By participating in local art shows and events like the Art Walk I have been able to interact with people of all ages, garnered priceless feedback on my work, and have been invited to participate in more shows and events. These experiences have guided me as an artist, and also had an impressionable impact on my actual artwork. I am simply more inspired. It has also been incredible to see how MAX has helped the City of Ocala welcome more art into the community. They have planted a seed of creativity that continues to grow and inspire me daily, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.
The MAX artist in residency program is a game changer for our art community. Artists will be able to interact with not only each other but with the local public. This program will shine a creative light on the city that will bring inspiration, art, and the people together in so many beneficial ways. Not only will it allow artists to grow and inspire one another, it will also be way for the artists to give back to the community. I would jump at the chance to be a part of such an exciting and educational experience, not only as an artist, but also as a citizen of Ocala. It is exactly what artists like me need to grow in their careers and is exactly what Ocala needs to bring all demographics together for the love of art.
ALLISON WESLEY POWERS - Ocala Artist - BFA Graduate Appalachian