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Fine Artist Chelsea Smith Brings Celtic Creatures to Life By Sandra Carr

Shapeshifting, mythological goddesses who transform into animals emerge from hibernation in “Chelsea Smith: Magical Realism…Etching Myths and Legends” exhibit in the Orlando Public Library’s first floor gallery through July 31.


“Chelsea Smith: Magical Realism…Etching Myths and Legends” exhibit is on display at the Orlando Public Library through July 31.


I’m posing with Chelsea Smith during her meet-the-artist reception at the Orlando Public Library.

Fine artist Chelsea Smith is influenced by artists and printmakers Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt and her Irish and English heritage. Her artwork, which explores the empowerment of women, is inspired by Scottish, Welsh and Nordic animal symbology of ancient civilizations and folklores and brought to life with etched copper plates.


Chelsea Smith’s artwork is created with etched copper plates.

Smith drew pets to raise monies for Pet Rescue by Judy as a child and graduated from Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla. as the Dora Lee Russell Scholarship for Fine Arts recipient. She established herself as a copper plate etching and printmaking artist after graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Central Florida.

The copper plate etching process features an image drawn on a copper plate then transferred onto paper by using a printing press.

Smith’s favorite piece of artwork is the black-and-white “Tempus Fugit Vanitas Vita,” which means time flies vanity life.

“The artwork is a throwback to art history and the Renaissance period,” Smith said. “As a 21st century female artist, I wanted to represent a female artist because women weren’t allowed to draw human figures during the Renaissance.”

Tempus Fugit Vanitas Vita

“Tempus Fugit Vanitas Vita” artwork by Chelsea Smith.

Smith has been garnering prestigious, fine-art accolades during juried national fine arts festivals. She has been bestowed with numerous national level fine art awards, including poster artist for the 2017 Mount Dora Arts Festival, a merit award during the Mayfaire-by-the-Lake Art Fest Lakeland 2016, the judges choice at the Central Park Art Festival Winter Haven 2016, first place in fine arts at the Longwood Arts & Crafts Festival and a merit winner during the 2015 Winter Springs ArtoberFEST. She also was selected for judging during the 2015 Winter Park Autumn Art Festival.

42nd Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival Poster

42nd Annual Mount Dora Arts Festival poster by Chelsea Smith.

She has provided former U.S. President Barack Obama, musicians and bands with her artwork, including Duran Duran, the Goo Goo Dolls, Boy George of Culture Club, Adam Ant and Johnny Marr. Actresses Dichen Lachman from “Agents of Shield” and Billie Piper from “Doctor Who” also own her artwork.

Nick and Drawing

Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran is posing with Chelsea Smith’s “The Third Eye.”

John and Simon with Dog Drawings

John Taylor and Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran are posing with their dog portraits.

This is Smith’s first solo exhibition at the Orlando Public Library, which features artwork from her “Sacred Feminine” and “Celtic Mythology” series. Her meet-the-artist reception was held on June 21. The festivities included an introduction by City of Orlando District 4 Commissioner and artist Patty Sheehan, discussion, question-and-answer session and artwork raffles.


City of Orlando District 4 Commissioner and artist Patty Sheehan introduced Chelsea Smith before her discussion during the meet-the-artist reception.


Chelsea Smith discusses her artwork and copper plate etching process at the Orlando Public Library.


An attendee won Chelsea Smith’s artwork during the meet-the-artist reception at the Orlando Public Library.

Smith is honored to have her exhibition and reception at the Orlando Public Library.

“Having my first solo exhibition has been a lifelong dream of mine,” she said. “This is one of those milestone events featuring my whole body of work during my first 26 years up to this point. I got to meet new people and see my family and friends during the reception who have been supporting me throughout this ride. I enjoy showing people what I love to do along with educating them about my artistic process.”




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Party for a Cause with Pints and Pooches By Sandra Carr

Dressed up dogs wagging their tails in delight and more than 100 craft beer samples from local and national breweries took center stage during the Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Fest in downtown Sanford.


The seventh annual Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Fest drew large crowds in downtown Sanford.

The annual event, hosted by the West End Trading Co. and Celery City Craft, featured emcees Tom Vann and Daniel Dennis of A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan podcast judging a dog trick contest, live music, food trucks and vendors. Proceeds benefited Dolly’s Foundation and Pet Rescue by Judy.


Emcees Tom Vann and Daniel Dennis of “A Mediocre Time with Tom and Dan” podcast judged the dog trick contest.

On the beer front, my husband Dan and I sampled Wop’s Hops Brewing Company’s Good Boy Dexter Australian Ale and Solstice Ginger Wheat brew selections. I’m a wheat beer girl, so I enjoyed the Solstice, which had a kick with ginger beer.


Wop’s Hops Brewing Company

Dan enjoyed sampling IPA and stout beers while I savored the sweeter brews. The Islamorada Beer Company’s Citrus Ale was refreshing and the perfect beer to sip on a hot, summer day. The Kentucky Vanilla Barrel Cream Ale was like drinking a creamsicle with a hint of bourbon. I also liked Bugnutty Brewing Company’s Red Wheat and Blue Fruit Beer, which was flavorful, but not too sweet. For those who like Mountain Dew, then I recommend trying Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Mountain Ale.


Islamorada Beer Company

Guinness is normally too much for my palate, but was pleasantly surprised with its smooth, Blonde American Lager. Pabst Blue Ribbon also featured its American Pale Ale during the beer festival.


My husband Dan sampled Pabst Blue Ribbon’s American Pale Ale during the Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Fest in downtown Sanford.

Cider also made its mark. My favorite cider was 3 Daughters Brewing’s Key Lime Cider. The apple and key lime flavors blended nicely and was delicious. I also enjoyed Original Sin Hard Cider’s crisp and tasty Pear Cider.

Besides beer, Southern Comfort featured its Nola & Cola and Bourbon St. Mule concoctions and the Odd Elixir served its Abbey Normal and Charlie Chaplin mead during the festivities.


Southern Comfort


Odd Elixir

Nonprofit organization Pinups for Pitbulls educated the public about the history and temperament of the American pit bull terrier and pit bull-type dogs with literature and information and raised funds by selling T-shirts, pictures and dog-related items during the event. The group’s big fundraiser is their annual pinup calendar, featuring gussied-up women wearing retro attire and posing with their canine.


Pinups for Pitbulls’ Central Florida team raised awareness about the American pit bull terrier during the Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Fest in downtown Sanford.

Pit bull advocate and Central Florida Pinups for Pitbulls’ team leader Rose Tremblay owns a three-legged pit bull named Shila. She’s passionate about pit bull education and wants to make a difference with the group.

“Pinups for Pitbulls hopes to end breed discrimination and feels the breed-specific laws aren’t making communities safer,” said Tremblay. “Breed-specific laws are being overturned because communities realize that they’re not seeing a difference in their dog bite statistics. A lot of times, dog bites are the same or higher than they were before the banning of a specific breed.”

She says events like Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Fest provide wonderful promotional opportunities.

“Participating in an event that’s geared towards dogs, but not specifically for dogs that brings tons of people together provides us with more exposure.”

Rose and Sandra

I’m posing with Rose Tremblay of Pinups for Pitbulls.

The 2019 pinup calendar submission deadline is Tuesday, April 3, 2018. For more information about the calendar, visit: https://pinupsforpitbulls.org/model

Pinups for Pitbulls Calendar

Pinups for Pitbulls calendar.

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