Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Obelisk Art 450 and Amiro Galleries

Obelisk Art 450 is an international public art exhibition interpreting compassion in St. Augustine, Florida, the Nation's Oldest City.

According to the Obelisk 450 Website 

"A temporary, international public art initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine, Obelisk Art 450 (OA450) seeks to pay tribute to the 450th anniversary of the nation’s oldest city in 2015 and promote a legacy of compassion.

Up to 25 renowned artists who exhibit regionally, nationally and internationally will be selected to create an artwork on the blank canvas of an 8.5-foot tall obelisk replica of the Monumento a la ConstituciĆ³n on the St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion.  Each artist will have their own obelisk to work with that will be placed on a historic site within downtown St. Augustine. 

Artists will be encouraged to imaginatively interpret the sites' storylines and the four foundational values to the monument originally dedicated in 1813: Freedom, Democracy, Human Rights and Compassion.

Collectively, the obelisks and their markers will create a "Tour of Compassion" for a projected 3.5 million viewers during the exhibit.

St. Augustine and her sister city - Aviles, Spain - are the first Compassionate Sister Cities in the world. Initially, Compassionate St. Augustine developed Obelisk Art 450, a privately funded project, to foster a legacy of compassion as a tribute the Ancient City's anniversary in 2015. 

Aviles’ mayor and city council have initiated a temporary obelisk art exhibit in conjunction with ours, to celebrate the two sister cities' remarkable shared history. Together, the two public art projects will create a unique international bridge spanning more than four centuries that inspires the values of democracy, freedom, human rights, and compassion for future generations."

Please visit the Obelisk Art 450 Website here

5 Obelisk Artists at Amiro Art + Design

We are delighted to currently have five of the artists involved in this important project displaying their artwork at Amiro Art + Design.

Pablo Hugo Rozada Vena 

Pablo is a recognized alumni of the Restoration and Conservation of Cultural Architecture, in the Sculpture Department of the School of Art in Asturias. During the last three years he has taught "Reproduction of Molds and Handmade Ceramic Pieces" for the Cultural Factory of Aviles. Rozada is also a Potter-Ceramist at the Museum and Municipal School of Ceramics in Aviles, where he lectures. Until October 2005, he worked in an art bronze foundry.

Pablo at work at Amiro Art & Design

Wendy Mandel McDaniel  

Wendy is a self-taught artist and uses found objects, ceramic, glass, stone, metal and wood to convey a story, create beauty, to engage the viewer and take them to their own personal place. She has collaborated on several public art projects in Northeast Florida.

Wendy Mandel McDaniel - 'Tribute to Tibby'

Jan Tomlinson Master

Jan is an artist, educator and gallery owner living in St. Augustine, Florida, whose art practice centers on public art and site-specific installations. Master, as the highest scoring St. Augustine artist, was selected by Compassionate St. Augustine to participate in the Aviles, Spain public art project commemorating St. Augustine's 450th in April 2015.

Jan Tomlinson Master in Aviles, Spain

Donald Martin

Don is a professor of art at Flagler College since 1980, is a multi-media artist with completed public art projects located throughout Florida, including at the Bacardi Corporation, Flagler College, and Jacksonville International Airport. While Martin’s personal work deals primarily with nature, he is enthusiastic about taking on the themes of freedom, democracy, human rights and compassion.

Don Martin - Egg #1, Linoleum Block.

Xavier 'Javi' Brunet

Brunet, hails originally from Barcelona, but moved to New York where he lived for 20 years.  In 2008 Javi and his love, artist Heather Blanton moved to Vilano Beach.  Javi takes found objects and with them creates illuminated sculptures and furniture.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fish Leather - Sustainable and Beautiful

Artist - Lori Hammer

 Artist Lori Hammer gets some strange looks when she tells folks that the exotic looking leather used in her creations aren't exotic at all.  The leather comes as a by-product from sustainable fisheries, using the skin of Tilapia, Carp, Salmon and Perch.  The tanning process takes 30-45 days and renders a soft, but surprisingly strong product

Fish leather is an eco-friendly alternative to exotic leathers such as crocodile and snake that threaten endangered species. The leather has a unique look, yet you’ll find that the strength and smell of the material is comparable to commonly used land-based leathers. In strength, it compares to sheep skin and is just as soft.

Come by Amiro Art & Found to see more of Lori's unique creations.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Artwalk this Friday - Celebrate 450 at Amiro Art + Design

Celebrate 450 begins at Amiro Art + Design during First Friday ArtWalk by featuring five participating artists in the Obelisk Art 450.
Jan Tomlinson Master

Pablo Hugo Rosada Vena from St. Augustine's Sister City, Aviles, Spain has sent vibrant watercolor abstractions in both 2 and 3D. Arriving in the U.S. on July 7, Rosada Vena will be painting his obelisk and visiting in conjunction with the Sister City student exchange from Aviles.

His counterpart, Jan Tomlinson Master, who traveled to Aviles in April to participate in White Night, or, La Noche Blanca, by interpreting an obelisk there, will show her Reflection mirror series that will be the basis of her obelisk in St. Augustine.

 Xavier Brunet and Wendy Mandel-McDaniel both work in found object mixed media constructions. Brunet's furniture and Mandel-McDaniel's textural wall pieces will be on view.

Egg #1
Donald Martin

Flagler Professor of Art and Design Don Martin will be showing a new series of prints. A master printmaker Martin has exhibited at the International Print Center New York in 2014 and the Bradley Biennial International Drawing and Print Exhibition and the Boston Printmakers Biennial Exhibition in 2015.

The Labryinth series of paintings by Diane Naylor have secrets and a rune decoding system unravels them. Dark and mysterious Naylor's work is new to St. Augustine.

Fine craft continues to be shown with sculptural musical instruments by ceramic artist Ken Jensen, Estella Fransbergens raku torsos, Gabrielle Gould's finely crafted silver, gold and enamel jewelry and Trasea lamp worked glass

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Limited Time: Thomas Glover W. at Amiro Art +Design

'Shark' by Thomas Glover W.

Thomas Glover W.
Thomas Glover W. was a St Augustine based artist, sculptor, musician and art activist.  He achieved fame through his massive and beautiful stone sculptures and owned the Sculptural Stone and Woodworks Gallery and studio on US1.  Well renowned for his artistic vision, Thomas created his own style that shone through the many mediums he employed.  An avid musician, his hand carved guitar bodies landed in the hands of such notables as country music star Travis Tritt and Florida bluesman Willie Green.

Perhaps his greatest achievement was as the father of the Sculpture Garden on St Augustine Beach.  After a long process of attempting to donate a 14 sculptures to the City of St Augustine and being confounded by red tape, the City of St Augustine Beach took him up on the offer and the Sculpture Garden at Lakeside Park was created.  You can visit Lakeside park at 2300 A1A South, St. Augustine Beach, FL. 32080.
'Shark' (detail)

Thomas was a complex man, who loved nature and especially snakes, and was frequently called on to trap and release snakes that made their way from the wild into town. It’s been a little over two years since Thomas died, but his legacy is all over the city that he loved.  His work is carried on by his great love, Marianne Lerbs also a local musician, sculptor and painter.  Every once in a while a rare opportunity to purchase one of Thomas Glover W.’s works.  
We have for a very limited time, one of his larger paintings ‘Shark’.  This visceral work from 1995 shows a dynamic use of color and motion.  The figures in the work are true to Thomas’ style, sharing equal parts of passion and nobility.  This painting will only be available at Amiro Art + Design until the end of the month.  

'Shark' (detail)

'Shark' (detail)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Amiro in Old City Life Magazine

It's starting to feel more like summer here in the ancient city!  Memorial day is almost on us, and the galleries have been readying for the crowds.  We were delighted to have an article featuring us in Old City Life Magazine.  The print copies are out there, but if you don't find one, no worries, you can view the article here:


There's some other great articles and photography throughout, so don't forget to support this awesome local magazine and pick up a free copy at locations throughout the county.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New for May at Amiro Art & Found

This First Friday Artwalk will see new art at Amiro Art & Found. Much more than a gallery, Amiro Art & Found can help you turn your home and even your wardrobe into art.  

Wrenn Pottery

This month we have pottery from Wendy Wrenn of Wrenn Pottery. This is fully functional porcelain clay pottery, which is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe,  not just for display but to grace your table every day! Using forms from nature, shaped by the elegant touch of the artist’s hand, Wendy’s art is meant to be used in your daily rituals of creating and sharing food, and extension of your hospitality.  See more of her work at Wrenn Pottery

Segal Silver

We are also delighted to feature new work by Debbie Segal of Segal Silver.  Starting as a hobbyist, Debbie’s creations have gone far beyond her humble beginnings.  She uses polished semi-precious stones inlaid into her hand crafted necklaces, earrings and other beautiful jewelry.   See more of her work at Segal Silver

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tiny Dancers by Donna McCarthy Jensen

 Donna McCarthy-Jensen's hand sculpted dancers take the center of the floor at Amiro Art+ Design. Leaping and sweeping with life and motion, these hand-built, raku-fired, copper-glazed, clay sculptures never fail to charm, as they invite us into their world to dance alongside them.

Donna attended Dominican College in New Orleans, Louisiana and studied sculpture with the artist Angela Gregory. She later earned an M. Ed. in Art Education from the University of Florida. She teaches and works in clay with her husband, clay artist Ken Jensen, in North Florida.

The pieces are hand-built in clay, bisque-fired, glazed and then raku-fired. Raku-firing involves pulling the pieces from the kiln as the glaze is melting. The glaze crazes due to the fast-cooling. The pieces are then smoked in a bed of sawdust resulting in the unglazed portion of the pieces smoked dark. The greens and reds in some pieces are the result of copper in the glaze.

Visit more of Donna's work in our gallery
 or at her website: