Tuesday, November 28, 2017

December First Friday featuring Donna McCarthy-Jensen

Building on the success of her 'Tiny Dancer' series, Donna McCarthy-Jensen brings a new collection to Amiro Art & Found for December.  These clay sculptures stand at approximately 5"-7" tall and are inspired by Donna's own practice of yoga.

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.

Donna attended Dominican College in New Orleans, Louisiana and studied sculpture with the artist Angela Gregory. She later earned an M. Ed. in Art Education from the University of Florida. She teaches and works in clay with her husband, clay artist Ken Jensen, in north Florida.  

Join Donna and a host of other artists for December's First Friday Art Walk.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November First Friday - Featuring Lunasee Studio's Erica Sweeney

We hope everyone had a happy and safe halloween, and we are hoping to see you all out on Friday for November's Art Walk.  We are featuring Erica Seeney, a St Augustine based jeweler and owner of Lunasee Studios. Erica describes her work as:

Jewelry happily lost between rustic and refined...

Inspired by the minerals and metals she works with, Erica brings her talents as a gold and silversmith into a partnership with the beauty nature provides.  
Using rocks, fossils, gems, and minerals, each unique piece is a testament to the talent of the artist.  

As Erica states:

"Stones and metal drive my creative energy and I'm happy to share this love! My personal love for gold, silver, minerals, and the energy surrounding these elements provide inspiration for my designs along with my journey through this amazing, inspiring world."

See you at First Friday Art Walk!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Art for Healing. October First Friday

Emma Greenhill

Art for Healing - October First Friday

It's been a rough month for our city. When Irma hit, we saw the shock of our community coming back from another storm, when so many were still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, not even a year before.  Even weeks later, we drive past the debris piles, leaves, boughs and belongings on the side of the road waiting to be taken away.  We hurt for our friends, fellow artists and galleries that have been impacted, for the families left homeless and we still feel the fatigue that permeates throughout. Our hearts are heavy also for those families affected by the hurricane in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands.  

Mala Prayer Beads
We are "St Augustine Strong", and we tarry forth as best as we can.  Sharing our love for our neighbors and committing once more to rebuild and renew our spirit.  

Of course, as we look at the violence from headlines that come to us every day, it seems as though our country and indeed the world, needs healing energies sent forth. 

We welcome all our guests, friends and artists to join us, to bring our community together in art and spirit.  To give your prayers for healing, in whatever way you see fit, and to share with each other the sacred spirit of love. 

Amiro is a Timucuan indian word, that means 'Much, Many or Plenty'.  We wish you all an abundance of healing and joy.

Brad Taylor-Hicks - Venus of Laussel, Mother Goddess

Nancy Hamlin-Vogler - Buddha Cards

Brad Taylor-Hicks - Runes 

Friday, September 1, 2017

September days at Amiro - Featuring Nancy Hamlin-Vogler

Water/Sky: Dune Breach 

Nancy Hamlin-Vogler

We love September.  There's parking downtown, the beaches are clearing out, we have time to enjoy our city and all that it has to offer.  This First Friday, we bring you the work of Nancy Hamlin-Vogler.

Nancy left Maine and the USA in 1979 for a backpacking trip around the world; creating journals and sketch books, collecting textiles, kitchen utensils, and memories of an experience to be treasured. She returned two years later to resettle in Colorado, start a family. Nancy, Tom, and their daughter, Alexis, moved to St. Augustine in 1988, where they continue to enjoy the warmth, history, and inspiration of this small city. 

Shell Beach triptych

As well as her larger pieces, Nancy creates and produces her greeting card collection through her card business, Eastern Sun Printworks, a name that reflects her interest in the Orient.  Amiro carries a number of Nancy's cards and prints as well as original works.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Women of Summer/Mujeres del Verano - First Friday at Amiro.

RoAnn Elias

The Women of Summer

Although we still have some hot days ahead, Summer is beginning to wind down. We decided to celebrate the season by honoring the shining spirit of womanhood.  The divine feminine, bringing light into the world with life and creativity.  Females depicted by our Amiro Artists are our central focus for First Friday Artwalk on Aviles Street this month, depicted in jewelry, paintings and sculptures.

We hope you will join us and meet some of these fantastic artists, and take a moment to honor the women who bring joy and solace to you in your life.

Our many artists include Emma Greenhill, RoAnn Elias, Deane Kellogg, Bradley Taylor-Hicks and Wendy Mandel McDaniel.

Emma Greenhill
Bradley Taylor-Hicks
Deane Kellogg
Wendy Mandel McDaniel
Deane Kellogg

Thursday, July 6, 2017

First Friday July: Emma Greenhill - "Beyond The Canvas - A Series Of Women With Spirit"

"Beyond The Canvas" A Series Of Women With Spirit

This First Friday Artwalk, we are featuring English artist Emma Greenhill.  Emma has been rapidly gaining prominence for her lavish portrayals of the feminine spirit.  Imbuing each of her subjects with personality and detail, they each come with their own story to tell, brought forth from the creative hands of the artist. 

Emma Greenhill was born and educated in the United Kingdom. She first moved to the United States in 1999 and has spent much of the last 18 years back and forth between Florida and England currently living in Jacksonville. Her desire is to be in St Augustine, somewhere near the water with her husband, two dogs and any of their six grown children who wish to be there.

Emma's excitement for art started at an early age, as a fairly shy child she would bury her head in an art project or sketch pad. The desire to create has followed her through life, her ideas about art as a college degree were cut short after an illness in her late teens and early twenties and she considers herself to be a self taught artist. She has experimented with several mediums over the years and has always come back to acrylics, oils and inks as her preferred choice. The colors, textures and flexibility are very appealing to her and she enjoys working with both brush and palette knife.
She is currently focusing her work on the inner strength and beauty of women and is having fun creating not only their portraits but also their stories.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June First Friday Artwalk is Tomorrow! Artist Wendy Mandel McDaniel

Wendy Mandel McDaniel

Wendy Mandel McDaniel loves St. Augustine. Along with her husband, she raised their four children in this historic city. Wendy is a self-taught artist and uses found objects, ceramic, glass, stone, metal and wood to convey a story, create beauty, to engage the viewer and take them to their own personal place.

It can be difficult to describe the work of Wendy Mandel McDaniel, the word often heard is a 'shrine'. Perhaps her greatest pieces are just that, shrines to art and memory.  Combining her talents for mosaic and a keen eye for found objects, each creation becomes a statement of emotion.  Colors, sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, play together perfectly. Each glance reveals something unseen, a flower, a shell, a mirror perhaps.   

Residents of North East Florida, may be familiar with Wendy's public installations, often created with friend and fellow Amiro Artist Jan Master.  Together, the created the map of the city in mosaic at the Visitor Information Center, as well as work at the Police Athletic League's 'Wisdom Walls' in Jacksonville.  Wendy also took part in the 450 Compassion Project, as one of the artists selected to create an obelisk for St Augustine's 450th Anniversary, which was housed at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse.

In her own words "As an adult, triggered I suppose by these vivid memories, I scour thrift stores and yard sales, flea markets, and junkyards searching for my lost inner child. I draw inspiration from the natural world as well. Moss, dried flowers, stone, and wood. For me, their essence is vital to counter balance the artificial. In my pieces, it is sometimes difficult to tell one from the other - I find a strange irony in this organic interplay - it adds to the fantasy quality and makes the telling much more interesting."

We are delighted to bring this amazing work to you and we hope that through Wendy's sense of wonder, you too can find your inner child in her work.

Join us tomorrow for First Friday Artwalk.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May days! Celebrate Nature at Amiro Art & Found this First Friday.

As May day passes by, everything is blooming around us on Aviles Street. We wanted to highlight two exceptional artists who take their inspiration directly from mother nature's bounty.


Wendy Wrenn shapes clay with extraordinary grace.  Each piece of pottery, as functional as it is artful, is designed to bring beauty into the small moments of our day.  As Wendy herself states,

"It is a conscious choice for me each day to make pots, to entice others to use and share these forms.  The choices of where we place our money and energy is an economic statement, but there is also an emotional component and larger cultural significance when people choose to support an artist’s work. These decisions shape our world of external objects as well as our inner sense of self."

To those who make that choice, there is no doubt that the feel of a hand crafted object, made by a dedicated artist, brings a sense of solace and joy over any mass manufactured item.  Whether you need a special pot for your favorite local honey, or a pour-over mug for that perfect morning cup of coffee, they can be found here at Amiro.


Debra Mixon Holliday is a St Augustine based artist, whose southern roots and love of nature shine through in her printmaking.   Her work runs through the many moods of our environment, from whimsical to pristine, shadowy to gloriously illuminated.   Debra may show us a bright Red Cardinal in a full tree or a Crow observing from a naked bough, but always her  textures, patterns and the emotion of the moment shine through. 

Her technical expertise utilizes a number of printmaking skills and techniques, including monotype, relief, and intaglio, enhanced with collage and drawing in graphite and colored pencil.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cindy Wilson - Views of St Augustine in Batik coming for First Friday April 7th.

Cindy Wilson brings her Views of St Augustine to Amiro Art & Found

After a 30-year career as an award winning graphic artist and owner of a full-service design and advertising firm Cindy retired in Dec. 2013. Cindy now works most days in her studio, experimenting with wax and dyes. The transition from a graphic artist to a batik artist is less of a leap than one might think, batiks are very graphic, images must be broken down into shapes and colors, and the process of creating colors through a series of dipping the cloth into multiple colored dye baths takes a lot of thought and planning. It’s the kind of analytical thinking done constantly by a graphic artist.

Cindy says "This small collection of batiks was born out of a request to create a batik of St. Augustine for my son’s wedding invitation. As I spent time wandering the streets and waterfront, I looked for less told perspectives of this beautiful city.  Even as I focused on the architecture, the natural world competed for my attention.  In these final landscapes, nature ends up dominating the compositions, with bits of the town peeking through. 

It's hard to take this girl out of the woods."

Join Cindy and other Amiro Art & Found Artists at our gallery
  First Friday Artwalk
 April 7th
5pm - 9pm

Thursday, March 2, 2017

First Friday Artwalk - March brings new art to Amiro!


Amiro welcomes Susan Icove to our gallery.  Susan creates three-dimensional collages to form the body of each lamp or candlestick. Ordinary household objects reappear in surprising, delightful, and sometimes hilarious ways.

Each lamp has a theme, and every component is significant. Susan may try thousands of different combinations of components, taking parts on and off repeatedly, before she finds the arrangement that works.

Susan finds lamp parts by searching junkyards, thrift stores, and yards sales- and even by dumpster diving! Once she has completed the base, she then creates a lampshade uniquely suited to it, using a variety of techniques, including drawing, collaged paper, and fabric.


Emma Greenhill was born and educated in the South of England studying Art and Design in college.
She 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.  She currently resides in Fleming Island, FL with her husband and together they share a beautiful family of six children. 

She also teaches fun art classes at Bottle and Bottega in Jacksonville.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February First Friday - Fall in love with 'The Sinking World of Andreas Franke'

It's almost Valentines Day, and love is in the air! We wanted to showcase the eerily romantic world of artist Andreas Franke.  Hailing from beautiful Vienna, Austria, Andreas Franke has taking his passion for the ocean and combined it beautifully with his passion for photography.  Shooting underwater at the wrecks of the USS Mohawk, USS Vandenberg and the SS Stavronikita, Andreas takes these images and makes composites with his studio photography.  His work brings a Jules Verne like reality to view, like dreams strewn into the sea from a time long gone. 

 As if that were not remarkable enough, the photographs are taken to their first gallery show, back underwater to their place of origin.  There occurs the final act of creation, as the ocean itself plays a role.  Over the period of months,  marine life attaches itself to the work and the frames, creating unique patinas and patterns, adding a new dimension.  The works are then brought back from the ocean gallery, dried and sealed for presentation.

From Istanbul to Brussels, Washington DC to Monaco, the Sinking World of Andreas Franke continues to fascinate and draw viewers and collectors from around the world.  We are delighted at Amiro Art & Found to present to you a selection of these underwater masterpieces, sold in a presentation package with an book explaining the process and art of this modern master.  Unique and unexpected, we know you'll love his work as much as we do.

All photographs from of 'The Sinking World of Andreas Franke'