St. Johns Magazine OCTOBER 2018

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ST.JOHNS October 2018

MAGAZINE

The Art Issue Local Artists

outside the box Linda Schrenk Terri Rampone Jim Kane Danielle Wirsansky Michael Cervone

Body Art by Linda Schrenk Coy & Geisha Photo by Mindy Kerr Photo Child by Mindy Kerr Nature's Photography

Nature's Child Phtotography

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PUBLISHER Debbie Gaylord debbie@stjohnsmag.com EDITOR Darren Rosenbaum CONTACT 904-687-8538 debbie@stjohnsmag.com www.stjohnsmag.com All rights reserved ©2012-2018 St. Johns Magazine LLC. Printed by The Hartley Press Jacksonville, FL Published monthly and distributed by US Postal Service. In print and on the web and distributed free of charge to consumers. THANK YOU TO OUR CONTRIBUTORS DR. DECKARD, DVM THERESA SCULLY PHOTOGRAPHER MINDY KERR NATURE'S CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY

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Coy and Geisha by Linda Schrenk Photo by Mindy Kerr Nature's Child Photography

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The Fine Art of

Photos by Mindy Kerr Nature's Child Photography

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Coy and Geisha by Linda Schrenk

Have you ever wondered how Hollywood transforms regular people into creatures like Jennifer Lawrence’s character Mystique in X-men? Often times the effect is created with the art form of body painting. As evidenced by the work of featured artist Linda Schrenk, Body painting is no longer reserved for face painting or highly stylized films.. Body painting is an unexpected medium for fine art which has gained popularity in recent years locally with a co-op of artists, models and photographers, B.A.R.E. or Body Art Refined Exhibition, who specialize in body art, painting and special effects. B.A.R.E. was spearheaded by artist Whitney Myers. Artists paint the entire body in great detail, often using a concept to develop a rough sketch which is then painted. You may have seen some of the body art on display on models at the monthly Jax Art Walk. St. Johns Magazine and photographer Mindy Kerr of Nature’s Child Photography had the privilege of observing the entire process as artist Linda Schrenk painted her model during an eight hour paint jam held at photography studio, Studio 3E in Jacksonville. The title of Linda’s piece was Coy and Geisha. In the final moments, the art comes alive in shocking beauty, reflecting the artist’s understanding of color, her skill and patience.

Meet the Artist Linda Schrenk Linda Schrenk is a wife to Dave Schrenk (31 years), mom of 5 kids (Alecia 31, Katie 25, Hannah 23, David 22 and Aaron 17). She is a face and body artist and the owner of Amazing Face Painting by Linda. She works with the medium of cosmetic grade face and body paint and she loves to paint people. Why do you do what you do? I love face and body art. I love transforming the human body into a colorful canvas of living art. It's empowering to the model to be clothed in art. How do you work? I pre-plan out a design idea by sketching it out in a notebook. I research a subject and search for images online, in nature, clothing patterns, etc. Anything that inspires an idea. For commissioned pieces I plan a design with the model or photographer.

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What’s your background? I've always been an artist. My earliest memories are from when I was 4 and drawing horses. I was really into comic books a as a teen and started drawing people from the characters. I was accepted into a commercial graphics program in High School. I then went to Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY for their Commercial Graphics Program. Like many artists, I was searching for my place in the world and dropped out.


I married my husband Dave Schrenk and became a Navy Wife. We've been married 31 years and have 5 children. I didn't draw or paint and my art was almost forgotten. Thirteen years ago I was teaching art in a homeschool/after school program in trade so my son could have dance lessons. One of my student's mom gave me the opportunity to face paint for her at an event. I fell in love with the medium. What could be better than to hang out with kids and be creative! I face painted as a hobby on and off till 2008. In 2007 my husband was retired from the Navy and by 2008 he became a full time college student and we needed a 2nd income. I decided to turn my hobby into a business. This was the birth of Amazing Face Painting by Linda. This has grown into a full entertainment company with a team of face painters, Balloon twisters, clowns,.magicians, and other entertainment services to Jacksonville and surrounding areas. I started body painting in 2014 from the encouragement of my friend and fellow body artist Whitney Myers. She created a body paint jam for artists to learn and explore this new and growing medium. Explain what you do in a way that would help lay people understand it. I paint people. To some they may look 'naked' but they are clothed in art. Body Painting has a bad Rep. People associate it with the porn industry but as a body artist I work very hard to dismiss this stigma. I'm the person that turns my head when a scene gets to steamy in a movie. But the body is a beautiful work of art and I like to showcase it. Being painted is very freeing. The models are not naked. My goal is to never sexualize the imagery but to enhance the beauty. Things to know. It can take 5-8 hours to paint a body head to toe. The hardest part is time management. Unlike canvas, your model needs breaks, must eat and drink, etc. You can walk away from a canvas and come back a few days later and work on it some more. You can't do this when painting a body. There's usually a deadline for a show or photoshoot. So, you plot and plan out how best to complete everything you want to accomplish before your deadline. How has your art changed over time I started as a pencil and ink artist and had no concept of color theory. Body Painting has encouraged me to expand as an artist and learn other mediums like canvas. What art do you most identify with? I love nature and realism.

Hela : Nordic Goddess of the Underworld by Artist Michele Lacy pictured below at work on her model

What work do you most enjoying doing? My favorite form of body painting is prenatal designs. The pregnant body growing life is a beautiful thing. I love planning out a design the perfectly matches a family. Tell us a little about how you give back by helping sick children? I paint immobilization cancer treatment masks for the kids at UF Health Proton Therapy. . What’s your favourite art work or your favorite artist & why? I love Monet because of a coffee table book in my home but many of my favorite artists are other face and body painters that have pioneered the artform. Scott and Madelyn Greco(5 time world bodypainting champions) and Tera Bakker for her realism. *During the writing of this article we received word that BARE is disbanding due to lack of funding but will continue to display their art on the website.

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Mindy Kerr is the photographer of the body art featured on our cover and within our magazine. She is also the owner of Nature's Child Photography and is the official photographer of cover art for St. Johns Magazine.

Hello! Just a little bit about your friendly neighborhood photographer! I LOVE interacting with all the different people I get to meet with this profession. From that first cup of coffee at our meet and greet, through our final image selection, I consider everyone a friend by the time we say our "until next times". I grew up in a VERY small town in Missouri. Roaming through the woods and fields, eating sun warmed wild huckleberries, reading on a bed of moss in the early morning sunshine; this was how I spent most of my days, when not doing farm chores. (Milking cows, weeding my Dad’s garden, and slopping pigs just doesn’t sound as nice as wandering through the meadows, right?) I attended Missouri University in Columbia, studying Early Childhood Education/Child Psychology, and enjoying photography classes as my elective “fun.” However, I decided about halfway into my college career, that I wanted to support my country, so I joined the Air force. While serving in Japan, I met my amazing husband (and sometimes my assistant/second shooter). 6 months later, we were married in a whirlwind ceremony. 25 years

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Who are you and what do you do? I am an eight year breast cancer survivor, a mother of a teenager and a wife of a loving husband. I’m a home maker the mother to our daughter and a permanent make up artist. Why do you do what you do? I do permanent make up because it something that came into my life when I had breast cancer. I was overwhelmed with joy and how my life has changed and having an art background for over 50 years it was as if I was lead down the path. *My business works by appointment only in a studio on Market st in Palencia. What’s your background? I’ve been painting since I am eight years old. Attended The School of Visual Arts in New York and then moved onto The Fashion Institute of Technology. What’s integral to your work? Giving back to people in need and enjoying making a simple change in their lives that brings so much joy. Explain what you do in a way that would help lay people understand it. I use my artistic experience to apply Permanent Makeup to enhance eyebrows, eyeliner, lips and Areolas and scars with several different techniques How has your art changed over time My art hasn’t changed over time however, my canvas has. I’ve always enjoyed a blank canvas to paint. Ive painted

many murals in restaurants, faux painted furniture, children’s murals, and even had my own 3D cake design company. Window design, jewelry design, office and floor design were also part of my past. What art do you most identify with? Anything with color and movement and shadows seems to catch my eye the most. I can get absorbed into this art and get lost inside it What work do you most enjoying doing? That’s s hard question because anything I’ve already find in the past has a hold on me still and I never really left any if my art behind as opposed to gathering more skills and applying them. What’s your strongest memory of your childhood? Growing up in a very large family of all 5 brothers, the memories are extensive but I would have to say Christmas was always the most memorable and fun and still is because we still carry on the tradition with the family being so much larger from many years ago Also Tuesday nights when I would go for my weekly art lesson in the evening and miss family

Breezy Day Just You and Me Acrylics on Canvas dinner but come home with an amazing painting to share with my mom and dad who were so proud of my work. What themes do you pursue? I wouldn’t say I pursue a theme more so than something that strikes my eye. It could range from a zoomed in flower to a scenic view to a simple painting of a high heeled shoe with fantastic color and shadow. What’s your favourite art work or your favorite artist & why? Any of Edgar Degas ballerina paintings and sculptures. I always wanted to dance as a child and fortunately I chose art because my daughter is a ballerina and dances so I have the best of them both! I hope to one day to be the proud owner of his sculpture work.

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JIM KANE Who are you and what do you do? I am a professional firefighter / paramedic with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. I have been with the fire department for 27 years. As a Captain of a Rescue unit in a major metropolitan fire department you may be able to imagine the daily stresses involved. Building, painting, designing and creating have always been a stress outlet for me, then I realized some of the things I made, mainly my paintings became more than just stress relief, they became a passion and I began painting purely for the sake of the art. Why do you do what you do? My artwork is a personal endeavor. I find it very cathartic and it came to somewhat of a surprise to me that others are interested in what I have created. With retirement approaching, I have been considering a new career as a starving artist! What is your background? I grew up in Massachusetts. I came to Jacksonville with the Navy, then after four years, I left the Navy and entered the fire service. After 9/11, I went back into the Navy as a reservist for six years while continuing my career in fire service. I have always had a passion for art but never thought of myself as an artist until recently. What is integral to your work? I find myself most creative when I am listening to music. There are times when I will go out to spend time in my shop and before I know it I have been working for several hours and there is a painting I had never thought about sitting before me. To be honest sometimes I have no idea where it comes from. Explain what you do in a way that would help lay people understand it. The current focus of my artwork is Resin Art.

Resin Art uses Epoxy Resins, paints, dyes, inks and pigments mixed into the resin to be pored over a canvas. This type of art is commonly referred to as flow art or a flowable medium. I take great pride in the fact that build all my own canvases (also referred to as panels). This ensures that each panel that leaves my studio is made with the very best products and built to my exacting specifications. The panels are made from Lauan plywood and birch substrate. I quarter round all the edges, sand, patch, re-sand then prime. I end up with a 2” thick gallery wrapped canvas. The resin flows over the sides smoothly and carries to image over the sides. The substrate provides an area to anchor hanging hardware. What is unique about epoxy resin is the curing time, as soon as the resin is mixed with a catalyst it begins the curing process. This process can take as little as 5-7 minutes and as long as an hour depending on the type of resin being used. Once the resin starts to “set up” the resin can no longer be manipulated. At that point the painting needs to be covered to prevent contamination and the epoxy will need a minimum of 12 hours to cure to a point that it can be worked with again. If another layer is desired, if there is any contamination or flaws on the surface, the top layer will need to be sanded to allow the new layer something to attach to. Most of my paintings end up with 4-7 layers of resin.

challenging aspects of the art. What art do you most identify with? With a wide array of interests, it is hard to identify one specific art form. I love working with different mediums whether its woodworking, painting, stone work, metal work, or just pencil and paper there is so much I would like to experience and create. I like the concept of mixing and matching mediums. What is your strongest memory of your childhood? I am the youngest of five children. As with most families each child has specific bonds with his or her parents. My father was a professional musician and my siblings all played instruments growing up. By the time I was born, let’s just say the gene pool was I bit low in the music department. My bond with my father tended to be more with hands-on things. My father taught me to do most things with my own hands, from working on cars to building houses. I have discovered that one of the things he taught me is that one’s ability to do things is only limited by your willingness to chance screwing it up. There are only two possible outcomes from trying something new: Success or the opportunity to learn from your mistakes. Both outcomes are positives.

How has your art changed over time? I hope that my artwork has improved. In retrospect I see that I have always attempted to master certain techniques and then move on to the next interest. This can be a double edge sword, allowing for a lot of different experiences but never pushing the boundaries of the art itself. Resin Art has kept my attention and I feel myself entertaining more

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October Calendar & Fun Guide September 26- Oct 31 River of Life United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch 2600 Race Track Road, in the Julington Creek area. A portion of proceeds from pumpkin patch sales benefit the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home and other ministries in the church each year. The patch is open from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Call 904-230-2955 or go to www.rolumc.com October 5th First Friday Artwalk Art Galleries of St. Augustine On the first Friday of every month, St. Augustine’s art galleries welcome visitors to browse the latest art exhibits and enjoy refreshments and live entertainment at more than 25 participating galleries. Call (832) 779-2781 for more information. The First Friday Artwalk is sponsored by The Art Galleries of Saint Augustine. artgalleriesofstaugustine.com October 6th Pumpkin Festival & Fall Market You're invited to celebrate all things PUMPKIN at Wicked Barley's inaugural Pumpkin Festival + Fall Market. It features local live music and special beer releases as well as a Fall Market with local vendors from 11am-5pm. Congaree and Penn will have a limited number of farm fresh pumpkins available for purchase. Wicked Barley Brewing Company - Jacksonville, FL, 4100 Baymeadows Rd, Jackson-

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Spondylolisthesis by Theresa Scully, owner, physical therapist at Arch Pilates Wellness studio

Spondylolisthesis is the abnormal movement of one spinal vertebra on top of the one below it. The movement can cause painful nerve root compression and spinal cord compression. The most common movement is forward although the vertebra can slip backward too. Typically this happens in the lower spine, L4/L5. It can happen through a fracture of the bony ring of the vertebra through direct trauma, repeated trauma, also, congenital pathology and degenerative means. Young adults and children are most susceptible to spondylolisthesis. The adult who has increased repetitive trauma in the lower spine through an abnormal swayback posture is prone to spondylosis, which is the fracture, and/or spondylolisthesis which is the forward slippage of the vertebra. This is troublesome because this can close down the nerve roots and compress the spinal cord causing symptoms as follows: all over leg pain, numbness, and/or weakness (sciatica, radiculitis, or radiculopathy). The tract that the nerve pain takes is along the sciatic nerve which is felt along a line that traverses the buttock, hamstring, outer lower leg, over the top of the foot and into the big toe and second toe. One can discern sciatic nerve pain to piriformis/sacroiliac joint pain whereas the pain stops at the hamstring. In spondylolisthesis the hamstrings also feel tight and lumbar pain is worse with standing activities and resolved with sitting. Children who are gymnasts, dancers, and other athletes who move their lower spines into deep arch backs are prone to spondylolisthesis and don’t often have fractures (spondylosis). Their symptoms are harder to pin down as leg pain is not always present and neither is back pain. They tend to present with severe arch backs, difficulty walking, hamstring tightness, and leg weakness. Sometimes, a step deformity can be seen in their spines when they are bent forward as the spine bone is progressing forward. Conservative management of spondylolisthesis is possible through core training, body mechanics training, ergonomic training, postural training, and flexibility training. Any core exercises that encourage strengthening of the deep abdominals known as the transversus abdominis will help

decrease the swayback and support the spine. This deep core muscle acts much like a natural corset when strengthened properly. Exercises that encourage neutral pelvis during core exercises and flexed/flattened spines to the mat such as pelvic tilts are safe. Pilates is my go to recommendation for core training and postural training. Do be careful when you tell you trainer that you need “core” training as your spine may not be stable and strong enough to deal with advance core exercises from the out-set: planks, medicine ball abdominals, teaser/ boat pose, mountain climbers, and many other high intensity core exercises. The trick is to learn how to properly engage the deep core muscles without recruitment from other muscles. Also, avoid any exercises that may make you arch your back more. This will only encourage the forward progression of the vertebra that is already slipping forward. So avoid the following exercises: cobra, up-dog, wheel, bridge, swan, and other backward bending movements. During standing exercises, protect the lower spine by ensuring that the low back is held in neutral and avoid swayback positions. This is applicable to lunges, squats, warrior poses, and running. A key cue I use often in my Pilates training is “don’t let your belly pooch!” If it does, you are using the wrong muscle and increasing your low back arch. Ultimately, if you think you have spondylolisthesis seek an orthopedic doctor and definitely give physical therapy and/or focused core training such as Pilates a try before going under the knife. Muscles do strengthen and postures can change! Theresa Scully, owner, physical therapist at Arch Pilates Wellness studio www.archpilates.com Visit Theresa’s Facebook page to see some examples of exercises for spondylolisthesis. www.facebook.com/archpilates. www.stjohnsmag.com

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MICHAEL CERVONE

Who are you and what do you do? My name is Mike Cervone. I’m a Mortgage Broker by day but my passion is family and art. I try to spend as much time as I can with my family and my art. Why do you do what you do? I do this because art is a way to escape from one’s daily stress and it is a way to challenge myself to get better each time. The problem solving and challenges that come with painting can be very frustrating but I chase the feeling I get each time I complete something that I’m proud of. What is your background? A: My background is in the Financial Services and Mortgage industry. However, I’ve always tooled around with drawing and sketching. Three years ago, after watching hundreds of Youtube painting videos, I decided that I would give it a try and use it as a valuable escape after a long day in the office. What is integral to your work? What is integral to my art work is an interesting subject, a great reference, and inspiration. Most people these days don’t have the time to sit hours for a painting so I will generally work from a photograph that I’ve meticulously set up and taken myself. A lot of times I will spend hours going through paintings from my favorite artists until I see something that inspires me. I try to capture that in the photo and later in the painting. Explain what you do in a way that would help lay people understand it. In a nutshell, I move paint around on a canvas until I like what I see. I start by taking a good photo. I then complete a drawing of that photo and transfer it onto a canvas. Once my rendering is on the canvas, I’ll work off of the photograph to try and capture the essence and likeness of the individual. I try to break down the forms (brow ridge, cheek bones, etc.,) into their general shapes and render those forms in paint, changing the color and value as that particular form turns towards or away from the light. I work on one form until I am completely satisfied and then move on to the next. After some time, you’ve got a bunch of forms that end up “clicking” into each other. How has your art changed over time? I started with landscapes but it didn’t inspire me. I then moved onto painting people. I started with taking a photo and painting it in a comic book style (more along the lines of Pop Art). Once I started studying tutorials from some of my favorite figure painters, I was more drawn to the

Comic Book ; Oil on Canvas classical approach to painting. As I complete each painting, I learn a bit more about the underlying skeletal and muscular structure that is common in all people and this makes, in my opinion, each subsequent painting a bit better than the last. What art do you most identify with? There is quite a bit. I identify a lot with the Baroque style of art from the 17th and late 18th centuries and tend to be drawn towards the Realism and Romanticism art styles What work do you most enjoying doing? I mostly enjoy painting portraits and people. Again, there is a satisfaction when you complete a piece of art that in the end, does capture the sitter’s likeness. What’s your strongest memory of your childhood? My strongest memory or memories of childhood was of drawing. I would spend hours a day drawing from magazines or creating my own characters and most memories I have of childhood generally included a pencil and paper. What themes do you pursue? My common theme is, of course, people. Since I am only 3 years into oil painting, my goal is to work towards creating some narrative pieces that follow the artistic styles that I identify with. What’s your favorite art work or your favorite artist & why? I have many favorite artists and artwork that I love for their own unique styles. My top favorites would include William Adolphe Bouguereau, John Singer Sargent, Caravaggio, and Velazquez.

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