CAMO GOES PINK IN FLORIDA

CAMO GOES PINK IN FLORIDA

Three Florida sisters wanted to encourage people to get outside & connect with nature so they started Pink Camo Adventures. The sisters sat down with FabFlorida to tell us about their field outings, workshops & events along with what inspired them to start this journey. They said some of their motivation comes from "the women who saved Florida" - read on to find out more about these amazing Florida women. 

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SOUTH FLORIDA’S MIZELL-JOHNSON STATE PARK IS A BEAUTIFUL HIDDEN GEM WITH A HISTORY IN CIVIL RIGHTS

SOUTH FLORIDA’S MIZELL-JOHNSON STATE PARK IS A BEAUTIFUL HIDDEN GEM WITH A HISTORY IN CIVIL RIGHTS

Twenty miles north of bustling South Beach, Miami lies a hidden patch of wild Florida. Stretching from Port Everglades Inlet to Dania Beach, Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park is named in honor of the two pioneers who led the charge to integrate the beaches in Broward County. 

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STRETCHING FOR INSPIRATION IN TAMPA BAY

STRETCHING FOR INSPIRATION IN TAMPA BAY

Florida is getting inspired with Ally Ford's healing practice of Ashtanga yoga. Her students are improving their health, well-being and their outlook on life. Ashtanga Yoga is an ancient practice, taught in the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, that synchronizes the breath with a series of postures.

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SCULPTING FOR CHANGE IN PALM COAST

SCULPTING FOR CHANGE IN PALM COAST

Palm Coast, FL artist Paul Baliker challenges his viewers with his towering sculptures depicting the entangled interdependent relationship between human and animal. He has been sculpting exclusively for over 35 years and is known for large pieces made from bronze, wood or a combination of both. 

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A LOVE OF COLOR IN JACKSONVILLE, FL

A LOVE OF COLOR IN JACKSONVILLE, FL

Since retiring from a career in real estate, watercolorist Sandy Harrington, has become a force in the North Florida art scene. Finding inspiration from her surroundings, she experiments with different mediums, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic washes. She is especially interested in how the colors interact. 

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PASSION BORN IN FLORIDA TURNS INTO INTERNATIONAL BRAND

PASSION BORN IN FLORIDA TURNS INTO INTERNATIONAL BRAND

Chances are you have seen Natural Life products in Nordstrom, gift stores or your surf shop. You can’t miss their free-spirited clothing, bohemian decorations and inspirational gifts…most branded positive messages. What you may not know is that Natural Life was created by Floridian Patti Hughes and although they are now an international brand, they are still headquartered in Jacksonville. 

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ARTIST JJ GRAHAM EXPLORES THE UNSPEAKABLE IN BUNNELL, FL

JJ Graham in his studio at the Salvo Art Project. Photo by Petra Iston

JJ Graham in his studio at the Salvo Art Project. Photo by Petra Iston

JJ Graham is an expressionist painter in the Florida's East Coast whose work depicts the psychological response to a human's inner and outer landscape. 

There is a thing out there that I’m trying to get at. I call it the Unspeakable.
JJ Graham, Photo by Petra Iston

JJ Graham, Photo by Petra Iston

Recently JJ, with graphic artist and painter Petra Iston, created the Salvo Art Project. This new endeavor in Bunnell, Florida is a 6,000 sq. ft building featuring studio space for artists, a gallery space, outdoor painting areas, an artist residency program, and a classroom. 

At Salvo we wish to work together as a community of artists to create, inspire, and craft a culture within our community that is original, authentic, and diverse. We are providing a platform for exhibition and opportunities for education in the visual arts.
Across the Bridge and Dreaming by JJ Graham. Private Collection. Photo by Petra Iston

Across the Bridge and Dreaming by JJ Graham. Private Collection. Photo by Petra Iston

Born John Joseph Graham, he began drawing at an early age. His first major influence came when his family relocated to San Angelo, Texas. Willie Zuniga, a Native American high school art teacher fostered him to use art to cope with the early loss of his mother.

 Musing by JJ Graham. Private Collection. Photo by Petra Iston

 Musing by JJ Graham. Private Collection. Photo by Petra Iston

In 2012 he became an international artist when he was granted an artist residency by the Labirint Gallery in Krakow, Poland. Two of his paintings have been accepted into the permanent collection of The Polish and Slavic Center in New York.

The Arrival by JJ Graham. Private Collection. Photo by Petra Iston

The Arrival by JJ Graham. Private Collection. Photo by Petra Iston

WHY DO YOU THINK FLORIDA IS FAB?

Being here at Salvo Art Project in Bunnell, Florida, I'm fortunate to be surrounded by a unique blend of creatives. Whether it's the children who come here to study, the artists that occupy our studios, or the guest artists we invite to show their work in the main gallery, I'm always enthralled by the talent that finds its way here. The art here is highly authentic and that is something I value greatly.

FAVORITE FLORIDA SPOTS

Hands down Miami Beach during Art Basel. The whole city comes alive with art. Art Miami and Context are my favorite venues to visit during that week. I always leave feeling inspired and creatively charged. 

FAVORITE FLORIDA PRODUCTS

  • There is a place in St. Augustine called the Ice Plant Bar that distills their own gin. Their gin & tonic is to die for. 
  • The paintings of my friend and fellow artist Christine Sullivan. She is becoming quite successful and I'm very proud of her and the work she is creating.

Check out classes and up coming shows at Salvoart.org and see more of JJ Graham's work.

 

MY FAVORITE SUNSCREEN - SAFE & SMELLS DELICIOUS

MY FAVORITE SUNSCREEN - SAFE & SMELLS DELICIOUS

Summer is here and while all Floridians know it is important to protect our skin on a daily basis, it can be difficult to actually take the time to apply each morning.  I often get sun burned just driving for a few hours in Florida … especially on my left arm. I’m pretty good about using a daily moisturizer on my face, but my arms and legs were a different story until I discovered KINeSYS SPF 30 Girl Spray Sunscreen at a little market in San Francisco. I thought this was worth sharing even though it is not a Florida product.

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