Dani Fuller

Dani Fuller

Creative Art Director, River Centre Foundation

January 22, 2015

Organization:

River Centre Foundation, Sylvania Community Arts Commission


Website:


Dani Fuller recently moved to the area and has become embedded in art scene in Sylvania. Whether leading the "Healing Arts Initiative" that encourages expression by those suffering from eating disorders at the River Centre Foundation or leading the creation of a community mural, it is clear that the exploration of her talents fulfills her passion for art. She seems determined to make a difference in Sylvania!


Tell us more about some of your past projects? 

I recently moved back to Toledo after living in Chicago for the past 11 plus years. I worked as a freelance artist and also art designer for The Commissary in Downtown Chicago.  I have done mural work and art Designs for local bars and restaurants. I moved back to Toledo in the fall of 2014 to work for the River Centre Foundation


What current projects are you working on?

The Foundation and I have just purchased the American Gallery in Sylvania Ohio.  We are moving the location to downtown Sylvania and look forward to adding to the already existing and rapidly growing art community in Sylvania Ohio.  



What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

Currently my job here in Toledo gives me a lot of freedom and opportunity to create and be apart of an interesting art movement we have growing within the foundation and our community.  



Tell us about one of your greatest successes. 

I think anytime someone walks in and purchases an original artwork – it feels like a great success.  When they share their connection to it, their feelings and reactions to it –this fills me with so much joy and greatness.  In those moments, I know I am truly respecting my life’s purpose and exercising my gifts to the fullest. 



Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

Connecting with others. I am  passionate about the deeper meaning of the human experience -how we interact, how we need to care harder and how we need to care more. Forming impressions that will resonate and ignite that same passion in others fills up my inspiration cup! 

Tell us about your background.

Earned my BFA in Illustration from The American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois. I have been a freelance artist working in, acrylic, print, computer graphics, and illustration for local musicians, merchants, businesses, and families in the Chicago area for 9 plus years and recently moved back to the Toledo Area as the Director of the creative art program for the River Centre Foundation in downtown Sylvania.



Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

“If the fate of the universe was decided in a single moment at the instant of the Big Bang , that was the most creative moment of all.” Deepak Chopra



Favorite place for local culture? 

Old West End



Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

Zanes Pita Sub at 5155 Main St  Sylvania, Ohio, Though it needs a more descriptive name!



My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

Treo



My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . . 

Harroun Park



When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . . 

The park on a long walk listening to music





If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

More opportunities to showcase their skills. The Finacial burden that most artists experience, diminishes their full potential and opportunity. 



Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

We recently collaborated with the SCAC and downtown Sylvania association  to create the first mural in Downtown Sylvania.  We had the community out there everyday adding their brush stroke to a piece that I designed for the wall.  The wall depicts the history and life of Sylvania past and present. The community is now apart of that history!

The Roots of Sylvania from Flanders Creatives on Vimeo.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

BILL CLINTON



Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

Steve Winwood “finer things”…. I need to hear it – sorry, cheesy! 



3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

passionate, genuine and silly



Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.
Sigur Ros : Med sud í eyrum vid spilum endalaust
Garden State, soundtrack
Vampire Weekend, Contra
Talking Heads, Best of Talking Heads
Mumford and Sons, Babel

My biggest vice is . . .

scanning the sale selections at Anthropology every morning



I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.



everyone out walking and better public transportation

What’s the last dream you recall having?

Falling and falling and falling …no clue when or were I was going to land



The last lyric that moved me was . . .

“Why am I here?
 Oh, what should I do? 
Well, is this the point I'm trying to prove? – Salt in the Wound, Delta Spirit



One movie character I identify with is . . .

I just adore Diane Keaton but I don’t really know


The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

the gift of being an artist and what opportunities it has provided for me.  The connections I have now, the people I am working with today and the friends I have made over so many years are directly related to that gift I was given. In my job, I have reconnected with a community of people I care so much for and love beyond words.  We are growing something great and their confidence and belief in my gifts fills me with so much joy and gratitude. Being in the right place at the right time and having this gift…. The dots aligned and I am right here in this moment doing great things with the greatest people.


I want my last meal to be

vegan mac and cheese hot out of the oven.



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