Friday, April 29, 2016

Plein Air Event on Aviles / First Friday in May!



Mark your calendars! We have a BIG weekend coming up for Aviles Street.  Friday the 6th of May is First Friday Artwalk and on Saturday and Sunday, we have Romanza on Aviles!  It's our annual Plein Air Paint Out for the oldest street!  Hot on the heels of the 'Find Your Park'  Plein Air event at the Castillo de San Marcos, and the creation of a Plein Air Strategic Taskforce to work with the City of St Augustine on artist's rights,  this is shaping up to be a great year for artists in the ancient city!  

Artists will be painting on Aviles Street from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and the artists will show and sell their works through the participating Aviles Street galleries and businesses (including Amiro) from 5pm -8pm Saturday and Noon-5pm on Sunday.  

This is a great day to support local art!  Whatever your level of skill, from amateur to professional,  grab your easels and brushes and come to Aviles Street!  For more information, artists should contact Gayle Nick at (904) 342-2186.  


First Friday Artwalk May 6th





Local Silversmith, Gabrielle Gould will be at Amiro Art + Design, fresh from the spring show at CraftBoston.  Her whimsical style is a favorite, both here and around the country.  Using silver and gold, often combined with feathers and shells, Gaby's style is immediately recognizable.  She stands above the crowd with her interpretation of birds, bugs and sea life, rendered into artful necklaces, brooches and earrings.


Jean Ellen Fitzpatrick is a Florida native, whose work is most familiar to many of St Augustine's residents through her illustrations of David Nolan's 'Houses of St Augustine'.  Jean taught graphic design at Flagler College for three years as an adjunct professor. Her paintings capture a moment in time, a sense of adventure, her love for her native state, and its vanishing places.  
Also featured at Amiro Art + Design are Lyn Asselta, Estella Fransbergen, Darryl George, Chris Crosby, Jerry and Nancy Noboloff and Lucy Clark.






Amiro Art & Found is the perfect place for unique gifts and art.  We select beautiful handmade and carefully crafted items from the most interesting artists around.  From dried polypore (fungi) necklaces to fish leather bracelets, upcycled book journals to amazing shell mosaics, we are proud of supporting these amazing artists by giving them an outlet for their creations.







Amiro Art & Found is featuring works by Ray Brilli, Catherine Carr, Marcia Sciany, Ginny Bullard, Deane Kellogg, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Cindy Wilson and more. 



Friday, March 25, 2016

Spring brings new art for First Friday Artwalk - April 1st



Ray Brilli

New art is coming to both our galleries for the season, and we are very excited!   

To Amiro Art & Found, we bring the color filled canvases of Ray Brilli. His love of St. Augustine is profound. “As I walk through this city, the sense of Europe is everywhere, not just in one’s eyes but with its aromas as you walk past the little shops. A new found excitement to an artist’s eye is always there, and it need only be sparked by turning a corner, and there before you lies a new scene waiting to be painted.” Ray's love of our city shines through and his impressionist style adds a dreamlike quality to the romance of our home.


LeeAnn Kendall

Imagine rising before the sun for a 1000 days to shoot the sunrise over the Atlantic.  Coming to Amiro Art + Design, is LeeAnn Kendall.   What started as her morning ritual to greet the new dawn has turned into a vast archive of sunrise images.  LeeAnn shares daily sunrise images and morning minute videos on Facebook and Instagram,  and has gained thousands of social media followers around the world. Many have said they depend on her sunrises to start their day and others have told her this is their connection to the ocean or the only time they ever see a complete sunrise.  Leeann will be sharing a selection of her works with us and also offers her archived photos for one-of-a-kind wedding, baby and special occasion gifts from your special dates.


Jerry and Nancy Noboloff
Jerry and Nancy Noloboff bring years of craftsmanship to their furniture design. Nancy attended the California College of Arts and Crafts  (now the California College of the Arts) in Oakland California where she earned her BFA degree.  Mixing contemporary and classic design to make the natural beauty of the wood come through. As Jerry says

Jerry and Nancy Noboloff
"There is mystery in a rough plank of wood sitting in a lumber yard and it arouses my curiosity.  At this point of the project, reading grain can be difficult and I often can get just the barest sense of the wood’s potential.  It isn’t until I run it through my jointer or plane it a bit that I see more of it’s possibilities. Then I feel moved to interact more deeply with it. I know that if I am disrespectful or inattentive with my tools or the wood itself, I can get into trouble: both can bite - splinters are painful, toolbites are often more unforgiving.
      So for me, woodworking is a process of slowing down and paying attention, taking a breath and being patient;  It’s my meditation.  Making joints disappear, having grain transitions seem a natural aspect of the wood itself and using complimentary species of wood in a piece give me great satisfaction." 




As well as these amazing new works coming to our Gallery, we also feature many other artists.

At Amiro Art + Design, we have Gabrielle Gould, Trasea Womack , Estella Fransbergen, Chris Crosby, Lyn Asselta and others.

At Amiro Art & Found, you can see the works of many of St Augustine's artists, including Jan Master, Ginny Bullard, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Deane Kellogg, Marcia Siany, Lori Hammer, Jim MacBeth, and more.









 





Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Fine Art and Fine Wine with David Ouellette and Carrera Wine Cellar - Sat March 12th

David Ouellette

A Perfect Pairing! 



Venus Inverno
Amiro Art + Design Gallery will present an afternoon pairing Fine Wine and Fine Art with painter and lecturer, David Ouellette, in an artist’s talk on March 12th and a wine tasting with Carrera Wine Cellars.

Mr. Ouellette will discuss both technique and meaning of his non-objective enamel on canvas paintings. Also in his presentation, he will exhibit and discuss his never before shown impasto oils on canvas paintings, expressive in a similar, yet different manner than his liquid enamel. The difference is the texture, the similarity is the poetic use of color.



Philip Ball in his book, Bright Earth, notes: “No wonder philosophers and linguists so love to debate color - it tempts, and eludes them at the same time that it promises wonders and deep secrets.”  “If music be the food of love, play on.”  “We crown our lives with the gems of color.”





In the realm of the senses, color plays a meaningful role.  It can charge us or give us tranquility.  When many colors are orchestrated together, along with form and structure, texture and gesture, a statement, a sensation will have been achieved. 

Casey and Jessica from Carrera Wine Cellar
The wine experts from Carrera Wine Cellars of 35 San Marco Ave, St Augustine, FL will hold the wine tasting from 2 to 5 with the talk commencing at 3.

Amiro Art + Design is a contemporary art and design gallery and exhibition space, featuring established and emerging artists in various mediums. The gallery is located at 9 Aviles Street, the oldest street in America, in the heart of historic Saint Augustine. For more information, contact Jan Master at (904) 824-8460 or email info@amiroart.com. Like our Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmiroArts

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March First Friday Artwalk at Amiro Art + Design


Estella Fransbergen 

Estella Fransbergen will be in attendance bringing new work. She exhibits raku fired sculptures, detailed with natural stones, crystals and feathers. Fransbergen was recently the featured artist in Tampa of a partnership between Syd Entel Gallery
and Dillard's Department Store in a Tribute to the Dress 2. One of her sculptures was auctioned in a fundraiser for All Children's Hospital.


Cindy Wilson, has become totally immersed in exploring the possibilities of working with hot wax and dyes on cotton fabric, and her new mantle as an award-winning batik artist. She is presenting new works in a series entitled "Adventures in
Batik" showcasing her meticulous attention to detail in a variety of subject matter. Wilson will be showing with painter Jane Monroe at the FSCJ Kent Campus Gallery in Jacksonville March 8-29.


Darrell George from Bethlehem PA, paints figurative abstracts in oil that allows just enough control of the medium to get a three-dimensional message across on a two dimensional surface. It is in the exaggeration of our imperfections Darrell George finds beauty. The viewer is tempted to look more than once, recognizing something new within the layers at each glimpse.

Lyn Asselta’s pastel landscapes have been described as expressive, evocative and timeless. Her paintings are inspired by the environment around her, both natural and manmade, but she is particularly drawn to images that relay a sense of solitude and strength. Asselta's pastel paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and in France. Founder and current co-president of the First Coast Pastel Society, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and Master's Circle of the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies. A feature artist of the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Pastel Journal, her work graced the cover.

David Ouellette
David Ouellette is an art history Professor, former gallery director, lecturer, and art consultant. His paintings bring a sense of motion into the visual realm. The work is sensual and gestural, capturing the immediacy in using enamel paint as medium. Ouellette will be delivering a talk on Saturday 12th March at Amiro Art + Design about his process.

Gabrielle Gould, back from showing at the prestigious American Craft Council show in Baltimore, will be showing new whimsical birds and animal jewelry in oxidized silver accented with enameling, gold and feathers. Her unique style has been featured in Metalsmith and Exhibitions In Print magazines, and she continues to show her work around the country.

Trasea Womack has ocean-themed glass lampwork jewelry and ornaments. Her unique style and methods of color fusion invoke the range of emotions that arise from the power of the ocean.

Lucy Clark hand builds pottery using the coil method. Each piece is carved, burnished
and smoked for finished effect. Each piece is different in its aesthetic. Lucy pulls from her many years as a massage therapist and touching people to listen to what the clay wants to be and how it wishes to be transformed into shape in the physical universe.




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Lyn Asselta, David Ouellette and more for February First Friday Artwalk

Lyn Asselta


It's been a wonderful month for our artists at Amiro Art + Design!  We had sculptor, Lucy Clark join us for a succesful 'Meet the Artist' event and Lyn Asselta gained national and local attention for her work. We'd also like to thank Florida State Homes for their article about our galleries.  Check out the article on their website here. 


Lyn Asselta has become one of the most well recognized pastel artists in the country.  Her landscapes have become so appreciated that her work graced the cover of the most recent issue of Pastel Journal.  Lyn is featured artist in this acclaimed magazine, and as writer Amy Leibrock puts it:



Asselta builds landscapes that make viewers pause and listen to what a place has to say. A wave of familiarity comes through in the details she includes—details that others might choose to omit: a weed-like cluster of palm trees, an abandoned shed, a chain-link fence or the back of a street sign.
Lyn Asselta
Lyn's travels have taken her across the country, but those who are familiar with Florida will find her depictions of the salt marshes, waterways and ocean pathways particularly evocative. Sometimes haunting in their beauty, always capturing the peace of nature in solitude. Far from bustling streets and beaches, the solace of these spaces is reflected in each delicate stroke of color.

Lyn is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and a Master's Circle recipient of the International Association of Pastel Societies.  She is the founder and C0-President of the First Coast Pastel Society (FL), and is a member of several other pastel societies as well as a member of the American Artists.  In 2009, Lyn had the honor of being an Artist in Residence for the National Park Service at Acadia National Park in Maine.

 


David Ouellette returns to Amiro Art + Design with new work, to inspire and challenge our concepts of movement and color.   David is an art history Professor, former gallery director, lecturer, and art consultant. His paintings bring a sense of motion into the visual realm. The work is sensual and gestural, capturing the immediacy in using enamel paint as medium.  David tells us, 

David Ouellette
"I tend to develop works with an energy and intensity and a power in abstract form that presents themselves almost as a story, if you will, with characters, plots and subplots, beginnings, ends, all of which can be read by the viewer, however which is subject to their own interpretation and imagination. All my works carry the signature of approach and manner of handling. The starting point might be quick to come of slow to evolve; either way the result must ring true. There is an instinctive gauge that measures the design with form, with color, with strokes and the textures that culminates in what I feel is a complete statement. Michelangelo said his eye was his only measure. I mentioned the importance of the medium, and the tools for that matter, but most assuredly, for me, the paint. In most cases I use enamels: fluid, glossy and quick to set up. There is an immediacy that is inherent to the enamel paint medium. I also am able to engage the various colors and tones while they are in the liquid state, or adjust their character with the controlled use of solve, where gravity is a factor. Nature in the studio. 


David Ouellette


Amiro Art + Design will also have new work by batik artist Cindy Wilson, and clay sculpture from Lucy Clark as well as our other featured artists, Darrell George, Trasea Womack, Estella Fransbergen and Gabrielle Gould.




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meet The Artist - Lucy Clark this Saturday at Amiro Art + Design



Click the link to the event on facebook HERE


Lucy Clark will be joining us at Amiro Art and Design on Saturday Jan 16th from 2-5pm to discuss her art, inspiration and expertise.  Come and meet the artist behind the beautiful Obelisk 450 project “The Flight to Freedom” seen outside the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind.  Using hundreds of hand sculpted earthen feathers, her obelisk was a testament to the spirit of the Timucuan Indian tribe.  



Lucy Clark first touched clay less than 10 years ago after almost two decades as a Massage Therapist. When she decided to try hand building earthenware vessels after a fairly disastrous attempt at wheel throwing, her pottery mentor told her, “The clay chooses you.” From the first coil, she was hooked. Each piece is slowly formed, then carved, burnished and smoked for finished effect. The time-honored tradition of hand building allows Lucy to contemplate where the clay is taking her. Lucy states, “Rushing the process is just not an option. To create something beautiful takes time, patience, vision and most importantly, letting go.”

Her intention with her chosen medium of hand built pottery is simple; to allow the eye of the beholder to experience movement and beauty in each piece that she creates.



Lucy writes:

"To me, life is a work of art always in progress and only finished when we take our last breath. It is through this belief that art informs all that I am and all that I do. Even within the daily routines that consume so much of our time, art is alive and only waits for our notice. With time and age I’ve discovered ways to let my authentic self play out in who I am and the events of my life, but something always seemed missing. My first pottery teacher called it “finding your voice”. I found my voice when I created my first hand built piece of pottery. In the past few months, I have made a move to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, finding that within these mountains my vision for my work has expanded beyond what I thought possible. Running my own business for over 25 years made control a necessary part of my world. With clay, I’ve learned the opposite. By letting go of control I am able to see what the clay wants me to see. When I truly let go, I can create beauty. It flows from the very essence of my being.

As with much in life, what we’ve done in the past can play a part in the new that we desire. My 20+ years as a massage therapist have taught me that human muscles respond not to control and force, but to the intuitive work of my hands to find what the body needs me to find. It is this experience that allows me to feel the clay and to hear the voice of the art within waiting to be released."

www.lucyclarkpottery.com



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! First Friday, first of the year, first of January!

The new year brings new artists to the First Friday Art Walk, opening exhibition on January 1st 5-9 pm. Amiro Art + Design is pleased to showcase the work of seven artists for January, Febuary and March 2016.
Cindy Wilson
Long time Saint Augustine resident and graphic designer, Cindy Wilson, has become totally immersed in exploring the possibilities working with hot wax and dyes on cotton fabric, and her new mantle as an award-winning batik artist. She is presenting new works in a series entitled "Adventures in Batik" showcasing her meticulous attention to detail in a variety of subject matter.
Darrell George
 Painter Darrell George from Bethlehem PA, says potential lies in anything. Creative minds will seek boundless beauty, found in the corner of any room.  George paints figurative abstracts in oil that allows just enough control of the medium to get a three-dimensional message across on a two dimensional surface. It is in the exaggeration of our imperfections Darrell George finds beauty. The viewer is tempted to look more than once, recognizing something new within the layers at each glimpse.
Lyn Asselta
Lyn Asselta’s pastel landscapes have been described as expressive, evocative and timeless. Her paintings are inspired by the environment around her, both natural and manmade, but she is particularly drawn to images that relay a sense of solitude and strength. Asselta's pastel paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States and in France. Founder and current co-president of the First Coast Pastel Society,  Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and Master's Circle of the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies, Lyn is also a sought-after workshop instructor in her medium. Home and studio are located in Vilano Beach, Fl.

Local artist David Ouellette is an art history Professor, former gallery director, lecturer, and art consultant. His paintings bring a sense of motion into the visual realm. The work is  sensual and gestural, capturing the immediacy in using enamel paint as medium. Ouellette is able to engage in various colors and tones while in their liquid state, adjusting character with the use of controlled solve and gravity.

Jewelry designer Gabrielle Gould shows  pieces of her signature whimsical work in oxidized silver, gold and enamel. 
Trasea Womack has ocean-themed glass lampwork jewelry and ornaments.
Estella Fransbergen exhibits new raku fired sculptures, detailed with natural stones, crystals and feathers. Fransbergen was recently the featured artist in Tampa of a partnership between Syd Entel Gallery and Dillard's Department Store in a Tribute to the Dress 2. One of her sculptures was auctioned in a fundraiser for All Children's Hospital.