The Mustard Seed in partnership with Real Radio 104.1 will be auctioning off six one-of-a-kind art masterpieces created by local artists: Amber Clore, Ben Sawin, Marla E, Holly Mass, Deborah Skalstad and Russ Rollins, host of The Monsters in the Morning on Real Radio 104.1. Each piece will be auctioned off on eBay.
Tune in to The Monsters in the Morning from Sept. 14 through Sept. 18 from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. All proceeds will benefit The Mustard Seed of Central Florida’s furniture and clothing programs!
Amber Clore’s Piano Bench
Marla E’s Peacock Chair
Holly Mass’ Guitar Chair
Russ Rollins’ Kiss Chair
Ben Sawin’s Oasis Station
Deb Skalstad’s Led Zeppelin Credenza
This is Amber Clore’s 6th 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.
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.
Russ Rollins began his radio career in 1993 by purchasing an hour of time on a small AM signal in Orlando. The show was called “Party Talk with Russ and Bo” and was used to promote Russ’ party business and hopefully drive up rentals on moon jumpers and dunk tanks. They quickly realized that they got a lot more calls and attention talking about women and beer than they did about what to rent for your child’s birthday party.
Today he has taken The Monsters from AM to FM, from three part-time players to a full time cast of seven and from one hour of air time to one of the highest rated morning shows in Central Florida and now broadcasting live daily on XM Radio.
“What Russ has done with the Monsters down in Florida has been a nationally recognized success story,” says Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers Magazine. For the fifth year in a row, the magazine recently named Rollins one of the “Heavy Hundred” in talk radio.
In the end Russ says, “I’m not really about the money. I just want people to say ‘You know what? That Russ Rollins, he left his mark on radio.’ But don’t worry, you can get that off with a little soap and water.”
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 was in charge of and took lead of the installation of the Pulse Memorial. Ben also travels the country installing commercial signs for Media 1 Signs and helped install the giant Bud Light sign at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Additionally, Bent spent three months in the lower east side of Manhattan meeting local artists, learning new techniques, getting inspired and working on street art and paintings.
“It was the neighborhood that spawned American Punk rock, which is a huge influence on who I am,” Ben said. “I wanted to catch a part of that culture in person, as it helped define my ideals.”
Ben has participated in several Chairs 4 Charity events, and his work has drawn the highest bids.
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.
September 11, 2020
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