Thursday, February 07, 2013

KUDOSVILLE: Local artists earning recognition

Jill Slaughter at Wrapt Attention, one of the shows she curated at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines.

Jill Slaughter, one of 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County, is gearing up for Sincerity Project, FaceBombing and other things

Jill Slaughter was selected one of 100 Outstanding Women of Broward County by Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward County.

The artist, who is also curator of special projects for the City of Pembroke Pines, says she's happy to be momentarily in the spotlight, so she can re-direct that spotlight to some of the exhibition she's planning.

Slaughter organizes projects that promote community interaction through cultural arts, typically while supporting local organizations. Her undertakings include the Sincerity Project, an exhibition for which select artists create themed works and offer them to special-needs clients from organizations such as Artists With Autism and the Ann Storck Center, who create their own interpretations of the works. Afterwards, all versions of the works are hung together in a show at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines.

FaceBombing coming to Pembroke Pines in September
The third Sincerity Project, based on the theme "Home," opens  June 7. Exhibiting artists include Miguel Paredes, NOBODY, Lebo, Krave, Ruben Ubiera, TJ Ahearn, Monique Lassooij and others whose works will be auctioned to raise money for Childrens Harbor's.

The money will be used to help fund an academic and life skills program for youths being aged out of the foster care system at age 18.

Slaughter is also curating About Face, a show featuring art by veterans who created visual or written works (350 words or less) about their tour of duty or return home, and established local artists who will contribute portraits. While the portraits don't have to be about veterans, some artists are hoping to incorporate the subject matter. Miami artist Barbara M. de Varona says she was invited to show portraits from her I.AM.WYNWOOD series, but is also considering something fresh. "I plan to research it further and, if possible, speak to some veterans in person," she notes.

Juan Carlos Bravo will also include veterans in Disposable, his new series that will also include mixed-media paintings and sculptures made from recycled materials such as paper towels, cardboard and rags in portraits of immigrant workers, homeless, elderly people, artists and veterans.

Bravo says this is very different from his typical works, which do not have texture. "I can't wait to show them," he notes. They are quite raw!"

The world would be a happier place if all buildings looked like this.
Two veterans will read their works at the opening reception, and at least one work from the show will be auctioned to raise money for a veterans organization. 

"I haven’t yet confirmed a particular veterans group to work with, but any veteran living in Broward County is welcome to contact me to submit their work," notes Slaughter.

About Face, which will open Oct. 4 at Studio 18 in Pembroke Pines, will be preceded by FaceBombing, a project by Todd Brittingham, who will place giant felt and vinyl faces on municipal buildings and in parks throughout Pembroke Pines.

Slaughter says Brittingham's simple portraits, some of which will reference military uniforms in honor of veterans, will hit the city in September. FaceBombing, she says, is intended to inspire happiness in people who are doing everyday things such as entering a building, dropping their kids off at school or pumping gas into their car.

"Pembroke Pines looks forward to offering Todd our city as his canvas," Slaughter says.

Slaughter and the 99 other Outstanding Women of Broward County will be honored at a dinner on May 9 at Signature Grand in Davie. Arterpillar has requested a full list of the winners and will update if there are other art women on the list.

John A. Miglino is Artist of the Month at Undergrounds Coffeehaus (Image provided by Undergrounds Coffeehaus)

John A. Miglino: Undergrounds Coffeehaus Artist of the Month, exhibits his work, rejects his naysayers

John A. Miglino is February's artist of the month at Undergrounds Coffeeehaus in Fort Lauderdale. As such, his works will featured at the coffee house (and home of the gourmet Tater Tots) and promoted from the Haus's Facebook page.

Miglino began creating art as a way to cope with the sadness he felt after his father died. He  continues making it as a way to process his emotions and rise above the haters and doubters.

An excerpt from his artist statement: "There are people who will try to hold you down in life. Trust me; I have had the misfortune of meeting 'people' like that. I have been laughed at and mocked. I have been told my art is 'shitty' and that I will 'never make it as an artist.' To that I say fuck them. I draw strength from their doubts, their own insecurities and failures, their misery and loneliness. My goal is to be the best and I will work hard to be the best."

Miglino's art can be seen through March 5 at Undergrounds Coffeehaus, 3020 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-630-1900 or visit

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1 comment:

  1. As with all of Todd Brittingham's art projects, there is a great story as to how this "facebombing" came to life.
    "While walking through the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, I came upon a stark,lonely old chimney standing alone all by itself. It had at some time been part of a home, with people, laughter and love. So, I had an idea, or an awakening, so I ran back to......