Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lyn Asselta, David Ouellette and more for February First Friday Artwalk

Lyn Asselta

It's been a wonderful month for our artists at Amiro Art + Design!  We had sculptor, Lucy Clark join us for a succesful 'Meet the Artist' event and Lyn Asselta gained national and local attention for her work. We'd also like to thank Florida State Homes for their article about our galleries.  Check out the article on their website here. 

Lyn Asselta has become one of the most well recognized pastel artists in the country.  Her landscapes have become so appreciated that her work graced the cover of the most recent issue of Pastel Journal.  Lyn is featured artist in this acclaimed magazine, and as writer Amy Leibrock puts it:

Asselta builds landscapes that make viewers pause and listen to what a place has to say. A wave of familiarity comes through in the details she includes—details that others might choose to omit: a weed-like cluster of palm trees, an abandoned shed, a chain-link fence or the back of a street sign.
Lyn Asselta
Lyn's travels have taken her across the country, but those who are familiar with Florida will find her depictions of the salt marshes, waterways and ocean pathways particularly evocative. Sometimes haunting in their beauty, always capturing the peace of nature in solitude. Far from bustling streets and beaches, the solace of these spaces is reflected in each delicate stroke of color.

Lyn is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and a Master's Circle recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies.  She is the founder and C0-President of the First Coast Pastel Society (FL), and is a member of several other pastel societies as well as a member of the American Artists.  In 2009, Lyn had the honor of being an Artist in Residence for the National Park Service at Acadia National Park in Maine.


David Ouellette returns to Amiro Art + Design with new work, to inspire and challenge our concepts of movement and color.   David is an art history Professor, former gallery director, lecturer, and art consultant. His paintings bring a sense of motion into the visual realm. The work is sensual and gestural, capturing the immediacy in using enamel paint as medium.  David tells us, 

David Ouellette
"I tend to develop works with an energy and intensity and a power in abstract form that presents themselves almost as a story, if you will, with characters, plots and subplots, beginnings, ends, all of which can be read by the viewer, however which is subject to their own interpretation and imagination. All my works carry the signature of approach and manner of handling. The starting point might be quick to come of slow to evolve; either way the result must ring true. There is an instinctive gauge that measures the design with form, with color, with strokes and the textures that culminates in what I feel is a complete statement. Michelangelo said his eye was his only measure. I mentioned the importance of the medium, and the tools for that matter, but most assuredly, for me, the paint. In most cases I use enamels: fluid, glossy and quick to set up. There is an immediacy that is inherent to the enamel paint medium. I also am able to engage the various colors and tones while they are in the liquid state, or adjust their character with the controlled use of solve, where gravity is a factor. Nature in the studio. 

David Ouellette

Amiro Art + Design will also have new work by batik artist Cindy Wilson, and clay sculpture from Lucy Clark as well as our other featured artists, Darrell George, Trasea Womack, Estella Fransbergen and Gabrielle Gould.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meet The Artist - Lucy Clark this Saturday at Amiro Art + Design

Click the link to the event on facebook HERE

Lucy Clark will be joining us at Amiro Art and Design on Saturday Jan 16th from 2-5pm to discuss her art, inspiration and expertise.  Come and meet the artist behind the beautiful Obelisk 450 project “The Flight to Freedom” seen outside the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.  Using hundreds of hand sculpted earthen feathers, her obelisk was a testament to the spirit of the Timucuan Indian tribe.  

Lucy Clark first touched clay less than 10 years ago after almost two decades as a Massage Therapist. When she decided to try hand building earthenware vessels after a fairly disastrous attempt at wheel throwing, her pottery mentor told her, “The clay chooses you.” From the first coil, she was hooked. Each piece is slowly formed, then carved, burnished and smoked for finished effect. The time-honored tradition of hand building allows Lucy to contemplate where the clay is taking her. Lucy states, “Rushing the process is just not an option. To create something beautiful takes time, patience, vision and most importantly, letting go.”

Her intention with her chosen medium of hand built pottery is simple; to allow the eye of the beholder to experience movement and beauty in each piece that she creates.

Lucy writes:

"To me, life is a work of art always in progress and only finished when we take our last breath. It is through this belief that art informs all that I am and all that I do. Even within the daily routines that consume so much of our time, art is alive and only waits for our notice. With time and age I’ve discovered ways to let my authentic self play out in who I am and the events of my life, but something always seemed missing. My first pottery teacher called it “finding your voice”. I found my voice when I created my first hand built piece of pottery. In the past few months, I have made a move to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, finding that within these mountains my vision for my work has expanded beyond what I thought possible. Running my own business for over 25 years made control a necessary part of my world. With clay, I’ve learned the opposite. By letting go of control I am able to see what the clay wants me to see. When I truly let go, I can create beauty. It flows from the very essence of my being.

As with much in life, what we’ve done in the past can play a part in the new that we desire. My 20+ years as a massage therapist have taught me that human muscles respond not to control and force, but to the intuitive work of my hands to find what the body needs me to find. It is this experience that allows me to feel the clay and to hear the voice of the art within waiting to be released."


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! First Friday, first of the year, first of January!

The new year brings new artists to the First Friday Art Walk, opening exhibition on January 1st 5-9 pm. Amiro Art + Design is pleased to showcase the work of seven artists for January, Febuary and March 2016.
Cindy Wilson
Long time Saint Augustine resident and graphic designer, Cindy Wilson, has become totally immersed in exploring the possibilities working with hot wax and dyes on cotton fabric, and her new mantle as an award-winning batik artist. She is presenting new works in a series entitled "Adventures in Batik" showcasing her meticulous attention to detail in a variety of subject matter.
Darrell George
 Painter Darrell George from Bethlehem PA, says potential lies in anything. Creative minds will seek boundless beauty, found in the corner of any room.  George paints figurative abstracts in oil that allows just enough control of the medium to get a three-dimensional message across on a two dimensional surface. It is in the exaggeration of our imperfections Darrell George finds beauty. The viewer is tempted to look more than once, recognizing something new within the layers at each glimpse.
Lyn Asselta
Lyn Asselta’s pastel landscapes have been described as expressive, evocative and timeless. Her paintings are inspired by the environment around her, both natural and manmade, but she is particularly drawn to images that relay a sense of solitude and strength. Asselta's pastel paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and in France. Founder and current co-president of the First Coast Pastel Society,  Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and Master's Circle of the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies, Lyn is also a sought-after workshop instructor in her medium. Home and studio are located in Vilano Beach, Fl.

Local artist David Ouellette is an art history Professor, former gallery director, lecturer, and art consultant. His paintings bring a sense of motion into the visual realm. The work is  sensual and gestural, capturing the immediacy in using enamel paint as medium. Ouellette is able to engage in various colors and tones while in their liquid state, adjusting character with the use of controlled solve and gravity.

Jewelry designer Gabrielle Gould shows  pieces of her signature whimsical work in oxidized silver, gold and enamel. 
Trasea Womack has ocean-themed glass lampwork jewelry and ornaments.
Estella Fransbergen exhibits new raku fired sculptures, detailed with natural stones, crystals and feathers. Fransbergen was recently the featured artist in Tampa of a partnership between Syd Entel Gallery and Dillard's Department Store in a Tribute to the Dress 2. One of her sculptures was auctioned in a fundraiser for All Children's Hospital.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December Art Walk - Shop Local, Art Local

Amiro Art & Found on Aviles Street during the Nights of Lights

Amid the post-thanksgiving haze, we all look for the perfect gift for someone special.  So many of us avoid the crowds at the mall and have taken to buying gifts online.  Perhaps you feel that the holidays have lost something of their magic in the over-commercialized world that we find ourselves in.  We stay at home, click into the shopping cart and move on to the next thing.

Heather Hall - Handmade Scarves
Imagine a place where there is no traffic.  Just friends talking in the street.  Music and wine, the smell of apple cider and the lights twinkling overhead.  Not a T-shirt shop, commercial outlet or corporate brand in sight, just restaurants, museums and art.  Not just beautiful paintings, but vibrant sculptures, jewelry, photography, books and items that you have never seen or imagined.  Something for everyone? Yes, every budget, every taste.  What's your best friend's style?  A new handmade scarf for mom? Perhaps an oddity for your kid brother's college dorm room?

Welcome to Aviles Street

Yes, you can shop, but more important is the spirit that we will experience tomorrow night.  Old friends and new friends, sharing, talking, admiring and participating in their community.  This old city loves it's people and the people love this old city, and Aviles Street is it's oldest street.

Amiro Galleries are owned by a group of local artists and feature the work of many other North-Florida and St Augustine based artists.

Lucy Clark Pottery
We have new work at Amiro Art + Design from Estella Fransbergen, as well as an installation 'Drawing is Dead' by Matthew S. Bennett.  We have jewelry by Gabrielle Gould, and art by Jim Macbeth, Deane Kellogg and Nancy Hamlin-Vogler

At Amiro Art & Found, we've brought in new antique furniture and lots of new work.  We are especially happy to bring Lucy Clark's hand built pottery to the gallery.  This is the time of year for Heather Hall's handmade scarves to wrap up in.  Marcia Myrick Siany's jewelry is as unique as the women who wear it.  Also featured are Anna Tomczak, Donna McCarthy Jensen, Ken Jensen, Wendy Mandel McDaniel and more

We look forward to seeing everyone down at the Amiro Galleries, to share drinks and snacks, friendship and love.

Amiro Art & Found

Amiro Art & Found

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Celebration of the Human Form and Mother Nature - The Transformative Work of Estella Fransbergen

 You can picture the scene, the crackling hickory and oak, ablaze. Sage scents the air, as the artist completes an act of purification. The time of meditation has passed, and the artist, in ritual fashion, commits her sculpture to the fire.

The time of creation is over for now, her hands have shaped the gifts of the earth into a human form.  Clay, coiled and cut, formed with patience and care, animated in the mind of the artist, it has already become a mirror of life. Now in the cool Indiana night, the fire takes the gift, and works it's own magic.  Firming the once soft material, tongues of flame reach like brushes, painting their own beauty. The crackling fire signals its desire and forms lightning like patterns across the glaze.  The artist can only coax, never demand, the final image.  At the right moment, the artist's keen eye catches the perfection of the fire, and retrieves the form.

 The finishing work, with bronze or steel or sand completes the look, but nature must still be honored and the torso adorned.  Wire twists and spins, perhaps laced with stones, beads, pearls, feathers or seeds. The choice is symbolic and harmonious. The sculpture knows it must be dressed to meet it's unique personality, and the artist meets those needs as a matter of respect to the divinity of nature.  The sculpture is not named, as the artist feels it is not her place, but is her gift to whoever the sculpture calls to.

When the art is placed in a gallery, such as ours, the relationship does not end.  Each torso finds it's home, imparting the beauty and power of the ritual in which it was created to the space in which it dwells.

Estella Fransbergen says that she only creates torsos, "because the torso houses the heart".  We are thankful this season, to have an artist in our gallery with so much heart.

Estella Fransbergen has new work at Amiro Art + Design.  Join us this Friday for first Friday Artwalk.  Learn more about Estella and her work 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

First Friday Artwalk - October at Art + Design

Matthew S. Bennett returns to the North Florida art scene debuting his body of work - "Drawing is Dead"- created while living in Japan. Prior to moving to Japan in 2010, Matthew was a prominent North Florida artist integral to the Downtown Vision revitalization of Jacksonville through the arts and a longtime member of the Butterfield Garage cooperative and the Art Association in St. Augustine. His Off the Grid studio on Bay Street in Jacksonville was a favorite location for art lovers during Art Walk and the venue for his figure drawing events where artists gathered to study and draw from life. Matthew is an award-winning artist who has shown his work locally at the Cummer Museum of Art, R. Roberts Gallery, the Butterfield Garage Gallery, the Haydon Burns Library, St. Augustine Art Association, as well as in Virginia, and internationally in Tokyo, Japan, and London, England.

Jim Macbeth
Jim Macbeth initially came to Saint Augustine to curate for the Lightner Museum- after 11 years he retired in 2000, where he then began to pursue his art.  He has developed a particular style utilizing the method of placing real objects on a scanner to create unique compositions, called scanography. His fascination with technology led him to explore art production on his iPad where he doodles characters he calls "Whimsy Birds". He will also be presenting paper pulp cast reproductions of fossils he obtained while working at the Smithsonian.

Nancy Hamlin-Vogler
Nancy Hamlin-Vogler is a diverse 2D artist who has been with Amiro since it's inception. A skilled silk screen artist who owns an award winning print studio, Eastern Sun Printworks, Hamlin- Vogler will be showing large, intuitive mixed media works on paper with a theme that concentrates on temporary beauty, a contrast from her meticulous prints work. She recently won Best of Show at the 2015 Spring Arts Festival in Gainesville, FL. 

Gabrielle Gould

Gabrielle Gould is a Flagler College alumni and independent jeweler whose work incorporates feathers, shells, fine metals and enamel. Her intricate and colorful bird and fish motifs have a personality of their own and give you a feel for the nature and environment of Florida.

Estella Fransbergen
Estella Fransbergen is showing a grouping of her raku female forms that incorporate mixed media including: glass beads, wires, organic matter and natural/semi precious stones. Her work is a celebration of mother nature and the human form.

Trasea Womack

Trasea Womack is a glass artist with more than thirty years of experience in working with molten glass. Each piece is hand formed through lampwork from solid rods of glass which are heated in a torch flame until molten, and shaped into the desired form. Tracy makes her own colored rods from clear rods, glass powders, and frit (ground up glass), which provide her with a broad and unique color palette.  Tracy's exquisite use of color and her expert rendering of form is what sets her work apart in the world of art glass. Her love of the ocean shows in her marine-life pieces as well as in her seascape pendants and earrings.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Celebrate 450 years of art with Kathryn Carr at Amiro Art & Found

     As we head into St Augustine's 450th anniversary celebrations, we want to share a very special piece of St Augustine art with you. Paper cut artist Kathryn Carr designed and executed this amazing work influenced by the traditional german Scherenschnitte style.  Her work translates into dreamlike silhouettes, shadows of the world around us, casting joy.

     What we love about this is that all of our favorite St Augustine and St Augustine Beach landmarks are there: The Castillo,  the Lighthouse,  the pier, even El Galeon!  There's more of course, but take a look and I'm sure you'll be as charmed as we are.

     We have a number of prints and cards available so join us tonight for artwalk and over the weekend for the Fiesta de Aviles.

      Kathryn has been paper cutting since 2008 with scissors and knife and is a member of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh, Guild of American Paper Cutters, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Kathryn Carr