TAMPA – Janet Inscoe has an insatiable appetite for the works of fine artists. She also likes to dabble in creating some of her own.
The Daytona Beach resident, who also has a home in Georgia, has taken classes from artists up and down the East Coast.
But the work and teaching skills of an artist from the Tampa Bay area, Inscoe said, are among the best she’s ever seen.
Brenda Ambrosino of Westchase is that person.
“She’s really a great artist and I’ve commissioned her to do some work for me,” Inscoe said.
Ambrosino creates mixed media art pieces from discarded objects she often finds at flea markets including old books, photos and an array of other vintage items.
In turn, she uses rubber stamps, encaustic wax, inks, distinctive kinds of paper and other materials to embellish her finds. Most she said, are suitable for framing.
“I love creating one-of-a-kind works of art using these treasures along with other mediums,” said Ambrosino, noting that mixed media art has been her life’s work for more than 20 years.
She’s also made it her mission to pass her passion along to others by hosting classes on the subject, including one planned for 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 16 at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, 12210 USF Pine Drive.
Ambrosino will offer hands-on instruction to participants, who will be making mixed media cards. Each person will create three that are his or hers to take home.
“Many of my students frame their cards,” she said.
The session’s cost is $40, which includes all the materials needed, except scissors. Attendees are asked to bring their own.
“Her cards are phenomenal and she’s a very good teacher,” Inscoe said.
Palm Harbor resident Judie Glenn has been taking Ambrosino’s classes since 1994, which she said amounts to more than 60 workshops.
She said her initial intention was to develop her creativity and to meet like-minded people with whom she could socialize.
“Oh, my gosh, I’ve learned so much, including some really neat techniques,” Glenn said. “Brenda is very, very talented.”
Reservations are required and can be made online at gardens.usf.edu. Call (813) 974-2329 for more information.
Joyce McKenzie can be reached at [email protected]