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

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.