Meet Our 2015 Uptown Art Expo Judges
The sculpture of John Robert Wolfe has been a part of the Central Florida public art scene for many years. After graduating from Rollins College with a degree in Studio Art and Education, he taught art in the Orange County school system for 15 years. His primary focus at Rollins was jewelry design, sculpture, and clay, with additional coursework later in painting. He maintains proficiency in all. Working primarily now in sculpture with fabricated metals and utilizing dynamic shapes and super-saturated colors – perhaps the result of his other artistic influences — he creates powerful, and often very large, works that speak of highly fluid, organic forms. His keen observations of nature and environment are often reflected in his botanically themed work, yet his signature, regardless of the influence, is pronounced and unmistakable. Equally at home with non-moving sculpture and with mobiles that seemingly defy laws of physics, Mr. Wolfe has drawn international acclaim for his innovative use of material and daring color palette.
There is no part of the art world with which Mr. Wolfe is not familiar. In addition to teaching, he has exhibited in major art fairs, and, from 2000 to 2005, was the co-owner of the Wolfe Gallery in DeLand, Florida. He is an experienced art show juror and recently served on the board of the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts. His work can be seen at several Orange County (Florida) Library locations, UCF Arena, and many other public and private spaces throughout Central Florida. As a hands-on artist for site-specific projects, Mr. Wolfe works closely with his clients, facilitating the progression of the work from idea to the ultimate design and fabrication of the distinct and original work for the selected site. Mr. Wolfe currently resides in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando.
As the owner and Executive Director of Hot Works LLC, Patty Narozny has her personal stamp on four nationally ranked fine art and fine craft shows. From the Estero and Boca Raton shows in Florida to Orchard Lake in Michigan, her reputation for always being available to artists and for doing what is best for the artists precedes her. In a recent Sunshine Artist feature on award-winning fiber artist Herion Park, Ms. Park was quoted in the article as saying, “The show promoter who is hands down the most concerned about the well-being of her artists and consistently puts on a great show is Patty Narozny of Hot Works.” Retired art fair artist and current art fair industry advocate Les Slesnick has said, “No one works harder to get rid of buy/sell than Patty Narozny.”
Ms. Narozny comes to the art show world with a degree in Corporate Finance and from almost 30 years of event and media experience, at one time being responsible for producing 50 events a year. Her shows are top-rated in Sunshine Artist, and in 2010 alone she took home eight awards from the Michigan Festivals and Events Association, as well as several since then. Ms. Narozny and husband actively support arts education in the schools and are the founders of the non-profit Institute for the Arts & Education, a multi-state program that provides venues and competitions for participating students in all age groups. All of her shows have a “Budding Artists” component, with area schools participating and with cash awards for the winning students whose work is exhibited at the show. When she’s not at home in White Lake, Michigan, or at her satellite office in Bradenton, Florida, it’s not uncommon to see Ms. Narozny visiting and surveying major art fairs around the country.