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:

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Anna Tomczak at Amiro Art + Design

First Friday Artwalk - April 3rd  5-9 pm




Anna Tomczak from Lake Helen, Fl. creates large format Polaroid transfers of found object assemblages and botanicals. Known for teaching workshops abroad, Tomczaks' images are romantic, nostalgic and fraught with symbolism.

Her work is in corporate, private and museum collections around the world. A highly acclaimed photographer, she has been featured in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Norton Museum of Art and the Polaroid Corporate Art Collection, to name just a few.

 Her exhibition and accompanying book 'Sanctuary' was curated by Barbara Hitchcock, Polaroid’s director of cultural affairs and curator of the Polaroid Collections, who said of her work

“Anna Tomczak’s photographs are beautiful, yet they are heavily layered with ideas, histories, remembrances and emotion. She delves into hidden places in her psyche to resurrect and interpret what is captured there, using it to reenergize souvenirs of past lives. Perhaps a blood-red calla lily draws our attention to a photograph. Stop. Look twice. This could be the beginning of a journey into another time and another place. The clues are there for you to see and ponder."







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AMIRO ART + DESIGN

New to Amiro Art + Design


 Amiro Art + Design is pleased to be introducing four new artists to the gallery for April, May and June. Opening on First Friday Art Walk are two photographers, a water colorist and a clay sculptor.


Ksenija Spanec: il giardino &emdash;
Ksenija Spanec 

Exhibiting for the first time in the United States, Croatian film photographer Ksenija Spanec  will show photographs taken with  both analog and pinhole cameras. Her "il giardino" series as well as her dreamlike landscapes are  shot in lush black and white.

Anna Tomczak from Lake Helen, Fl. creates large format Polaroid transfers of found object assemblages and botanicals. Known for teaching workshops abroad, Tomczaks' images are romantic, nostalgic and fraught with symbolism.



A member of the both the Florida and Jacksonville Watercolor Society, award winning St. Augustine resident Martin Gould brings paintings of  local and European scenes.

Donna Jensen
Teacher and Sculptor, Donna Jensen hand builds elegant clay figures of Raku fired Ballerinas. In their metallic patina the sculptures are an ode to the joy of movement and dance.


Local silversmith Gabrielle Gould and glass lamp-worker Trasea Womack will continue to show their work in Amiro Art + Design with the new artists.

St. Augustine Distillery will offer samples of Spring Spritzer for April Art Walk.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Duke Darnold at Amiro Art & Found




Duke Darnold

Duke Darnold is an historic preservationist, master craftsman and artist. His works include his personal hands-on preservation of historic elements in multiple restoration projects in St. Augustine historic buildings and his reuse of salvaged historic elements in many of his art projects. For over twenty five years Duke has honed his special craft of creating works of art from wood, metals and other found objects.



Duke has personally worked on preservation repairs to all three Flagler Hotel properties, the Lightner Museum and multiple private homes listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Duke repaired and duplicated the original stain glass windows in the towers of the Casa Monica Hotel and reproduced its large wood serpentine balcony and other historic elements that were beyond repair. He personally built the forms and cast the plaster to reproduce the broken original column capitals at the historic Markland House for Flagler College and also cast the Aviles concrete masks for the City of St. Augustine fountain at the Visitor Information Center.



Born in New Mexico and raised in Abilene, Texas, Duke found his way to St. Augustine in 1986 after several years of traveling the world in the United States Navy. He owns a local restoration construction company with his contractor partner Elaine Darnold, and his wood shop, art studio and architectural salvage shop are all located within his masterly restored circa 1920s building in the Historic West King Street area of St. Augustine at 9 N. Leonardi Street.


Duke's heart pine tables, metal sculptures, art dolls and paintings are in many local private collections, and other pieces of his art work are available for viewing and sale at his N. Leonardi Street studio. Duke also does custom pieces upon request.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Art Talk with David Ouellette





Amiro Art & Design Gallery, 9 Aviles Street, will be offering an opportunity to meet the artist David Ouellette on Sunday, March 8th from 5:30 to 7:30.


Mr. Ouellette will make a presentation entitled 'Every Picture Tells a Story' in which he will discuss the communication of his artwork with the viewer in terms of visual language as distinct from verbal language. It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, however describing a painting is in many ways like explaining the experience of listening to music, Classical music in particular.


This event is free and open to the public. Arrive early as space is limited.

There will be refreshments offered.



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Friday, December 12, 2014

Part owner of Amiro Art & Found with a studio  in Jacksonville, Marcia Myrick Siany is a voraciously curious artist.  She has worked in a variety of mediums but now is focused on metalsmithing, working with brass, bronze, copper, nickel and sterling."There is something about metal that really makes me want to play", says Marcia. She also incorporates semi-precious stones,pearls and beads into the jewelry. Her work is whimsical and organic, yet sophisticated. Inspired by memories and the past Marcia's one-of-a-kind pieces have a nostalgic feel. New creations will be on display for the exhibit "Playing With Metal". Opening reception First Friday Art Walk, Dec. 5, 5-9 pm. The show will be featured for the month of December.
art to wear jewelry by Marcia Myrick Siany