W Fort Lauderdale Hotel

Every Wednesday

Get immersed in the local art scene with Live Painting every Wednesday! Feel the beat of the street with local artists painting large and live in the Living Room at the W Fort Lauderdale. Enjoy cocktail specials while seeing new work come to life in the plush and swank surroundings on the fourth floor of this beachside, uber-chic hotel.

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm

W Fort Lauderdale: The Living Room Lounge (4th Floor)
3101 Bayshore Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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This week's feature artist | Joanah Whitely

Art and creating is as much a part of me as my fingerprint. From as far back as I can remember, I’ve always been drawn to the process of creating. Growing up I often “people watched” and liked recreating the tone created by their presence. Whether graphite on paper, paint acrylic on canvas, or random findings plastered to cardboard- I enjoyed epitomizing peoples’ facial expressions and body language to create a sort of art. This love for the process brought me to study at Design and Architecture Senior High where I grew more as an artist. I learned Art exists not simply to entertain, but to provoke thought, aid in personal development, even to disturb, in a search for truth. After leaving high school, I took an extended sabbatical from the creative process, muting an intrinsic part of myself that I’d later find could not be abandoned. I pursued less aesthetic portions of self for a decade. But something drew me back. In Spring 2016, I gripped a pencil with intent to draw for the first time in 9 and a half years. I embarked on a journey that was vaguely familiar to me and the craftship rushed back as if I’d never left forgotten it. So far, on this new journey, I’ve been reminded that Art is a type of poetry that is seen rather than heard. It's the process of interpreting and epitomizing perspective, thoughts, emotions, and the world around me. As much as I run from it, it is something ingrained in my soul and spirit and I’m now ready to share this ingenuity with the world. Join me on the journey…. See more of Joanah Whitely's Work Here