After growing up in a family of artists, Karen Freidt found herself as an adult with no desire to create pieces of her own. It wasn’t until she took a painting class with co-worker, Wade Mickley, that her life, and art career would flourish.
Like their mixed media creations, Karen & Wade (now happily married), have built a relationship that takes pieces from various aspects of their lives, & forms them into something beautifully unexpected. Although they work on art separately, there is constant conversation, collaboration and sometimes competitiveness between the pair. It might make for a busy house, but in the end, their love of art (or maybe art of love) always prevails.
Growing up in NJ, Jacki Paolella, aka Jacki P to her peers, never imagined that a move to Norfolk, VA would shape her music career as much as it has. 10 years later, when not playing in one of her two bands, DJP & MrT or the Wyteshayds, you might find Jacki scoring a local production like Virginia Stage Company’s version of Taming of the Shrew. Also, an established audio engineer & producer, Paolella owns her own recording space, Tap Tap Studios, as well as working at such famed local entities like Clay Garden Studios.
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Born in the Mississippi bayou, Sydney Meers grew up in the restaurant business. His family owned cafes & played an influential role in his upbringing. Knowing that he wanted to explore the world, Sydney joined the Air Force, which eventually led him to the Hampton Roads. Since his arrival, he has opened several successful restaurants, while also cultivating his other passion: art. Sydney’s eccentric & expressive takes on politics, religion, and even him self, has led to a cult like status in the community. Did we mention, that he’s colorblind??!?
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Julian Haskins has always used art as a way to communicate. From being the shy guy in high school who used his drawings to meet people, to now as a burgeoning artist who is creating dialogue within community settings that aren't typically known as art hubs. Enjoy the story of this up & coming painter from Chesapeake as he navigates his journey his way.