Join us for a celebration and live auction of art made from furniture. Local artists will turn pre-owned furniture into amazing pieces of art!
The evening will include: a red carpet reception, food stations, a DJ, cash bar, silent auction, Stanley Steemer Selfie Station and mingling with the artists and other celebrity guests.
Carlos Navarro has been in the entertainment industry for over 16 years with a career spanning through radio, TV, films, video games and stand up comedy. Many people around Central Florida know him from his former nickname “Blackbean” from the No. 1 morning talk show, “Monsters in the Morning,” on Real Radio 104.1 FM. Others know Carlos from his acting work in dozens of national commercials (Bud Light, Purina, Cash America, First Choice Hotels, Disney) and standout parts in TV shows (Prison Break, Graceland) and blockbuster movies like Identity Thief and many more. He is also a standup comedian who can be seen performing all throughout Florida. His love of being behind the camera has always been a major part of his life. That love and passion for photography strengthened year after year eventually crafting and forming Photography By Navarro, with his wife and business partner, Megan Navarro. Carlos is a positive person who believes in truly living life to the fullest and his motto that he lives by everyday is, “To The Top, Never Stop!”
Lauren Rowe is an Emmy Award winning TV News Personality, Moderator, Host, Spokesperson and Talent Coach. As one of Central Florida’s most influential thought leaders in television news, Lauren spent decades covering some of the nation’s biggest stories and honing her skills as a dynamic presenter and thoughtful interviewer.
As a former main anchor at Local 6 News, she was a strategic contributor in editorial decisions.
Lauren also created, produced and moderated her own current events show, Flashpoint, where she interviewed powerful lawmakers, celebrities, activists and business leaders. Her depth of knowledge on the issues makes her a well-versed moderator. And when it comes to hosting events, whether it be on the red carpet or in front of a national convention, Lauren is in high demand and never fails to impress. She is always prepared, quick on her feet and leaves an audience feeling informed and entertained.
Performance Coaching is Lauren’s most rewarding work. She has coached CEOs, lawmakers, news anchors, reporters and inspirational speakers. Lauren also is an Emmy nominee for the documentary, “Lifeline: the Untold Story of Saving the Pulse Survivors.”
Lauren now serves as the director of communications for the Orlando Sanford International Airport.
Bailey Decorative Artists is comprised of the mother/son dynamic duo, Kathy Bailey and Aaron Wade.
Bailey Decorative Artists are skilled in a wide range of techniques and styles, including (but not limited to) fine art, faux finishes, murals, plasters, stenciling, cabinet refinishing, garage door faux woodgrain, gilding and furniture refinishing.
Kathy has an extensive and interesting background in art, one that started in 1980 when she began taking canvas and tole painting classes.
From tole painting, her interests spread to airbrushing, sign painting and many other types of art.
In 1999, for one of her first professional jobs, she was charged with refinishing the starter house and adjacent buildings at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Ownership was so impressed by her work they asked her to also refinish buildings at several other locations across Florida, as well as Maine, New Hampshire and Michigan.
From there, Kathy’s impressive client list grew to include Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and The Vineyard Wine Co. She’s done finishes in the VIP Lounge of American Airlines Arena (home of the Miami Heat), and several locations for Mama Fu‘s Asian House.
Before dedicating his life to decorative art full-time, Aaron had a long career in entertainment. He started out as a character performer at Walt Disney World and then went on to perform in a multitude of parades, musical and stunt shows for Disney, Universal, and Anheuser-Busch, as well as traveling overseas for Costa Cruise Lines and countless other specialty shows across the United States.
While earning a living in performing, his passion for creating continued to rear its head as he began to choreograph and teach dance classes. While working at Busch Gardens in 1999, he was part of the inaugural Halloween event, Howl-O-Scream, in which he performed as a stilt-walking monster in a costume he designed and constructed.
The following year, Aaron was given an opportunity to conceive and co-write his first live show, ScareSearch. In addition to performing as a singer/dancer in the eight-person show, he also designed the costumes and designed and built most of the props.
After more than a decade working at theme parks, Aaron decided to join forces with his mother and dedicate his life to art in many forms.
This is Amber Clore’s 5th year as an artist for Chairs 4 Charity! Interior Design spoke to Amber from an early age, often times you would find her rearranging the 12×14 bedroom she shared with her younger sister. Even back then, her goals were becoming clear: to create a comfortable and functional space in which to love and live well.
Little did she know what started out as an elective class at Lake Mary High School would culminate into a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, grow into a prominent Interior Design business and become an active member of her community.
Along with her degree and opening A.Clore Interiors in 2012, Amber is a Florida NCIDQ licensed inteiror designer (#ID6200) and member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Amber and her team at A.Clore Interiors have had the pleasure to work with several NBA and NFL athletes, elected officials, Disney/Celebration Resorts and several commercial businesses to make their design dreams a reality.
Because her transformations are visually striking, functional, and timeless, Amber’s success has been showcased on several design shows and renowned media outlets like HGTV, Houzz.com and Bloomingdales.
You might recognize her from Fox35 Good Day Orlando where Amber shows viewers all the design trends, tips and tricks.
The Seminole County Board of County Commissioners, in association with the Seminole Cultural Arts Council (SCAC), recognized Marla E as Seminole County’s 2016 Artists of the Year.
Marla E’s unique sculptural paintings are on display in shows, galleries and private collections around the world. Her popular work often combines unlikely objects, providing an element of surprise. Marla E studied fine art at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and graduated from The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale. Her work has been featured in major Florida venues, including Mount Dora Center for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Osceola Center for the Arts, The Orlando Museum of Art, Casselberry Art House, Casselberry City Hall, Lake Mary City Hall, The Mayors Gallery located in Orlando City Hall, Maitland City Hall and Art Basel Miami.
Marla E’s paintings have appeared in national television ad campaigns and on television and movie sets. Her work has been included in American Art Collector. Marla E’s Groove Series was purchased as part of the permanent public installation for the CNL Center II building in Orlando. Marla E was also featured in a filmed documentary for CNL. Art Park Gallery in Rhodes, Greece, accepted Marla E for the International Artists Exhibit.
In 2015, two of Marla E’s paintings were chosen to wrap the One Eleven building owned by Lincoln Properties in downtown Orlando. The art was reproduced four stories high, unveiled to the public with a ribbon cutting ceremony and will be up for five years.
Maxine co-owns the award-winning Orlando neighborhood restaurant Maxine’s on Shine with her husband, Kirt.
Maxine was crowned Miss New York State for the Miss World pageant in 1979 and traveled the world as a fashion model walking runways for Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld.
Maxine has a talent for art and design work, having created the interior design for Maxine’s on Shine, and was a provisionary member of Council of 101 for the Orlando Museum of Art.
Maxine enjoys giving back to the community and devotes her time to help causes important to her. She chaired the Entertaining by Design at the Festival of Trees to benefit the Orlando Museum of Art. She also served on a committee for Shepherd’s Hope, which assists uninsured, low-income families.
Holly Mass is an Orlando-based artist specializing in acrylic, oil and multiple mediums.
Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, she was destined to love bright lights and entertainment. Her inherent aptitude for the arts was impacted by her father and grandfather, both of which had great drawing ability, as well as building expertise.
Due to her father’s military service, she and her family moved frequently, but most of her childhood was spent in Panama City, Florida. Here her mother enrolled her in piano, dance and art lessons; thus her need for arts was continually supported.
After moving to Orlando, she excelled in her schooling and focused on the Arts, as well as French and Interior Design. She went on to acquire her Associates Degree in Fine Arts from Seminole State College where her skill was fine-tuned, and the valuable knowledge passed on from her teachers made a lifelong influence.
Once graduated, she participated in multiple shows. Due to her roots in Christianity, Holly feels her purpose is to use her artistic gift for humanitarian works. She has donated pieces to auctions in which proceeds benefited pancreatic cancer research, animal safe houses and local charities that help families in need.
Timothy Morton graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in art and went on to teach art at Hampden Academy in Maine.
Over the years, Morton has become known for artworks that are commercially successful and sometimes critically acclaimed.
Ben Sawin creates unique one-of-a-kind and highly sought after works of art. Using a plethora of media, he is able to create artwork that is beautiful, yet edgy. Ben’s art has been described as low-brow, dark and classy.
As for his shows, no one is turned away from a Ben Sawin art show. Ben’s motto: “If you can see any wall, there isn’t enough art” shows his dedication to giving every artist exposure. Ben’s creativity when laying out shows is truly inspiring. Recent showings in Orlando have included, The Muppet Art Show, 1980s Cartoon, 99 Problems Charity Show and the Garage Sale Art Show, an unthemed gathering in which Ben proudly proclaims, “Every artist who showed up sold something.”
Ben has participated in several Chairs 4 Charity events, and his work has drawn the highest bids.
Carey Matlin is a local marketing executive, mother of two fun-loving boys and a graduate of the University of Central Florida.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Carey’s passion for creativity is undeniable and without boundaries as is her compassion for helping others.
Carey has always had a deep connection with the arts. She describes herself as a creative from a young age.
“I remember when I was 10 living in Montreal, I struggled with learning French,” Carey said. “My mother recruited a Francophone tutor to help teach me. I was sent to her home, for what felt like an entire day every Saturday, and was completely immersed in her foreign world. She did not speak any English, and I did not speak any French. Our only common language was art. She found a talent in me and began teaching me how to oil paint. Together we communicated through art and painted a scene of a rocky beach. It was one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had.”
One of Carey’s most memorable art pieces she created was inspired by the China she inherited from her grandmother. Much of it broke during her move from Canada to Florida.
“It truly upset me. I couldn’t bear to throw it all out and so it sat on a shelf for a little over a year until I finally knew what to do with it,” Carey said.
She used all the broken pieces and created a beautiful mosaic flower pot that to this day is her wonder and one of her most prized possessions.
“It symbolizes a new life, despite having been broken. It’s perfectly imperfect,” Carey said.
Carey is inspired by Jackson Pollock paintings, but these days she’s most fond of the artist Banksy.
Carey attended her first Chairs 4 Charity event a few years ago as a guest and was inspired by the beautiful creations that were auctioned off.
“Since then, it has taken me a few years to work up the courage, but I really wanted the challenge of creating a piece of art that not only will be presented but cherished as a contribution to our community.”
Deborah Skalstad is a life-long creator, unfortunately for her parents, the walls of their family home became her first art show.
The mediums Deborah has been trained in include fine art oil, stained glass, acrylic and encaustic (wax painting).
Deborah had the good fortune of being in the first group of visiting artists to paint at the world-renowned Sant Jeroni de la Murtra monastery in Barcelona, Spain, which was Christopher Columbus’ first stop back from the New World.
Using the skills she amassed over the years, she now focuses on giving gently-used furniture a place in the future.
Knowing her gift can positively effect and help others humbles her and warms her heart more than she can express.
May 20, 2019
The Mustard Seed of Central Florida is proud to have received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. The Mustard Seed received the organization’s highest rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to account… read more
April 19, 2019
Join us at Central Florida Earth Day on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at Lake Eola! Enjoy more than 250 vendors, live entertainment and delicious food. We hope to see you there!