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Thought-Provokers: Fort Lauderdale

Miami has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Fort Lauderdale that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Gypsy Freeman

I just do what I can with what I have. I have had to figure out makeup artistry by trial and error, every face is so different, it is a constant learning experience. Every project is a new challenge. The greatest thing about it? I am never bored! Read more>>

Akio Gamma

I’ve always wanted to use my music to be a light in dark places guiding the dark and broken back to a place of peace. I’ve been the healing type since I can remember. The thing about being a healer you learn that it can take its toll. Read more>>

Blake Billington, Edgar Trejo and Michael Plumridge

Starting as a two piece in early 2016 with members Benjaman Castleberry on guitar and vocals, Blake Billington on drums and vocals, Ben moved to Tennessee to pursue other ventures, and Blake took creative control moving to bass and adding guitarist Justin Profit and drummer Edgar Trejo in late 2016. Read more>>

Toby Gotesman Schneier

Somewhat unbeknownst to me, I have always seen life through a kind of prism of COLOR and SHAPE… It was not my intention to become a painter…. It had never even occurred to me actually. One day, almost 20 years ago, it just suddenly appeared into my hands…this ability to paint, this “gift”, if you will. Read more>>

Ashlea Stringfellow’s

I started modeling at the age of 13. My mother Ava put me in model classes and it all started there. My mom knew that I used to get bullied a lot during elementary and middle school so she put me in those classes to build my self-esteem and because I told her that’s something I always wanted to do. Read more>>

Paul Firmin

My art life began young, as I was constantly being exposed to art around me. My mother was the first artist I knew, and she introduced me to my first hobby. I would draw at home and school constantly usually choosing my favorite cartoon and anime characters as depictions. Read more>>

Jose Silva

I was raised in Venezuela and moved to South Florida by myself when I was 17 years old to pursue better opportunities. I went to the Art Institute for Motion Graphics and Visual effects, but fine arts have always been a part of me. Drawing, painting and sculpting had been my passions growing up. Read more>>

Josafat Miranda

An incorporating different material as graphite, silver, gold, acrylic and the ancient technique of encaustic. With a distinct sense of movement, his paintings are translations of life. This brings a knowledge of life with a process of small hidden things of everyday life. Read more>>

DaShawn Watson

LIVE&LOCAL is a group of creatives brought together with the motive of providing a platform for South Florida’s artists. Our collective oddly enough met one another through the walks of our own creative endeavors. Read more>>

Rudeline Alphonse

I wanted to become professional makeup artist and learn the proper way to apply make up a different skin type. I went back to school at Beauty School of America for facial specialists and complete the course August 2014. Than my journey as freelance makeup artist begins. Read more>>

Jalisa Faye

Jalisa Faye is an extremely talented and passionate singer and songwriter that loves God with all of her heart. She began her journey with music in the dance arena and became more familiar with her voice at around the age of seven. She made her debut in 2014 with the release of her first EP “The Prologue,”. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Catalina

    March 30, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Thank you so much VoyageMIA for the feature! And kudos to all of the amazing artists featured here as well!

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