Poet Loretta M. Leto
Loretta is an award-winning poet who began writing as a child and discovered early in life there is “Power in Poetry” and words can move you. As a native Floridian, her roots run deep and her soul spreads wide across this state her Sicilian ancestors called “Paradiso”.
She was born in Miami in 1958, grew up in Tampa and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Minors in Creative Writing & Photography. She lived in Brevard County after college and earned her M.B.A. from University of North Florida in Jacksonville where she lived for 30 years and raised her son.
Always summoned by the ebb and flow of tides, she never strays too far from the sea and now lives in Vilano Beach, Florida with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, one of her many muses. She is a member of Ancient City Poets and Ponte Vedra Writers Association.
She is also the PAM Jam Coordinator and created many of the PAM Jam videos with her company Picture Poem Productions. Her “real” job has been Project Manager for corporate America, but she is planning to spend her retirement years as a full-time writer…and PAM Jam Coordinator…so she can continue to Spread Joy to the World!
Artist Judith Fox-Goldstein
Judith Fox-Goldstein, a transplant from the beautiful Big Island of Hawai’i, came to Saint Augustine with an illustrious background in higher education and community service. An Athena Recipient, Minority Advocate for Hawai’i Island, Past President of the Hawai’i Island Chamber of Commerce, Hospice and the local Visitor Industry, Judith's arrival in Saint Augustine was certainly a life-changing event.
“Toto, we’re NOT in Kansas anymore!” Feeling like a stranger in a strange land, Judith followed her passion for writing and became a freelance writer and resume consultant upon her arrival. Then, two years ago, a family situation required that she remain at home for a few months and…that’s when her world changed!
A brand-new beginning and an ART AWAKENING! With the launch of "ARTFULLY JUDE” - Mixed-Media, Designs” Judith’s new endeavor has assured her that “You’re never too old to be brand new!” Her work captures the essence of "Powerful Women of Diversity." Influenced by her life on the Big Island of Hawai’I (one of the most diverse and beautiful places in the world), she was given the privilege of assimilating into an extraordinary culturally and environmentally lush and diverse world where “being different was NORMAL.” Inspired by the diversity, the ‘aina (the land), the music, and dedication to tradition and authenticity, her characters represent many of the women who have influenced her life.
Medium: Mixed – Media Watercolors paints/pencils and unique embellishments
Musician Ian Peiris
Currently a high school senior at The Bolles School, Ian Peiris developed a love for music at an early age. He started playing piano at age three and taught himself how to compose soon after. He competes in annual piano competitions through the Florida Federation of Music Clubs and has been recognized in piano performance at the state level. He also performs with other pianists in ensemble events, such as piano duet, piano duo, and piano quartet.
His compositions have been recognized through FFMC’s Junior Composers Contest as well as through Prelude Chamber Music’s String Ensemble Composition Contest. Blending neoromantic styles with contemporary musical trends, his compositions reflect the diverse genres of music that serve as influences to him as a musician. He especially enjoys combining traditional musical structures with modern styles to create new and unique sounds that defy any particular genre.
After high school, Ian plans to continue his musical pursuits in college. He created original music for this video inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.