Our artist of the month is Lauren Valinott!
My name is Lauren Valinotti. I am 25 years old and I am from Robbinsville, NJ. I happen to have Asperger’s Syndrome as well; some aspects of my life are more difficult such as socializing and anxiety caused by noises and crowds, but I try to live as normal as a life as I possibly can. For example I have a job, I drive, have friends, maintain relationships and have a job.
Speaking of my job though, that would be a good time to talk about my career in art. I graduated with a BA in Graphic Design and Multimedia at Georgian Court University in 2016. I’ve also been a caricature artist at Six Flags Great Adventure for 7 years and do freelance caricature events, plus I do online commissions. I also published a graphic novel called “Magical Murders”, which is a magical girl murder mystery story; think Sailor Moon meets Clue. My dreams are to create my own cartoon and make people happy with my art.
Brianna Eve Vitale has been performing on stage in Theater, Musical Theater, Choirs, Modeling, and Vocal Performances for over 10 years. She now lives in New York City perusing her dreams. Brianna leaves in May to play Sophie in Mamma Mia for four months in Wisconsin. She was also in Gloria! at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia as the lead role of the Virgin Mary. Brianna graduated Rutgers University with a music degree and a minor in entrepreneurship. In college she performed as Laurey Williams in Oklahoma!, was in the ensemble of the full staged opera, Lakme, and was a member of the Voorhees Woman’s Choir as well as the elite Kirkpatrick Choir. A few years ago, she was cast as Jayne in the new Off-Broadway Production of Broadway Jayne in NYC. She has trained with vocal coaches from English National Opera House in London, Mason Gross, NYU, and Juilliard. She has performed at local Community Theaters in productions such as Into The Woods (Cinderella), Lucky Stiff (Annabel Glick), Sweeny Todd (Asylum Patient), Sound of Music (Nun Sophia), Bye Bye Birdie (Kim McAfee), and Godspell (Peggy). She was awarded the Rising Stars Finalist for Best High School Classical Vocalist at the Algonquin Theatre. She was nominated for a Count Basie Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for two consecutive years. She was nominated for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical at Paper Mill Playhouse for her role as Annabel Glick in Lucky Stiff. In 2012 she studied at the NYU Steinhart Opera Summer Program and in 2013 she attended the Paper Mill Playhouse Musical Theater Summer Conservatory. She also writes her own music and was nominated for Best Female Vocalist at the JAM Awards in New Jersey for her single “Like a Rose”, that is on iTunes. She is currently going on auditions in the city, singing every chance she can, writing music, taking classes in NYC (workshops), and focusing on growing as a performer and as an artist. She’s excited for the future and determined to keep pushing herself until she reaches her goals.
To follow Brianna's journey you can go to www.briannaeve.com and become a fan.
STELLA was raised in an eclectic musical family with classical roots on one side and pop on the other. She grew up listening to everything from Mozart to Queen and has been determined ever since to ‘do it all,’ singing in the footsteps of her idol and greatest influence, Linda Ronstadt. ‘Her music and her voice have forever left a print on mine.’ One of Stella’s many projects, ‘Heart Like A Wheel’ is her tribute to Ronstadt and emphasizes her early hits. Their first show at B.B. King’s in Manhattan was a huge success.
Stella has been a sought-after performer for many years. Her versatility has allowed her to make an impression as both a musician and songwriter. Stella graduated from Manhattan School of Music Prep in NY, attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton and completed her undergraduate degree in Classical Voice at William Paterson University in NJ. Her career has taken her from performing in high-profile bands to recording jingles to appearing in off-Broadway’s ‘Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding.’ Stella has also been heard at Newark, NJ’s Performing Arts Center several times including an invitation to give a pre-show concert for Liza Minnelli. Being bilingual, Stella is well-known on the Italian-American circuit and performs extensively throughout the New York City area in festivals and concerts. In September 2017, she performed at Dante Hall in Atlantic City, NJ in a Tribute to Pavarotti with Italian tenor Augusto Celsi. Stella is also invited to sing the National Anthem on various occasions and performs it regularly at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Songwriting began at an early age when Stella began scribbling lyrics and wrote her first song, ‘Come Sail Away With Me,’ with a middle school friend. She continued writing throughout high school and college. Invited by an agent in Brescia, Italy to participate in the Sanremo Music Festival, Stella received rave reviews for the performance of one of her original songs ‘Dream Come True’ that took her through the many rounds of the festival, landing her among the top remaining contestants. One of her other tracks ‘Finally’ has been frequently used as a wedding song. In 2010, Stella was asked by international artist Philippe Valy to write the anthem for a new anti-smoking campaign. ‘Day After Day’ was completed shortly after. Many songs later, Stella’s current library includes ‘Out of the Rain’ and ‘The Best Christmas,’ due to be re-released this year and dedicated to all of those who are anxiously waiting for family members to come home for Christmas.
‘Out of the Rain’ was completed in conjunction with ‘The Place I Belong’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye,’ all of which were written by Stella and recorded at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, NJ. ‘It’s funny that I love the rain, and this song grew out of both the healing and sadness that rain can bring.’ The song has strong country-crossover appeal and is currently being heard on stations throughout the world. Promoted by Star 1 Entertainment, ‘Out of the Rain’ is due to be released on October 23 on Star 1 Records.
Stella’s talent, heart, drive and dedication are what have touched her audiences until now and what will continue to attract audiences in her future.
Fashion Haunts Magazine was proud to feature works from legendary Musician and Fine Artist Paul Stanley. The Collection of original paintings, mixed media originals, limited edition prints, and hand-painted acrylic sculptures is currently being showcased in gallery locations throughout the United States.
Stanley designed and created the iconic KISS logo which remains universally recognized as one of the greatest logos of the 20th century. His artistic and visual input has been and continues to be seen in his designs of KISS album covers, performance stages and apparel.
Stanley returned to his passion for painting ten years ago by creating portraits and abstracts that are emotionally charged compositions. His tremendous success with his artwork has led to an entirely new fan and media presence for the accomplished Musician, Actor and Artist. He maximizes the direct and powerful impact of his paintings through scale, texture, color and simplicity of imagery.
Stanley’s works have been praised by well-known and distinguished art critics and acquired by fans, celebrities and art collectors. The Artist has been commissioned to create numerous large works that are on exhibition globally.
Storm Ritter Relaxing in Her Village Studio
Artist of the Month
Welcome to the colorful, psychedelic and amazing world of artist Storm Ritter. FHM visited this young ladies West Village store located on 14 West 8th St. NYC and was blown away by her amazing energy and talented way of expressing her art. From her famous Cool People figures to the Divine Faces that engulfs her studio ceiling. This pretty little gem of a studio is a must see when visiting NYC!
Storm Ritter is an ambidextrous artist, fashion designer, and retailer located in the West Village, NYC. All artwork and apparel is painted, designed, and/or curated by Storm in studio. She leads a crew to manufacture and sell all product in the store, allowing her to run a working studio and creative storefront.
As a small business owner, Storm opens and closes the shop daily with the support of her staff of charismatic sales associates, a talented seamstress, and studio cat, Velvet. Oh yeah, she also wears a fanny pack and uses two brushes!
A GRADUATE OF CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIVERSITY, CJ COHN WAS THE FOUNDER OF THE RENOWNED SUMMERART PROGRAM AT THE MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM, WHILE SERVING AS THE DIRECTOR OF THE YARD SCHOOL OF ART. SHE IS ALSO A PUBLISHED COMMERCIAL ILLUSTRATOR AND HER WORK "RISING FROM THE ASHES" MOST RECENTLY APPEARED AT 73 GALLERY IN MONTCLAIR,NJ. COME JOIN THE ART WORLD OF CAROL j. COHN AND TRANSCEND INTO A WORLD OF BEAUTY!
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Born in New Jersey, Young George has worked with artists from Canada, Argentina, and Denmark, in addition to all around the United States. He was also featured on the popular project "Lucky With The Lights" from fellow New Jersey artist Vero. Buccheri's first record, an account of the ups and downs of young love, is comprised of 16 original songs written by Buccheri and features production by multiple artists, including longtime friend Dillon "Diego" Rigattieri. Young George hopes to inspire others with his music and spread love to as many people as possible by performing at shows, collaborating with other artists, and sharing his art with the world. He has been writing poems since middle school and is also preparing a book of poetry for publication titled "SPIRALS", which depicts the pattern that obstacles arise during life in order to reveal the deeper truths of the universe.
Listen to his music for free at: soundcloud.com/the-young-george
Purchase his music at: theyounggeorge.bandcamp.com
Read his poetry (and look out for his book release) at: instagram.com/theyounggeorge
Follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/theyounggeorge
Debra Bernier was born a middle child, with an older sister and younger brother. She was known as the 'ham in the sandwich', although she would live a vegetarian lifestyle. Growing up in a home without TV, Debra was free to wander and explore her world, encouraged by her Mother to befriend squirrels, bring home salamanders, unearth bones, and cherish bird's nests. One of Debra's earliest memories is digging at the beach, discovering the rich, dark clay layered under the sand. Buckets of clay were hauled home and soon the family's spider-webbed shed was converted into Debra's childhood studio. Clay figures of animals and mermaids would be sculpted, only to dry out and crumble Never one to be discouraged, Debra soon found new mediums to work with and would later complete a B.Ed at Ottawa University, Canada. Today Debra still collects shells and stones, and with her husband, encourages her two beautiful, messy children to explore nature's diversity. Living on Vancouver Island means Debra has an endless supply of driftwood to work with; her favorite medium. Like the bones of past trees, each piece of driftwood holds a story and the spirit of nature. Debra hopes that her art inspires creativity and awakens a connection to the beauty of nature Please feel free to use any images from my Etsy page or from my Facebook page: facebook.com/shapingspirit.