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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.

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>>

Aaron “bLvvk” Gousse

My art is a reflection of me, I don’t want to be cliche, but I guess its the reflection of what I think about or what comes to me. Sometimes I think my art is not even me; I’d be feeling like I’m having out-of-body experiences when I create. Like “Did I create this? Haha!” 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>>

Ashley Look

I was again requested to teach a bread baking class. It was during that second class that I recognized the relationship between bread baking and spoon making. Both were crafts of time, and both were working with grain. It was very much an ah-ha moment… “I’m going to teach the tactile art of flour and wood through courses and workshops called Grain & Grain.” Or so I thought. 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>>

Sally Cooper

I am a nonobjective painter, which means that I don’t really preplan my paintings. My work is about a creative process rather than about a specific image or place. I work intuitively and enjoy the direct experience of the art-making – allowing things to happen unexpectedly and then enjoying the happy surprise. Read more>>

Janet Gold

The last 15 years were at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in the Design and Animation Department teaching Design Basics, Sculpture, Color Application, Drawing, Life Drawing, Creative Thinking, and Art Appreciation before the students went on to their digital and computer degrees. Read more>>

Sunnie Morrison

I direct the annual Miss Runway Competition for aspiring models ages 4 to adult women giving them the opportunity to express themselves on the runway. Giving that opportunity that otherwise would not be given to them based on their age, size, height, weight, status of being a mother or married. Read more>>

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