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Andrew McMillen and April Hawkins are Featured Artists for Open Studio Night - May 20, 2023

May 20 from 6-9PM

Our Open Studio Event is located in charming Historic Downtown Sanford where brick lined streets are lit by string lights and house dozens of independently opened shops and restaurants.

Every third Saturday of the month one of the studios at Gallery on First is featured and we invite the public to stroll into the gallery and visit with our various studio artists. This month Andrew and April invite you into their studio to see some of their newest creations.

See their paintings at Gallery On First during May's Open Studio night Saturday May 20 from 6-9pm.

April Hawkins

April is an outsider artist who uses wood, tin and acrylic paint to create bold and vibrant pieces inspired by bright colors and traditional tattoo art.

Andrew McMillen

Combining ink and watercolor, Andrew creates landscapes that are both familiar and fantastical. For the month of May he'll be debuting new work inspired by his love of history.

Wilson Romero

"Painting is the only place where I can reach my heart, when I paint; I can see my soul like a mirror. When I paint I can feel my poems in every single brush stroke full of colors. Through my paintings I am here, I am not invisible

I exist."

Wilson Romero was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1967. He attended The University of Cecilio Acosta where he earned his degree in Art and Education. His interest in new horizons and opportunities encouraged him to move to the United States in 1994. Wilson's artistic vision matured as he found many new inspirations for his work based on family, cultural influence and diversity.

His painting inspirations come from romantic poetry and the translation of Colors into poems and poems into colors. Another inspiration and influence comes from famous artists like Gustav Klimt, Amedeo Modigliani and Vincent Van Gogh through patterns, textures, fabrics, scenery and backgrounds.

Wilson's paintings often include his poetic writing on the back of his pieces, which gives the viewer a closer vision into his creative insight journey.

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