Expansion plans underway for Big Bend Cares

Rob Renzi peered out a window facing South Monroe Street, pointing to an adjacent block where Big Bend Cares wants to build a two-story, 25,000-square-foot medical center. In February, the Tallahassee nonprofit submitted preliminary plans to the city’s Growth Management Department, and last week paperwork was finalized to acquire seven lots on 1.8 acres at…

Meet an Artopian: Vera Sorensen

Tell us about growing up in Ukraine? I was born and raised in Ukraine. My parents did not share my dream to be artist and my painting class had to be postponed for many years. I went to Russia for study in College of Art and later. Finished Institute of Culture and getting an education…

Meet an Artopian: Pattie Maney

When did you know you could create art? When I was just a kid I loved art and I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up – I’ve done it all my life the last 40 years old my family help me to set up my business and now 10 years…

Meet an Artopian: Mark Dickson

How has your work evolved since the you started? I am of course much more comfortable with the medium and most of all with myself and my ideas. I tend to be more aggressive with the materials, experimenting constantly and not being afraid to let the work speak for itself. Who is an artist that…

Meet an Artopian: Mershell Sherman

Tell us about the genesis of your art? My life, as I know it, was altered after the passing of my twin sister Ladell in 1999. After a debilitating grief, I began working with color on furniture, through this process I discovered the healing power of color. In 2001 I began creating images like fish,…

Meet an Artopian: Courtney Uhrick

Where does your creativity come from? Finding beauty in the little things. Do you roll your eyes when people in Florida complain about winter weather? Yes! I lived in Florida for a year and Mom has for many years. I laugh every time she calls to tell me how cold it is and it’s literally…

Meet an Artopian: Stacey Anne

What inspired you to become an artist and entrepreneur? I have always had a love for art and creativity. I did photography in high school and entered and won in art shows then in college I continued to enjoy taking pictures. I had tried painting and drawing and pottery but I always found myself stuck…

Meet an Artopian: Malcolm Hosford

When did you realize you could create art? July 5th 1981 Who inspires you the most? Christopher Reeve What is Patrick Swayze’s best movie? To Wong Fu If you could have one super power, what would it be? …you mean besides the one I already have? What is your favorite color? Blonde Hair and Blue…

Meet an Artopian: Erin Sexton

What inspires you the most? In art: nature. In life: greatness in others. When did you know you could create art? I drew a seahorse in 2nd grade for some kind of LCS art contest. It was pretty good. I remember thinking, “I could get into this.” It’s been all downhill since then. Who is…

Meet an Artopian: Larry DiPietro

Tell us about Homer Simpson? I identify with Homer as Everyman. We all aspire to do good and make the world a better place, but we struggle with being human and our very human faults. Homer Simpson illustrates this with timely humor. He’s also the voice on my GPS, so I place a great deal…