I hope you and yours are well. This year is going faster than I could ever imagine, and this is my first blog entry for 2023! I’ve been very slack adding updates so I apologize for the online absence.
Despite what has been a challenging year for most so far, I’m comforted by the endless variety of art I’ve been exposed to and the artists I have personally met. I’ve found it therapeutic, inspiring, and motivational. I’m encouraged to maintain momentum for producing new work by the many fascinating artists I have interviewed and spoken to for Occhi Magazine. I’m also looking forward to collaborating with several of them for live events later this year.
Featured artists include Award-winning Artist Emma Coyle, Opera Singer, and playwright Marie-Claire Giraud, and Documentary Filmmaker Shelly Jarrett.
Emma Coyle has been working in the industry for over 20 years. The London-based artist is represented by the Helwaser gallery on Madison Avenue in New York. The gallery hosted ‘The Best Revenge’, a solo show of Coyle’s paintings last year. The show was listed 12th in Galleries Now’s August Special as one of ‘The 30 most popular exhibitions on now’[worldwide]. Artnet also listed the show among its ‘five sizzling emerging artists’. We had the pleasure to speak with Emma to discuss her work and current projects. (image –Binary030 30x60inches -Acrylic on canvas 2020)
Songwriter, composer, playwright, and actor Marie-Claire Giraud was born on the island of Dominica, raised in The Bronx, NYC, and started her operatic training in Rome, Italy. The pandemic afforded the soprano, jazz artist, and musical theater singer the luxury of time to reflect, and she overcame obstacles that were blocking her creative path. With her creativity freed, Marie-Claire wrote her first musical and discovered her true voice as a soprano. With her musical finished, Marie-Claire has many more projects in the works. She is looking forward to her soprano debut and upcoming Broadway performance of the Tennessee Williams play Hello From Bertha. We had the pleasure to speak to her about her career and projects.
Shelley Jarrett is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur, documentary filmmaker, and social justice advocate who comprehensively exhibits her commitment to community and social responsibility. Shelley’s resume showcases her remarkable dedication to supporting women and challenging forms of injustice toward marginalized and racialized communities.
Check out these and other amazing artists on Occhimagazine.com
Wishing you a great day!