John Carollo in Holiday Studio Stroll Art Event

MAITLAND, FL – Artist John Carollo will be participating in the Art and History Museums – Maitland (AHM-M) Holiday Studio Stroll on December 8, 2023, from 6:30-8:30PM. The event will feature live seasonal music and a cash bar, and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic to share with friends as they stroll the beautiful, historic grounds and tour the open artist studios.

Carollo, largely known for his abstract watercolor paintings and silk/aluminum sculptures, decided to rekindle his long-lost love of printmaking in 2023, and participated in a linocut class offered by the Maitland Art Center (part of the AHM-M complex) early in the year. As such, he will be showing new linocut work developed over the past few months as one of 11 students displaying their art for sale during the event. Four print series will be presented – “Share Your Holidays” seasonal cards/envelopes with a whimsical cat/mouse theme, “Ascending I and II,” two vertically-oriented, monotone prints based on the artist’s previous sculptural collaboration with Marsha De Broske entitled “Ascending to Light,” and “Maitland Cat Center I”, the first in a series of pieces that put a feline twist on the famed Andre Smith reliefs which embellish the architecture of the National Register of Historic Places-certified Maitland Art Center.

More information about the event, the Art and History Museums – Maitland, and free RSVP tickets for the evening can be found at

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John Carollo Selected for Boynton Beach Artist Roster

WINTER PARK, FL – Artist John Carollo has been selected by the City of Boynton Beach Art Advisory Board as one of fourteen artists from the state of Florida for inclusion in the City’s Public Art Artist Roster. This roster is made available to the development community commissioning new public art as well as the City of Boynton Beach public art staff for its upcoming public projects. More information about the City’s programs and commitment to the arts can be found here

In a similar move, John was selected to be part of the City of Sarasota Office of Public Art’s Regional Artist Database in 2021. Much like the program in Boynton Beach, this selected pool of artists is recommended to developers who meet the public art requirement for the City’s Public Art Program. More information can be found here

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John Carollo Painting Demonstration at Orlando Winter Fringe Mini-Festival

ORLANDO, FL – Abstract watercolor artist John Carollo will present a live painting demonstration showcasing his unique Controlled Chaos style at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival Winter Mini-Fringe from 6pm-11pm on Friday, January 5, 2018. 

Located in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando, FL 32803, the Mini-Fest is a compact version of the larger theatrical festival, which is produced for two weeks each May. 

Three of John’s original paintings, Mood Indigo, No Exit and Aqua will be displayed and available for purchase during the duration of the festival, January 3-7, 2018, and a select number of additional works will be available during the artist demonstration. 

Learn more about John Carollo and his artwork at


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Naked Eye Studios® Etsy Shop Updated

Artist John Carollo brings his distinctive Controlled Chaos painting style to two different mediums – fired ceramics and 100% pure silk.

Now available in the Naked Eye Studios Etsy Shop are hand-painted ceramic items. A flurry of energy and color swirls around these pieces, which are glazed, dishwasher safe, fired ceramic – suitable for food/serving use, or great for adding some artistry to a wall or shelf display.

Also just added to the shop are dynamic hand-painted 100% silk habotai scarves. Available in several sizes, including large enough to be a small shoulder wrap, these flowing accessories feature rich, beautiful translucent color.

John Carollo’s distinctive Controlled Chaos painting style combines beautifully with the smoothly rippling nature of real silk. These scarves are one-of-a-kind, original creations that can provide an unusual and unique splash of color and style to any outfit. Truly wearable art from an established artist, the colors combine in flowing and unusual blends and fades, projecting a varied and ever-changing appearance depending on how the scarf is worn or draped.

Not leaving traditional watercolor behind, numerous original paintings are now displayed in the shop, as well as a signed, first edition copy of John’s coffee table book – Liquid Thoughts: The Watercolors of John Carollo. The 11×8.5″ volume features 21 pages of full-color photos of John’s work, ranging from 2D figures and nature scenes to large 3D mixed-media and silk sculptures. Makes a great gift or addition to your own library.


John Carollo’s Watercolor, “Emily’s Light” is the Poster for the 56th Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival

FEBRUARY 18, 2015

WINTER PARK, FL  Orlando/Winter Park-based abstract watercolor artist John Carollo’s new work, “Emily’s Light” is the poster image for the 56th Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.

Created specifically for the poster and as a signature image for the annual Festival, the painting is a unique interpretation of a beloved Winter Park icon, the Central Park-situated, Albin Polasek sculpture, “Emily,” a piece which holds special meaning to Carollo and his family.

Brought to life by the artist’s distinctive Controlled Chaos painting style, where the water and paint move freely to create unusual atmospheric effects, the work aims to help the viewer feel the sensation of being near the edge of the fountain on a warm, sunlit afternoon in the park.

Officially unveiled to the general public during a ceremony at the historic Casa Feliz home in Downtown Winter Park on February 5, posters and other items featuring the image will be available for purchase at the Festival, Thursday, March 20 – Sunday, March 22, 2015.


Creation of the painting, from blank sheet to finished piece can viewed on the artist’s YouTube channel:


John Carollo began studying Watercolor in college at the University of North Texas under the
instruction of the internationally renowned artist Rob Erdle. Having initially approached the medium with a goal of producing realistic works, a summer study trip to Europe quickly cured those impulses. During the course of the journey, and continuing upon his return, John’s work took on an increasingly expressive, stylistic flair, meant to convey the mood, emotion, and essence of a scene rather than a literal interpretation of what the eyes might be recording. His loose, free-flowing style allows the water and paint to often move on its own with minor guidance, in a technique he calls Controlled Chaos. The end result showcases watercolor’s unique properties of translucency and atmospheric effect.

Since 2005, John has shown his work extensively in numerous venues in Texas, Georgia and the Central Florida area, including the CityArts Factory, Maitland Art Center, and Mount Dora Center for the Arts, as well as through collaboration with Voci modern dance company. In both 2007 and 2012 he was awarded prestigious United Arts of Central Florida Artist Development Grants, for his work with large-scale watercolor (over 6’) and 3D kinetic sculpture. The latter area has been a continuing source of exploration for the artist, with his work evolving from shaped paper and wire constructions to very large suspended pieces created from hand-painted silk, twisted aluminum and stainless steel. The largest of these to date at over 13’ x 16’, Icarus Ascends, premiered in 2013 and was designed for expansive atrium and transit center public art spaces.

Beginning in 2010, much of John’s creative energy has gone into The Figure As Vehicle, a travelling two-person collaborative exhibition with sculptor Marsha De Broske. Containing nearly 50 works by the two artists, all featuring the human figure in various interpretations, the show portrays the body as a vehicle for conveying messages to the viewer through mood, contemplation, personal connection and understanding. Ever-changing, the project highlights both artists’ ability to capture the essence of motion in their work, and has to-date been shown six times throughout Florida and Georgia at galleries, colleges and centers for the arts.


The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. In 2013 and 2014 it was voted America’s Best Juried Fine Art Fair by Art Fair readers. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show.

Every year about 1,100 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 55th year.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park.

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