the other. Since that day my relationship with God grew as well as my photography. He opened up opportunities that I never imagined. Read more>>

Alex and Margot Platt

I started selling real estate in South Florida in 2012 when I was 25. I worked at a boutique brokerage and learned as much as I could from my Broker, and built my business on working leads and referrals from friends and family and making sure that everyone I knew, knew that I was a Realtor. I built meaningful relationships with all of my clients so they were comfortable referring me to other people looking to buy or sell their homes, which lead to every transaction turning into multiple transactions. Read more>>

Edyl De Barros

I arrived in New Jersey in the United States in July 2012, with my wife and 1-year-old son. No money, no work experience, no expectations. I lived in New Jersey for 2 years, I had a hard time with lack of work, lack of money, and for not adapting to the cold weather. But thank God, I found a family at church who helped and supported me in difficult times. In 2014 I came to Florida, with my wife pregnant with our second child to start a new life with new expectations. I adapted very quickly here in Florida because of the good weather. I started working with construction. I worked in several sectors of construction, but I became professional in the area of ​​tile and porcelain. I had and still have a lot of support from my new family in the church where I congregate. Read more>>

Jenny King

I’ve always been a creative soul and have been a professional artist since the late 90s. It was an honor to have my gallery and studio in the Atlanta area for a decade but felt compelled to make a move to Florida in 2021. Since moving to St Petersburg, my art has reflected the vibrancy, freedom, and excitement I feel here. My joy is to build remarkable paintings using layers of mixed media including written word, texture, and relevant color palettes. I gratefully take advantage of a broad selection of media to allow viewers to resonate with the overcoming of life’s tribulations we all inevitably face along our respective human and spiritual journeys. Making art is like breathing air for me, and I’m so delighted that that’s what I get to do and that I can share it with the world. Read more>>


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    December 20, 2017 at 12:31 am

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    January 17, 2018 at 2:50 am

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