Jacklyn Laflamme

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A Creative Conversation

A Creative Conversation at The Broward Center For The Performing Arts was a very inspiring presentation by John Michael Schert, Executive Director of Trey McIntyer Project (TMP) who was instrumental in the formation and implementation of the nationally acclaimed contemporary dance troupe.

John Michael Schert & I at The Broward Center For The Performing Arts

John Michael Schert & I at The Broward Center For The Performing Arts

The discussion focused on how arts organizations can be relevant cultural assets in their communities. He explored how businesses and civic leaders can tap into creative talent in effective ways that help define a sense of place. He challenged the audience of artists and art organizations to increase their understanding of their worth as vital producers of new ideas and strategies that can propel industries, governments, and communities forward. Schert addresses creativity in bold, new ways looking at opportunities that are powerful, yet may be untapped, under-utilized, or under-monetized.

The Power to look beyond the obvious…

As artists we are programed to look beyond the obvious while creating our art work. In this particular case listening to Micheal Schert; His vision on the art world and the work that they do reminded me that we need to apply the creative thinking process to every aspect of our lives. If we practice this, not only will we be successful artists but community leaders and visionaries with a creative voice that can a make a difference.

Thank You to John Michael Schert for helping me to remember to see and think beyond the obvious, and for reminding me that artist do and can make a difference and that we need to be compensated for it. You and the TMP deserve a standing ovation!


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Slow Art Day

Slow Art Day is a global event run by volunteers with a simple mission: Help more people to discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art.

For one day every year, people all over the world visit local museums and galleries to look at art slowly. Participants look at five works of art for ten minutes each and then meet to over lunch to discuss the experience.

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Enjoying Slow Art Day at Art Serve With Deborah Kerr, Micheal Harris, and other local artists

In October 2009, the program launched in 16 museums and galleries across the United States, Canada and Europe. In the spring , it expanded to 55 locations spanning six continents, with nearly 2,000 participants. Currently there are 252 plus venues around the world that are now participating in Slow Art Day.

The Power To Slow Down…

We all have the power to stop and smell the roses, but with our busy lives and full schedules sometimes we forget to slow down and really appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. In this particular case for me personally it was a great experience. I admit that I am always on the run and have never taken the time to walk around the building and really appreciate the public art work at Art Serve. It made me think about what else I might be missing. We should  all practice  taking a break to relax, look around and celebrate the art and culture that is abundant in our communities.

I would like to Thank all the volunteers that make this day possible!


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“Davie Event A Feast For Art Lovers”

Last week Jacklyn and I participated in an Art & Literature Event with The Fairy Tale Project  at Young At Art Children’s Museum in South Florida.  Scott Fishman from the Forum Publishing Group interviewed Jacklyn for an article that was to be published in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.  It just came out a couple days ago and I wanted to share it.

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Here’s Scott with Jacklyn surrounded by a couple of the paintings that were used in the Fairy Tale Project’s children’s book series I wrote… which Jacklyn beautifully and imaginatively created the artwork for!

Here’s the article “Davie Event A Feast For Art Lovers“. Click on the image for a link. jacklyn laflamme, art, children, image

Thanks so much Scott!

For more info on the event see

Young At Art – A Day At The Museum  and  Feeling Froggy!


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Mainstreaming Engagement Workshop

“Mainstreaming Engagement” The Arts As A Powerful Force In Building Better Communities with Doug Borwick,  was a very powerful workshop that I attended.

Dr. Borwick is a leading advocate for community engagement in the arts. He is the author of Engaging Matters, a blog for ArtsJournal and the author/ editor of Building Communities , Not Audiences: The Future of Arts in the U.S.

Dr. Borwick & I at Art Serve

Dr. Borwick & I at Art Serve

The class offered by The Broward Cultural Division, was very informative. It was inspiring to hear about the shift in the art world and how we can all make a difference within our communities. The workshop provided wonderful information about new ways to approach how we can work as artists and the steps we need to take to make that change.

The Power to be the master of your own success…

Success will not necessarily come to you, you must take action and go for it. We all have the power to be the master of our own success but we have to do the work.

In this particular case, attending an amazing workshop and further educating myself in the arts is a great opportunity to feel inspired, network and give me ideas to ponder. BUT it is not enough… it is important to remember that you need to take all that information, understand the principles and put them into practice. Choose a path that is right for you, stay focused and do the work!

Thank You to the Broward Cultural Division for all the amazing workshops and all that you do to support the Arts and a very special thank you to Dr. Doug Borwick for taking the time to meet with me after the class one on one. The information you provided will be invaluable as I continue down my chosen path.


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Painting Live At Gallery One

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance worked with Art Serve and invited artists to paint live at the event Palette To Palate at Gallery ONE – A DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel.

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I had a blast painting live, high heels and all!

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A work in progress.

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Almost finished.

The Power of painting live is very exhilarating…

It is a form of improvisational performance art, in which artists complete a visual art piece in a public performance. In this particular case I had two hours to complete a 4′ x 6′ canvas. Using spray paint and markers, I completed the task. It is a contrast to working in the studio and having the gift of time to create, detailed fine art.

I would like to thank The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and  Art Serve for allowing me to create, paint and share my work, at their wonderful event!


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Stir It Up

Last week was the opening reception for the new show at Studio 18. Despite the rain it was a wonderful evening.

This exhibition is really exciting because it was a chance for me to experiment with something new. I created an installation of sketches that were executed over the past 30 years. Drawing from my imagination, these doodles give an insight into my life and how I have grown as an artist.

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The power to experiment…

There are always valuable lessons to be learned when an artist experiment’s. As artists we are always evolving, taking risks is a vital part of the growing process. In this particular case I decided to not only exhibit my sketches which have never been seen, but also to display them in a unusual manner, hanging from wire with a twist. Is this experiment a success? I guess time will tell.

Thank You to Studio 18 in The Pines and to Robyn Vegas who curated the show!

The exhibition will hang until May 30, a Studio Salon will be held on Friday, May 3, 2013 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. All the artists will have a chance to speak about their works.

Related Post: Stir- Studio 18 In The Pines 04/07/2013


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Young At Art – A Day At The Museum

Dani Lynn (author of The Fairy Tale Project children’s book series) and I, along with Ladle the Leap Frog, had so much fun at Young At Art Museum this week. Our workshop was perfect, we did a story time reading from the Fairy Tale Project’s books and the children were inspired to make books of their own.

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The children each took a turn at reading in front of the group and presented their stories and illustrations.  A great time was had by all!artist, blog

The Power of literacy allows one to explore new horizons…

In this particular case it has always been our goal to promote literacy. We hope the stories from The Fairy Tale Project will inspire children to read and that the illustrations will spark their imaginations.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers At Young At Art Museum. You were a tremendous help and we appreciate the time and attention you gave to us. A special thank you goes to Laurel and Amanda for their excellent work assisting Ladle The Leap frog!

For more information, visit “The Fairy Tale Project”.

Related post: Feeling Froggy/ 4/8/2013