How Debortina came to be: We are two- Debo and Tina, although Tina refuses to call me Debo so to her I am Deb. Thus we became Deb or Tina- Debortina. I thought long and hard about this name. I must have said it a thousand times – out loud. The naming of an adventure like ours is very important. We have two very distinct skill sets and personalities. Together we are quite harmonious and copasetic. I love this word and I have used for ten years before I actually looked up the definition. Fortunately, I was surrounded by literary types at the time and was correctly introduced to its proper usage.
Although I am often the face of our studio, it takes two of us to make a whole. I make most of the larger pieces and I usually go solo to the shows while Tina is back at the studio doing the important work – managing the studio, managing me, managing our menagerie of dogs, and managing the money. In addition to these monumental tasks, she is also our communicator. She is the voice of the studio. I just make the work.
The work of artist Jenny Odom will grace the cover of the official 2016 Chain of Parks program and poster, in addition to being featured on many of the festival souvenirs that will be offered for sale. Odom grew up in Tallahassee. She has been a working artist for more than 14 years, but remembers having a passion for art since she was young.
“When I was a child, I always doodled, drew cartoons and sketched,” Odom said. When asked what inspired her to be an artist, she replied “I was not inspired by any one artist, but rather I was drawn to life as an artist.”
Odom lived and worked in both Arizona and Florida for an ad agency and newspapers. Her artwork is colorful, playful and takes you on a journey. She now lives in Apalachicola and currently owns her own gallery called Iggyart at Bowery Station. Odom’s cover art, “Tally Town,” is a specially made piece for the Festival which will be on display and available for purchase in her booth during the event.
To see more of Jenny’s work, visit www.iggyart.com
2015 COVER ARTIST: DEON LEWIS
We are pleased to announce our 2015 Cover Artists for the LeMoyne Chain of Parks Art Festival, Deon Lewis! Ms. Lewis was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida, where she learned to quilt at the young age of 12 and has been honing her talents as a fiber artist for the past 10 years. She has received top awards in several Art Quilt Shows and has recently received an Award for Distinction in Fiber Arts. She has displayed work at Grassroots Coffee in Thomasville in connection with The Thomasville Collective and has an upcoming Exhibition in Biscayne National Park in Homestead, Florida. The exhibition is in connection Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA) and will travel for three years to various National Parks around the United States.
She has always been drawn to the complexities of nature especially flowers and animals. Her typical medium of choice includes fabric, fibers, thread and acrylic paint or ink. Her use of dynamic colors and unique compositions in her artwork help to focus the observer toward a desired idea or emotion.
Her hope is to create through fabric, thread and paint, an idea or vision that evokes a personal response from the viewer.
2014 COVER ARTIST: LESLIE PEEBLES
Leslie Peebles was born in Hackensack, New Jersey and in 1971 moved with her family moved to an 80 acre farm near the Suwannee River which fostered a
deep love, respect and fascination for nature. Leslie attended The University of the South in Sewanee Tennessee and received her B.A. in Studio Art from Newcomb College in New Orleans in 1981. Leslie moved to Gainesville in 1985 and received an M.A. in A
rt Education from U.F. in 1994. She taught Art for 17 years in Florida. Leslie has won numerous awards including First place from Coconut Grove, Tallahassee, Mount Dora, and the Morse Museum Award from Winter Park.
“I experience the landscape and all the life forms it nourishes and translate those experiences into drawings. The drawings are transferred to bloc
ks of linoleum or wood. The slow, meditative process of carving distills and clarifies the images. I print their surfaces onto hand-made paper using a century old Charles Brand Etching Press and then watercolor directly into the prints.” www.lesliepeebles.
2013 COVER ARTIST: GUSTAVO CASTILLO
Gustavo Castillo’s mastery of the medium is apparent. His mastery of the nuance united abstract and representational imagery. His earlier works brought order to seemingly random arrangement of palm fronds or grape leaves by building on a strong but well-concealed arrangement of abstract elements. In his current paintings, the abstract foundation underlying his work has been brought center stage. His images shift effortlessly from the familiar shapes and colors to near-pure abstract interactions of form and color in a way that is both playful and deeply satisfying. www.CastilloLagosStudio.com
The artistic talents of Natalia Andreeva stem from the hand of a woman born and bred on the harsh yet beautiful landscapes of Siberia, in Novosibirsk, Russia. But emerging from that chilly land comes a delicate sensitivity for both watercolors and traditional oils that stems from a warm heart and a fertile mind.