Meet Our Staff: Jason Fuller

 

Meet Our Staff: Jason Fuller

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

This month we’d like to introduce you to an accomplished Vista Galleries frame designer who is also a developing graphic designer.

Jason Fuller studied fine arts at East Tennessee State University where he got a degree in graphic design. Jason says he started out in chemistry with a science major but graphic arts was something that he didn’t know about and he was curious to learn about this area.

 

Jason has a unique passion for creating, which he does “to get the ideas out of his head.” The creative process he goes through, Jason describes as relieving frustration. He feels he has to create the thing precisely in the physical universe or give up on the project altogether.

 

If he cannot create that image he sees in his mind, he might skip the project and move on to another. He takes photographs of his projects as they develop but what he likes most is creating the real item with his hands.

He has created many pieces and we are pleased to share some of his photographs of them here.

Vista Galleries is proud to have Jason as a part of our framing team. He has framed many of our clients’ works of art very successfully.

Besides visiting Jason at Vista Galleries, you can also reach Jason at: ts@tampabay.rr.com.

Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these short portraits of our staff of professional framers and designers.

If you would like more information about any one of our blogs, 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 designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

 

Artist of the Month: Vivian Ruegger

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Our Artist of the Month: Vivian Ruegger

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

This month we feature an accomplished artist who has been working in the field of art for more than 40 years. Vivian Ruegger has her own studio at the Stirling Art Studios & Gallery in Dunedin. She has a distinctive style which you can see reflected in some of her work below.

Vivian studied at the Ringling School of Art as well as the Washington School of Art of Chicago. She was the Director of Art for Clearwater Marine Science Center on Clearwater Beach while she also owned her own art gallery. She has been using a unique paper called Yupo for her art for several years which helps her to create some unique effects.

A Walk Around the Block

Viv says, “I’ve been told I have a vivid imagination, so I decided to put it to work. Each piece of art I start is like an adventure in a garden. I have no idea what’s hiding in the paper and as I move through the colors I look very carefully not to miss a fairy, a flower, a bee or something hiding in the leaves.

“I’m constantly inspired by things around me from nature, people and even music. I store them in my mind and then like a flower it blooms on my paper. So I will go on working in the whimsical garden of my imagination and hope you will visit my Garden (Studio).”

Garden Goddess

Vista Galleries is proud to have framed many of Viv’s works over the past several years.

You can view more of Vivian’s work at: www.vivrueggerstudio.com, or call her at (727) 433-1420.

You can visit her studio at 730 Broadway in downtown Dunedin.All Cats Go to Heaven

You can also see a few more of her works included here.

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these short portraits of our artists. If you would like to be a featured artist on one of our blogs, 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 designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

 

 

Portrait of the Artist: Art Pressman

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Portrait of the Artist: Art Pressman

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

This month we feature an artist who is best known for portrait painting, but not only traditional portraits. Art Pressman paints portraits of people, pets, and horses as well as some very expressive wildlife.

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 Art discovered he was an artist as a very young man in New York. He began selling his paintings at the age of eight and has participated in numerous art exhibitions, indoor and outdoor art fairs and shows. His art is featured in several galleries and hotels throughout the United States. He was fortunate to attend and graduate from the Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education. He creates unique portraits in oil, pastel or charcoal.

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Art Pressman is a highly diversified artist who is forever expanding his subject matter and ideas. After moving to Albuquerque in 1982, he gained recognition for his southwest scenes of American Indians, pueblos, missions and landscapes. He frequently works on a commission basis and his paintings can be found in public and private collections around the world. Currently living in Florida, he has added to his painting repertoire the beautiful landscapes, seascapes and wildlife themes that make Florida a painter’s paradise.

pets5 Art Pressman DogYou can view more of Art’s work at: www.artpressman.com, or contact him at art.pressman@gmail.com. His phone number is 727-422-1493.

Vista Galleries is pleased to have been able to have framed many of Art’s works over the past several years. You can see a few of his works included here.

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these short portraits of our artists. If you would like to be a featured artist on one of our blogs, 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 designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

 

 

 

Meet Hospitality Designer: Kimberly Pabor

Meet Hospitality Designer

Kimberly Pabor

Pabor Designs, Florida

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This month we introduce you to a designer whose artistic touch is tastefully  displayed in locations from beach resorts in St. Maarten to restaurants and hotels in Florida and the rest of the US. Kimberly Pabor is a hospitality designer, which means she takes charge of design related to all the places that have any relationship between the guest and the host.

A hospitality designer includes designing for the reception and entertainment of guests, such as at hotels, resorts, membership clubs, attractions, etc. The look of the hotel rooms as well as the dining room tables can be under Kimberly’s purview. She says, “Anything in the resorts can be included in the design.” And as you can see in the photos below, she has some spectacular designs to her credit.

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Kimberly founded Pabor Designs on the principle of purposeful design and productive interpersonal skills. Their objective is to “create designs that are successful aesthetically and functionally.”

Kimberly strives for the perfect combination of form, beauty, functionality, image and durability in her designs. She believes in developing and maintaining strong, productive relationships with her clients. Staying current about the latest innovations and passing that information along to clients has always been a top priority. Her attention to detail and drive to help developers create projects that are both beautiful and maintainable is one key to her firm’s long-standing client relationships.

Pabor Designs has experience in the Hospitality Industry with both new and refurbishment projects for vacation ownership resorts, spas, sales centers, condo hotels, hotels, clubhouses, restaurants and other life style spaces.

Here we feature some pictures from just a few of her very aesthetic projects:

1)   Guy Harvey RumFish Grill, St. Pete Beach, FL. Above is the main dining room and below is the lounge.

You can see more at http://www.rumfishgrill.com/

Guy Harvey RumFish Grill Lounge

2)   Oyster Bay Beach Resort Unit Renovations – St. Maarten. See more pictures here: http://www.oysterbaybeachresort.com/

Oyster Bay Beach Resort St. Maarten

 

3)   Innisbrook Clubhouse, Reception, Restaurant and Lounge, Palm Harbor, Florida

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Vista Galleries is very pleased to have worked with Kimberly Pabor on framing art for many of her projects both inside and outside of the US.

Other recent projects Pabor Designs has been involved in include:  Bluegreen Sales Center at Tradewinds Resort – St. Pete  Beach, Florida and the Turtle Reef Club Units Renovations – Defender Resorts, Jensen Beach, Florida (This resort was included in the topic of the last Portrait of our Artist, Vivek Lakhotia. He painted Don’s Turtle, chosen as their signature image.) See more in our Portrait of the Wildlife Artist, Vivek Lakhotia, below.

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For more information on Pabor Designs, please see their website at www.pabordesigns.com. To contact Kimberly directly, e-mail her at kim@pabordesigns.com.

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these short portraits of some of the talented designers we work with. If you would like to be included in one of our blogs, please contact Peter at info@vistagalleries.com.

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Vista Galleries can furnish your home, office or business with artwork, from design to installation. For estimates or questions, please call us at (727) 216-0798 or email us at info@vistagalleries.com.

See what Vista Galleries’ professional designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

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Portrait of the Artist: Vivek Lakhotia – Wildlife Artist

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Portrait of the Artist

 Vivek Lakhotia – Wildlife Artist

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

This month’s featured artist is Vivek Lakhotia, who paints with passion the world he sees around him. He often paints wildlife, the flora, and fauna of Florida, both above ground and underwater.

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Vivek says about his own art, “My recent paintings are more a reflection of the vibrant bird life of Florida. Some of these paintings are inspirations from my numerous visits to the Suncoast Bird Sanctuary and the many wildlife preserves in the area. Sea turtles under water have become a favorite subject as well. I enjoy diving and am drawn to the soft blue-green hues under water.”

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Vivek also enjoys painting outside -‘En Plein Air’ which he says is “a great learning process where he likes to experience the camaraderie of like-minded individuals. I was recently awarded the first place in the ‘Diggin’ the Arts’ Plein Air competition at the Florida Botanical Gardens. Family vacations have also become a great resource for reference material.”

Here are a few examples of his work. Please visit his website at: http://www.lakhotianatureart.com/ to see more.

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His diving sea turtle, called Don’s Turtle, shown here, was recently selected as a signature image for the Turtle Reef Club in Jensen Beach, Florida. As they were redecorating all of their fifty rooms, they chose several paintings that they felt best exemplified the beauty and serenity of the Nature Coast of Florida.

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All of the art for the redecorating was framed by Vista Galleries. Every room now has the Don’s Turtle image of Vivek’s along with six other framed pieces of artwork.

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The designer for this large project was Kim Pabor. Look for a feature story on Kim, a very talented designer, in an upcoming Vista Galleries blog.

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these short portraits of our artists. If you would like to be a featured artist on one of our monthly blogs, 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 designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

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Shadow Boxes: Preserving Valuable Memorabilia through Custom Framing

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 Shadow Boxes: Preserving Valuable Memorabilia through Custom Framing

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

In this article, we’ll take a look at preserving cherished memories in ways you may not have thought of before. These could include wedding memorabilia, first baby, graduations, etc.

When it comes to preserving and displaying something three dimensional, custom framing in a “shadow box” can make the item much easier to display and add a creative twist to enhance the item.

 Vista Galleries’ designers have had the opportunity to apply the shadow box technique to a variety of cherished items. Here are a few examples:Football JerseyThe football jersey

 Knives

A unique knife collection, amassed from travel to many countries

 

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A collection of military medals, cleverly displayed in a frame with a three-dimensional effect achieved by a dowel and mirrored background

cigarette packs

A collection of authentic antique cigarette packs from World War II:

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 A fantastic beaded vintage purse uniquely displayed

Displaying these items in a very aesthetic frame and custom-made shadow box enhances their appearance and makes them much easier to display.

It gives them a museum-quality and feel that demonstrates how special these items are to their owners.

If you have something special that you would like our designers to make a shadow box to preserve, please let us know or bring the item in to our galleries.

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

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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 designers can do for you.  Come in or call our Galleries today.

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Meet Our Staff: Award-Winning Artist and Designer Kristen Santucci

Meet Our Staff:

 Award-Winning Artist and Designer

Kristen Santucci

Kristen Santucci

In this section, we will introduce our staff to you. You will see that many of our framing designers are also accomplished artists themselves. In our first profile, we introduce Kristen Santucci, an accomplished painter and designer.

Kristen was born in Cheverly, Maryland. She has always been creative. When younger, she was interested in making many different kinds of crafts. By the time she got to high school, she became interested in sewing and fashion design.

In her senior year of high school, Kristen made her own clothing and even designed and made clothing for family and friends.

Kristen and her family moved to Clearwater in 1988, where her first job was in a local arts and crafts store. She worked in their custom picture-framing department.

She loved seeing all the art framed and sold so she thought she would try her hand at painting.

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Since then she has learned different techniques and mediums. She now paints mostly with oils and is inspired by the beautiful beaches on the west coast of Florida.

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The revival of figurative painting in the new millennium has inspired Kristen to paint images of the female figure.

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In her recent “Kimono Series,” she paints with a sense of ambiguity; faces hidden, combining drapery and pattern with the figure.

 

Kristen's Girl in Blue Kimono

Kristen’s art is not only displayed in several art galleries locally, but is on display by collectors in the U.S., France and China. Kristen’s painting above,  “Girl in Blue Kimono” sold recently at the Bright House Corporate Headquarters gallery in Feather Sound.

Kristen says, “The framing selection that Vista Galleries offers really enhances the beauty of each piece of art.”

You can see here Kristen’s lovely award-winning art.

Kristen’s picture below won Best of Show in Dunedin Creative Artists Guild’s April show at Sterling Art Studios and Gallery.

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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.

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Art Techniques: Texturizing – A Unique Way to Treat Art

Texturizing – A Unique Way to Treat Art

 By Betsy Hecht Cramb

 Texturizing is a unique way used for many years by Vista Galleries to treat art. This method of treating a print makes it appear to be an original oil color or acrylic painting. Additionally, texturizing dresses up a print before framing and eliminates the need for glass.

Texturizing Example Jazzy

These examples demonstrate texturizing with pictures along the lines of jazz music. One of our professional designers accomplished this method of texturizing using a clear acrylic gel medium and careful brushing to mimic the lines and brushstrokes of the original painting.

Texturizing Drum Set finished and framed

Another advantage of texturizing applies to particularly large pieces of art. The texturizing medium seals the print without the need for glass and thus makes the piece lighter and non-glare.

Close up of Texture

Look at the various examples of texturized art when you come in to the showroom at Vista Galleries. Get up close so you can see the texture of the brush strokes and appreciate how this method makes the print look much like an original. With this method, the art print is perfectly sealed so you just pick the most appropriate frame for the piece.

Texturized Jazz piece

As we are featuring the Jazz music theme for the next few months, in anticipation of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, we thought we would share some pieces to illustrate the technique along that line.

If you would like to see one of your favorite prints texturized by one of Vista Galleries’ talented professional designers, bring it in to Vista Galleries.

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you this information on some up-to-date art 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 designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

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Our Artist of the Month – Lorraine Ulen

Our Artist’s Portrait of the Month – Lorraine Ulen

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This month, we begin a series of portraits of our artists. We are proud to know so many wonderful artists who entrust Vista Galleries with framing their work.

This series of artists’ portraits begins with one who paints remarkable portraits of the life around her. Whether it is wildcats, wildflowers or wild birds, Lorraine Ulen captures the essence of her subjects in utter clarity.

Using acrylics, oils or watercolors, Lorraine paints with remarkable clarity that conveys the personality of the bird, tiger or plant she paints. In each work, Lorraine invites the viewer to share the undeniable affinity she feels for her subjects.

Interlude (Bengali)©

Often working in series, she will create several related pieces that share a particular idea or genre. She frequently represents her love of wildlife and nature in her work.

Lorraine has successfully completed commissions in a wide range of art styles from portraits to commercial label art. She enjoys the challenge of creating works with a deeply personal meaning for her clients.

Lorraine works and teaches out of her studio, ArtTrysts Studio in Clearwater. You can visit the studio website at www.arttrysts.com. She is also active in the art community and is a member of several local and international art associations. Her award winning art is on display at many shows and various venues in Florida, Georgia and Connecticut. Her pieces are in private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the Untied Kingdom.

The Twins©

What Lorraine says about her art:

“My world is a constant dance – of color, light, texture, form, and the ever-shifting balance between them – that seduces me and compels me to paint. Wildlife artist Robert Bateman’s statement, “Art is the celebration of the thing you are painting” resonates with me, as each of my paintings is a celebration of that dance, that balance. It is a visceral connection to the spark of a life or the exploration of the profound beauty in the ordinary. It is an expression of my delight in what I’ve discovered about the thing I am painting, and an invitation to the viewer to cut in on the dance…”

These few examples of her recent work illustrate that delight perfectly:

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Please see other samples of Lorraine’s work on her website at: http://Lorraine-ulen.com.

Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these short portraits of our artists. If you would like to be a featured artist on one of our monthly blogs, please contact Peter at info@vistagalleries.com.

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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 designers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

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