Featured Artist: Mary McCauley

 

Featured Artist:

Mary McCauley

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

This month, we are happy to introduce Mary McCauley. She is an accomplished artist who has used several different types of paint in her creative process. Mary likes to recall her childhood when she grew up with the aroma of oil paint around her. Her grandfather had his art studio in his basement and she says she still remembers how much she loved spending time there.

Mary McCauley

By Mary McCauley

Mary had no formal training in art when growing up but she was always drawing something as a child, usually faces.

 

 

Hummingbird in Oil by Mary McCauley

Hummingbird in Oil by Mary McCauley

Mary began painting in Tampa in 1981 with Jean Archer, Master Decorative Artist. She painted in oils for 14 years, however, her eye was always drawn to the soft look of watercolor.

By Mary McCauley

By Mary McCauley

 

 

 

Flowers at Syon Park Conservatory in London by Mary McCauley

Flowers at Syon Park Conservatory in London by Mary McCauley

She now studies with Lorraine Ulen. (See Vista Galleries blog from June of 2014 at http://www.vistagalleries.com/blog/2014/06/). Mary feels lucky to have the opportunity to study with Lorraine and says she is learning to loosen up in her work and adopt a more free style. In her own words Mary says, “I’d like to fly free like a butterfly, but am still in the caterpillar stage.”

You can contact Mary directly for more information or to see more of her work at marydm1@verizon.net.

By Mary McCauley

By Mary McCauley

 

By Mary McCauley

By Mary McCauley

 

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these profiles of some of our talented artists. If you would like more information about any one of our blogs, or to be included as an artist, please contact Peter at info@vistagalleries.com.

Vista Galleries can furnish your home, office or business with artwork, from design to installation. For estimates or questions, call (727) 216-0798 or email us at info@vistagalleries.com. See what Vista Galleries’ professional artists and designers can do for you.

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Photographer Veronica Stewart: Featured Artist of the Month

Featured Artist of the Month:

Photographer Veronica Stewart

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

This month our featured artist is an accomplished photographer, Veronica Stewart. Veronica was born in Colombia and from the age of 4 to 13, was raised by two professional photographers in Banff, Alberta, Canada. From childhood on, photography has been a significant part of her life. Ronnie says her art as a photographer was also influenced by time spent living in places with spectacular light, inspiring culture and panoramas. These included the Canadian Rockies, the south of France, the Caribbean, Peru and the southern United States.

Copyrighted Work: Not to be Reproduced without express written consent of the Artist

Copyrighted Work: Not to be Reproduced without express written consent of the Artist 

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During her frequent world travels, Ronnie seeks to photograph indigenous people, seldom-seen panoramas and cultural facets. Her current personal photographic trajectory also has focused on documenting a “sense of place” with enhanced digital images documenting Florida and the southern United States, with urban, natural and rural themes. Her goal is to produce archival-quality art prints and art imagery with complex digital editing technology.

Ronnie believes it is the mood and composition of a scene and subject that make it interesting and pictorially fascinating. She shares with other photographers the maxim that capturing the image with the camera is only half the process; the other half involves the thoughtful processing of a specific digital “negative.”

Copyrighted Work. Not to be reproduced without express written consent of the Artist.

Copyrighted Work. Not to be reproduced without express written consent of the Artist.

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Educated at the University of Florida and Adelphi College, Ronnie has won many awards in her career including:

  • Annual members’ art show award at the Florida Museum of Photographic Art in 2014,
  • Professional Association of Visual Artists/PAVA: annual members’ show awards (2013, 2014), “Best of Show” in members’ show at the Leepa Rattner Museum, 2009.
  • Merit award at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center members’ Show, 2014; and third place, 2015.

In addition to these awards, Ronnie has participated in numerous exhibitions of her work including:

  • St. Petersburg College, Seminole Campus, Artway Gallery one person show (2014); Clearwater Municipal gallery (2014, one person show); Ruth Eckerd Hall (2013, small group show); and scheduled for September, 2015, a one person show at Palm Harbor Library.
  • Four Winds Gallery show (2008), Beaufort, SC.
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Copyrighted work. Not to be reproduced without express written consent of the Artist.

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     Publications which have recently featured Ronnie’s photography include: One Day Tampa Bay, Florida Museum of Photographic Art, 2013; Southeast Asia Odyssey, self-published 2009; and A Photographer’s Guide to Beaufort, SC, 2009.

If you have any questions or wish to contact Ronnie directly, her e-mail is ronniestewart@mac.com.C Copyrighted work. Not to be reproduced without express written consent of the Artist.

 © Copyrighted work. Not to be reproduced without express written consent of the Artist.

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these profiles of some of our talented artists. If you would like more information about any one of our blogs, or to be included as an artist, please contact Peter at info@vistagalleries.com.

Vista Galleries can furnish your home, office or business with artwork, from design to installation. For estimates or questions, call (727) 216-0798 or email us at info@vistagalleries.com. See what Vista Galleries’ professional artists and designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

Featured Artist – Chris Fredrick

Featured Acrylic Artist:

Chris Fredrick

White Aspens 2

This week we are pleased to feature a painter who works in acrylics, Chris Fredrick. Chris says she likes to be outside doing just about anything as much as she likes getting lost in her painting process.

White Aspens 1

White Aspens 1

She says the saying “Not everyone who wanders is lost” applies as much to her painting process as to her love of exploring a new city, hiking in an aspen forest, or biking a lakeside trail.

Welcome

Welcome

Chris loves the play of light as it illuminates an old wall or comes bursting through an open curtain, or dances on the trunks of aspen trees. Light piercing a dark interior is one of her favorite scenarios – a restaurant or bar scene where bits of brilliant light catch portions of faces or wine glasses on table tops.  These are quickly passing moments that she feels lucky to experience and then capture on her canvas with the right stroke and the right color.

Wineglow

Wineglow

Sailing Circles

Sailing Circles

 

In Chris’ painting process she generally uses multiple layers of thin paint or glaze to create translucencies and color brilliance contrasting with dark shadowed areas.

 

Shopping in Monterosso - Cinque Terre

Shopping in Monterosso – Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore - Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore – Cinque Terre

 

Just as she loves the different moods of the changing seasons and the   outdoor experiences provided in the variation of these changes and her responses to them, she also loves how layered paint creates different moods, depths, and emphasis.

After teaching high school for 21 years, Chris has devoted much of her time to painting.  Living nearly equal amounts of time in Colorado and Florida, she has two very different environments that create great visual diversity, where she loves to wander both physically and aesthetically.

Color Riot on the Patio

Color Riot on the Patio

Chris is presently a member of Stirling Art Studios and Gallery in Dunedin where she maintains a studio open to the public Monday through Saturday. To see more of Chris’ artworks visit her website at http://www.cfredrickart.com/or to make an appointment, please contact her by e-mail at Chrisfredrick@tampabay.rr.com.

I Found my Marbles

I Found my Marbles

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these profiles of some of our talented artists. If you would like more information about any one of our blogs, or to be included as an artist, please contact Peter at info@vistagalleries.com.

Vista Galleries can furnish your home, office or business with artwork, from design to installation. For estimates or questions, call (727) 216-0798 or email us at info@vistagalleries.com. See what Vista Galleries’ professional artists and designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

Featured Art of the Week

See this week’s featured art and come by and visit our showroom any time to see our ready-to-hang art as well as our custom and ready-made frames.

"Illusion" T-018116 37" x 37" $204

“Illusion”
T-018116
37″ x 37″
$204

"All we are" T-018005 25 1/4" x 49 1/4" $271

“All we are”
T-018005
25 1/4″ x 49 1/4″
$271

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Fluoresce" T-018504 22" x 22"  $134

“Fluoresce”
T-018504
22″ x 22″
$134

"Floral Hints" T-018186 36 3/4" x 36 3/4" $295

“Floral Hints”
T-018186
36 3/4″ x 36 3/4″
$295

Click on any image to enlarge.

 

 

John Brennan – Featured Artist of the Month

Portrait of Artist John Brennan

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

John Brennan finds new challenges in painting the nuances of nature. He feels it is extremely rewarding when he can successfully breathe life into his work.

He believes that every aspect counts and he tries his best to capture the details in each painting. He plans his work carefully and spends time thinking about composition, form and color, so that each image sparks a feeling or memory in the viewer so they might relate it to their own experience.

Federal Duck Stamp Entry by John Brennan

Federal Duck Stamp Entry by John Brennan

​John feels that each artist’s work is unique, even when influenced or inspired by others. He says his work is an amalgamation of all his life experiences, which formed the lens through which he views the world.

Brennan's Tangled Treats

Brennan’s Tangled Treats

John is proud of the fact that each piece he creates seems to be a stepping stone to the next and that he can take previous mistakes as well as successes and apply those lessons to his next piece. He is happy that his work’s evolution and momentum hasn’t slowed down nor plateaued and that he continues to grow as an artist.

John said he started drawing and painting as a child when he was growing up on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. “Being surrounded by art and nature has greatly influenced and inspired me to become an artist. I was always encouraged to explore nature and take in my surroundings, and that has allowed me to see the world with an artist’s eye.”

Brennan's Bathed in Light

Brennan’s Bathed in Light

John describes himself as curious, and he likes to take care in exploring the details that are often overlooked.Brennan-Image 5

John says he has had no formal training, but he’d become friends and painted with several artists who have inspired him. His most influential mentor, John says, is Ernest C. Simmons, a wildlife artist from Dunedin. Please see Vista Galleries’ blog on Ernie from December 4, 2014. John became friends with Ernie when he was starting college and Ernie invited him to paint with him in his studio, which John did off and on for more than four years. He says, “The kind of education I received from painting with him is far superior to anything I could have learned in art school.”

To see more of John Brennan’s work, please visit JohnBrennanart.com or you can e-mail the artist directly at: johnbrennanart@gmail.com.Brennan-Image 2

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these articles about local artists and their art. Please let the artists you see here know that you read about them on Vista Galleries Webpage. To find out more about framing and display techniques, please contact Peter at info@vistagalleries.com.

Vista Galleries can furnish your home, office or business with artwork, from design to installation. For estimates or questions, call (727) 216-0798 or email us at info@vistagalleries.com. See what Vista Galleries’ professional artists and designers can do for you.

Come in or call Vista Galleries today.

 

This Week’s New Featured Art

This week’s new featured art for your enjoyment.

Please stop by our huge gallery/showroom at 1620 N. Hercules, Suites A and B to see these and many other pre-framed pieces of art plus thousands of prints ready for framing.

"Natural Highlights" 1 T-018473 Price: $110  Size: 21" x 21"

“Natural Highlights” 1
T-018473
Price: $110
Size: 21″ x 21″

"Natural Highlights"  2 T-018473 Price: $110 Size: 21" x 21"

“Natural Highlights” 2
T-018473
Price: $110
Size: 21″ x 21″

"Natural Highlights" 3 T-018473 Price: $110 Size: 21" x 21"

“Natural Highlights” 3
T-018473
Price: $110
Size: 21″ x 21″

Pop Liberty T-018269 Price: $320 Size; 38 3/4 square

Pop Liberty
T-018269
Price: $320
Size; 38 3/4″ square

 Three Ladies in Hats T-018286 Price: $240 Size:


Three Ladies in Hats
T-018286
Price: $240

"Backtracking Marilyn" T-018284 Price: $163 Size: 22 1/2 x 34 ½

“Backtracking Marilyn”
T-018284
Price: $163
Size: 22 1/2″ x 34 ½”

Portrait of Watercolor Artist – Margaret Modjeski

Margaret Modjeski with Sunflowers

Portrait of Watercolor Artist – Margaret Modjeski

By Betsy Hecht Cramb
Margaret Modjeski says she had fallen in love with watercolor art as a teenager in Chicago, where she babysat for several artists’ children. She saved up much of her babysitting money and bought her first watercolor painting with some of her savings. She knew then she wanted to learn how to paint with watercolors.

Palm TreeAfter retiring as an educator, Margaret had time to pursue her dream to become a watercolor artist.  Margaret describes herself as determined.  In the pictures she paints, you can see some of her determination. Margaret’s paintings are meant to be uplifting and positive. People tell her they feel happy when they see her work.

She paints her floral paintings from real flowers rather than from photographs of flowers whenever she can. She likes to paint from her heart and Margaret says she feels a real sense of peace when she is painting.

Bird of Paradise II

​As far as what makes her work unique, Margaret feels it is her pure and bright color choices. She says that people who have her paintings tell her that looking at them brightens their day.Sunflower

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret has had watercolor training at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center where she continues to take classes from Carol Rosefelt, an instructor who is Margaret’s  mentor. Carol inspires her to explore her creativity.

Vase with flowers

She also reads art books, watches art videos and loves to see talented watercolorists, such as Sterling Edwards. Margaret is a member of the Tarpon Springs Art Association, the Creative Artist Guild and the Crystal Beach Art Group.

Water color flowers

You can enjoy Margaret’s pictures here, or write her a personal e-mail at: mmodjeski@tampabay.rr.com and at “Watercolors by Margaret Modjeski” on Facebook.

Beach and WaterRose

 

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these articles about local artists and their art. Please let the artists you see here know that you read about them on Vista Galleries Webpage. To find out more about  framing and display techniques, please contact Peter at info@vistagalleries.com.

Vista Galleries can furnish your home, office or business with artwork, from design to installation. For estimates or questions, call (727) 216-0798 or email us at info@vistagalleries.com. See what Vista Galleries’ professional artists and designers can do for you.   Come in or call Vista Galleries today.

 

 

New Featured Art of The Week

Please see this week’s new featured art:

Seaglass 2 T-018445 Size: 35 1/4" x 41 1/4" Price: $220

Seaglass 2
T-018445
Size: 35 1/4″ x 41 1/4″
Price: $220

Shells T-T-018445 Size: 35 1/4" x 41 1/4" Price: $220

Shells
T-T-018445
Size: 35 1/4″ x 41 1/4″
Price: $220

"Beware of Pit Bulls" T-018502 34"x40" Price: $275

“Beware of Pit Bulls”
T-018502
34″x40″
Price: $275

"Spring Garden" T-018223 33 1/2" x 33 1/2" Price: $238

“Spring Garden”
T-018223
33 1/2″ x 33 1/2″
Price: $238

"Siempre 1" 31 1/4 x 31 1/4 T-018219 Price: $182 each

“Siempre 1″
31 1/4 x 31 1/4
T-018219
Price: $182

"Siempre 1 & 2" 31 1/4 x 31 1/4 T-018219 Price: $182 each

“Siempre 2″
31 1/4 x 31 1/4
T-018219
Price: $182

Stop by any time and see these latest featured pictures at Vista Galleries.

Click to enlarge any of these pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Art of the Week

Here is this week’s new featured art.

Sonata 1 T-018154  Size: 35" x 35" Price: $205

Sonata 1
T-018154
Size: 35″ x 35″
Price: $205

Sonata 2 T-018154 Size: 35" x35" Price: $205

Sonata 2
T-018154
Size: 35″ x35″
Price: $205

 

 

 

 

 

Please click on any of the images to enlarge.

Pug T-018449 Size: 43 1/2" x 37 1/2" Price: $220

Pug
T-018449
Size: 43 1/2″ x 37 1/2″
Price: $220

Birds on horizon in green T- 018183 Size: 28 1/4" x 28 1/4" Price: $208

Birds on horizon in green
T- 018183
Size: 28 1/4″ x 28 1/4″
Price: $208Please stop in at

Please stop in at Vista Galleries and see all of our pre-framed and ready-for-framing art.

 

 

You can visit our huge factory showroom at 1620 N. Hercules Ave inflatable kids gym big for sale., Suites A and B. Call ahead if you would like one of the featured framed pictures here: (727) 216-0798.

 

Unique Ways to Preserve Your Memories

How to Preserve Your Memories in a Unique Way

 By Betsy Hecht Cramb

 Mementos are reminders of something you did or a place you went that you would like to remember.

Keeping these items stored in a drawer or a shoebox will not give you the opportunity to share these souvenirs in an aesthetic way. However, by framing them or creating a unique shadow box for them, you can display these memories to share with people you want to see them.

Some very unique items have been brought in to Vista Galleries for us to create a display for them and their owners. We had a client bring her ukulele in for us to display in this amazing shadow box frame.

Ukulele Shadow Box

Ukulele Shadow Box

Another favorite are sports memorabilia items like these two baseball team shirts from the Phillies.

Phillies Baseball Jersey in frame

Phillies Baseball Jersey in frame

Phillies Baseball Jersey in frame

Phillies Baseball Jersey in frame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Most Unique Items We’ve Seen

Very recently a gentleman brought in some of the most unique items we’ve seen accompanied by a fascinating and exceptional story. With his permission, here is a bit of his story: “Russell Gackenbach had not anticipated the notoriety he received for a single bombing mission,” his biography begins. This unassuming gentleman tells his story of being included in a bombing mission that forever changed the course of history and arguably brought World War II to an end.

After Russell completed his training in the United States Army Air Force in June of 1945, the 509th Composite Group of which he was a part was transferred to Tinian Island in the Mariana Islands chain. At the new base some additional training was completed before participating in conventional bombing raids on Japan. The secretive and specialized training finally culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

He (Russ) was the navigator in the photographic plane, Necessary Evil, on the Hiroshima mission and the weather plane over Kokura during the Nagasaki mission.  He received the Air Medal for participation in the Hiroshima mission. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a 1st lieutenant in April 1946.

His full story is told in a fascinating article which you can read here: http://www.godandcountry.co/gackanbach_biography.htm.

​Russ said what he liked the most about being able to put his mementos in a shadow box was “the ability to be able to put the military challenge coins on display at my apartment.  These coins are related to my military career.  Prior to having them framed they were all in a box together and no one ever could see them.”

The most memorable part of his role in WWII, he says was his participation as the navigator in the photographic plane on the Hiroshima mission and helping to end the war. These honorary coins help him to commemorate his career in the military.  “I acquired them over the last several years, Russ said.  “Most of them came from our annual 509th Composite Group reunions.”

Russ commented, “There is still a controversy whether or not we should have dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima. I do not regret my participation in the Hiroshima mission. Although many lives were lost, the dropping of the atomic bomb saved many more lives on both sides.”

Here is a picture of these unique commemorative coins that Russell Gackenbach has had mounted and beautifully displayed designed by Vista Galleries.

Russ Gackenbach's Unique Commemorative Coin Collection

Russ Gackenbach’s Unique Commemorative Coin Collection

You should consider having Vista Galleries create a unique shadow box or display for your important items or souvenirs. Displaying these items in a very aesthetic frame and custom-made shadow box enhances their appearance and makes them easy to display.

It gives them a museum-quality and feel that demonstrates how special these items are to their owner.Cat Jewelry Collection

Cat Jewelry Collection

 

 

 

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these articles about up-to-date art and framing and display techniques. If you have questions about any technique related to art or framing, please contact Peter at info@vistagalleries.com.

Vista Galleries can furnish your home, office or business with artwork, from design to installation. For estimates or questions, call (727) 216-0798 or email us at info@vistagalleries.com. See what Vista Galleries’ professional artists and designers can do for you.   Come in or call Vista Galleries today.