(Picture: Dante Ferraro, Ha Pham, Tom Ruthz)

Dante Ferraro

Dante was born in New Jersey in ’75. His mother, being an art teacher, began teaching him at the very young age of 2 years old. He relocated to Sarasota, Florida in ’91.  After graduating high school, he worked with Disney as an apprentice and local artists learning new skills and techniques. His heart is in realism, expressionistic, marine-life, as well as fantasy (dragons, mermaids and other mythical creatures).

Other talents are woodcarving, sculpturing, portraits and custom artwork in and on classic automobiles and surfboards. His work is displayed around the country and can be seen in several local galleries, business/school murals and he has donated many paintings for charity auctions to raise money for special-needs children around the world.


Tom Ruthz 

Tom Ruthz is a Brazilian artist originally from Rio de Janeiro. Ruthz began his career as a painter focusing primarily in fine arts. He is also well-known for portrait work, and his paintings of horses have been well-received in the art community. Most recently, he has created several phenomenal contemporary pieces.

Although he has never received formal training, Ruthz has been painting professionally since 1995. Throughout his career, he has received many awards at various competitions in Brazil, Italy, and other countries.

Ruthz relocated to the Brazilian capital city of Sao Paolo in 1994 where he initiated his career as a plastic artist.  He taught painting and drawing for many years at various art galleries in Sao Paolo, including in his own studio. He also taught courses and workshops in the cities of Salvador (Bahia Brazil), Rio de Janeiro, Amsterdam, Miami, and Sarasota.  While living in Amsterdam, Ruthz showcased his work in the Netherlands, Germany, England, France, and other European countries.

Ha Pham

Ha Pham is an artist of Vietnamese origin, currently living in Sarasota, Florida. Ever since she was little, she was seen with a sketch book in hand, attempting to recreate what she saw in life. Her work is a combination of abstract shapes of vibrant burst of colors in the background with more refined brushstrokes in the foreground. She leans toward the sensual part of human nature expressed through bold brush strokes, colors, and textures. Although she never had formal training, she studied portraiture with a local portrait artist, Jon Greely, where she learned to work with forms, lights and shadows. Subsequently, she went to study with Charles Miano at the Southern Atelier in an informal studio setting, and then with Romel de la Torre and Kevin Beilfuss. She works with all type of mediums, although Oils and charcoal remain my favorite, but often time combine more than one medium in one painting to get the desire look. In 2012, she was awarded The Most Promising Young Artist award at Towles Court art show. Ha continues to exhibit her work throughout Sarasota with most recent ones at the Players Theater in November 2016 and at Urbanite Theater and Barbosso currently.

Karen Chandler

I studied oil painting for five years at the Stevenson Academy of Traditional Painting in Sea Cliff, New York and afterward at the New York School of Visual Arts (design) and New York Institute of Technology (photography). I have been painting in oils for over 25 years. Over time I have added in computer, acrylic and photography. Now it all blends in together to create images that touch an emotional chord.

I have been affiliated with the NASA Space Art Program and the United States Air Force Art Program since 1990. My work is in the permanent collections at the Galaxy Art Gallery, the Kennedy Space Center and the Air Force Art Collection. My paintings are currently hanging at the Pentagon and the National Aviation Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton Ohio.

I have been a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York since 1989. My illustrations have appeared regularly for most of the major publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Bantam Books, Random House and many others. My work is on the covers of several popular series, by authors such as R.L. Stein, Agatha Christie and Victoria Thompson’s New York-based historical mysteries.

Laurie Maves Guglielmi 

Laurie has been an artist her entire life and has been working as a live performance painter for the past 15 years. Recently she relocated from Denver Colorado – where she established her fine art career for the past 20 years and maintains gallery representation there. Her move to Sarasota was a welcomed life change where she looks forward to becoming an active member of the arts community and enjoys fresh and salt water fishing with her husband in her spare time.

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