Sunday, December 28, 2014

The Guild's Ana Varela quoted and featured in Senior Times, "Creativity is a great, great reward."

When you first see Ana Varela's art pieces as you walk into the guild gallery, they draw you in. Her designs are so whimsical and colorful just like Ana herself. I had the pleasure of working with her last week at the Guild. It was a pleasant afternoon as she refilled her display with more wonderful pottery pieces since she sold so many recently. I realized as the afternoon continued she was the artist featured in the Senior Times article in the December 2014 issue.

I learned about Ana's life from the article. Born in Brazil, her adventurous spirit brought her to America at 17, she is now 61 and resides in Micanopy, with her husband, Doug Dewey, also a celebrated artist. She is a graduate of UF, with a B.A. in Ceramics. Her studio "Tuscawilla Pottery" is located on her home property in Micanopy, where she has hosted an annual Holiday Celebration and open house for the last 18 years.

Ana has made a life of selling art with her pottery. She has regularly participated in art festivals all over the Southeast for many years. Recently she added to her many awards with 3 prizes in the show circuit this year; 3rd place in 3-D at the Winter Haven Art Festival, Award of Merit at Mainsail Arts Festival and her favorite show, St. Augustine Art Festival, winning Best of Pottery. Ana especially likes St. Augustine because there were 18 male potters and she was the only woman, winning the Best of Pottery. The judge in that festival was Ed Hall, who has a Master in Painting from UF, and has achieved some fame nationally with his cartoons.

Ana loves her work and puts in about 40 hours a week as a fulltime artist. As she said in the Senior Times article, her intent is to design pieces that bridge art and function. We are so proud to have her as a member of the Artisans' Guild.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Guild Artists shine at the Thomas Center's GFAA Show!

      The guild artists are so prolific and all over the art scenes in Alachua County and beyond. For example, in Gainesville, a yearly beloved tradition is the lighting of the Christmas Tree at The Historic Thomas Center, located at 302 NE 6th Avenue. The grand ceremony, held on Dec. 6,  also welcomed the Annual Gainesville Fine Arts Association's Holiday Show at the Thomas Center, where several Artisans' Guild artists work can be seen on the upstairs mezzanine.  Our own Joyce Dewberry won an Honorable Mention for her lovely quilt displayed here.

"My Aging Bones" by Joyce Dewberry won Honorable Mention.
       Guild Artist Joyce Dewberry said " Recently I applied to have two of my wall art quilts in the GFAA Holiday Exhibit at the Thomas Center. The art quilts are moderately large and I must say they both look so nice on the walls in the conference room, which is adjacent to the mezzanine where most of the art is hung. The entire show is very fine, and I am very pleased to have my art a part of it.  This year for the first time the show is juried. Norman Jenson, a retired art professor for Santa Fe College and a well known artist, was the judge. I was delighted to have one my quilts win an honorable mention. "

      Below you can see samples of the art from our artists, Virginia Chen, Linda Pence, Karen LeMonnier and Tina Corbett.  Photo's were taken while walking and observing the show so to see the true beauty of each art piece you would have to physically visit to the gallery where the art is on display and for sale until January 6, 2014.

Virginia Chen's "Anticipation."

"Living Chess" by Linda Pence.

"Peeking thru Poe Springs" by Tina Corbett.

"The Wedding Tree" by Karen LeMonnier.
"Traffic Jam" by Tina Corbett.

"Thomas Center Serenade" by Karen LeMonnier.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Holidays are in full swing in Gainesville and at the Guild!

The Holiday celebrations opened up in Gainesville with our open house celebration on November 30.  So many friends came by and started their holiday shopping.  Delicious snacks were shared by all. Many came before and after the newest holiday show that just started at the Hippodrome Theater down the street, called The Wonderettes.

You can still use the Guild's Open House postcard, we gave out, good for a 10% discount until Dec. 14. If you cannot find it, print it from our last post below. Of course for more shopping options you can visit all of our artists and most of their websites on our website The Artisans' Guild Gallery.  Be sure to also "Like" us on Facebook to see new artwork posted and available at the gallery everyday.

Keep your eye on the Scene Magazine in the Gainesville Sun too, so many guild artists are displaying all over Alachua County.  The Thomas Center, Melrose Bay Gallery, Gainesville Artwalk, The Hippodrome Theater Gallery, High Springs Art Coop, Gainesville Parks Ford, just to name a few locations.

See you soon at the Guild, shop local!