2011-05-26 / Arts & Entertainment News

Heidi Saletko

ARTISTS AMONG US


COURTESY PHOTO COURTESY PHOTO Where can we see your work?

I participate in both the Naples ArtCrafters and Naples Art Association art shows and festivals. My works are also on exhibit at the Oasis Visitors Center in the Everglades, at the Artist Boutique in Tin City and at Art, Etc. in Bonita Springs. My works will also soon be seen at the new Marco Island Historical Museum and at Randy’s Fish Market.

What is your art form?

I make wall-hanging animal masks from recycled palm fronds. My medium is acrylic on palm frond. I also paint on canvas. My three-dimensional animal masks are as unique as the trees from which they came.

How do you describe your style?

Whimsical and imaginative. I’ve spent the past 15 years perfecting my craft. I call it “FrondZoo.”

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the beauty of nature, the subtle distinction in each animal and the true joy FrondZoo has given to me, my students and collectors.

How has living in Naples inspired you?

Being surrounded by so many varieties of palms has inspired me to create my artwork.

Where do you work?

I work out of my home studio, where I am able to create in my own backyard.

Are you a full-time artist?

I am a full-time artist and art teacher. I offer FrondZoo and canvas classes to children and adults throughout Collier and Lee counties.

Where do you teach?

I teach classes at a variety of locations: Masterpiece Mixers, Pelican Marsh, Divosta/Pulte Properties, The Ritz-Carlton and at my home studio. I have also taught at Family Art Night events for the United Arts Council.

Outside of your art, what are you passionate about?

I am passionate about recycling, volunteering and the diminishing number of animals on our planet. Also, my sons Josh and Sam, and their baseball games — they play year-round!

How do you contribute to the community?

My art inspires others to “think outside the box!”

Who have you studied with?

I am a self-taught painter. I studied zoology and art history/composition at Bethany Lutheran College in Minnesota.

Who is your favorite artist?

Picasso

— Artists Among Us is provided by the United Arts Council of Collier County. The council promotes all the arts in Collier County and provides education in the arts for at- risk students. For more information and a calendar of arts and cultural events, call 263- 8242 or visit www.CollierArts.com.

Hometown: Naples

Education: Barron Collier High School; Bethany Lutheran College

Website: www.FrondZoo.com

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