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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.

Rosario Psy

I started painting at an early age, growing up and being part of the Andean culture and scenery filled with traditions, rituals and art helped me open my mind and perspective to see and portray reality in a psychedelic surreal way on canvas, I fell involve with art, with the process and I realized I feel most alive when I make art and when my art speaks to people. Read more>>

Judith Ackerman

I designed and created this book to honor my father, who rescued my two brothers and me and adopted us.The story is about the mystical mermaids and the dangerous adventures the fishermen experience, leading a person to ask himself, ” Do You Believe In Mermaids?” Producing this book was such a challenge for me an I just won a reward. Read more>>

Shane Malone

After becoming proficient in bass, guitar, drums, piano, and singing, I started to compose original music at 13. Although I continued to play jazz saxophone, indie music was my passion. Throughout the years, I have continued to hone my craft, and five years later, my music is starting to garner some attention. Read more>>

Sharon Merceda, Shannon Priester and Misty Hawkins

My team and I had an idea to start our own business, but we had no idea on what it could be. We talked for months on several different ideas, but nothing was sticking. Then we all realized that we’re all crafty with materials, such as beading and wiring, so we decided to start a jewelry business. Read more>>

Marilyn Johansen

I have a series of paintings of family members and friends that I feel had an impact on my life growing up. I like scenes, portraits, and birds. I love doing compositions and challenging myself to push the painting to make it better. I hope people are touched by my work. I hope they feel something or think about the paintings. Read more>>

Nikki Kidd

I had only had a little exposure of the genre from Vocal Ensemble in High School singing Route Sixty Six and Summertime, but really had no clue about the history and depth of such a beautiful art form. I got my degree in Studio Music, and Jazz Voice and a Minor in Music Business, and have been performing ever since. Read more>>

Florencia Caserta

Music Argentina in the year 2004 now with Gustavo Santaolalla as the producer. That very first Album took me to the most Incredibles stages in Argentina such as River Plate Stadium and Gran Rex Theater, one of the most important in Buenos Aires and different nominations in the Gardel Music Awards. Read more>>

Nadezhda Pavlova

I wanted to create an amazing new category of cycling gear–girly, super functional, and fashionable. What I couldn’t find I designed myself and thus began my first collection. Second only to my love of sport is my love of design, and bringing these two passions together enabled me to create the DS PRO brand. Read more>>

Lois Perdue

A consistent award winner at the local, state and national levels she most recently received a first-place award at Bonnet House’s Impressions Exhibit 2019, Gold Coast Watercolor Society’s Florida Focus 2018 “Best in Show” award and signature membership. Lois also received the Florida Watercolor Society’s “2018 Art Societies” award. Read more>>

Rosa Sungjoo Park

When I was young, vinyl record players and portable cassette players were a new trend and they were something that children were always fond of. One day in summer, my mother gave me a Sony Walkman cassette player as my birthday present. Oh, what an adventure for a kid! The cassette player had a deep and vivid red color body, which was a very rare model. Read more>>

Paul Columbus

Painting became a focal point in my life in 2013. I began to use art as therapy. I was coping with the diagnosis of my father, Joe Columbus, with cancer. My father left his physical form on June 9th, 2015. I continue to paint in his honor, and pay tribute to him with my art and carry on his legacy to “Live with Love.” Read more>>

Kapital Stone

I’m more of a writer/composer. I love writing music from scratch and then creating the sounds around the lyrics with the help of talented collaborators. I do music ultimately for expression, , and more or less social commentary. I like the way the human mind works, so I try to figure out new ways of addressing mental situations through sounds and lyrics. Read more>>

Nadavayah Washington

I’m an independent commercial and print model amercing myself into the Fort Lauderdale fashion industry. Test shoots, fashion shows, networking events, and helping a good friend of mine behind the scene during photo shoots are some of the ways I make sure my presence and creative inputs are known. 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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