Poet Tesi Wong
Tesi Wong considers herself blessed to have lived most of her life in warm climates – Hawaii, California, and Florida. In colder climates, she received her Bachelor of Arts from Mount Saint Joseph Teachers College in Buffalo through a scholarship, a Masters in Education from Oswego State through a federal grant, n Masters in Special Education from California Lutheran, and a Montessori Preschool diploma from St. Nicholas Centre in London.
From the Colleges of Western New York, she received an award for prose about William Saroyan’s book The Human Comedy. Years later in her home in Ventura, California, William Saroyan’s son, Aram, taught a series of writing workshops.
Because of her teaching background and her love of children, she studied with the Institute of Children’s Literature and joined the Society of Book Writers and Illustrators. Her works were published in children’s magazines – Jubilee, Guide, My Friend, and Celebrate.
After a move to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida she joined A Gathering of Poets who meet at the Ponte Vedra Library and PAM Jam…Poets, Artists and Musicians Spreading Joy! She says, “I was a member of many writers’ groups and have found these groups to be the best critics due to their characteristics of intelligence, refinement, and caring.”
Artist Midge Scelzo
Midge’s career had been focused in the financial world as a Bank Executive and CFO. However, her passion has always been art. Between family and career that passion for creating art was put on hold for years. Now that she returned to her passion, her hobbies of travel and cooking have influenced her work. She says, "I paint what I call “Stylism” to create stylistic impressions of my senses. I use quick strokes, simplifying the subject with representational expressionism using color as my essential element. I hope my work is intriguing enough to invoke curiosity to come and look closer and see the detail of the work, experience the colors and light filtering throughout. As one travels through my paintings, I would like them to feel the excitement I felt as I created each area of the work to become the composition.”
Works have been exhibited in juried shows with Jacksonville Coalition for Visual Arts (JCVA), Jacksonville Artists Guild (JAG) and First Coast Cultural Center winning several prizes and “Best in Show”. Solo shows have been at the First Coast Cultural Center and a three Woman Show at Players by the Sea. Other group exhibits include Ponte Vedra Beach Library, Wells Fargo Gallery, South Kitchen, The Players Community Center, Jewish Community Alliance Center, Players by the Sea, JAXPORT, Wilson Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Museum of Science and History (MOSH) and The Sky Mall at Jacksonville International Airport. Two paintings are part of a permanent installation at Baptist Beaches Medical Center. Select pieces are currently on exhibit and for sale at Village Arts Gallery in Ponte Vedra Beach.
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Musician Shari Little
Shari is a career educator who has taught language arts, dramatic arts, and the art of teaching for 28 years. As an art enthusiast, she has appeared in multiple theatrical works locally, has had paintings in a gallery, and has performed music at Saint Augustine’s “Sing Out Loud” Festival, as well as at Saint Augustine’s Jazz Society.
She believes that through the arts, people of all cultures have a chance to enjoy beautiful expressions together, stop all the “fussing and fighting” as Bob Marley used to say, create awareness of problems, and work together to solve those problems.
She has organized three “Flash Mobs for the Homeless” over the past several years and looks forward to resuming that event when the pandemic passes. In the meantime, she is absolutely thrilled to participate in the PAM Jam Project!