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

Sunday, October 26, 2014



Recent Work on Canvas and Metal

Currently living and working in Richmond, Virginia, artists Eleanor Hughes and Curtis Bowman return to St. Augustine, their longtime home. The show includes Hughes continued metaphorical exploration of lotus that started at Beluthahatchee in 2009. Bowmans work features non-objective musings on connections to his maritime explorations, utilizing boatyard debris in oil paintings on steel. Opening on First Friday November 7, 2014 5-9 pm
 Eleanor Hughes
 Curt Bowman

Friday, September 5, 2014

"ROOTS" : New Orleans artist Matteo Neivert


Amiro Art & Found Gallery presents New Orleans artist Matteo Neivert’s “Roots,” a new solo exhibition of paintings exploring plants, evolution, objects, ocean, Earth and its elements – both real and imaginary. The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled during Art Walk from 5-9 p.m., Friday, October 3, at 9C Aviles Street in downtown Saint Augustine.


Neivert, a self-described “magical realist,” is inspired by the strength and fragility of nature. His paintings in “Roots” range from the serene – a series of haunting landscapes of icebergs adrift in the ocean at dusk – to the whimsical, with a study of exotic seashells skimming the sky. Neivert is art director at Maloney Productions and an adjunct assistant professor at Tulane University. His work has been exhibited at the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco, I-20 Gallery in New York City and the Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery in Jacksonville, Fla.