2018 ARTISTS BIOS
Sarah Arace-invited artist
As an Artist Sarah Arace enjoys expressing herself through many different media, including; drawing, painting, sidewalk art, animation, and mixed-media. Born Sarah Ellen Langdon and raised in Huntington West Virginia currently lives in Nashville TN with her husband and 2 dogs.
Sarah's studies and instruction of art has taken her to; SCAD in Savannah GA, The Art Institute of TN, Vanderbilt University, and University of Florida. Sarah's inspiration and passion for the Arts comes from life experiences, like being a single mother at 16, overcoming life's obstacles, and embracing your ‘imperfections’. She appreciates any opportunity to teach, inspire, create art, and empower people
Cassie and Abraham Blackford
My first experience with watercolor at a young age inspired me to continue painting and later led to experiencing pencil, pastel, acrylic, and pursuing life as an Artist. I first encountered street painting in 2013 and entered a whole new world of creating and sharing art. I love seeing the reactions of onlookers as they experience the creative process. The temporary nature of chalk art is something I cherish. The art itself may wash away, but that moment lives on in memory…and of course photos.
My husband, Abraham, began assisting me at chalk festivals back in 2015 when we started dating. Nashville Chalk Fest 2018 will be our first event as a married couple, along with our baby boy, due late November. We believe that art is truly for everyone and look forward to making it part of our family’s tradition.
Jacob A Brooks is an award winning street painter based out of Mount Juliet, TN who specializes in bright, vibrant art. Jacob competed in his first chalk festival in 2008 and fell in love with the art form. He has since taken part in a number of street painting festivals across the southeast. Jacob is captivated by the transitory nature of Street Painting; it is a microcosm for the temporary nature of our existence and the existence of everything that we create. Eventually it will all be washed away, and it needs to be enjoyed for the entire creation and refinement process, not just as a finished product.
In addition to chalk art, Jacob also works in pen and ink, acrylic, mixed media and paint pens. It has been said that Jacob will “put art on anything that will hold still long enough.” His art adorns everything from the traditional page to shoes, sunglasses, motorcycle helmets, skateboards, guitars, video game controllers, surfboards, and more.
To see Jacob’s portfolio visit www.jacobbrooksart.com
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Ginny and Jeff Chancy-guest artists
Jeff and Ginny Chancy are the ultimate artistic combination of OCD matched with a little “outside the box.” They have created chalk art pieces from surrealist Salvador Dali, to magically floating mushrooms with Jerry Garcia. For over 5 years they have participated in the Denver Chalk Art Festival and have recently introduced their small, southern home town of Greer, SC to chalk art with a giant patriotic ensemble at their annual 4th of July Freedom Blast event in the hopes of sparking an annual chalk art festival there. Jeff and Ginny look forward to many more events and meeting others that share this same passion.
Hannah a rising senior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, and art has always been a big part of her life. She started taking art lessons at 7. When she was 13, she took painting lessons with Wang Zong Zhou in Philadelphia, where she learned how to oil paint and paint portraits, which is what she loves to do the most. When she moved to Tennessee, she painted with Jodi Thompson at SouthGate Studios and she attended Governor's School for the Arts in the summer of 2017.
Charles Shultz's 'Peanuts' cartoons taught Madison Clell how to read, and as a result she became hooked on visual story telling. After studying trombone and fine arts at the University of Oregon, she created a darkly humorous comic book series about trauma and recovery, and was recruited to transform the series into a play that debuted in San Francisco in 2009.
Post playwriting and B&W cartooning, Madison stumbled into the world of chalk art and realized that this art form was a fun match for her kinetic drawing style. She loves the bold colors, physicality, and open public access of this art form. Madison is particularly thrilled to be part of the Nashville Chalk Art Festival which benefits the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences - she has a minor hearing impairment and often sports decorated hearing aids. Swing by her square for both work in progress and free hearing-aid-friendly pony beads!
More of Madison's works can be found at www.madisonclell.com
Trisha is a Pediatric Audiologist at Vanderbilt. She's a former “Army Brat” and has lived all over the country (and out of it!) but has called Nashville home since 2005. She enjoys learning different crafts and arts and dabbles with sketching, needlework, string art, wood burning, and anything that lets her get creative! This will be her first time participating at Nashville Chalk Fest and she's excited to see what the weekend holds!
My name is Alyssa Fosnight and I am a pediatric audiologist at Vanderbilt. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums and I try not to confined myself to a sheet of paper. What I love about art, in general, is that it has no rules or boundaries, so for me it allows me to just be me. I look forward to participating in the Nashville Chalk Fest as an artist again this year!
I'm fairly new to art making, although I've been a fan for a while. I give the handbook "The Artists Way" much credit for a more focused effort of creative output, as well support from others along the way. I've been doing chalk drawings for about 1-2 years. I really like the openness, the colors and the playfullness. In that time frame, simply having fun, I've seen a progression in that medium. In continuing creative efforts with other areas, being open to a nudge and responding to cues to explore have been my guides.
Beth Flora Gunn
Roselynn Lee currently lives in Nashville but grew up in West Michigan. She graduated with a BFA in Media Arts & Animation. Her styles are bold colors, shapes and minimal lines. Her work is inspired by Rene Gruau's fashion illustrations and Dior's New Look in the late 40's.
sabir robinson-invited artist
I was born in 1987, in Huntsville, Alabama. I moved to Nashville with my wife and son in 2013 to attend school. I am in my second year as a graphic design student at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville.
I begin drawing when I was a toddler and I was self-taught until I attened the Art Institute. I was introduced to the artwork of Norman Rockwell in 7th grade and he has since then been my biggest inspiration. More recently I have been influenced by the 19th century Realism art movement, as well as the artwork of Henry Ossawa Tanner. My love for creating art led me to fashion and tattoo design as a teenager; and as an adult, I was exposed to and fell in love with graphic design. This field allows me to work in various mediums, both traditional and digital, with limitless possibilities.
Traditionally I love dry media, therefore I enjoy charcoal, pencil and chalk drawing. Digitally I prefer vector artwork and creating logos and unique pieces for special events.
My style consists of the consistent use of flow, balance and symmetry. I also commonly mix traditional and digital media to create new looks. My pieces inspire, humor and provoke thought from the viewer. I aim is to discover new ways of looking at common things and extracting the message, beauty and humor within them. I believe that perspective is everything. It is what makes us unique. As artists it is our privilege and responsibility to express our individual perspectives.
The work I do now is primarily for churches, small business and special events.
Professionally, I aspire to brand corporations and small businesses, while also teaching low income communities about the art of graphic design.
Elyse-Krista Mische is a mixed-media artist who contemplates mortality, memory, unreality, and time through her drawings, sculpture, and performance pieces. She embraces make-believe and craft processes from her youth to preserve her childhood self and to address existential issues. Elyse-Krista grew up in St. Cloud Minnesota and now resides in Appleton WI, where in 2011 she earned a B.A. in studio art from Lawrence University. She has completed artist residencies at Holden Village (Chelan, WA 2015), with Elsewhere Studios (Paonia, CO 2016), and at The Charles Adams Studio Project (Lubbock, TX 2016). Since 2010, Elyse-Krista has shown nationally in both group and solo exhibitions including Gulf Coast State College (Panama City, FL), University Wisconsin Marinette (Marinette WI), MacRostie Art Center (Grand Rapids, MN), Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (Brooklyn, NY), and with the James May Gallery (Algoma, WI). She has been commissioned by Goodwill Industries of Wisconsin and the Appleton Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce to create public sculpture and murals. Elyse-Krista was recently a 2017-2018 artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN), she currently has a solo show at Abel Contemporary Gallery (Belleville, WI) and is part of an upcoming group show with the Warbling Collective (London, England).
I started drawing when I was a child and painting when I was a teenager. Having made those choices led me to take path on my graphic design career. In the beginning I worked with techniques like; oil paints, ink, watercolor, pastels, acrylic and just fell more in love with the beauty of creating. I get most of my inspiration from my family, music and from the way I see and want to see the world. The Nashville Chalk Fest will be my first big event so I am really excited!!
Julia Denison is a native to Nashville, where she lives and works as a Montessori teacher. She studied Studio Art at Indiana University, where she focused on figurative work and landscapes. This is her third Chalkfest, but the majority of her public art experience has taken place through murals, sculptural installations, and live painting. Recently, she has focused her attention on mixed media photo collage. Instagram: @juldenison
Marine Tempels is a Belgian-American artist living in Chicago, IL. Marine believes art is a powerful tool for learning and healing, and she is passionate about making the art world more accessible and inclusive. Her most recent body of work explores our relationship with local culture and is inspired by Wendel Berry’s essay The Work of Local Culture in his book What Are People For?. Marine primarily works in painting and illustration and was a recent finalist for the Chicago Luminarts Visual Arts Competition. http://www.marinetempels.com
Born in Atlanta, GA, I grew up in Texas, Germany and Tennessee. I started drawing and painting as a child and continued exploring art throughout my early education. I continued studying art at Queens College, Charlotte NC and received a degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1984.
Painting is a source of great joy and peace for me. My goals with my art are to create images that leave the viewer with a sense of happiness. Most of the images I create are considered mixed media. The use of acrylic and oil paints, paint mediums, pastels, inks, fabric, paper, pencil and pen provide the opportunity for endless creative possibilities. My faith, family and friends are the inspiration for the images I create; they are the harmony and the love.
Taylor Davis is an artist and amateur apiarist from the Bluegrass state, she was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Fine Arts focused in sculpture and hybrid fabrication.
Her work is focused in cast iron sculpture, hybrid fabrication, and installation. Taylor's creative process is driven by personal history, theoretical research and materials exploration.
She reads constantly, has a terrible sense of humor, and a rigorous work ethic. She is motivated by her passion for art, the graciousness of her mentors/family/friends, and her ceaseless thirst for learning.
"Do you feel like you have something lurking under the surface? A primal force so strong, trying to break out and be heard? Then perhaps my art is for you.
I'm Shondell Marquis McFall .
Craft, Mixed media, and abstract art.
I'm a Columbia born, now Nashville residing Tennessean.
Music is my first love, but I hold a special place in my art for the visual arts.
I have a wonderful 5 year old son.
And I'm an identical twin.
My brother also is an artist.
My art handle is The Weary Easel
Tracy J. Montoya is a freelance artist. His work is figurative in nature from portraits, to figures in specific settings, to how people are connected to their environment. He also takes on commissioned work as well, which ranges from portrait work, to specific designs, to commercial drawings and advertisements for businesses. “I work primarily in pencil, charcoal, pastel, color pencil, watercolor painting, and acrylic painting. I also have been in art education in some capacity for over 10 years now. I keep finding new ways to grow as an artist and my students and my own children are my greatest teachers and sources of inspiration.”
My name is Shannon Neumann, I am a local artist here in Nashville/Murfreesboro TN area although I am originally from Los Angeles CA. I am a mother of two wonderful boys and two old dogs. Me and my husband have a small artist page called Gum Tree Works https://www.facebook.com/Gum-Tree-Works-1375596849405712/. We are a crafty family. My husband makes jewelry and I craft all sorts including some cake baking. I am happy to say this will be my 3rd year at the Nashville Chalk Fest! Please come by and say hi!
Jeff Pilkinton-guest artist
The first thing I remember drawing was Peter Criss, The drummer from Kiss. This had to be way back in the 70s? It must have been terrible but I remember my family telling me how great it was. Well that’s all I needed to encourage me to keep going. Over the years I have always loved drawing and creating. But what really got my fire burning was doing chalk festivals. The first one I did was so much fun and exciting. I also recently discovered painting advertisements on storefront windows is something I am very passionate about.
I use many different mediums, such as soft pastels, acrylics, and spraypaint. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style.
I am inspired by Pop Culture. Movies, TV, and Music. I’m sure you can see it in my work.
Golden House Studio
Jennifer Richardson is the owner and resident artist of Golden House Studio. Jennifer got her B.A. in Art History from the University of Memphis and then went on to get her M.A. in Art History from George Washington University in Washington, DC.
She interned with the Smithsonian Associates and became the Fine Art Specialist for Sloans and Kenyon Auctioneers.
After moving to Murfreesboro, TN, she began teaching art history at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville and working as the Arts and Outreach Coordinator for the Center for the Arts in Murfreesboro.
Since then she has opened Golden House Studio where she stresses individual application of the concepts the group is learning in the class. In each lesson she discusses elements of art and design often finding a way to relate the lesson to famous artists and masterpieces.
Holly Schineller-invited artist
Holly Schineller, a resident of Tempe, Arizona, attended both the California College of Art and Arizona State University to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art. She finds inspiration in nature, the sciences and mathematics. For the past six years her commercial work has been focused on glass fusing including trophies and architectural installations. Holly began teaching at the Scottsdale Artist School in 2014. She spends the majority of her volunteer time in the artistic and nontheistic communities. Her work also includes drawing, painting, and the ephemeral art form Street Painting. Holly enjoys getting people excited about Science and bringing its beauty to the street. “The pastels allow me to create images and ideas I can't always express in glass.” You can see some of her commercial pieces on her Facebook page LWA or her street painting work on facebook page Holly Grounded.
Chelsey Goode Smidt
Chelsey Smidt is from Murfreesboro, TN. She has worked with most mediums her whole life, but was introduced to the idea of using chalk last year.
Chelsey hopes her work is seen as cheerful and brings a sense of joy to all viewers. She is thrilled to be returning artist for such a great event.
I am 17 and self taught and like to work on art as much as possible. I often find myself doing art with my friends which makes doing it 10 times better. I enjoy doing sketches and watercolor pieces but am always exploring different styles.
Railey Warren lives in a world of her own making. She spends her days forging her favorite animals together in the fire of her imagination. She can't wait to bring a new creation to life in Nashville.
My name is Dulce Melina Saucedo, I was born in Mexico in 1988, but I traveled around with my parents. I have lived in many cities in 3 different countries. I have been an artist since very young and pursued my passion, I hold a BFA in graphic and web design and a BFA in interior design and decor, I also am a tattoo artist with 10 years of experience and own a tattoo shop in Alamos Sonora Mexico. I love to get involved with charity events, and art competitions that help the community.
Rosana has been passionate about the visual arts for most of her life. However, she became a teacher in a Waldorf school 10 years ago, which is where she began to develop her chalk drawing skills. Artistic blackboard images are constantly woven into the lessons at most Waldorf schools giving Rosana a chance to practice with this medium. Examples of original chalk artwork modeled for her students include portraits of famous presidents and scientists, as well as volcanoes and planetary bodies. Her love for this led her to participate in local chalkboard drawing festivals in Florida, her home state.
Five years ago, she moved to Nashville to accept a new teaching position at the Linden Waldorf School. Since then she has continued to develop her love and skill for the chalk medium both inside and out of the classroom. Rosana has also enjoyed working with oil paints. In all mediums Rosana enjoys the work of observing the realistic shades and colors of her surroundings and capturing them in two dimensions. Rosana is very excited to participate in Nashville’s chalk festival for the first time.
Although his mother was from Wiesbaden and his father was from Cairo, Tyler Z Key was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He began drawing at the age of 6, inspired by his older brother's captivating drawings of comic book characters.
He started his own art career by the age of 11, trading drawings of cartoon fantasy characters to his classmates for snack money.
At the challenge of his High School art teacher to try his hand at realism, he discovered a knack for portraits and took advantage of his new skill by creating custom, commissioned graphite and charcoal portraits.
Next, Key attended the University of Alabama and pursued a degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. While completing his final semester in the Business School, he was presented with an option to stay at UA and attend the College of Arts and Sciences for the opportunity to graduate with an additional degree in Art.
It was here that Key digressed from the black and white world of charcoal and found his passion in painting. He began to expand his medium into Oils, Acrylics, Inks and Digital Media.
After graduating a second time he decided to move to Nashville, and started performing Live Figure Paintings for local and major musicians, as well as creating digital illustrations for album art, logos, show posters, and apparel.
Deciding to expand his medium again, he has spent the last two years creating art using spray-paint. His murals can be found all over the city; from the Rock Block in West Nashville to staple venues in East Nashville. His art has even been featured on the National Network Television show "Nashville."
Currently Tyler is working on several projects locally, including a nationally touring Art Bus, "greatfullforcerealbus.us".
With a passion for finding beauty in the overlooked, and a vehemence to improve the community, Key's longterm vision is realizing a massive project he conceptualized called "Aesthetic Vandalism."
Key's work ultimately portrays both sides of the brain: creative expression and analytic logic, depicted by a combination of realism and surrealism alongside psychedelic, free-form, abstract color bursts.
BEATRICE FLAIG-guest artist
Born in Africa and of French nationality, Beatrice was exposed to diverse cultures and
a multitude of artistic venues. Her childhood environment was an artistic playground which allowed curiosity for the arts to became part of her daily life.
After moving to Florida Beatrice received a B.S. from the University of Florida and a Master's in Educational Leadership from American College of Education. She presently hold a position with the school district of Palm Beach County and teaches secondary sciences.. Beatrice infuses art in every spectrum of her profession for she believes art belongs in every classroom. In fact she loves teaching art as much as science .
As an award winner at various Chalk events, Beatrice recently expended her participation to festivals throughout the Southeast. " Street Painting used to be a hobby and recently became an addiction". "I enjoy large scale art and participating in street painting events rekindles a familiar passion shared by many other artists every time we rendezvous at various chalk festivals throughout the year".
Beatrice also finds the time to paint murals for friends and relatives including daycare centers and classroom walls. As a member of the Florida Chalk Artist Association and the International Street Painting Society, Beatrice is delighted to be invited to various festivals and given the opportunity to create artworks that leave lasting impressions long after the chalk disappeared.
Georgie is an 17 year old local Nashville artist and a Senior at Ensworth High School. She has been studying the arts at Ensworth and through local Nashville artist, the Frist, Plaza art classes and a summer programs. Watercolor, colored pencil and ink are her medium of choice but she also enjoys pastels and working with mixed media. She participated in Chalkfest in 2016, 2017 and is looking forward to creating again in 2018.
I live in Simpsonville, KY. This is only my second event outside a charity event I do every year in Elizabethtown, KY. I like to do interactive or action pieces so this year’s piece will be my first portrait attempt.
George is originally from Detroit, Michigan, but moved to Nashville in 1995 and lives in Mt. Juliet with his wife, son and three cats.
He has been drawing since childhood and was voted most artistic in high school. He has done mainly pencil drawings, enjoys drawing cartoon characters and sketches of the Beatles and Kiss.
This is his first time using chalk, but is excited to be part of this event.
Madison is currently a senior at Independence High School and is passionate about the visual arts. She was born in Florida and moved to Tennessee at the age of thirteen. When she was young, she was bullied for many of her traits, but found strength and pride in her identity when she moved to Tennessee. This new start gave her the chance to “emerge from the darkness of depression and low self-esteem and begin a new life filled with hope.” Her work in the 2018 scholastic art competition reminds her that judgment will no longer have the power to change who she really is. Madison was chosen to show her work at Cheekwood as one of 5 Tennessee artist women of the year.