Michael Abel's ambitions, to become an artist, started at the age of six after winning an award for a finger painting, at an exhibition in New York City. This led him down the path to become the Fine Artist, Illustrator, Graphic Artist, and Publisher he is today.
Working as a graphic artist, after finishing art school, he created brochures and ads for the world renowned artist Edna Hibel. Michael uses many mediums and techniques, but prefers the airbrush and acrylics for his fine art paintings and illustrations.
Michael started a design company in 1990 creating illustrations, graphic designs, screen printed garment designs, murals, and fine art for clients worldwide. Clientele includes Motorola, Bennigans, Palm Beach Cruise Lines, Omni Hotel, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Casablanca Restaurant, Hot Rod Cafe, Casa Alvarez Restaurants, Planet Sub, Anheuser Busch, Palm Beach Kennel Club, Waffle House, Conoco, One Planet, Zambezi Safari Company, Mountain Sports, Boulder Theater, Hotel Boulderado, and many more.
Michael often does his own photography for his references, giving him greater control of the images he uses to create his own artistic masterpieces. His work shows in galleries and art festivals, such as Palm Beach Gardens Festival of the Arts, winning an Honorable Mention Award. Also featured at Lighthouse Galleries Floral Paintings Art Show, Sunfest, Kinetics festival, and many more local art shows.
Terry Courtemanche is the manager and owner of The Painted Conch. Art was always a part of life, but until leaving the corporate world, it was just a dream. Now the dream is a reality at the exciting new studio featuring great local artists who love what they do! It's a party everyday now. After painting every day for the last five years, she has become a proficient artist and art coach. Our goal is to present the best experience for you and your friends. We hope you will all become our friends! Come wash the dust from your soul. She can be reached at Terry@thepaintedconch.com
Monika Urbanska, MA holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in painting and with a minor in printmaking from Boston University. She holds Master's Degrees in both Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy. She currently works as an Art Therapist and Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern at Florida Art Therapy Services, LLC. Visit www.FloridaArtTherapyServices.com for more information.
Monika is also the artist and co-owner of The Reel Chase fishing apparel and fine art. Check out the site at www.TheReelChase.com. Shirts are available at TPC studio or on the website. Her artwork has always been realistically styled compositions such as portraits and landscapes and formulated primarily from memory. In the past few years she has introduced a more abstract style in her art. Monika's artwork is vivid and exciting. Look for her on our calendar most nights.
Marie MacLean has been drawing and painting all her life. Her work reflects the love she has for animals, with a special love of dogs. Marie has a talent for creating portraits of both people and animals from photographs and does many commissioned pieces. She is able to capture the essence of the photograph in her work. It is the challenge of this type of work, which excites Marie. Come join us any Sunday for a cool and mellow social session featuring Marie's work. The Painted Conch is also proud to carry Marie's own M&M Bubbles handmade soaps made with the artist's eye. View Marie's work at www.fanartreview.com/basilbaby
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