After the success of the recent Exotica Art Show, Hula Moon is hosting another day and night of entertainment, Holidays in Paradise. The artists will start showing their wares at 2 p.m. Dec. 6, and starting at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy craft cocktails in the tiki style by The Straw Hat Barmen. Hula Moon Café will be serving great Polynesian-inspired food, with special featured desserts for the evening. There also will be performances by the Brevard Hawaiian Dancers from Satellite Beach. Admission is free for all ages.Featured artists include Hassan Patterson, Jamie Meagher, Jennifer Bonset, John Sluder, Sooz Momofuku, Stephen Lomazzo, Tiki Mike and Ed’s Heads Tikis.
About the artists:
Hassan Patterson attended SACI international art school in Florence, Italy, where he was exposed to the art of photography and classic oil painting. After graduating college, Hassan has been involved in many aspects of visual art, from directing music videos and film set construction to production photography for NBC and the SyFy channel. Presently, Hassan works on a variety of projects that involve animation, graphic design, illustration, video production, photography and fine art.
Jamie Meagher moved to Melbourne in 1998. Jamie’s work has been in many public exhibitions and gallery showings throughout Brevard and Florida. He has commercial and private clients throughout the southeast.
Jennifer Bonset graduated in 2001 from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art. She works in media that include oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, colored pencil, pen and ink, charcoal and pencil, and photography.
Ed Volonnino has been carving tikis in Brevard since 1978. His contemporary tikis combine the original Polynesian style with new whimsical expressions, in a style that sets Ed apart from other tiki carvers. Ed’s tikis have decorated hundreds of businesses and homes. He’s been featured on national televison on the program “PM Magazine” and on the cover of recording artist Leon Russell’s album “Solid State.” Most recently, Ed was featured in a book of self-taught Florida artists titled Extraordinary Interpretations, by Gary Monroe of University Press.
Stephen Lomazzo is a professional illustrator who was born and raised in Melbourne.
John Sluder’s professional career began in early 2005 and has involved all facets of photography, including commercial portraits, magazine covers and photo journalism. John has also developed a keen interest in the many technical aspects of photography, such as high speed, time lapse, low light and even underwater projects. His goal has been to achieve maximum results using lighting and composition as opposed to using modern technologies in post-processing, such as Photoshop. John divides his time between Florida and New York City, as both a photographer and also a fine art printer.
Sooz Momofuku, a longtime local, has been obsessed with art for as long as she can remember. Her vast influences include animation, comics, lingerie catalogues, fair ride art, tarot cards, cathedrals, all religious art, and pretty much every art movement from history. She devours images and consumes symbolism to the point of saturation, then squeezes that brain sponge onto her canvases.
The Straw Hat Barmen, based in Brevard County, are devoted to elevating the art and history of the cocktail through craft cocktails they create and serve at events, tastings and seminars.