14/11/13 09:40 Filed in: Events
Local Artist Mikaela Sheldt Paints Live At Gallery Night
By: Kelly Woodard
The Pensacola Museum of Art will feature Mikaela Sheldt, one of the nations’ fastest up and coming artist, at Gallery Night, this Friday, November 15th from 6 to 9 pm. Sheldt, who resides in Pensacola, is an avid surfer, philanthropist, and artistic visionary who has displayed her large art installations at galleries all over the country.
At the age of seven, Mikaela Sheldt’s first community based project was a fund-raiser for children affected by AIDS and HIV. Eight years later with the National AIDS Fund Caring Counts award under her belt, Sheldt lost her best friend and older brother. Life came to a stand still for Sheldt until she began to paint on her first canvas, her barren bedroom walls, a canvas ultimately covered with explosions of the memory of her brother.
In 2012, Sheldt continued to work from a personal place, and whether or not she is performing, painting, or working with the community, Sheldt bridges the gap and engages people in the dynamic experience of simply being human. Sheldt said, “In a world increasingly dependent upon virtual means of connection, art is able to engage us in a visceral and physical way. My work uncovers the dynamic experience of simply being human. Through emotional and intimate portraiture, I ask viewers to connect with the universal human experience.”
Sheldt, who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that effects behavioral development, claims that she never wanted to be an artist but found solitude in consuming herself in her creativity. “My studio is the one place where I cease to be a person with Asperger’s Syndrome and I am only Mikaela. When I make art I am challenged, elated, strong, and full. The process and the end of making are my purpose, and with this purpose I am happy.”
When she isn’t producing intriguing art, Sheldt can be found catching a few waves here on the Gulf Coast. Her latest project includes incredible surf photography with a front row seat to all the action on the beautiful emerald water.
In honor of Sheldt’s appearance at Gallery Night, the Pensacola Museum of Art will be open to visitors free of charge. Be sure to stop by to witness Sheldt paint live from 6 to 9 pm.
In addition to PMA’s live Sheldt exhibition, Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola will be closed for the duration of Gallery Night so that patrons can enjoy all that our local businesses have to offer.
For more information or for a complete list of Gallery Night events and specials, visit www.pensacolamuseumofart.org/gallerynight or call 850-432-6247.