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:

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."

View more of Anna's work in our gallery or at 


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.