Karisma Goodell, a 19-year-old graduate of Eddyville Charter School and up-and-coming photographer, will have a solo exhibit of her work during Toledo’s First Weekend December 1 and 2 at Becky Miller Studio (167 NE 1st St). Michael Gibbons is this month’s featured artist, designer of the hand-carved stamp for the Passport to Toledo Arts. The December theme is “The Close and Holy Darkness.”
Karisma Goodell has worked in various media from a young age, but even participation in Toledo’s Art Walk during her senior year of high school left her feeling something was lacking. “Some say I was good at it,” she explained, “but I knew it was something I did just for fun.” Then Christmas 2009 came, and she got her first camera. “For the first week I couldn’t put the thing down!” Still sure that Karisma was set to be a painter, her art teacher proposed she take random shots with her camera that she could then attempt to draw or paint. Instead, Goodell stumbled upon her true calling as an artist. “I got so focused on taking pictures,” she explains, “that I never painted again!”
As graduation neared, an assignment to write an essay describing her dream job triggered the epiphany that changed the direction of her life. “I kept running through my mind all the possibilities of a career for me: doctor, teacher, accountant, etc. None of it seemed right. Then I began to write about how I loved to take pictures, and how, if I could do anything for the rest of my life, that would be it. I wrote about my wish to travel to unbelievable places, see incredible things, and be able to share the experiences with everyone. Pretty soon I had four pages!” Although she currently works various jobs to support herself, she has started her own photography business. When she launched her Facebook page, Becky Miller, who was familiar with Goodell’s paintings, said she realized immediately she was seeing a blossoming. “Karisma has a wonderful eye and the special ability to capture art and emotion in a well-composed image. I believe she has a great career ahead of her and am pleased to give her a chance to show off her talent to the community,” Miller said. Miller’s studio is open 11:00 – 5:00 December 1 and 2. For information visit www.toledoarts.info.