I am an artist – a painter and a graphic designer, a creative director, and an ever-long student of art history. My perspective combines appreciation of fine art and marketing, and the power they wield when properly elevated and shown to the world. I am very happy to be serving on the board of directors for the Magnolia Art Change because I know it will be a huge boost in this arena for the City of Ocala.
I wish that there had been an organization like the Magnolia Art Xchange when I was an art student and starting out in my career over 26 years ago. Artists are filled with talent that the world is hungry to see the fruits of, but more often than not they don’t have the business training to go along with their creative skills. Ahhh the lessons I have learned through out my career that I would have benefited from learning from professionals early on. The idea that artists can come together and share knowledge, resources and ideas is extremely empowering! Further, the opportunities for workshops, collaboration, affordable studios, education, exhibitions, exposure and those ever-elusive sales is very exciting.
I am proud to be serving with this board, whose members have been working so hard over the past years. I am impressed with what our group has accomplished thus far and SO excited to see the operations begin! I know I am benefiting from the collaboration and from being of service – and I know that everyone in the community will benefit once MAX opens its doors in full-force!
JESSI MILLER - Creative Director at Ocala Style Magazine