Meet our 2017 Ambassador Artists

#AtHomeWithArt - Weston Art Guild Presents, "Art, Culture Feeding"

Curated by Lynda Sauls

Weston Art Guild (WAG) cordially invites you to partake of its visual delicacies. WAG established in December 2005 as a nonprofit all volunteer visual arts organization for the purpose of creating a cultural atmosphere in the community by educating the public on the importance of all forms of visual art. WAG reflects the multicultural composition in its members work.

This visual banquet is set before you by eleven WAG members. Nourishment is digested through color, texture, complex subjects, wet on wet techniques, geometric shapes, repetition of color and line. Dining will facilitate freedom to explore, as well reflect and enhance conscious and unconscious awareness. Hoping to titillate taste buds that will lead to new possibilities and transformative thoughts of ourselves and the world. Bon Appetite!


Monica Medina-Azpurua

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Monica Medina-Azpurua’s work has been featured in galleries, private galas and museums, such as, The Coral Springs Art Museum. Her paintings are widely collected by private collectors that continue to follow her work and appreciate her creativity. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the USA and abroad. Her paintings are bright with bold, vivid colors, showing many styles and methods, including abstracts with resin and mixed media. She is a contemporary artist, and painting is her long-life passion. Her artwork is influenced by her multicultural heritage. Medina-Azpurua has dedicated time to learning new techniques with different workshops. Her pieces are full of life and joy. Her artwork is a celebration of life. Medina-Azpurua graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish, and worked for the largest Spanish networks in the USA as a news anchor and presenter. She also contributes to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Debbie’s Dream.

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Patricia Beltran

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Patricia Beltran founded her art studio, Café e Art, in 2012. She currently paints commissioned artwork for residential and commercial spaces, and offers art workshops for adults and children. She is a current an active member of NAEA – National Art Education Association, IIDA (International Interior Design Association) as Associate IIDA, and Weston Art Guild, and Plantation Art Guild. Beltran was born and raised in Minas Gerais, Brazil, where she started her career as an artist at an early age. She initiated her journey in art attending private lessons in fabric painting, and then found her passion in oil and acrylic painting on canvas. After years experimenting with different techniques, she defines her style on palette knives stating: “It gives me freedom… I have learned how to see beyond the details and focus on shapes, color and values.” Beltran holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and several fine arts certifications. After she completed her degree in 2004, she dedicated her time to interior design where she combined art and design. Beltran moved to the USA in 2005 and worked in interiors for 6 years in Texas. Since then, she has moved to South Florida where she currently resides in Weston.

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Becky Blackwood

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Becky Blackwood has been exhibiting and selling her art since the early 2000s. Several of her pieces have won local and state awards. Her artist preferences have focused mainly on complex subjects and landscapes, birds of all species and her favorite bromeliads. Blackwood was born in Miami and spent many years living alternatively in North Miami and throughout the United States during her early years. In 1980, her first art experience began during her college architecture major at the University of Florida at age 39. The University of Florida’s Architecture School is a “design” or art based college requiring two years of art classes for structural or interior projects. Unfortunately, even with many architectural projects, artist presentations were seldom requested by her clients during and after graduation.

In the early 2000s, Blackwood returned to her art at the Peter Olsen studio, where painting became a serious “escape” to counteract employer pressure from her whistleblower activities. In college, her first choice of medium was pastel chalk, but she later found oils gave greater opportunity to determine her color choices.

Susan Gillingham

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Susan Gillingham achieved early success, as a New York native, painting murals that can still be seen around her home town of Elmsford, just outside New York City. While there, she immersed herself in the museums and art galleries surrounding her. The work of Impressionists became her inspiration. Gillingham exhibited her paintings at the 2015 Artigras in Jupiter, Florida with much success. Today, you can find her work at Islamorada's Art on a Whim, A Fine Art Gallery at the Rain Barrel. A love and respect for the force of the ocean was instilled in her when she left the big city and moved to South Florida. She was exposed to the rhythm of the sea, which is an ongoing influence in her work. Gillingham is a professional artist and graphic designer who specializes in wet into wet oil paintings of the sea. She studied her craft at Parsons School of Design and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.

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Eliane Harvey

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Eliane Harvey has been commissioned to create pieces for collectors all over the United States and South America. Her work hangs in the local galleries, as well as many private collections. She is currently working on her series “Mutant,” influence by the passionate art work of Sonia Delaunay, Beatriz Milhazes and Frank Stella. Harvey moved from Brazil many years ago and is currently living in the Sailboat Bend Artist's Lofts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She continued her art career while working for Cecrisa and Ceusa as a ceramic tile designer. The tiles that she designed were produced in Brazil and offered for sale in both South America and Europe. Throughout her life, she spent a lot of time drawing and painting, she has also taken workshops from artists all over Brazil and the United States. Harvey is deeply involved with the Art Communities in Broward and in Miami. She studied Mechanical Design at the SATC Technical School in Brazil.

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Alexandra Louise Jones

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Alexandra Louise Jones is a contemporary artist in her early twenties who is born and raised in South Florida. When she’s not a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader, she enjoys painting abstracts and decorating homes. She began her passion for art in middle school and took art class very seriously at Westminster Academy. After school, she trained at the Peter Olsen Art Studio. Peter Olsen taught Alexandra to work with oil paint and challenged her to try new mediums. She took AP Art in high school and concentrated on fashion art. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2016. Whether she was rubbing coffee into a painting or using water color, she loved experiencing with mixed media. Jones is inspired by industrial objects, plants and big cities. She enjoys attending shows such as Art Basel and hopes to display her work at a gallery in her hometown.

Magdaly Montenegro

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Magdaly Montenegro is both an architect and a fine artist born in Caracas, Venezuela. She has been influenced by modern architecture and artistic movements surrounding the city where she grew up. Two of the most influential artists were Jesus Soto and Carlos Cruz Diez. Their art taught her the importance of color and use of space to create visual arts. Meanwhile, Montenegro felt the motivation to prepare professionally. She graduated from the Central University of Venezuela with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture. During her professional career, she continued her education in different areas of art at Metropolitan University, including a certificate in Occidental Art and a certificate in Venezuelan art. Montenegro moved to the United States of America and resides in Florida. She has been creating new art pieces at her shop. She is also enjoying the beautiful city of Weston and the warm people of her new town.

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Consuelo Mora

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Consuelo “Titi” Mora has been surrounded by graphic design, interior design, décor, paintings and other kind of arts her whole life. This is what makes her truly passionate about colors, textures and forms. She loves to create, innovate and make new abstract compositions. She uses a fusion of colors and textures to achieve a balance, as is the basis of design.

More has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design with an MBA in Business Administration. Furthermore, she is working as a full time Marketing Director. She has relocated 17 times and has resided in five different countries. Due to her travels, she has been able to project her cultural knowledge and backgrounds into her paintings.

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Lifrancis Rojas

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Lifrancis Rojas’ works can be found in collector’s homes and businesses in the United States, Japan, Sweden, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela. She was chosen as a Feature artist for the Miami Art and Business Council annual event in 2016. Today, she serves as Publicity Chairman for the Weston Art Guild.

Rojas is Venezuelan born, and creates her works full of textures, movement and vibrant colors. The presence of spirals, as a symbol of transformation, balance and feminine energy, play their role with streaks of colors and a wake of flowing paint, sometimes hidden under dotted surfaces resembling sheer lace that draws us closer to discover what is hidden beneath it. She has lived in different countries, settling in Weston, Florida since 2000. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance, and a Marketing Certification. However, She is dedicated fulltime to the arts.

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Steve L. Romero

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Steve Romero was born and raised in New York City. He reflects the cultural diversity that surrounded him growing up. His passion for photography began while attending high school in SoHo, the heart of creativity, combining the punk and art culture of the 1980s. His love of photography continued years later in 1994 when he received a prestigious scholarship allowing him to study architecture in Rome, Italy. Wanting to capture the scene rather than sketching his assignments, he dedicated his time to photographing the great European monuments and architecture. Over a decade ago, with the advent of digital photography, Romero was re-introduced to the craft while traveling to Brazil, the Grand Canyon and the Caribbean. The colors, culture and architectural forms inspired him further, thus inciting his desire to learn more. The creativity prompted him to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology for Photography. This formal education along with experimentation provided him with the skills needed to capture great moments today. Upon arriving in Weston, Romero made an immediate impact by sharing his sunrise/sunset photos in local Facebook groups. The colors, composition and great attitude towards sharing his work have created many followers of his photographs. He looks forward to highlighting the true beauty of South Florida and making an everlasting impact on people of our community.

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Lynda Sauls

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Lynda Sauls has exhibited in various venues including the Glass Gallery in Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs Museum, Sunrise Civic Center, Weston Hills Country Club, Art and Soul, Studio 18 and Art & Danza. She is a member of Art Serve and the President of Weston Art Guild. She loves to brush brilliant colors onto any surface. She loves how color and nature can transport one into a sense of harmony. Residing in South Florida, where lush, tropical landscapes surround her, she feels it's the perfect setting for inspiration. She finds nature brings her joy and peace, which she expresses with each painting. Sauls began drawing and painting at an early age and, while mostly self-taught, she has earned an AA degree from Miami Dade College and taken various workshops. She has explored many different mediums and materials over the years. Presently, she is exploring encaustic wax, and enjoys working in oils and acrylics. Sauls loves collaborating with fellow artisans and others to help their dreams come alive.

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