Meet Our Staff: Michael Bereznoff

Meet our Staff:

Michael Bereznoff

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By Betsy Hecht Cramb

This month, we’d like to introduce you to another talented artist who also works as a Vista Galleries framing designer. Michael Bereznoff says he is “creating an environment, on an immobile two dimensional surface. This is the destination of my visual journey. By focusing on the principles and elements of design I am able to systematically build a visual experience that creates the appearance of three dimensions.”b

Michael remembers that his 7th grade art teacher strongly affected his desire to become an artist.

Michael attended five colleges, including spending two years at Maryland Institute, College of Art. He later moved on to receive a BS in Art Education from Towson University, Towson, Maryland.

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The influence of Baltimore and the surrounding area on his art is evident in these examples of his work. Michael conveys not only the images of the City of Baltimore but somehow he captures and relates the feel and experience of Baltimore through his paintings.

In response to what makes him unique as an artist, Michael says,  “The only real way that an artist truly creates something ‘different’ is to find, establish and constantly pursue that voice that is unique in each and every one of us. What makes any artist’s work stand independently from any other entity is based on the strength and self-awareness of an artist’s personality. Therefore, my work is only distinct from other artists’ output due to my ‘one of a kind’ sensibility.”

His work is based on his own photos that he composes and shoots himself.

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Enjoy some of Michael’s artwork here or see more of his contemporary art at: http://www.bluecanvas.com/mylesahed or at: http://www.saatchiart.com/mylesahed.

You can see Michael at Vista Galleries or e-mail him at: mylesahed@gmail.com.

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these profiles of our talented staff of designer/artists. 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 artists and designers can do for you.

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Meet the Artist: Robert Herbenick

Meet the Artist: Robert Herbenick

By Betsy Hecht Cramb

Robert (Bob) Herbenick started painting seriously later in his life although he had a passion for drawing from a very young age. When asked how he got started as a painter, Bob had this to say. “After a few years of crayon marks on the walls and “mind painting,” my mom gave me an easel for my 9th birthday. Drawing continued through school years and later on, doodling took its place during business meetings.

Sunrise at Safety Harbor oil 16x20

“Very little time was spent with art during the last 20 years before retirement. At retirement, my goal was to absorb as much technical information as I could from art publications and reference material. Being self-taught, every day I read art magazines or reference books to improve my knowledge of composition, value, and color theory in oil, acrylic, and pencil.”

 

Sandhills at Sunset oil 20x16

 

 

Early Morning at Duck Pond oil 16x20

All his time studying seems to have paid off. His paintings remind us of the old masters. He paints landscapes and natural scenes in Florida with such realism that you can actually feel the hot Florida sunshine emanate from his paintings.

Anna Maria Island Pier oil 10x16

Some of his favorite subjects are the Florida birds, lush landscapes and bay vistas that Bob says, provide a constant source of inspiration. He says, “I enjoy painting at many of the nearby parks and the information from these trips becomes reference for studio work. Birds have always been my favorite subject. They have a distinct physical structure and attitude that separate them from other species. A puddle duck like the Mallard can burst into flight from the swimming position while the Canvasback, a diving duck, must take a running start. Each species has an expression of moods unique to them and I am happy when I capture that uniqueness.”

Cortez Drydock oil 12x16

 

Philippe Park Ibis 15x12

You can see more of Bob’s work here and can contact him at bherbeni@gmail.com

or call him at: 727-385-9311.

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Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these portraits of our artists. If you would like to be a featured artist in or want 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.

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Call for Artists and Art Connossieurs…

The Tampa Museum of Art. . .

is looking for Artists, community leaders and celebrities to donate an original 5″ X 5″ piece of art in any media. Deadline is Sept. 12th! Details and entries can be found at FivebyFiveTampaBay.com. Hurry, as they will accept art only from Sept. 8th – 12th.

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Then join the Tampa Museum of Art on October 17th, for a fantastic evening at FIVE by FIVE 2014, their third annual art exhibition and night of music, dance, spoken word, theatre and film performances.

What it is:

It’s a celebration of the arts and proceeds will benefit individual artist programs of the Arts Council of HIllsborough County. Admission is $10. and free to museum members.

Got an Eye for a Masterpiece?

You can pick one up on October 17 during the FIVE by FIVE 2014 exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art. Although these works are displayed anonymously, each 5″ X 5″ piece is signed by the artist on the back and available for $25. See a list of participating artists and preview the artwork online before the event at FivebyFiveTampaBay.com.

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Vista Galleries is happy to bring you information about local art events and artist opportunities.

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.

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You are Invited. . .

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to come to a private art showing. . . by one of Vista Galleries’ professional frame designers and artist, Kristen Santucci.

Kristen Santucci will be having a private showing of her art and you are invited to attend.

Girl with Blue Kimono

Where: Studio 1212 Art Gallery

Located at: 1405 Cleveland Street, Clearwater

Details:

Artist Kristen Santucci continues to awe and inspire with her ethereal series of kimono paintings.  Her most recent, “Girl with Blue Kimono,” sold in a very short time.  And we’re not surprised!

Galleries On The Go is hosting a one-woman opening show in honor of Santucci’s achievements.  She has participated in numerous art events around the Tampa Bay area with marvelous results.  Last January,  Santucci received our People’s Choice Award for her work.  We continue to support her emerging style and fully expect to see her work published very soon.

The cultural evening event will begin with live classical guitar by her husband Christopher.  Browse examples of Kristen’s work while sampling wine and hors d’oeuvres.  Prints will be available for sale.

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

 

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Vista Galleries is pleased to feature the work of some of our staff. Kristen is a valued frame designer as well as a very talented artist.

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.

 

 

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.”

Lakhotia_Vivek_Morning Reflections

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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