On the northern edge of a rapidly expanding downtown, a group of professional artists have persistently focused their efforts for 21 years on creating a visual arts district in Fort Lauderdale.
The Third Avenue Art District has been nurtured by these eight creatives who have their studios just north of Broward Boulevard on or surrounding Third Avenue. In the professional world, they are national and international award winning talents visible in museum and public and private collections.
The area is now being developed as the underlying Flagler Village, a live/work environment of art and technology. As in other locales, the artists seem to build the foundation for an enticing community. The studios will now be more visible within this area of rapid growth. With the Museum of Art only blocks away, the artists hope to make art a part of life, encouraging one to explore and engage in the world.
Printmaker Rosanna Saccoccio first bought a two-story building for her studio 40 years ago. Since 1995, the eight others have bought, built, or rented space in the area.
Among them are: Francie Bishop Good, who is currently working in manipulated photography and painting, sculptor and painter Tin Ly, with his large steel formed paintings, Madeline Denaro showing a range of abstract layered paintings while Mary Lou Siefker paints her mysterious acrylic shrouded figures.
Wilma Bulkin Siegel, a retired oncologist, works with psychological watercolor portraiture. Margi Glavovic Nothard, the architectural designer of the group, is active in bringing her unique vision to public art and a broad scope of public and private projects. Towards the north end of the Avenue, Henning Haupt an artist and professor at FAU works in gestural painting, drawing and large scale public art, and Michel Pellus explores hyper realistic painting.
The group flourishes in the urban setting and by being around other creative people. The artists provide private and public tours of their studios, for both adults and children and have been generous in sharing their spaces for several fundraising events. The annual ArtWalk, (see events) lures the community to their studios to share their work, their workspaces and engage the viewer in the way they create, art in general, and the challenges they face in today’s society.