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.