Holly [Mercier] Harris a native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. A long time Florida resident, she recently moved to Fort Lauderdale where she was re-introduced to the art that she loves. Holly is a practicing interior designer specializing in hospitality and high-end residential interiors and has recently begun painting again after many years allowing life to set another course. She has exhibited at several FAT Village Art Walks as a featured artist and is looking forward to embracing the art community.
Harris’ artwork is emotionally driven and often stimulated by music, conversation and everyday observances. With an intentional obscurity, the viewer experiences the piece for themselves and responds based on their emotions. She draws from what speaks to her and although she may have a basic idea of what she envisions on the canvas, Harris often allows the first strokes of her brush to take her on an unintentional journey.
George Gadson, Duke University graduate and native of the southern town of Ft. Meade, Florida, discovered his talent for art in 1981 while in search of creative relaxation from the rigors of a demanding banking career. He quickly became enamored by the insight, enchantments, and spiritual empowerment the experience of art making allowed him.
Since then Gadson’s art career has flourished. He’s been commissioned to create artworks for many high profile events and individuals. In 2008 he was invited to create an ornament for the White House Christmas tree. For the 1995 and 1999 Super Bowls he created commemorative bronze sculptures given to the National Football League team owners aptly named “The Quarterback” and “The Kicker.”
Prompted by inspirations from his surroundings, elements of nature, found objects, and even cast shadows in a dimly lit room, his works convey different aspects of life, often expressed in abstract or figurative sculpture and photography, with an underlying spiritual message that seeks to reconnect the human spirit with its Creator.