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.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

December Art Walk - Shop Local, Art Local

Amiro Art & Found on Aviles Street during the Nights of Lights

Amid the post-thanksgiving haze, we all look for the perfect gift for someone special.  So many of us avoid the crowds at the mall and have taken to buying gifts online.  Perhaps you feel that the holidays have lost something of their magic in the over-commercialized world that we find ourselves in.  We stay at home, click into the shopping cart and move on to the next thing.

Heather Hall - Handmade Scarves
Imagine a place where there is no traffic.  Just friends talking in the street.  Music and wine, the smell of apple cider and the lights twinkling overhead.  Not a T-shirt shop, commercial outlet or corporate brand in sight, just restaurants, museums and art.  Not just beautiful paintings, but vibrant sculptures, jewelry, photography, books and items that you have never seen or imagined.  Something for everyone? Yes, every budget, every taste.  What's your best friend's style?  A new handmade scarf for mom? Perhaps an oddity for your kid brother's college dorm room?

Welcome to Aviles Street

Yes, you can shop, but more important is the spirit that we will experience tomorrow night.  Old friends and new friends, sharing, talking, admiring and participating in their community.  This old city loves it's people and the people love this old city, and Aviles Street is it's oldest street.

Amiro Galleries are owned by a group of local artists and feature the work of many other North-Florida and St Augustine based artists.

Lucy Clark Pottery
We have new work at Amiro Art + Design from Estella Fransbergen, as well as an installation 'Drawing is Dead' by Matthew S. Bennett.  We have jewelry by Gabrielle Gould, and art by Jim Macbeth, Deane Kellogg and Nancy Hamlin-Vogler

At Amiro Art & Found, we've brought in new antique furniture and lots of new work.  We are especially happy to bring Lucy Clark's hand built pottery to the gallery.  This is the time of year for Heather Hall's handmade scarves to wrap up in.  Marcia Myrick Siany's jewelry is as unique as the women who wear it.  Also featured are Anna Tomczak, Donna McCarthy Jensen, Ken Jensen, Wendy Mandel McDaniel and more

We look forward to seeing everyone down at the Amiro Galleries, to share drinks and snacks, friendship and love.

Amiro Art & Found

Amiro Art & Found

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Celebration of the Human Form and Mother Nature - The Transformative Work of Estella Fransbergen

 You can picture the scene, the crackling hickory and oak, ablaze. Sage scents the air, as the artist completes an act of purification. The time of meditation has passed, and the artist, in ritual fashion, commits her sculpture to the fire.

The time of creation is over for now, her hands have shaped the gifts of the earth into a human form.  Clay, coiled and cut, formed with patience and care, animated in the mind of the artist, it has already become a mirror of life. Now in the cool Indiana night, the fire takes the gift, and works it's own magic.  Firming the once soft material, tongues of flame reach like brushes, painting their own beauty. The crackling fire signals its desire and forms lightning like patterns across the glaze.  The artist can only coax, never demand, the final image.  At the right moment, the artist's keen eye catches the perfection of the fire, and retrieves the form.

 The finishing work, with bronze or steel or sand completes the look, but nature must still be honored and the torso adorned.  Wire twists and spins, perhaps laced with stones, beads, pearls, feathers or seeds. The choice is symbolic and harmonious. The sculpture knows it must be dressed to meet it's unique personality, and the artist meets those needs as a matter of respect to the divinity of nature.  The sculpture is not named, as the artist feels it is not her place, but is her gift to whoever the sculpture calls to.

When the art is placed in a gallery, such as ours, the relationship does not end.  Each torso finds it's home, imparting the beauty and power of the ritual in which it was created to the space in which it dwells.

Estella Fransbergen says that she only creates torsos, "because the torso houses the heart".  We are thankful this season, to have an artist in our gallery with so much heart.

Estella Fransbergen has new work at Amiro Art + Design.  Join us this Friday for first Friday Artwalk.  Learn more about Estella and her work