“Color, Light, and Motion” by Vanessa Montenegro

“Color, Light, and Motion” by Vanessa Montenegro

Artist Statement

My latest collection of vibrant pastel drawings is called “Color, Light, and Motion.” It is an explosion of artistic movement and vibrant color.  Like a late afternoon Florida sky bursting with ever changing colors, shapes, life, and emotion.  Sometimes awe, sometimes joy, sometimes pure drama.

I love to capture color, light and the moment. I am inspired by Florida’s beauty, animals, nature, people and sports. The titles of my artwork are as important as the pieces themselves since they tell part of the story. The main characteristic of my work is the bold colors and energetic movement.

I create my pieces as a sketch using soft pastels. The soft pastels allow me to work fast. The bold strokes, the moving lines and vibrant colors on top of color paper or board make my artwork come alive and adds to the flow of motion and energy. The color of the paper outlines the bold colors, creating a resting area for the viewer’s eye.

My philosophy as an artist is always to have fun while doing art and to spread my passion and enthusiasm for art to others.

– Vanessa Montenegro

About Vanessa

I studied fine arts at Miami Dade Community College, The New World School of the Arts and Florida International University, specializing in energetic, colorful drawings, the figure form, and realistic paintings. I have always worked in a variety of mediums and produced paintings and drawings of different scales. I moved to Tampa more than a decade ago, and since then I have been involved in the art community in Tampa. I am one of the two founders of the  Westchase Artists Society, and I was part of the Art Advisory Committee of Hillsborough County for three years. I am also a member of the Coalition of Hispanic Artists and Miniature Art Society of Florida. Currently, I work as a full-time artist, creating my artwork, working on art commissions, and teaching art at my art studio. I participate in several art shows a year, and you can find some of my work on the web, galleries and public art project around Florida. For more information, visit my website www.vanessamontenegro.com

Visionaries: Artists Building Strong Communities

Visionaries: Artists Building Strong Communities

Visionaries is an exhibit that showcases programs that build creativity and vitality in Tampa through the arts. The exhibit will highlight arts organizations and participant’s art that shows that creativity is the catalyst for positive change within communities.

Official Gallery Opening: Friday, November 4 (5-8 pm)

Participating organizations:

  • Artistas Café – Artistic development and exhibition for artists with autism
  • Community Stepping Stones – Urban  studio for young artists
  • Florida Suncoast Decorative Artists – Painting on surfaces to encourage hospital patients
  • Hispanic Coalition of Artists – Artistic and cultural development and exhibition for Hispanic Americans
  • Idlewild  Baptist Church – Developing artistic skills in people living with disabilities
  • Mary Bradley – Therapeutic programs for seniors
  • Suncoast Kid’s Place – Therapeutic program for grieving children
  • VSA – Art experiences for people living with disabilities

(Featured Art: “Vision Dancer” by Mark Gonzalez)

Jorge Cainas

Jorge Cainas

By Jorge Cainas

By Jorge Cainas

Born in Tampa, Florida, I began my artistic expression at a young age, primarily, in drawing. I treated art as a hobby, a pass-time, or a way to express myself at times. But had never quite taken it seriously until my first year in college, 2011.

In 2011 I became very ill. Facing my own mortality as a young adult caused me to decide what sort of life I would want to live, if I ever recovered. Approximately eleven weeks in and out of hospitals, mostly laying in a bed, left me a lot of time to think about that decision. I realized how much I loved art, among many other realizations, and decided that I wanted to pursue art more than anything. I finally started to recover and began exploring what art is and what form of art I enjoyed the most.

Now my goal as an artist is to amass a body of work that incorporates various art forms and that also overlaps multiple art forms within individual pieces. I hope to someday become accomplished as a truly well-rounded  artist in all art forms available to the modern artist.

Due to my intentions to accumulate a body of work over my lifetime I have chosen to focus on art forms that are more easily accomplished during my youth.

I have many themes present within my work. But to describe it briefly: I aim to create work that combats notions of death present in myself and the audience.

Robert Herbenick

Robert Herbenick

Honeymoon Island Beach

“Honeymoon Island Beach” by Robert Herbenick


Oils, acrylics, pencil


Robert enjoys painting outdoors in many of the local parks that are within a short drive of his home in Safety Harbor, FL. Studies are created directly from nature and are reference for larger paintings.

QUOTE FROM THE ARTIST:  I am extremely fortunate to live in an area with such an abundance of subjects to paint. I draw and paint various subjects with waterfowl being of current interest. I look forward to many years of what I enjoy most, creating art.


  • Self-taught artist with a lifelong interest, and real time commitment since retirement in 2006.
  • Reference materials include books, magazines, and videos of foremost artists from around the globe.


Member of Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA)


Past exhibitions at Ruth Eckerd Hall, Featured Artist Palm Harbor Library, One Person Show at Clearwater Municipal Building, Annual PAVA Membership Exhibit and Awards at Largo Library, Clearwater Library, Star Spangled Art Show Carrollwood Cultural Center 2nd Place in 2013 and Best of Show in 2015, Guest Artist at Rotary Centennial Nature Center, Honeymoon Island State Park, January—May, 2016. Judge Dunedin Creative Arts Guild Show in April, 2016, Friends of Island Parks 2016 Earth Days Artist on Display,

July, 2016 Cool Art Show St. Petersburg, FL. Featured Artist at Carrollwood Cultural Center, September—October, 2016. January 29, 2017 Participating Artist “An artPHL Afternoon”, demonstration and silent auction at Palm Harbor Library.

Illuminations: Truth & Iconology

Illuminations: Truth & Iconology


  • 1st Place: Keats was Right by Gainor Roberts (oil)
  • 2nd Place: Look Deeper by Bradley Arthur (welded nails)
  • 3rd Place: Learning by Ruth Pettis (calligraphic text)
  • Honorable Mention: Books on a Chair by Carole Flagg (oil)
  • Honorable Mention: Musing the Muses by Dolores Glover Kaufman (mixed media collage)
  • Honorable Mention: It’s Complicated by Ann Henson (mixed media)
  • Judge: Patricia Callihan

Iconology is a term coined from the Greek Icon and Logos. The show includes 34 pieces representing 21 artists and is divided into four themes: Social Awareness, Wisdom, Aspirations and Integrity. Entries include works with a word or phrase in the composition, or words that are actually illustrations. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded at the reception.

The exhibit also includes a special 12-piece showcase by artist and sculpture Bradley Arthur. Mr. Arthur’s award winning artwork has been exhibited in over a dozen solo shows and more than 100 group exhibitions, including the Grand Palais in Paris and Lincoln Center, Phillips de Pury & Company and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City. (Read More)

The Artists of Illuminations: Truth & Iconology:

  • Bradley Arthur
  • Glenda Chaconas
  • Maurice Corredor
  • Elena Diaz
  • Robin J. Fick
  • Carol Flagg
  • Mark Gonzalez
  • Ann Henson
  • Dolores Kaufman
  • Dirce Kennedy
  • Ameena Khan
  • Patricia King
  • Nancy J. Kirkpatrick
  • George Locko
  • Joyce Owens
  • Ruth Pettis
  • Rebecca Piskura
  • Lyle Polyak
  • Gainor Roberts
  • Michelle Stone
  • Mary Toeller
Steve Ramsey

Steve Ramsey

The saxophonist steven ramseySteven Ramsey will be exhibiting a show called The Musicians

Steven Ramsey is a prolific artist from Cleveland, Ohio who has shown his colorful and imaginative paintings in hundreds of art galleries and public buildings across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua and the Ivory Coast of Africa. He is planning a show in Paris next.  He has been painting professionally since he graduated from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He is sharing a powerful set of paintings with us to compliment our love of music. The show is from August 25 , 2016 – Jan 16, 2017.
Francine Bauer

Francine Bauer

unnamed by Francine Bauer

unnamed by Francine Bauer

Artist Statement

Our lives are made up of serendipity and twists of fate; a series of choices we make and choices made for us by others; and finding and being found. For me, these paths have converged to define me as the person and the artist I am today.

My art is inspired by life’s moments along these paths. Living and traveling through England, Scotland, and Ireland. Musical concepts. Literary works. Everyday objects. Photography. Complex and rewarding relationships. Colour, lines, contrast, form and movement.

I didn’t set out to be a specific type of artist, but as my portfolio evolved so did my exploration of colour and art mediums. I began to notice patterns I hadn’t intended but am now pleased with. My unique colour palate combined with both traditional and non-traditional methodologies result in abstract, intuitive art where colour and line playfully interact. This allows me to explore colour and its saturation for colour’s sake. My current preferred mediums are oils and encaustic.

Francine J Bauer currently lives and works in Tampa, Florida.

Sandra Vann

Sandra Vann

Oscar - The Llewellyn Spaniel

“Oscar – The Llewellyn Spaniel” by Sandra Vann

More info coming soon.


“Loud Print” by Ameena Khan

“Loud Print” by Ameena Khan

"Portrait of Zahra" by Ameena Khan

“Portrait of Zahra” by Ameena Khan

Artist Statement

Stories about Muslim women are typically limited to one of two characters: an oppressed victim needing to be rescued, or the seductress hidden behind a veil of mystery. This dehumanizing oversimplification invents a vast separation between non-Muslim and Muslim women. It creates a sense of “us versus them” and relegates Muslim women to being “an OTHER” instead of just “another.”

The work I have created for “Loud Print” seeks to shrink the divide and expand the narrative by communicating some of the most intimate thoughts and feelings of Muslim women.
– Ameena Khan 

Canvas Chat

Join Ameena Khan on July 8 at 6 p.m. for a discussion about her exhibit and how she seeks to shrink the divide and expand the narrative by communication some of the most intimate thoughts and feelings of Muslim women.

North Tampa Arts League

North Tampa Arts League

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