Friday, December 21, 2012

First Friday Art Walk January 4, 2013

                                             Photo by Tin Roof Photography
First Friday Art Walk Friday, January 4, 2013

The holiday spirit continues at Amiro Art & Found during the January 4 First Friday Art Walk. Here's an idea. Why don't you come in and spend some of that holiday money you received on something for yourself. With our collection of functional and whimsical  creations, there is sure to be something that
will catch your eye.
Come on out, stroll the oldest street and treat yourself to an original locally made piece of artwork created by:
Marcia Myrick Siany
Ginny Bullard
Estella Fransbergen
Deane Kellogg
Wendy Mandel McDaniel
Jan Tomlinson Master

Thursday, November 15, 2012

AMIRO=ABUNDANCE and Art on Aviles


Photo by Tin Roof Photography

Two Great Events on Aviles Street in December!
Amiro = Abundance on  December 7th
Art On Aviles, a Holiday Truck Show on December 8
Amiro = Abundance! The name Amiro derives from the Timucuan word meaning much, many, or plenty.  Since the holidays are a time of gratitude and giving, it’s only fitting that Amiro Art & Found be filled with an abundance of artistic and unique gift items for the December 7 First Friday Art Walk.
Their selection of holiday gifts, both functional and whimsical, will include jewelry, mosaic creations, pottery, sculptures, vintage finds, paintings, and mixed media collages. Among the many new offerings will be porcelain mugs by Betsey Carter, knit scarves by Ejo Fox, and holiday cards by Nancy Hamlin-Vogler. Resident gallery artists Ginny Bullard, Estella Fransbergen, Deane Kellogg, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master, and Marcia Myrick Siany have also gotten into the spirit of the holidays and will be showcasing a variety of specially created holiday gift items.
 Amiro=Abundance! will be held during the December 7th First Friday Art Walk from 5:00p.m. until 9:00p.m. at Amiro located at 9C Aviles Street in Saint Augustine.  .
Amiro Art & Found is open Thursday-Monday from 11a.m. to 5p.m.with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7:00p.m. and during  First Friday Art Walks, until 9:00p.m. The gallery at 9C Aviles Street, is located on the oldest street in the nation’s oldest city.  


Scroll down to get some ideas for your holdiay gift giving and to read about Art on Aviles, A Holiday Trunk Show to be held Saturday, December 8th from 1-4p.m.




Art on Aviles, a Festive Holiday Trunk Show to be
Held December 8th on Aviles Street
Get your holiday shopping done as you support small business owners and artisans during Art on Aviles, a local holiday shopping event to be held Saturday, December 8th from 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.. Five Aviles Street galleries including Plum Gallery, Aviles Gallery, Worley Faver Pottery Studio and Galley, Amiro Art & Found, and Natural Reflections Glass will offer hand crafted treasures during this special street-wide Holiday Trunk Show.
Enjoy the Old world charm of the nation’s oldest street as you purchase unique and one of-a-kind gifts created by the talented artists of Saint Augustine. Shopping doesn’t have to be a hectic and hurried affair. Stop to take a break and recharge at one of the many great Aviles Street cafes.
The idea of Art on Aviles started with Plum Gallery owner, Karen Sheridan. “Our gallery was having a trunk show and I though it would be a good opportunity to join with the other Aviles galleries and turn it into a festive event, says Sheridan. “It’s also a fun and easy way to get your holiday shopping done while supporting our local small businesses and artists.”
Each of the five galleries will provide light holiday refreshments and feature a selection of unique distinctive works.
Start your shopping at Natural Reflections Glass gallery. They will be open at their new holiday season location on the corner of King Street and Aviles Street.  Enjoy holiday treats as you cross off names on your gift list when you purchase their hand blown glass art.
Plum Gallery will be highlighting Swamp Flower Designs, creative treasures by Pamela Fausset. Sample their holiday offering of  Champagne and chocolate as you view the wide variety of jewelry on display.
Next door at Amiro Art & Found Gallery, their Amiro=Abundance show continues with the addition of wearable art by Ejo Fox. Meet Fox and peruse her hand loomed scarves and unique men’s ties as you sip on holiday teas provided by The Spice and Tea Exchange. "Teas the Season to eat, drink and buy art on the oldest street in St. Augustine!” says Amiro co-owner, Ginny Bullard.
Walk a little farther down the street to Worley Faver Pottery Studio and Gallery where they  will be highlighting the fine art photography printed on canvas of Georgia Gayle Nick. Sample their holiday punch and cookies as you view Nick’s elegantly framed small images of favorite St. Augustine landmarks and streets.
Complete your holiday list at Aviles Gallery where they will be featuring their newest artist, Rick McAllister, and his distinguished photographs of botanicals.  Aviles  Gallery will also be offering a tempting variety of holiday cookies, and the music of Cuban guitarist Luis Mario Peral.








Monday, September 17, 2012

Artober Fest is coming!


                                       
Join us for Artober Fest during the
 October 5 First Friday Art Walk.

The  harvest is in and that means it's time for Artober Fest, a celebration of an eclectic collection of art and the artists who create it.  Artober Fest will be held during the October 5 First Friday Art Walk from 5:00p.m. until 9:00p.m. at Amiro Art & Found located at 9C Aviles Street in Saint Augustine.  Featured artists Ginny Bullard, Estella Fransbergen, Deane Kellogg, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master, and Marcia Myrick Siany have brought in their summer crop of work and it's time to step back, admire, and enjoy the harvest. 

Jewelry, mosaic creations, pottery, sculptures, vintage finds, paintings,and mixed media collages are just a few of the art forms that will be  on display at Amiro Art & Found
 during Artober Fest.

Stroll down Aviles Street and stop in Amiro to enjoy a spot of beer. You might even  hear a polka or two as you visit with the artists and view their artwork.

Amiro is open Thursday-Monday from 11a.m. to 5p.m.with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7:00p.m. During the First Friday Art Walks, Amiro stays open until 9:00p.m.Amiro Art & Found, located at 9C Aviles Street, is a unique gallery located on the oldest street in the nation’s oldest city.   
For more Information about the gallery and the artists
call 904-824-8460.     



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Will You Marry Me...Again?

                                         Photo by Kathe O'Donnelly
                               Artwork by Deane Kellogg

During the September 7, 2012 First Friday Art Walk
there's going to be a wedding and you're all invited!

        
The members of Amiro Art & Found
 are proud to announce
the Vow Renewals of
Rebecca Faunce and Robert O’Leary
On the seventh day of
September at 7:00p.m.
Reception immediately following the ceremony
in Amiro Art & Found
Wedding Artistry and Services Provided By:
Deane Kellog (love assemblages), Ginny Bullard (wedding keepsakes),
Wendy Mandel McDaniel (love pieces), Jan Master (jewelry),
Estella Fransbergen (Sculpture),Marcia Sairy Myrick (jewelry)
Kevin Lang (paper/dried flowers), Gloria Danvers (jewelry),
Daniel Thompson (wedding dresses), Toni DeWitt (dishware),
Jeanette Pacetti (pearl jewelry), Kathryn Carr (paper-cuts),
57 Treasury (flowers), Cheryl Miner,(photography),
Steve Lohman (wire sculptures),Brooke Butler (cake),
Steve Marazzo (wedding goblets),Reanna Franklin (music),
 Deb’s Decadent Desserts (hors d’ouerves)
Jack Merwin  (gator accessories), Kathy Marsh (love bird paintings),
Pop N Off (popcorn favors),  Dana Workman (ceremonies)
Photos by Kathe O'Donnelly
                            
              
  Photo by Kathe O'Donnelly

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hamlin-Vogler Featured at August First Friday Art Walk

                                                   Still Life at Mom's by Nancy Hamlin-Vogler


Nancy Hamlin-Vogler will be the featured artist at Amiro Art & Found during the August 3, 2012 First Friday Art Walk in downtown Saint Augustine.  The gallery, located at 9C Aviles Street will extend their hours to 9:00p.m. during this free event.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

Hamlin-Vogler will present a series of summer travel drawings, created using her favorite drawing materials, pastels, colored pencils, acrylic paints and mediums, with collaged elements.

Hamlin-Vogler studied art at Wells College and learned the screen printing process while earning a M.A. in French literature at the University of Maine. The seduction of obscure twentieth century authors gradually gave way to a curious captivation with making colorful, identical prints. While living in Maine, she established Northern Kingdom Printworks in 1976, and exhibited her serigraphs and drawings in Maine galleries.
Nancy left the United States in 1979 for a backpacking trip around the world; creating journals and sketch books, collecting textiles, kitchen utensils, and invaluable memories. She returned two years later, settled in Colorado and reestablished the card business as Eastern Sun Printworks, a name that reflects her interest in the Orient. Nancy, Tom, and their daughter, Alexis, moved to St. Augustine in 1988, where she continues to enjoy the warmth, history, and inspiration of this small city.
Amiro Art & Found offers the diverse artwork of a core group of artists, as well as the work of an evolving roster of guest artists. The ever changing works by artists, Ginny Bullard, Estella Fransbergen, Deane Kellogg, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master, Marcia Siany fill the gallery with an eclectic and colorful array of jewelry, mosaic creations, pottery, sculpture, vintage finds, paintings, and mixed media collages.

Amiro is open Thursday-Monday from 11a.m. to 5p.m.with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays until 7:00p.m.During the First Friday Art Walks, Amiro stays open until 9:00p.m.

Amiro, located at 9C Aviles Street, is a unique gallery located on the oldest street in the nation’s oldest city.  For more Information about the gallery and the artists, call 904-824-8460.     

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

We'll be Open for First Friday on July 6, 2012

                                          First Friday Art Walk on July 6
Join us on Friday, July 6, 2012 from 5:00p.m. until 9p.m. as we celebrate  the July First Friday Art Walk. If you haven't had a chance to see the gallery, this would be a great time to check out our new look and our new offerings.

Before you enter the gallery, don't forget to look up and notice the beautiful new mosaic adorning our storefront. The mosaic was  created by one of our artists,  Wendy Mandel McDaniel.  Then come in and enjoy the latest works of art created by the rest of our  diverse and talented artists, Jan Master, Estella Fransbergen, Marcia Myrick Siany, Deane Kellogg, and Ginny Bullard.  Jewelry, mosaics creations, pottery, sculptures, vintage finds, paintings, and mixed media collages are just a few of the art forms on display at Amiro Art & Found.

Amiro Art & Found is located at 9C Aviles Street on the oldest street in the nation's oldest city. The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 11:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 7:00p.m. Amiro is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For more information, call the gallery at 904-824-8460.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Fresh and Bright Again!


Amiro has a new look!
If you haven't strolled down Aviles Street lately then you haven't seen our new and improved storefront.

With a fresh coat of paint and a new mosaic created by Wendy Mandel McDaniel  over the window, we feel ten pounds lighter and look 20 years younger! 

Doesn't  it make you want to walk right in and see what's new on the inside as well?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Amiro Celebrates an Anniversary and an Award



Amiro Art & Found will celebrate their one year anniversary during the June 1, 2012 First Friday Art Walk. Amiro, located at 9C Aviles Street, is a unique gallery located on the oldest street in the nation’s oldest city.  The public is invited to join as they celebrate from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Amiro is also proud to announce that a mosaic project by two of their featured artists, Wendy Mandel McDaniels and Jan Master, was recently selected by The Florida Association of Public Art Professionals as one of the two top public art projects in North East Florida for 2011. The project, Eco Story, is a mosaic sited in the outdoor amphitheater in Bird Island Park, part of the Saint Johns County Park System, located behind the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library at 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. The mosaic was commissioned to be an educational portrait of Northeast Florida natural habitats.  Each riser in the seating area is adorned with images of native plants and animals from the different ecosystems. The mosaic may be viewed at www.scenica1a.org/mosaic.html.

Amiro Art & Found offers the diverse artwork of a core group of artists, Estella Fransbergen, Marcia Myrick Siany, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Master, Deane Kellogg and Ginny Bullard as well as the work of an evolving roster of guest artists. Jewelry, mosaic creations, pottery, sculpture, vintage finds, paintings, and mixed media collages are just a few of artistic expressions that can be found in this eclectic gallery. Amiro Art & Found is located at 9C Aviles Street in Saint Augustine.
The gallery is open Thursday through Monday from 11a.m. to 5p.m. with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 7p.m. Amiro is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Thursday, May 10, 2012











Statewide Public Art Organization Awards Recognition to  Local Northeast Florida Public Art Projects for Excellence

The Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP), a leading statewide public art organization, selected two (2) public artworks from the Northeast Florida area as top public art projects for 2011 at the 2012 Florida Public Art Year in Review during its annual conference in Fort Myers this past weekend. 
 Projects selected were installed in the state of Florida during 2011 and created by artists Jim Benedict, Assistant Professor at Jacksonville University, and Wendy Mandel McDaniel and Jan Tomlinson Master.
 The Northeast Florida public art projects selected are listed below by title, in alphabetical order:
Eco Story – the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial
Artist name:  Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Tomlinson Master
Location:  Bird Island Park, 101 Library Boulevard, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Commissioning agency: Bird Island Park Commission
Commissioned by Letita Smith in memory of her mother, Eco Story is a mosaic sited in the outdoor amphitheater in Bird Island Park, part of the St. Johns County Park System. The park was designed by golf course architect Bobby Weed and is used by the community as a place for contemplation, education and play. Three distinct Northeast Florida natural habitats are represented in the park through landscaping: Upland hammock, coastal dune, and freshwater marsh. The mosaic was commissioned to be an educational portrait of this natural environment.

The storytelling area is an amphitheater with a seating area of three, 14 inch risers. The artists adorned each riser with images of native plants and animals, each corresponding with the three different ecosystems represented in the park. A fourth riser behind the performance area has the words, “We Are Each a Tile in Nature’s Mosaic”. These words, written by Doris Westervelt’s son, reflect his mother’s love for nature, education, and community.

Letita Smith wanted the people who would use the park, to have “ownership” of the mosaic. State the artists, “To facilitate this, we did several things: We conducted a workshop for local children to make ‘ fossil’ clay tiles, pressed with flowers and leaves found in the park. Residents of Vicars Landing, the retirement community where Doris Westervelt last resided, participated by gluing tiles to mesh. Many local residents dropped by the studio to help. Home Depot donated supplies and staff helped with installation. Local high school students helped out as well.”

As an educational tool, the mosaic is reaching a larger audience at: www.scenica1a.org/mosaic.html
Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway have featured the mosaic on its website with the names of all the plants and animals. Eco Story can now be enjoyed worldwide as well as in St. Johns County.
Helen Lessick, renowned public artist and juror states about Eco Story – the Doris F. Westervelt Memorial: “This living gathering space is literally for the birds, and is beautifully designed to nestle into the Bird Island Park site. The extraordinary mosaic design and execution is unique as the area has no formal public art program.” 


 
Additionally, Lessick comments that the Tree of Life project is a “stunning collaboration of truly civic-minded creative and service professionals.”
Tree of Life: Organ Donor Memorial
Artist: Professor Jim Benedict with Jacksonville University students: Don Mills, Matt Ward, Katrina Burns, Elise Gates, Cynthia Sullivan, Laura Heckt, Ryan Rowe, Mike Smith, Taylor Middleton, and Dale Roberts
Location: UF Shands Jacksonville, Florida
Commissioning agency: Arts in Medicine, UF Shands Jacksonville, Florida
The Tree of Life is a gathering place for friends, family, and the hospital community to reflect on the lives of the organ donors that have given the gift of life. The memorial is a permanent display that is updated annually to reflect the continued impact of organ donation on the community of Jacksonville. The project was created as a partnership between Arts in Medicine at UF Shands Jacksonville and the sculpture program at Jacksonville University.
About the jurors:
Mr. Bolge is recently retired as the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art where he served as Executive Director for 16 years. Prior to that appointment Mr. Bolge served as the Executive Director for the Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art for 18 years and has held numerous other leadership positions in the arts.  Most recently he has received a lifetime achievement award from the Florida Art Museum Directors Association, and is currently with the Museum of Florida Art.
Helen Lessick is an artist, arts advocate, and civic art consultant. She has created permanent and temporary public artworks in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and in Europe, and in addition has assessed public art projects and programs across the US.  Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Research Institute, the Sackner Archive of Concrete Poetry in Miami, among others.  A founding member of Socrates Sculpture Park, Helen is an experienced curator and gallerist. She is a frequent presenter on art panels and writes for Public Art Review, Sculpture magazine. She served as co-juror for the 2010 Public Art Network Year in Review for Americans for the Arts.  Originally from Philadelphia, Helen currently maintains her practice in Los Angeles.
“Public art gives each of our communities’ uniqueness.  Unlike McDonald’s, public art focuses the artists’ attention to the environment in which it is situated and gives our citizens a sense that they are special,” states Terry Olson, FAPAP President and Director, Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Primitive Folk Art Doll Designer, Mary Jo Snell, guest artist during May 4 Art Walk


Mary Jo Snell, a Primitive Folk Art doll designer and maker, will be the guest artist at Amiro Art & Found  during the May 4, 2012 Art Walk from 5p.m. to 9p.m.  Amiro, located at 9C Aviles Street, is one of the newest galleries on the oldest street in Saint Augustine.  The public is invited  to join the free opening reception on May 4th from 5:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Snell, a retired Ophthalmic Assistant, has been living in the Apopka, Florida area since 1991. When she and her husband, Richard, began to sell primitive painted antiques as a hobby, Snell started creating dolls dressed in antique doll clothes to decorate the antiques.  When the dolls themselves began to sell, she decided to stop selling the antiques and concentrate her energies on making the primitive dolls. The dolls, inspired by diverse ethnic cultures, can now be found in museums across Florida and the southeast.
Ms. Snell has also taught two of her grandchildren, Mateo, aged 10 and Isabella, aged 7, to sew their own patterns into birds and other animals. Their whimsical creations can be found alongside their grandmother’s artwork, with sales from their work going into their college funds.
Amiro Art & Found offers the diverse artwork of a core group of artists, Estella Fransbergen, Marcia Myrick Siany, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Jan Master, Dene Kellogg and Ginny Bullard as well as the work of an evolving roster of guest artists. Jewelry, mosaic creations, vintage finds,  pottery, sculpture, paintings, and mixed media collages are just a few of artistic expressions that can be found in this eclectic gallery. Amiro Art & Found is located at 9C Aviles Street in Saint Augustine.
Amiro Art & Found is open Thursday through Monday from 11a.m. to 5p.m. with extended hours on Friday and Saturday until 7p.m. The gallery is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Press Restart "Off to Paint the World"




In 1979 Eleanor Hughes rented an apartment on Marine Street. A painter traveling from Mexico she found a place that fit her desires. A few months later she met Curt Bowman, a newly arrived wooden boat sailor who had traveled down the East Coast from North Carolina stopping and working along the way. He found a good reason to stay.
The two were drawn to the beauty and culture of life in St. Augustine. After their marriage Curt and Eleanor combined their creative energies on many projects. They opened a storefront in 1981 that specialized in screen printed and hand painted fabrics with gallery space for their paintings.
In 1987 they relocated to Santa Fe, New Mexico and from there Washington, DC where Eleanor worked for the Fulbright Teacher Exchange and Curt, the Smithsonian Institution. Their next move was to Solomons Island, Maryland, Eleanor becoming executive director of St. Mary’s Arts Council and Curt, curator of design and exhibits at Calvert Marine Museum.
They returned to St. Augustine in 1994 with their young daughter Chloe and started Hughes Bowman Design Group, a multi-award winning firm designing and producing museum exhibits throughout Florida.
Throughout their years together, traveling and documenting their experiences through painting and photography have been priorities. The new project the two are planning, "Drawing and Painting Our Way Around the World" will culminate with a co-authored and illustrated travel book. In preparation the couple have been eliminating unnecessary possessions and readying their house for sale.
The show opening at Amiro Art and Found on Aviles Street on March 2nd, entitled "Press Restart" will feature work excavated from the depths of the flat files and art storage area. Much of the work concerns foreign places and faces. If you would like to add some of their work to your collection there will be a wide variety of unframed work as well as framed pieces. “We would like to clear out some of our earlier work so we can start fresh or restart” explains Eleanor. “What we earn from the show will go directly into our travel project.”
Join Curt and Eleanor at the beginning of this new adventure. The show will continue through March 9th.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Amiro Features the work of Gloria Danvers

The Moving Canvas

Gloria Danvers believes that there are two reasons a woman's body is one of the most intriguing canvases an artist can work with.

 One, because, unlike any other medium, it is in constant movement and any Art created for the body must be in sync with that movement.
 Two, because in adorning herself, the woman is a co creator in Gloria's vision of her, tracked through the movement in the different stages of her life, distilling her
 "Self as Art."

It is her own evolution in life and her constant re-invention that inspires Gloria to design jewelry and accessories.
"Jewelry helps one define and interpret who she is, and also sends signals to the world that she knows who she is and is aware of how she presents herself."
"I have reinvented myself over and over in my life, and my vision of myself has changed accordingly.
My jewelry reflects those changes, both in the creating, and the wearing."

On the technical side, Gloria knows that
a good piece of jewelry is conceived from the inside out, and it is the invisible infrastructure that the jeweler creates that allows the artist free reign of whimsy.

Drawing on her many years of experience as a jeweler, an artist and fashion designer has allowed her to combine many mediums styles and techniques to create her signature Art to Wear pieces.

She will most often start with a polymer clay sculpture, always keeping in mind that it must be in harmony with the rest of the components of the finished piece, and with the body itself.

These hand sculpted pieces, when combined with stones, pearls, fossils and other media, create a certain and look and style that is pure signature piece.

This type of jewelry sends a subliminal message to the observer that this woman is daring, bold, yet very playful. Her pieces are elegant, but they don't take themselves too seriously.

They make a statement without being aloof, They say "Yes, this woman is someone to reckon with, artistically, but she is approachable and fun"!

The woman Gloria Danvers is in partnership with artistically is a the woman who is comfortable in her own skin.
She believes there is nothing more beautiful in this world than the living breathing synergistic partnership between this woman and her jewelry.

She knows it is healing, spiritual, self defining, and ultimately,
 Art in motion.