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 B.S. 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 the Florida 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 Sydney McKenna
Born in Santa Monica, California in 1953, Sydney has called Florida her home since age 11. She began her painting career in Sarasota in the 1980s as a mostly self-taught watercolor artist and gained quick success, winning awards and exhibiting in Sarasota Art Galleries.
After obtaining a degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and making the switch to oil painting in 1996, she attended a semester of graduate studies in fine art at Cortona, Italy through the University of Georgia.
Sydney then returned to the United States, where she relocated to Saint Augustine and operated the Sydney McKenna Gallery from 1997 to 2013. She sees Saint Augustine as the perfect combination of her two favorite locales: European architecture combined with the lush Florida environment. Sydney is a founding and current member of Butterfield Garage Art Gallery where her award-winning works are on display.
Musician Alexandra Richman
Alexandra Richman is a keyboardist and vocalist from New York, and her first band was named Saint John. Saint John opened for artists such as The Allman Brothers and Rufus in Chicago, and Zephyr and Flash Cadillac in Boulder, Colorado.
She recorded an album with Capitol Records featuring Ry Cooder on guitar, toured with Danny O’Keefe, performed and recorded with The Brothers Johnson, Ray Parker Jr., The Butts Band featuring Robbie Krieger, John Densmore of The Doors, and toured Europe with Curved Air.
Alex’s style is mostly centered in blues with influences from classical music to soul, jazz and classic rock. She has lived in several cities all over the United States and most recently in Saint Augustine, Florida. Nowadays, she performs with several local bands and performs as a trio with bass and drums, as a duo, or as a solo artist. She created original music for this video.
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