Jim Valentine-Ft Meyers, Naples, Sarasota, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor- Photography
Valentine’s camera, “a carrier of the light”, is used to create archival photographic art that reflects the creations of nature and culture. He has devoted his life work for the stewardship of wilderness, wildlife and the understanding of sustainable living. As president of Quest Foundation, Inc., Valentine pioneered the concept of Environmental Art Photography; images that work for the conservation of our wilderness and cultural heritage.
Highlights of his career include: In 1969 he accomplished a three year trek that followed the journey of 18th century naturalist, William Bartrum, throughout coastal Georgia. This extensive exploration and environmental photographic commission lead to the development of the largest environmental art and natural sound exhibition in the country at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA. and a book by the same name: Guale, The Golden Coast of Georgia, published by the Friends of the Earth. This exhibit and book lead to the preservation of the wildest coastline along Eastern America and helped establish Coastal Zone Management for the entire U.S.
In 1975, the Governor of Georgia, the Honorable George Busbee, commissioned Valentine to document Georgia’s state parks and wilderness areas in an elegant book on the wilderness and cultural beauty of Georgia published by the Graphic Arts Center.
The Appalachian Regional Commission, in coordination with the University of North Carolina, approved funding of the first Environmental Art Center in the country in 1980, establishing Valentine’s technical photographic laboratory and housing facility as the official Appalachian Environmental Art Center, located in Western North Carolina. The center was founded and created by James Valentine in coordination with the University of North Carolina.
He was commissioned to produce four photographic albums on the Georgia wilderness landscape called The Presidential Photographic Portfolios. They are accessible at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
For the Graphic Arts Center in Portland, Oregon he produced the books: North Carolina, editions I & II. He photographed the natural history and cultural heritage found in North Carolina starting in the highest mountains in the east and eventually ending on the Outer Banks along the coast.
The natural history journey of the early explorers and naturalists who first set foot into the wilds of Florida is captured in his book Florida – Images of the Landscape, Westcliffe Publishers, Englewood, Colorado, released in the fall of 1988.
Valentine’s book of poetry and imagery captures the cultural and natural beauty of Georgia’s coast is entitled Guale – The Sacred Landscape, Peachtree Publishers, Atlanta, Georgia.
His formal garden art photographic books include: Callaway Gardens – The Unending Season and A Guide To Biltmore Estate – Special Centennial Edition that celebrates the Biltmore Estate & Gardens.
Southern Light, Oxmoor House, Birmingham, Alabama, was produced in 1991 with nationally known poet, James Dickey. This publication documents twenty years of Valentine’s exploration into the wilds of the South and covers ten southern states.
Projects in Production:
Books: Florida: Magnificent Wilderness – State Lands/Parks/Natural Areas; Lost Worlds of El Dorado – Islands in the Mist; Southern Appalachian Celebration – Save Our Mountains; Maui’s Hana Coast
Films: Tropical Odyssey (Exploring the tropical ecology of Costa Rica).
Seven major photographic large format books on the Southern landscape, and related photographic projects, position James Valentine as the most celebrated photographer in the South. He works as an environmental consultant, writer, poet and advanced scuba diver. He is currently working with several cultural and conservation groups to help preserve Maui. Valentine coordinates his photographic art and film projects with leading environmental and cultural organizations throughout the world.
Joyce Lazzara- Tampa Bay, Ft Meyers, Naples- Oil
Joyce Lazzara is one of Tampa Bay’s best-known artists. She currently works in oils, but has used a variety of medium during her career as an artist. Her subject matter ranges from floral, tropical, landscapes, still lives, and portraiture her use of vibrant colors and exquisite detail earmark her very popular style. Lazzara’s printmaking abilities have added to her reputation as a master craftsperson. As a consummate student of line, color, design and value, her knowledge and love of painting have always distinguished her work. Lazzara’s work embodies an honest, uncompromising quality that demonstrates the discipline and energy she invests in all that she creates. She is also available for commissioned work and enjoys this opportunity to work more closely with the clients. Joyce Lazzara was born in Tampa, Florida where she now lives with her husband. She is the mother of two sons, both artistically inclined. She works out of her Tampa studio and a studio on Anna Maria Island.
ONE WOMAN SHOWS: (PARTIAL LISTING) General Telephone Company, Tampa, Florida Exchange Bank & Trust Co of Florida, Tampa, Florida First National Bank, Tampa, Florida Burdines Department Store- Clearwater and Tampa, Florida TECO Plaza, Tampa, Florida St. Joseph Hospital, Tampa, Florida Woman’s Hospital, Tampa, Florida The Club at Cheval, Tampa, Florida, Eastwest Gallery, St Petersburg, Florida
JURIED AND INVITATIONAL SHOWS: (PARTICIAL LISTINGS)
Florida Printmakers Longboat Key Art Center, Longboat Key, FL Farrington-Keith National Exhibition, Dexter, MI The Thomas Center Gallery, Gainesville, FL Art Foundations Incorporated, LeMoyne FL Clara Kott Von Storch Gallery, Dexter, MI Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, FL Las Damas De Arte, Tampa, FL Sunfest, Judges Selection, West Palm Beach, FL Florida Competitive Exhibition Center for the Arts, Vero Beach, FL Art With A Southern Drawl Exhibition Mobile University, Mobile, AL Art Communicational International Art Collection, Philadelphia, PA Winter Park Art Festival, WinterPark, FL Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa Int’l Airport, Tampa FL Int’l Artist Management, First Place, St Petersburg. FL Fairchild Gardens, Miami, FL Mary Selby Gardens, First Place, Sarasota, FL
MUSEUM SHOWS: The Florida National, Tallahassee, Florida Miami Museum of Science, Miami, Florida Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa Florida A.E. “Bean” Backus Gallery & Museum, Fort Pierce, Florida
J.Lazzara West, Los Angeles, California
Kelsey Keller & Assoc., Tampa, Florida
Seven North, St Petersburg, Florida
The Garden Party
GALLERIES: Coconut Grove Gallery
EDUCATION: Fifteen years experience in fashion. Director, coordinator, design, model and buyer. Studied oil painting in Spain with master painter Juan Ignasio Sardi. Formal training-Hillsborough Community College (AA) University Of South Florida (Fine Art) Studied airbrush illustration in New York, New Orleans and California. Workshops with master artists: Franko Covino-Portraits John Howard Sanden-Portraits Thomas Nash-Portraits Danielle E. Green-Portraits David Leffel-Portraits and Still life Joyce Pike-Floral still life American Society of Portrait Artists-Workshops, Seventeen years gallery owner, director and artist.