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

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Show of Horns - First Friday Artwalk August.

Artist Ken Jensen will be at Amiro Art +Design Gallery this coming First Friday to demonstrate his functional stoneware horns. These whimsical instruments are made on a potter's wheel and each has it's own individual sound. Some can be played like a bugle, others give deep foghorn like notes, and others more like a didgeridoo.

The Artist will be on hand to demonstrate from 5pm until 9pm this Friday for Art Walk, from 5pm-9pm.

Also featured this month at Amiro Art +Design are artists Jan Tomlinson Master, Javi, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Pablo Hugo Rozada Vena, Elizabeth Fransbergen, Don Martin and Trasea Womack.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Diane Naylor at Amiro Art + Design

The Labyrinth Series from Diane Naylor on Vimeo.

Runes.  The ancient alphabet used in Northern Europe for centuries. Runa was a word whose very name meant 'Mystery'.  Each rune represents a letter or sound, and each rune also has it's own meaning, as ascribed to in the ancient rune poems of England and Scandinavia.

Artist Diane Naylor, has created her 'Labyrinth Series' as visions of nature, each with runic inscriptions subtly painted on and around the canvas.   The viewer is asked to examine each work, and to search the greater depth by decoding the runic formulas.  Revealed are wisdoms from sages around the world, we won't spoil the surprise by giving away too much, but we will give you a card with the means to translate the work.

Other codes may even be revealed, within the sacred geometry of the objects depicted.  Each layer of intricacy, building an esoteric body of work that is both accessible and personal.  Nature guides the artist's hand in taking the viewer beyond oil and canvas and opens the door to a meditation in art.

In the words of the artist "My love for the planet inspires my artwork to communicate the importance of all beings great & small. My wish is to create compassion & to raise the consciousness of your atmosphere with my artwork."

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