Paul Kellam is a visual artist from Jacksonville, Fl. He is best known for his Eastern world inspired characters and animation ready artworks. Most of Paul’s work is done digitally though he is skilled in several mediums. It is common to catch Paul with his sketchbook in his hands full of illustrations and ideas.
Paul believes he’s always known that he wanted to be an artist, recalling days of scribbling on wallpaper at the young age of 5 and trying to talk his way out of trouble. Though Paul says his exposure to art was limited as a child he has grown to be an impressive artist. He is continuing to hone his artistic skills and hopes to see Jacksonville’s art community spread and nurture under-served areas.
Jodie Smith is an author in Jacksonville, Fl. While writing is often seen as a task for others, writing has always been her passion and her therapy. A book of her collected thoughts and poetry titled "The Book of Real Shit" is how Jodie decided to introduce the world to her talents and inner self. Behind the cover of the raw titled book are the real emotions that not only Jodie has experienced but that many have endured in their black experience.
I've known Jodie since high school and she has always had a commanding presence. The talent she shares in her book easily matches her spirit. In 2017, I had the pleasure of working with Jodie at Black Opal when she captured the ears and thoughts of many when she performed her cleverly titled poem Negus in Plastic from her book. Since that experience I have grown more interested in her work and seeing where her talents will take her. Allowing herself to literally be read in an open book is a gift to us all and allows us to realize that we do not experience the hardest parts of life alone. Her brave unveiling is the openness we should all strive to achieve.