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techniques to create her beads. “Inside each bead is a painting,” Caldwell says, tracing the swirling colors of the glass with her fingernail. “With Amber, the minute details that she puts into her work are just exquisite. She’s handcrafting everything and she has a great eye.” This year the Grand Bohemian Gallery has paired Higgins’ wearable artistic statements with the bold paintings of Dowless. Crowned Orlando’s “Ambassador of Love,” Dowless creates richly colored and textured images inspired by love. Her paintings careen through the endless forms of love felt in a lifetime—the love one has for a friend, lighthearted love, sensual and passionate love, and even mature love, the type only time can affirm. “She is just the type of person that is always exuding love and peace so her work has always revolved around that. It’s feminine but still kind of edgy,” Caldwell says. Dowless and Higgins both create works that reflect openness to life, love and experience. Each forged a path to their means of expression and neither has formal training. “The aura in the work—especially with these two artists—it is very energetic and passionate, so those things really shine through and maybe it is because of the

life experiences they draw into their work,” Caldwell says. Friday, Feb. 6, the gallery will kick off a weekend of Heart and Soul events with open hours during the First Friday Art March from 6-9pm. Saturday, the gallery welcomes the public to meet Higgins from 5:30-8pm. On Sunday, an afternoon artist reception with Higgins from 2-5pm will round out the weekend celebration for Heart and Soul. While many have passed by the Mansion on Forsyth Park without realizing such an active gallery was right next to the hotel’s entrance, Caldwell invites everyone to come experience the space. “This is an ideal venue to exhibit art,” says Caldwell. “I really am able to seamlessly curate art from across many media, styles, and techniques. We almost have something for everybody. It’s a special place.” cs

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