Arbus Magazine March/April 2016 : Page 8

contributors Al Letson Amber Sesnick Amber Sesnick received an undergraduate degree in Art History and a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of North Florida. She is currently the marketing & communication coordinator at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, and has been actively involved in Jacksonville's nonprofit sector for over ten years. Amber believes in the power of art to tell stories and build bridges, and in the power of innovative and creative thinking to bring people together. Al Letson is a poet/playwright/ actor/comic book writer and host and executive producer of NPR and PRX’s “State of the Re:Union.” His work as a performance poet has been seen on stages and television screens across the country. His plays have received critical acclaim and have been performed nationwide, including an off-Broadway run. “State of the Re: Union” has won several national awards and is aired on more than 320 stations across the U.S. Courtney Lewis Appointed music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in 2014, Courtney Lewis is making his mark on the national scene as well. Concurrently, the young British con-ductor is the New York Philharmonic’s assistant conductor. His first full season as music director in Jacksonville begins this fall. Twitter@CourtneyConduct, or FB. Kate Jolley Kate received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Florida. She works as a brand manager and copywriter for Brunet-Garcia Advertising, and she is president of the board of the CAPtivators – Cathedral Arts Project’s young professional organization. Kate is passionate about the arts and culture in Jacksonville and is a self-described “foodie.” Though raised in the digital age, she believes there will always be power in storytelling and print journalism. Meredith Tousey Matthews Meredith is an Atlantic Beach native who graduated from Fletcher High and then the University of Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History. She has worked in graphic design and art direction for various publications, as an arts writer, and as an art educa-tor with museums, non-profits and in public schools. In addition to being Arbus assistant publisher for four years, she enjoys painting at her studio. JoHanna Bienvenue With twelve years experience in content development and copy editing, JoHanna Bienvenue's recent work includes, drafting technical documents, revising scholarly publications and articles on health and education reform. She also mentors writers, and is an avid cyclist and dirt seeker, whether gardening or hiking. “I'm passionate about my community's wellbeing," she says. "I hunt intimate and knowledgable perspectives in ordinary humankind; I believe a truly healthy life begins with connection to language and nature." Noting that her first manuscript will be ready for publication in January 2017, she says with a smile, "A deadline is all the inspiration a writer needs." laird A proud supporter of the arts and a contributor to Arbus Magazine for over twenty-five years, laird was co-founder of Visual Impact Studios, an award-win-ning regional commercial and fine art photography studio. Redirectiing as a solo photo artist, he formed blac palm inc. and later opened the Dewey, a stu-dio and gallery of commercial and fine art photography. Lately, he has been traveling and capturing infrared images that are later transformed, printed and promoted as "the series of cphace." 8 march/april 2016 • arbus magazine

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