Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SPECIAL EXHIBITION: Healing Hands in Saint Augustine

If you know Amiro, you know we love our community. Working with our artists and committing to projects that enrich the place where we live is part of what drives us.  As such, December brings two very special exhibits to Amiro Art + Design.

Lenny Foster - Healing Hands

The Healing Hands project began 20 years ago with a series of images created during a week-long Coumba Lamba healing ritual in Senegal, West Africa. Over 175 images have been created since those first six images. Most of these images have been created while attending diverse cultural ceremonies throughout the United States, South Pacific, Bahamas and the Carribean. The subjects in this ever-expanding collection range in age from 6 months to 106 years of age, and represent all walks of life. Medicine men and women, ministers, artists, shamans, musicians, healers, horsemen/women, family and friends, kids and wise elders are all included in the collection. With each encounter and image created, Spirit has revealed itself, while, at the same time, also inspiring a desire for spiritual growth and healing for myself, and for the many others who have come in contact with the work. May you too be moved by the power of these images. What we all share, no matter our country of origin, is the innate desire for joy, peace and love in our lives. This collection is a recognition and celebration of our commonalities.  Lenny writes:

"I realize now more than ever that this collection is actually a journal documenting my moments with incredible beings. I've been blessed to be in a position to witness the many paths to -- as well as the many voices of -- Spirit. This body of work, to some degree, reflects my quest, intent and desire, using my camera as the vehicle, to be in constant communion with the Divine . An additonal blessing, is that I have seen how much these images can move people to a place of peace , contentment, and joy -- as welll as longing and sometimes even sorrow -- as some are reminded of a dear one who's no longer in the physical realm. 

As I look at the collection, I am reminded that we come from Spirit, are reflections of Spirit, and when our bodies are no longer necessary, will return to Spirit. This is my contribution: to share what I have seen and felt, and I hope that it will be of value to those of you who encounter the work."

Lenny is excited about his move to St. Augustine and is happy to present new images for the Healing Hands collection, that were created in his new home city.

Inside/Out: Seeing Days in the Lives of Incarcerated Children:

In May of 2016 the Cyprian Center for Expressive Arts received a $500 State of the Arts license plate grant from St. John's Cultural Council for "Inside/Out: Seeing Days in the Lives of Incarcerated Children." This exciting photography program began in September and takes place at St. Johns County Youth Academy under the direction of Joe Marx, founder of the St. Augustine Film Society & The Golden Way: Films That Make A Difference. The Golden Way is a a partner with and initiative of Compassionate St. Augustine. 

Healing Hands - St. Johns County Youth Academy Exhibit: 
Inspiration for the Healing Hands Exhibit came from professional photographer Lenny Foster and was presented to the photography class at the Youth Academy as a final class project. With limited props and locations available to them, the students produced some extraordinary photographs, some of which will be on display during First Friday Artwalk.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

First Friday Artwalk November - Part two!

We have so much to show you this Friday, we had to split this blog post into two! We know you've been anticipating this, so wait no more! 

Amiro Art & Found will be featuring a book signing by artist and writer, TeZa Lord.  

TeZa Lord has spent a lifetime in the arts as a painter and illustrator, and has pursued the inter-connectedness of a meditation and hatha yoga practice. Sharing her gift with others, led her to teach yoga to at-risk teens in Juvenile detention in Lakeland, FL.  We are delighted to have her with us to launch her art book, 'We Are ONE'.

We Are ONE is an inner journey depicted through images and words. Vibrant art illuminates the universal feeling of Oneness. This vivid coffee-table book depicts a state of being that many in today's world aspire to: compassion for all in existence.  Meet TeZa and begin your
meditation toward the infinite with We Are ONE as your guide.

Our friends from Carrera Wine Cellars on San Marco Ave, will also be on hand at Amiro Art & Found with a sampling of fine wines for the evening.

At Amiro Art + Design, we will be featuring the photography of Karin Connolly

 "I begin by capturing photographs that are unique and interesting to me. Some are very soft and subtle, while others are mystical and playful. I tend to gravitate toward images where only certain elements are in focus. When shooting in nature, I am constantly searching for that perfect moment where all the elements of light and landscape come together to form a single wonderful moment"

Karin's photographs seem to bring an ethereal presence to reality, and absorb the viewer into the scene.  Each shot reflecting something beyond our experience, while bringing a sense of comfort and solace.

Marcia Myrick Siany is bringing her Wishes, Hopes and Dreams collection to Amiro Art + Design.  Incorporating jewelry, painting and sculpture, Marcia's talents provide one of our most eclectic displays of art to date.   She tells us about the inspiration behind this collection in her blog:

"While we’re embroiled in our currently bustling lives, many of us carry along with us a pocket full of wishes, hopes and dreams for our potential future.  If we work hard and stars align some of these aspirations may actually even come to fruition.  Some may get a little singed on the edges.  Many rest in the flame so long they merely turn to cinder, rather than turning into the thing we want most for them to become.
This collection is about the journey that our hopes take with us.  Its’ about the desires we actually realize.  It’s about the delicate fringes of the wishes that get a little crispy.  And it’s about the hearts of the dreams that simply turn to ash."

The photography of Ginny Bullard is on display as part of the November exhibit at Amiro Art & Design .  A series of images focusing on  texture, color and line titled "Window", convey Bullard's interest in the amorphous solid, better known as glass.

Ginny grew up in Coastal Maine and graduated with a degree in English Literature from Bethany College in the rolling hills of W.VA. After learning to make fine jewelry in Cape May NJ. she moved to Florida and opened several retail stores and galleries in both St. Augustine and Charleston, SC.

Friday, October 28, 2016

New for November Art Walk - Part 1

It's been a tough few weeks for the Ancient City, and we are thankful that our galleries escaped the wrath of Hurricane Matthew. So many local businesses and galleries were affected by this storm, it's truly heartwarming to see the outpouring of love in the city. We had to cancel last month's Art Walk, but you can't stop great art! Let's celebrate our spirit of strength and community, and join us next week for...

First Friday Art Walk - Nov 4th


Lenny Foster was named as a ‘Taos Living Master’ in 2007 for his photographic contributions to the world. His photography is a testament to his search for beauty and spirituality, not just in the American Southwest, but across the world. In 2013, Lenny published his first fine art book, Healing Hands: Embodied Spirit & Light in Photographs & Prose. It was reprinted in 2015, and volume 2 of Healing Hands will be available in 2017. Lenny Just published ”Enchanted Land, A Taos Twenty Year Retrospective”.

Looking ahead, Lenny says, “I am excited about the possibilities and the promise of my work, hoping that it will continue to have a pro- found emotional and spiritual impact on myself and on the individuals who experience the images. My belief is that as I mature as a spiritual being and an artist, the work will also develop and, to a greater degree, become a creative vehicle for transcending challenging times and for celebrating the beauty, grace and power of Spirit.”

Becoming a permanent resident in St. Augustine by the first of the year, Foster will be bringing his ‘Seascapes’ to Amiro as his vision expands from the Southwest to the Florida shore.


Derek O’Brien will be exhibiting a selection of his stark, abstract paintings. Creation of his free-flowing, natural work is part of a ritualistic experience for Derek. Each concept erupts onto the canvas creating tension between the white background and and his markings, sometimes monochromatic, sometimes in bold color.

Even though abstract art was foreign to Derek until after he graduated from Flagler College in 2012 with a BA degree in the fine art department, he still possessed knowledge of painting techniques as well as conceptual art that have helped his work develop more fully.


Donna Jensen attended Dominican College in New Orleans, Louisiana and studied sculpture with the artist Angela Gregory.  The inspiration for her bisque-fired, clay dancers comes from actual ballets and performers. The objective is to capture the movement and joy of the dance.

The pieces are hand-built in clay, bisque-fired, glazed and then raku-fired. Raku-firing involves pulling the pieces from the kiln as the glaze is melting. The glaze crazes due to the fast-cooling. The pieces are then smoked in a bed of sawdust resulting in the unglazed portion of the pieces smoked dark. The greens and reds in some pieces are the result of copper in the glaze.

We have so much new work at both Amiro galleries to talk about, so keep an eye on this spot for more on November's First Friday Art Walk!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Waiting for Fall - Coming in September at Amiro Galleries

It's been a hot summer, and we're waiting for the cooler breezes and longer nights.  Check out what we have for you as we welcome September at Amiro Galleries.

It's been a busy month for the amazing Lyn Asselta!  As well as hosting art workshops in Ann Arbor, her painting, "Night Cloud" will soon be on its way to Suzhou, China for the 2nd Biennial International Pastel Exhibition sponsored by the China Pastel Network and the Ming Gallery of Art.  The exhibition which will hang in the Ming Gallery of Art from October 22nd - November 22nd, and then will continue on to tour China for the coming year.  We have a wonderful selection of Lyn's work here at the Amiro Art + Design, including the above work 'Guardian', so be sure to stop by and see us.

We have new fabric art from Amy Hemphill Dove.  Her scarves are patterned by organic dyes within the leaves and foliage. Amy says:

"My botanical printed silks are created by layering prepared natural silk with the leaves, flowers and buds of various local plants. The silk and plant material are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed. This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the silk. I then take this process a step further by adding permanent professional grade protein dyes to the background adding extraordinary color and pattern to the botanical prints."

Light and ethereal, the scarves are the perfect thing for autumn strolls through the old city.  Available in a number of different colors and patterns, from bold and bright to subtle and subdued, there is one waiting just for you.

We are excited to host the St Augustine Camera Club.  This juried show features the very best of our local photographic talent,  covering a host of subjects, both near and far.  From abstract to landscape, studio to wildlife, there will be something here to excite the imagination and inspire the shutterbug in you.

At Amrio Art & Found, we feature RoAnn Elias.
RoAnn Elias is a Florida contemporary painter of acrylic and mixed media pieces. Her interest in art began as a young child when she fell in love with the colorful tissue paper art of a favorite children’s book. The layering of transparent color and the use of different textures are what still inspire her to bring these elements to her often realistic works of art. RoAnn studied art and design at Santa Monica College in California and Georgia State. She also had the opportunity to study with nationally known figurative sculptors in the Atlanta area and in Loveland, Colorado. 

RoAnn Elias

Friday, August 12, 2016

Leaves on Scarves and Trees in Watches

“I feel, I find, I felt, I dye, I stitch fine fibers, creating layers of textures as new expressions. Viscerally expressing nature as fiber artwork - I call it TEXTUALITY!” - Amy Hemphill Dove

Amy Dove
Amy Hemphill Dove is a fiber artist and a graduate in Textile Design from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, relocating to Florida in 2010.  Her botanical printed silks are created by layering prepared natural silk with the leaves, flowers and buds of various local plants.  The silk and plant material are bundled together, tightly bound and steamed.  This process creates a permanent transfer of pigment from the leaves to the silk. 

This is a collection of silk charmeuse hybrid eco dyed/printed scarves. The color of the leaves and botanicals is from the actual plants and the background colors are dyed with professional grade acid dyes. All are colorfast and hand washable. Sizes are very generous, approx 14" x 84".

Amy's scarves are now available from Amiro Art + Design

Lyn Asselta
Also featured this month is pastel artist, Lyn Asselta. Lyn’s 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. A feature artist of the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Pastel Journal, her work graced the cover. 

Award winning members of the St Augustine Camera Club Annual Juried Member Shows will be among the pictures on display at Amiro Art + Design this month.  The Saint Augustine Camera Club (SACC), founded September 2010, is dedicated to providing members with educational information and enjoyable activities in the field of photography. The club meets the third Thursday of each month at the Watson Realty Office on US 1 South at 6 pm. The club web site is

Kay Wells - SACC

Artist Linda Cross paints tiny Florida landscapes inside pocket watches, creating a unique and…timeless art!  These miniatures are executed in the Florida Highwaymen style, and make the perfect gift!  Available at Amiro Art & Found

Linda Cross

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

St Augustine Camera Club and New Artists at Amiro Galleries

El Galeon en la Noche by Kay Wells
Amiro Galleries have always supported local artists and believe that we have in our region some of the nation's greatest talent.  We are excited to bring you a brand new exhibit at Amiro Art and Design, featuring numerous local photographers comprised of members of the Saint Augustine Camera Club (SACC).  The show will run for the months of July, August and September.

Bok Lily by Allison Bennet
Many of the award winners from SACC’s Annual Juried Member Shows will be among the pictures on display. The shows are non-themed, so the exhibit will contain a variety of subjects and techniques.  

The Saint Augustine Camera Club (SACC), founded September 2010, is dedicated to providing members with educational information and enjoyable activities in the field of photography. The club meets the third Thursday of each month at the Watson Realty Office on US 1 South at 6 pm. The club web site is

Also featured is pastel artist, Lyn Asselta. Lyn’s 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. 

Detail - Emma Greenhill

At Amiro Art & Found we are introducing two new artists to the gallery,  Emma Greenhill and RoAnn Elias.

Emma Greenhill
Emma Greenhill was born and educated in the South of England studying Art and Design in college.  
Emma has always had a love of all things artistic and has been encouraged to pursue her own style by an eclectic family upbringing. Her artwork has ebbed and flowed over the years depending on life circumstances. Her work is currently influenced by the huge amount of inner strength that women possess, often hidden until tough times hit.  Emma celebrates being a two time cancer survivor and is continually overawed by the wonderful brave women she has met on her journey.  Emma has lived in Florida on and off for seventeen years. She currently resides in Fleming Island with her husband and together they share a beautiful family of six children.  Emma displays her artwork at art shows across Florida and Georgia as well as in galleries and on Etsy.  She also teaches fun art classes at Bottle and Bottega in Jacksonville.

RoAnn Elias

A St Augustine Resident, RoAnn Elias works in acrylics and mixed media, she has exhibited in the Pasta Gallery, Gallery of Local Art in Flagler Beach, the Hollingsworth Gallery, the Salvo Art Project Gallery (both in the Palm Coast area run by JJ Graham) and the I Am Art Gallery.  RoAnn is the recipient of many awards at the St Augustine Art Association, The Daytona Art League, and others, including a purchase award from the Garguillo Foundation this past July and will be in a 4 person show that sponsored by the foundation in October.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

New artists join Amiro Art + Design this June

Don Davis
Don Davis is a Jacksonville native, whose 40 years of experience in pottery has brought an amazing dimension to his art. His work is in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum of Charlotte, North Carolina, International Museum of Ceramics in Alfred, New York, N.C. State University, and the Shirakawa Public Hall, Shirakawa, Japan.  Ancient kilns and ceramic culture are a major research interest for Davis. He presented a lecture “Ancient Kilns of Europe” at The National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference in Portland, Oregon in March 2006.  He is the author of the seminal work ‘Wheel Thrown Ceramics’ published in 2006.

Kimberly Kelly Santini
Kimberly Kelly Santini had the honor of being chosen as the 2015 Official Artist of the Kentucky Derby.  Her love of horses and all animals shows through in her iconic style.  An active blogger, Kimberly created over 1600+ works with her daily painting pledge, sharing her work with thousands of fans online. 

Also featured are Gabrielle Gould, Lyn Asselta, Jean Ellen Fitzpatrick , Jerry and Nancy Noloboff, Trasea Womack, Chris Crosby, Lyn Asselta and more.

Lori Hammer
This month at Amiro Art & Found, we highlight the work of Lori Hammer.

Lori's brand of unique jewelry is called Boho Blvd. Bohemian inspirations with a modern twist. A juxtaposition of styles utilizing materials with an ageless appeal. These styles are brought back to life by mixing surreal and whimsy, vintage and modern, bright colors alongside stark black and white. The materials are old and new, vintage watch parts, jewelry remnants, charms and various findings. Lori has also gained fame through her beautiful fish leather bracelets, using sustainable leather from farmed and responsibly sourced fish such as Sea Bass and Tilapia.  

We feature St Augustine artists, including Jan Master, Ginny Bullard, Wendy Mandel McDaniel, Deane Kellogg, Marcia Siany, Jim MacBeth, and more.

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 Like our Facebook at