Special Holiday Offer for Vista Galleries Customers

For the Holidays, A Big THANK YOU to All Our Wonderful Vista Galleries Customers

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As a big thank you to you, our wonderful customers and to celebrate a very successful year, we are giving you a $10.00 discount on any order of $10.00 or more.

Come in and browse our wonderful selection of ready-to-hang art, see our great choices of pre-made frames and choose from an incredible selection of prints of all types.

We sincerely want to thank all our wonderful customers for being such great supporters of Vista Galleries this year.

Thanks to you, we had our best year yet!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah,

and a Very Happy New Year to one and all!

 

(The fine print: this offer expires on January 1 2016. You must mention that you saw this on our website blog in order to get the $10.00 off.)

 

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.

Here at Vista Galleries, we can help you with any size project, from a single frame to an entire room.

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 and framers can do for you

Vista Galleries Helps Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce Give a Gift to City of Clearwater

Vista Galleries Helps Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce Give a Gift to City of Clearwater

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

Bonnie and Peter from Vista Galleries with Clearwater Mayor Chetekos

Bonnie and Peter from Vista Galleries with Clearwater Mayor Chetekos

In honor of the City of Clearwater’s Centennial, twenty-one iconic photographs of Clearwater throughout the last century were given to the City by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce recently and Vista Galleries was there to help.

The photographs featured Clearwater scenes from the last ten decades. Those before 1960 were black and white photos while those from 1960 to the current decade were in color.

Waterfront Galleries prepared the photos for framing, which was beautifully done by the team at Vista Galleries.

The pictures were unveiled at the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament Dinner on November 10, 2015.

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In addition to sponsorship by the Clearwater Beach Chamber of Commerce, Waterfront Galleries and Vista Galleries, several other businesses donated to help sponsor the activity.

The aesthetically-framed historical legacy donated to the City of Clearwater will be on display at the City’s main library where they will become part of its permanent collection.

Vista Galleries is happy to help community activities and donates a portion of its services annually to several civic and charitable causes.

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.

Here at Vista Galleries, we can help you with any size project, from a single frame to an entire room.

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 and framers can do for you

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Welcome Back Snowbirds to West Central Florida

Welcome Back Snowbirds to West Central Florida

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

Some of our favorite folks flock to this part of Florida around this time of year and we at Vista Galleries would like to welcome you back!  The winters up north make it attractive to people from the Midwest, the Northeast and even Canada to migrate south for the long winter. Depending on when the weather up north turns really frosty, we can welcome as many as 20% more people than the regular year-round population who migrate to our area. Our local snowbirds are part of a notable national trend.

An article in the New York Times written by Julia Lawlor on February 2, 2007 stated that “Snowbirds Flock Together for Winter” and this does still seem to be the case. See the map below to find some of the states that send their snowbirds south to Florida for winter migration.

All States Migrate to Florida (Drawing courtesy of the New York Times, 2007)

All States Migrate to Florida (Drawing courtesy of the New York Times, 2007)

From that article, “It takes a big state to absorb the entire North every winter, but once again, Florida is pulling it off. From Miami to Pensacola, the cold-weather escapees have been filtering in, completing the midwinter migration to the Northerners’ land of dreams — or at least, the land of polo shirts and khaki shorts. And with more than 50,000 square miles of territory, Florida has plenty of room for all of them — sun-hungry retirees, peripatetic second-home owners and seasonal settlers — to spread out.”

The patterns of migration of older Americans have been documented over at least three census decades with the major sending states of New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and New Jersey still taking a front seat over other states when it comes to Florida seasonal migration.

Historically, the streams of migrants from the Midwest traveled on I-75 and landed on Florida’s west coast, while Northeasterners followed I-95 to reside for the winter anywhere from West Palm Beach to Miami Beach on the east coast.

However, what may have started with an Interstate-driven migration pattern has expanded and become segmented so much now that groups of older migrants choose very specific spots to land for the winter. This includes: New Englanders who primarily settle around Sarasota and Philadelphians camping out with the Phillies in Clearwater. Minnesotans congregate on Sanibel Island; Ohioans on the Gulf Coast east of Panama City. Carolinians find their own in Daytona.

Now, you can board a flight to just about anywhere in Florida. But Northerners seem to follow the old patterns anyway.

“They’re like birds,” said John Tuccillo, an economist in Arlington, Va., who serves as a real estate consultant to businesses and government agencies. “They keep to their flyways.” Demographers have a name for it: chain migration. “People who live near each other share information about where to retire, where to vacation,” said Lance deHaven-Smith, a professor of public administration at Florida State University in Tallahassee. “They tell their friends and neighbors, and then they end up in the same place.”

Whatever leads our west central Florida snowbirds to return every year, we are delighted to have them back. So we welcome you back, Snowbirds! Enjoy your stay with us in sunny west central Florida.

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.

Here at Vista Galleries, we can help you with any size project, from a single frame to an entire room.

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 and framers can do for you.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

Vista Galleries’ Showroom is open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.

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Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2015

Clearwater Jazz Holiday 2015

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

This year is the 36th anniversary of Clearwater’s Infamous Jazz Holiday!

Performers 2015 Jazz Holiday

Performers 2015 Jazz Holiday

This year’s momentous event happens to coincide with the 100th Anniversary  of the City of Clearwater. So for this year’s Jazz Holiday, there will be special treats from such great performers as Sheryl Crow!  Get ready for some really fantastic music and festive fireworks to celebrate the Clearwater Jazz Holiday’s 36th year and Clearwater’s 100th Birthday!

This year’s stellar, world-renowned jazz event will take place from October 15th to 18th in Clearwater’s Coachman Park.

The exciting musical lineup for this 36th Anniversary Clearwater Jazz Holiday will include Gloria West & the Gents, The O’Jays, Gladys Knight, Buddy Guy, Nicole Henry, Phil Fest and many more. The Ruth Eckerd Hall/Clearwater Jazz Holiday youth Jazz Band with Dave Stryker perform on Sunday the 18th at 2:30 and Sheryl Crow will undoubtedly draw a huge crowd on Saturday night. Her performance starts at 9:15, and runs to the end of the evening which is capped off with amazing fireworks at 10:45.

Each year since 1980, the City of Clearwater has held a series of jazz concerts. The Jazz Holiday started as a 10-day series of jazz concerts on the back of a flatbed truck, which traveled from venue to venue around the City. It has now grown into a major national jazz festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors to an excellent gathering of some of the greatest jazz talent each year. This year, organizers expect more than 50,000 jazz fans to arrive the third week in October to listen to some or all of the performances

The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a unique community event, open to the public and administered by a charitable foundation, The Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, The City of Clearwater and its volunteers. Not only does the Jazz Holiday bring live music to the Tampa Bay area, it benefits jazz education through its scholarship and educational activities each year.

In their own words,

“It is the mission of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday to be the leading proponent of jazz entertainment and education in Florida through the annual presentation of a world-class, live music festival in Clearwater, Florida during the third week of October and to promote tourism to Pinellas County as a key component of this celebration.”

Vista Galleries’ owners, Peter Lowes and Bonnie Fahoome, who have been framing Jazz Holiday collectible posters for more than a dozen years, say collectors frame and display them along side of many past years’ winners.

Vista Galleries, official framer of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday posters, is proud to participate this year. They will again have a booth at Coachman Park where concertgoers can place their framing orders and purchase this year’s poster, as well as find some earlier years’ posters that may still be available.

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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.

New Arrivals Added to Website

This month we have added a new section, New Arrivals to our Vista Galleries website.

On our Home Page you will see the tab for New Arrivals.

These New Arrivals are beautifully framed art prints with some of the lowest prices to be found anywhere.

We are continually updating this section so keep checking back to see what’s been added.

We already have hundreds of these pieces in stock in our showroom and will be featuring the best of them in this New Arrivals  Section.

So come back every day (or at least every week) and check the New Arrivals.

Each picture is listed with the framed price, artist’s name, etc.

"Fresh Air IV, by Leila

“Fresh Air IV, by Leila

Ms. Alice & Peeps Long Story #10 by Cochran

Ms. Alice & Peeps Long Story #10 by Cochran

You will be amazed at how reasonably priced these are.

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.

Vista Galleries’ Showroom is open from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 2pm.

 

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.

Come in or call our Galleries today.

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

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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.