Young At Art Museum Announces the 2015 Summer Special Guest Artists Series

DAVIE, Fla. – Young At Art Museum has announced the Summer Special Guest Artist Series, “Through the Artist’s Lens,” where visitors to the Museum will have the chance to meet 11 different artists and learn about the unique ways in which they see and interact with the world. Presented on Tuesdays throughout the summer, from June 9 through August 18 at 2 p.m., each of the special guest artists will share their art, techniques and inspiration, while visitors will join in the hands-on presentations and other artist-inspired activities, including making their own works of art.

“We are thrilled to be able to present so many guests artists over the summer who will enrich the Young At Art Museum experience for our visitors,” said executive director/CEO Mindy Shrago. “Learning firsthand what inspires these artists will give visitors a very unique opportunity for personal interaction with them, as well as the chance to create their own artistic works.”

Admission to “Through the Artist’s Lens” is included with paid admission to the Museum: $14 per person; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families. Young At Art Museum is located at 751 SW 121 Ave. in Davie. Hours are Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call 954-424-0085 or visit

Through The Artists’ Lens schedule:

June 9

Artist: Leah Brown 

Artist Leah Brown, 2014 South Florida Consortium winner & co-curator of FAT Village’s premiere exhibition space, takes you on a journey of her installation “Transformation of Echo: World of Dreams,” on exhibition at YAA from June 6, 2015 to January 3, 2016. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to meet the artist and find out how she created this imaginative exhibition that explores the world between dreams and waking life. Learn directly from the artist what inspires her and forms her work.

June 16

Artist: Sri Prabha

Sri Prabha is a South Florida mixed-media artist originally from Hyderabad, India. Prahba’s site-specific installation at Young At Art Museum sends participants through the stratosphere on an out-of-this-world experience through sound and kinetic imagery. Prahba will lead visitors in a workshop to crystallize a personal item, which he then will add to a sculpture located at the epicenter of his exhibition, “Orbiting Cathedrals.”

June 23

Artist: Autumn Casey 

Born in Dallas, Autumn Casey is a South Florida artist who currently lives and works in Miami.  In her artwork, Casey uses her memory as a metaphoric tool to organize and recycle imagery and ideas, both conceptually and physically. She reflects her imagination through a series of spontaneous actions, which help her explore the fragility and strength of singular ideas. Come meet the artist and understand how experience and memories can be the starting point for a unique work of art.

June 30

Artist: Salvatore Zagami

Sal Zagami is an artist, teacher, juror and lecturer who has worked in New York, Florida and Venezuela. In 1993, Zagami was recognized by the President of Venezuela for his sculpture at the Outdoor Museum – Andre Perez Mujica. Additionally, he has received awards from the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the National Endowment for the Arts. He believes,

“Making my art is my only way to participate in the world. It’s always been better to create than destroy. Destroying is very simple. The people who create rather than destroy are really the architects of society.” During his workshop, Zagami will make a ceramic bust in five minutes right before Visitors’ very eyes. Participants also will have a chance to make a collaborative drawing using the “exquisite corpse” process and other fun warm-up art techniques that surely will get the creative juices going.

July 7

Artist: Francesco LoCastro 

Learn how South Florida visual artist and muralist Francesco LoCastro has progressed and continually reinvented himself over two decades as a staple in the South Florida art scene. Discover LoCastro’s technique of using layers of resin and spray paint to make 3-D paintings, where shapes and colors float within a flat plane. His mesmerizing art will inspire visitors to create a layered work of art that shows a world of illusions.

July 14

Artist: Christopher Ian MacFarlane

Christopher Ian Macfarlane is a self-taught visual artist with a prolific body of work in painting, sculpture, murals and animation. Macfarlane’s tongue-in-cheek drawings, paintings, and cardboard and animatronic sculptures are inspired by ‘90s cartoons, his family and overcoming the boredom of everyday life. Join artist Macfarlane’s interactive presentation to explore his world of characters and assist him with his current animation project.

July 21

Artist: Jessie Laino

Jessie Laino is a South Florida artist who creates sculptures, objects and installations from repurposed, recycled, and salvaged materials. Her work explores memory, recognition and how she fits within the manmade environment she inhabits. Join Laino for a hands-on workshop to discover her process of using three-dimensional forms to visualize the transformation of a space, and try your hand at creating a collaborative sculpture from salvaged materials.

July 28

Artist: Peter Symons

Born in Cork, Ireland, Peter Symons is a South Florida artist who received his BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA at the Pratt Institute. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States, and his new work “Ariadne’s Thread,” is a continuation of his experimentations with hands-free brainwave generated imagery. “Ariadne’s Thread” utilizes Symons’ custom EEG-interpreting software and CNC hardware to create mind drawings that are physical objects made with traditional artist materials such as charcoal and oil paint. Experience a live demonstration of Symons’ technology and the art that it creates.

August 4

Artist: Samantha Salzinger

Samantha Salzinger obtained her MFA in photography from Yale University and her BFA from Florida International University, and is a two time recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship. Salzinger is currently an Associate Professor and Art Department Chair at Palm Beach State College. Her photography challenges the traditional view of the camera as an objective witness by staging scenes and creating deliberately artificial worlds. Visitors will explore how she constructs and uses dioramas and stages her photographs, using the camera to create visual effects by incorporating lighting and Photoshop techniques. After learning the technique, each participant will have the opportunity to capture his or her own world of illusion.

August 11

Artist: Mindy Shrago

Meet sculptor and YAA Executive Director/CEO Mindy Shrago as she describes how moments in time are captured through hyper-realistic ceramic sculptures of food. Learn how taking familiar items out of their everyday context allows the viewer to personally connect with things they might otherwise take for granted. Each participant will get a chance to create a sculpture with Shrago’s assistance.

August 18

Mimi Botscheller

Take a walk with South Florida artist Mimi Botscheller through Young At Art Museum’s DreamScapes maze and discover her work hanging overhead. Learn about the Surrealism Movement and the artists who inspired Botscheller. She will invite visitors to become Surrealist artists and create inkblot mono-prints inspired by psychologist Hermann Rorschach. Discover the images hidden in your personal blot pattern.


About Young At Art Museum (YAA)

The Gold-LEED® certified Young At Art Museum is the epicenter of cultural arts education for families and features four permanent galleries: GreenScapes, CultureScapes, WonderScapes and ArtScapes.  The Young At Art Institute houses a series of professionally equipped studios for drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, photography and film, printmaking, mixed media, digital computer and 4D video design. YAA also houses 10,000 square-foot Broward County Library, a National Traveling Exhibition Gallery, Teen Center and Recording Studio, Super Duper Grub Café, YAA Preschool and Early Childhood Learning Center and a Museum Gift Shop.

Young At Art is located at 751 SW 121 Ave. in Davie. Hours are Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $14 per person; $12 for Broward County residents, seniors and children over age 1; and $11 for military members and their immediate families. For more Museum membership and other information, call 954-424-0085 or visit

Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. The Museum is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and the generous support of corporations, foundations, individuals and museum members.