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Press Release:Visions of Thailand: A Visual Journey of the Siamese Culture and People
Fire Ants Fine Arts Studio is proud to present a brand new exhibit for the months of May and June. This collection is the inspired visual recollections of two local artists who have lived, worked, and traveled through the Land of Smiles. This dyad of artists have produced a mélange of art featuring various works depicting central themes inspired by the arts, culture, and people of Thailand. Kimberly Danner will be displaying a variety of acrylic paintings and photography. Her exhibition partner, Jonathan Markham, will be presenting new works utilizing photography, cyanotype, batik, and digital imaging. Kimberly Danner is an alumnus of Florida State University where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Studio Art. She continued her studies and recently graduated from FSU with a Master’s of Science in Art Therapy. She is now a working professional in the Tallahassee area. Jonathan Markham also received a Master’s of Science in Art Therapy from FSU.
With the close of classes and the advent of summer vacation, take a tour of the sights of new and old Siam through the artistically captured images offered by Kimberly and Jonathan. The sights are exotic, but without the exorbitant price tag of airfare. Travel to Thai temples, watch a paciderm parade, and enjoy the calm moment of community shared by a culture of people who also call their home the "Land of the Free."
Press Release:Color & Movement: Nomadic Transitions
Fire Ants Studio presents a diverse exhibition entitled Color & Movement: Nomadic Transitions. This meandering collection of art includes painting, sculpture, and woodblock printing works by T. McKloski, a local Tallahassee artist. Reception on First Friday. All art opinions are welcome and any monetary offer will be considered. "From the arc of a brush on a large canvas to the wisps of movement across a smaller field, the act of creating is alive in motion and color." Contact info: Jonathan Markham at Fire Ants Fine Arts Railroad Square, 1033 Commercial Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32310, http://fireantsfinearts.com
Press Release: THE OPPORTUNITY OF ADVERSITY
Railroad Square, Tallahassee Florida, Friday, October 1st! 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Fire Ants Fine Arts & Pyramid Studios, Inc. present THE OPPORTUNITY OF ADVERSITY. An art exhibit featuring new work by Pyramid trained artists at Fire Ants Fine Arts Studio. This is our Second Annual event sponsoring Pyramid artists. Join us during Railroad Square Art Park's First Friday Gallery Hop. Fire Ants and Pyramid are celebrating National Disability Awareness Month and the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. All art media is represented from paintings, jewelry, arts & crafts, and sculptures. Something for everyone at reasonable prices and for a terrific cause. Join US! Friday, October 1st! 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. With a special performance by the Pyramid Singers at 7:00 p.m.
Press Release:Fire Ants Fine Arts Studio Brings a Diverse Colony of Artwork With a Southern Sting to Railroad Square.
Railroad Square, Tallahassee Florida, First Friday, December 5.
Fire Ants Fine Arts Studio is exhibiting two new artists and bringing a little holiday spice to the space, Fire Ants is a small co-op of artists marching their works and wares into Tallahassee’s First Fridays and Second Sunday’s cultural entourage. Mirroring its namesake, the ants/artists are a social entity relying on shared community for artistic support, growth, and creative inspiration. The studio name came about as an inspired anagram of the words Fine Arts, switching the r and the n.
Just as the anagram repurposes the word Fine Arts, the Fire Ants not only produce, exhibit and sell original artwork, but also offer reworked arts & crafts and furniture items to sell to this community’s growing need for inventive, affordable, and aesthetic items for home and fashion. The studio exhibits and sells art covering a variety of mediums from ceramics to photography, hand –made jewelry and fine painting, to graphic arts and 3-D sculpture. They will soon be offering a list of classes in each artist’s specialty. Unlike their ginger-colored counterparts, these artists won’t take a sting out of your budget.
As a drop of rain is an ocean to an ant, so too are the small moments in life the world of inspiration for an artist. Everyone is welcome to drop by Fire Ants Fine Arts Studio for some inspiration or just a shared moment or two.
About Fire Ants Fine Arts: A collaboration multiple artist, all graduate students of FSU, Fire Ants brings a diverse and fun approach to the art studio and gallery scene. This unique space is a both a working studio and exhibition gallery.
FAFA also exhibited and featured dozens of local artists, or group of artists, for First Friday during its 6 year "Brick-and-Mortar" tenure in Railroad Square, Tallahassee, Florida. Fire Ants now exists as a virtual gallery and archive space for artists, and their work, who exhibited from July 2008 - until May 2014.
Past Exhibitions and Visiting Artists
Below is a sample of the various exhibits which were hosted at Fire Ants Fine Arts Studio. Please check back for more to be added throughout the year.
Press Release: Expanding Possibilities
Exhibition Title Expanding Possibilities - Selected artwork from Pyramid Studios and Pyramid Tallahassee. This coming First Friday, October 7th, Fire Ants Studio presents a multi-media exhibition entitled Expanding Possibilities. October is National Disability Awareness month and in celebration of our diverse community Fire Ants is hosting their third annual exhibition displaying work created by adult artists with disabilities honing their craft at Pyramid Studios, Inc. The exhibition is from 6 to 10 pm and all artwork is available for purchase by the public.
Pyramid artists work independently under the guidance of trained professionals, creating original art in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, costume and fine jewelry and exquisite ceramics. In this unique environment, adults with developmental disabilities become artists or performers… earning commissions and fees… gaining self-esteem and self confidence… participating richly in the life of their communities. Families are brimming with pride as the community sees beyond their disabilities to appreciate their abilities.
Mary Ann Sanderford, one of Pyramid’s most prolific artists and self styled advocate for disability rights, remarked “I am glad to have another opportunity for Pyramid artists to have their work shown in the community and for people to understand that people with disabilities are fellow members of their society. I am glad that October is Disability Awareness Month, but we should all be aware everyday of one another’s abilities and talents.”