We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Goraczko and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Art has always been a part of me since I was young. After floating around a few non-art jobs, I pursued my MFA and that proved to me that I was back in the right place. When I persist in the field, I continue to be fulfilled and inspired more than in any other job I’ve had. It feels like it was something I was meant to do. It gives me purpose.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Currently, I am working on some commissions for geometric paintings and I recently setup an Etsy shop for smaller items like cyanotype prints and small paintings. I also recently showed some cyanotype printed textiles in a group exhibition at the Laundromat Art Space in Little Haiti. I have been giving private art lessons and I’m always open to make something beautiful for someone.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
No visit to Miami is complete without a trip to the Perez Art Museum. I would head there after getting a bite to eat at Organic Bites off of Biscayne Blvd and 70th street. Their pancakes are delicious. I would also make sure to go to the Bass Museum, which is close to the beach. For dinner, Ricky Thai Bistro in North Miami has the best Massaman curry dish. I love this family-owned business and the fact that all their food is organic and fresh. For coffee and/or breakfast I love Alaska Coffee Roasting, also in North Miami. The staff is amazing and they are always friendly. Of course, I would take my bestie to the beach for a day or two. I like driving up to Hollywood Beach and parking close to the broadwalk so at the end of the day we can go get ice cream at Haagen-Dazs or a yummy Mexican dish at Taco Beach Shack. I would also make sure to go to Anne Kolb Nature Center and go up to the top of their tower to overlook Hollywood Beach. For sushi I would go to Moshi Moshi. And for delicious Chinese food I would go to Dumpling King in North Miami Beach. They have bubble tea! Eastside Pizza has the best slices of pizza and so does Steve’s Pizza in North Miami. I would definitely take my friend to Greynolds Park and last but not least Key Biscayne for the beautiful views.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have so many people to thank for their support of me, but I have particularly benefitted so much from having artist and mentor, Pip Brant, encourage and support me since the beginning of my academic journey. She continues to be a great resource and incredible colleague and friend. She has always looked out for me and continues to send me artists to look at. She is dubbed The Great Art Mom.
Alex Del Canto