Veronica Tierra was born in Medellin, Colombia. Her career as a singer began at age 4, performing with family and other bands in New York City, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, and Atlanta. She received her A.S. in Music at the City University of New York, where she is pursuing a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Business. In addition, she studied theatre in NYC, attended various workshops and conservatories, and has 25+ years of experience in the performing arts. Veronica recently completed a 32-city tour with Disney hosting the Encanto singalong national tour.
She began teaching in 2016 and has worked with students ages 0-12 in different school settings. After attending 19 schools herself before college, she became passionate about influencing education, teaching music and diversity, and being a part of social change. She founded Tierra & Friends in 2017 and has brought music to children in NYC, Miami, Fort Myers, and Naples. Veronica is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. 

Currently based in Fort Myers, Florida, Wendy Drummond was born and raised in New Zealand, moving to California to work as a Geologist. Ever since she was a child playing in the clays of coastal New Zealand, she always knew clay was the medium to best express her creativity, and ironically, her professional geology career also meant regularly having clay under her fingernails (and often in her hair). She utilizes wheel throwing and hand-building to create both functional and sculptural work with an emphasis on surface decoration, patterns and textures. She is driven to experiment and is constantly pushing the limits of structural integrity with her sculptural work. She has been an artist in residence at STARworks, North Carolina and exhibited at the Harborview Gallery, Florida; Boehm Gallery, California; Florida CraftArt Gallery, Florida; Morean Arts Center, Florida; Arturo Samaniego Gallery, Naples, and the Schoolhouse Gallery, North Carolina.

 

Human behavior, drives and motives have always intrigued me, which is why naturally, I gravitate towards astrology. I was first introduced to astrology when I was ten years old, and from that moment on, I’ve loved it. Consequently, after years of countless hours reading, researching, deciphering and interpreting charts, and having the fortune of being mentored by arguably one of America’s most well known astrologers, astrology has become one of my most trusted guides. Though I enjoy reading birth charts, my passion lies in astrotherapy, which is using astrology as a backdrop for helping people navigate life’s nebulous areas. There is a satisfaction beyond measure that derives from helping people, and is my hope to assist others in obtaining clarity, knowledge of self, and hope.

Visit me at trustyourstarsastrology.com

Berry van Boekel is a Fort Myers, Florida-based artist. His intensely obsessive ongoing project documenting the bands and musicians he listens to, has developed an avid following of art collectors, curators and music fans around the world.

Firmly rooted in portraiture and figure painting, his work nonetheless is able explore a variety of stylistic approaches. The simple elegant concept of the list not only allows for experimentation with a wide range of musical tastes but also gives van Boekel license to evoke different moods and sensibilities within the paintings.

Van Boekel has exhibited with the prestigious alternative non-profit space White Columns in New York, other exhibition venues include Skylab in Columbus; Country Club Projects in Cincinnati, Peel Gallery in Houston; Tempus Projects in Tampa, with the NADA Art Fair in Miami, and most recently at the Dublin Arts Council in Ohio. Van Boekel moved to the United States in 1993 from the Netherlands. He received an MFA from The Ohio State University. Recently van Boekel opened The Top 100 Archive and Studio, a space near downtown Fort Myers dedicated to the history of his Top 100 project.

 

Kevin Costello graduated the Chelsea School of Art and University of London’s prestigious Goldsmiths College with diplomas in Fine Art and Art History.

 

Kevin’s involvement in the arts is varied and includes having been Art and Architecture Correspondent for the Sarasota Herald Tribune and a Contributing Writer for Arts and Culture Magazine.  He is a studio artist and was an instructor of landscape painting, figure and conceptual drawing at the Ringling College of Art and Design, and Educational Director for the Ringling Museum, Sarasota FL.

 

Kevin taught painting, drawing and sculpture at the San Francisco Academy of Art, and art history at the San Francisco Museum of Art.    He lecturers in contemporary and classical art history at numerous arts and continuing education institutions throughout Central West Florida and is a favored guest speaker at country clubs and adult communities.