Alana Segall was born in Vienna, Austria and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While doing volunteer nursing with the Broward County chapter of the American Red Cross, Alana discovered 9Muses Art Center while looking through the Connections Book. Through 9Muses, Alana has reconnected with her creative side. She had long ago dabbled in painting, writing, and music, but her artistic impulses faded until she stumbled upon 9 Muses. The talented minds she encountered here inspired her to share her love of art with her four grandchildren.
Often having worked in watercolor, Alana also frequently painted in acrylic and occasionally attempted oil painting and pastels. Her subjects included animals, people, and scenes of nature. Mothers and children frequently appear in her work, as do elegant dancers and undersea creatures, especially sea turtles. Despite the varied nature of her subject matter, her works are unified by a sense of love, companionship, and hope. She also participated in the Ceramics program at 9Muses and had recently shown off her poetry skills at 9Muses' monthly Creativity Cafe event.
Alana passed away in 2015 while not only being a member of 9Muses but also MHASEFL's Board of Directors' Secretary. She leaves behind a legacy of art and volunteerism.
Gallery Muse Olivia Fears gives thanks to the viewers looking at her work by putting numbers by every line to keep count of every wrinkle. She is mindful of anatomy. Being thankful is in the choice of papers, as she puts it, “I like a watercolor paper that can take my attacks”. A self-taught artist, Olivia often breaks the rules of technique. “In watercolor, you usually start from light colors and end with darker paints. I like to start with darker colors. It helps me see more of the highlights.”
Olivia sees realistic images in the details. As she puts it, “finishing is about perfection.” She has to be aware not to overwork the paintings. It would affect the work. She likes to focus more on the experience. “I ask myself how is the painting me feel? What are my thoughts? What questions is my work asking me? I try to find the answers”
Violet King is one of 9MusesArtCenter’s earliest and most prolific members. Her style ranges from realistic to abstract and everything in between, and she uses a variety of media including pencil, ink, acrylic, oil, watercolor, and many times a mixture of two or more. Despite being so broad in her approach to art, Violet’s work is almost always easy to identify due to her distinctive manner of painting and drawing.
Violet has been featured in the documentary 'Art & Mental Illness: The Violet King Story'. Her artwork was found in a storage bin in Detroit. The buyer was so taken with her work, he approached "Goodtastic' Films to document Violet's life and art. They agreed that her story was poignant and would be an important document to the importance of art to the mentally ill. View it here:
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