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Thought-Provokers: North Broward

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 North Broward that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Janet Onofrey

We live in a time and culture where millions of images bombard our senses at incredible speeds relentlessly. But are we really seeing? There are things we don’t see, even when we are looking straight at them, and other things we stare at obsessively so that we are blind to everything else. Read more>>

Claudia Hafner

There is fabulous support in the community and opportunities to exhibit through the Gold Coast Watercolor Society and the Delray Art League, both of which I am on the board, and the National League of American Pen Women. Each year I add more outdoor festivals in the area to my itinerary and have developed a following for my work. Read more>>

Harley Mitchell

Music has been with me my whole life. I play the drums, the guitar, and the bass. I never had a lesson for the drums, and I was never classically trained for guitar or bass either. When I was 12 years old, my stepdad taught me chords on the guitar, and from there, I continued to teach myself. After moving to Florida, my stepdad started a band, and they needed a bass player. Read more>>

Elizabeth Reed

I majored in fine art at The University of Kansas for two years. Then returned to The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a degree student in drawing and painting. Barbara Rossi’s drawings and Rhea Morton’s paintings were my greatest influences. This coincided with my parent’s divorce and the withdrawal of my academic funding. Read more>>

JL “Janet” Schwartz

She started by enrolling me in an art class at the Tampa Museum of Art when I was five. I have been totally infatuated with art ever since and continued to develop my skills, both in the classroom and on my own, throughout grade school, high school and college. Read more>>

Wendy Babcox

I became an artist with the help and support of some of the wildly inspirational mentors, who encouraged me to pursue a life in the arts. I was born in the UK and lived in Europe for several years, working various jobs in a ski resort before I was encouraged to study art more seriously by a close family friend.  Read more>>

Giancarlo Simpson and Jonathan de Lavelanet

Giancarlo and Jonathan first met in 2012 at Florida International University. They had mutual friends and spoke occasionally, but were not as close as they are today. They were both part of a college organization at FIU called the Caribbean Students Association and were heavily active in their community. Read more>>

Omar Campbell

During my progression through school, I played sports like track and field and joined technology science clubs with friends after school. Working with Mechanics/hardware always interested me, and I was constantly testing myself and challenging myself to learn as much as I could with the resources that I had at hand. Read more>>

Elizabeth Hagans

By the time I was 16 I was looking for more challenging projects. I had moved from the Oakland, CA art scene to rural south Georgia. While I missed the diversity of the West Coast, I found myself pushed to explore the rich fashion history of the deep South. Read more>>

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