Tona Bell, proprietress of The Paper Seahorse, has always had a passion for all things paper, packaging, writing and making. All through her successful career in public relations, marketing and creative services, she found new and exciting ways to use paper. She used hand-written, stamped letters to 100 specific people as a very personal way to launch a successful marketing company. In her 18 years as President of that company, Tricycle Studios, she continued to encourage the use of handwritten letters. With The Paper Seahorse, her dream has come true to share these creative pursuits with others. She hopes to inspire people to follow their dreams and make the world a lovelier, more thoughtful place.
Lynda has been an artist all her life. Crayola crayons and pencils were her favorite things when she was young. In a former life, she worked as a Designer and Creative Director for large and small ad agencies, corporations and design studios in NYC, Boston and Tampa. She also had her own design business for 12 years, but always kept a visual journal and did art in her free time. Now she works in acrylics, watercolor, collage and encaustic art full time. She teaches small group workshops in drawing, journaling, watercolors, meditation and yoga. She counts nature and the abstract, big Florida skies, portals, sacred circles and more as her inspiration. Her affinity for Wabi-Sabi allows her to appreciate old worn textures and the beauty of imperfection. Envelopes, handwriting and postage stamps often find their way into her work, as she keeps a visual journal and enjoys handwritten letters.
Margot is a calligrapher and mixed media artist who hates being cold. A New England native, she sailed a schooner down to Key West after getting her degree in studio arts and has chased the sunshine ever since. Margot specializes in pointed dip pen calligraphy and watercolors but does a little bit of everything. In addition to owning Inky Fingers Calligraphy, she has been teaching classes in Tampa Bay since 2019 and is on the faculty of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.
Amanda is a wife and mom of two. She is the designer behind Amanda Kammarada Hand Lettering, which specializes in hand lettered art and design that hopes to bring inspiration, happiness and joy. Art has always been a part of her life but didn’t find her love of hand lettering until 2015. Amanda enjoys spending time with her family, going to Universal Orlando and DIYs. She loves Harry Potter, coffee and chocolate.
Find more of her work at: www.amandakammarada.com
FANCLUB 13" is the street art / collage persona of Lance Rothstein. He has been making collages with trash and found objects, then leaving them out on the streets or mailing them out since 2010. A professional photojournalist by trade, he’s worked for many major newspapers and publications throughout Europe and the US, including 8 years at the Tampa Bay Times. He lived and worked in Belgium for six years before moving back to his home state of Florida. He prefers the dubious methods of posting street art and mail art, but his artwork has also been in many exhibitions and publications worldwide. Lance is on the Board of Directors for Kolaj Institute and leads collage residencies through them. Additionally, he teaches at the Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, and the Dunedin Fine Art Center, where he runs photographic darkrooms, and teaches photography to adults and teens.
Randy Rosenthal is an artist/entrepreneur. As co-founder and Creative Director of Tricycle Studios, he advises business leaders at some of the world’s best-known brands like Johnson & Johnson, and Olympus on customer engagement strategies. He is very excited to bring these proven techniques to the local creative business community. Randy brings his signature “human-centered” approach to all of his wildly different endeavors like stand-up comedy, hypnosis, and filmmaking.
Josefina is a mindful creative freelancer living in Tampa, Florida. She's a devoted artist, writer, and wellness mentor.With a deep love for art, wellness, and community Josefina specializes in the beauty of art and healing.Josefina's life’s work is to encourage others to share their stories and own their truth.Love Offering is the platform Josefina uses to create consciously, cultivate community, and celebrate the journey of life.
Monica lives and breathes creativity. Her motto is: Art Is Life. A Tampa native, she has home schooled her kids and adds art into everything she does. Her natural talents extend into letter writing and making artist trading cards (ATCs) . She feels most herself when creating and teaching others.
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