Meet Our 2017 Uptown Art Expo Judges
Armed with a B.A. (1969) and an M.A. (1972) in Zoology, David Hunter actually began his art career by illustrating his entire Master’s thesis with his own, original pen-and-ink drawings. By 1977, after a nine-month stint as a research associate in the Biology Department at U.C.F. (then F.T.U.) and teaching middle-school science for five years, he knew a change was in the wind. He made his first forage into art shows with pen-and-ink drawings and, in 1978, after branching into printmaking, became a full-time artist. He has never looked back. Mr. Hunter has exhibited his widely acclaimed work in art fairs, galleries and art competitions throughout the eastern United States. Since the early ‘90s, he has competed in miniature art competitions across the U.S., and is a consistent award winner in both the art shows and competitions. In 2008, Mr. Hunter began teaching printmaking at the Crealdé School of Art in Winter Park (FL) and, more recently, began teaching acrylic painting. He was named Crealdé’s 2015 Instructor of the Year.
In 1985, Mr. Hunter decided to limit his images to sizes no larger than 8” X 10”. Each image is a masterpiece of intricate design and detail. Tightly cropped as a photographic portrait would be, the eyes of his character studies reveal their inner selves and personalities. His nautical and nature scenes depict larger, more expansive themes that belie their small scale and format. Each edition of prints is limited to impressions of 100, after which he cuts off the plate’s upper right-hand corner. Mr. Hunter enjoys canoeing Florida’s rivers and saltwater fishing in his spare time. He resides in Winter Park.
As a charter board member of ArtHaus of Volusia and Flagler Counties (Florida), Jane Hubbard Jennings’ commitment to our children’s art education helps define her as an artist, educator, and as an individual deeply committed to bringing up our children in the presence of art. Recently retired after serving the students of Volusia and Flagler Counties for almost 20 years, and serving more than 60,000 school children a year, she celebrates 18 years of successful fundraising for children’s art education. She studied at East Carolina University and later at Daytona Beach Community College, now Daytona State College. She has attended workshops at Carriage House Paper, now located in Brooklyn, NY, and considered one of the country’s most pre-eminent hand papermaking studios, as well as Boston’s Rugg Road Paper Mill.
Mrs. Jennings’ current work focuses on textiles as an art form. Her palette is cotton batik fabric. The primary emphasis of the work is on the exquisite hues of the fiber itself, as the colors are at once radiant and luminous, a quality made possible only through the process of hand dying. Found objects or tiny clay pieces created by the artist are often incorporated into the designs and, more recently, she has begun printing her own digitally layered photographs on cotton fiber and silk organza and then collaging them on box forms with batik hand-dyed fabrics. She is represented by Arts on Douglas (New Smyrna Beach, FL), Florida Craftsmen, and Piedmont Craftsmen in North Carolina, where, in 2011, she was made a lifetime member. Mrs. Jennings, from Port Orange, FL, is married with three grown children, one grandson, and two cats.