Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Art of Teaching - Find a gift for that special student or teacher at the Guild.

Kana Handel Painting.
Deborah Cohen's Gator Nation.
 So much going on as the school year ends.  What can you do that is special for that college grad or the teacher that took care of your child all year long? The Artisans' Guild has so much to fill that void. I was walking around the guild today and saw great gifts that ranged in price from $15 to $300. Check out some of the cool stuff I liked!

 Hand painted scarves from Margaret DiNegro, for the young woman in your life or the fantastic female teacher or school administrator who was so helpful!

 Beautiful handmade wood design pens for the amazing med student you know, from Abe Sloan!

How about gorgeous photography, in all different formats from Eva Egensteiner, for that UF or Santa Fe Graduate so they can never forget their adventures at the beautiful Florida springs?

Handmade books from Ronnie Grundset, for the Gator who journal's their newest adventures as they go out into the world.

Handmade beautiful jewelry from Trude Spalane, along with so many other artisans at the gallery that make creative jewelry pieces.

So, I'll see you at the guild before the school year runs out.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

“La Florida - Visions of Spring”.

It is always amazing how quickly winter transformed to spring here in North Florida. Everything that was brown has now transformed to green in what seems like an instant. Flowers are everywhere and color is abundant.  No where is that more evident that at the Artisans' Guild Art Gallery.  Why not come on in and check it out? This month the theme is "La Florida - Visions of Spring."  Come celebrate spring with us at the guild and buy something new and colorful for yourself, your home or that special person. Here is a small collection of what you will find at the art guild;
Hand painted earring by Linda Pence.

Watch works and antique jewelry by Richard Shamel.

Functional and fun Teapots by Susan Margaritondo.

Pottery that is glazed like flowing water from Kate Makeshaft-Murray. 

This would make an amazing spring setting with pottery from Ann Lindell while you wear this beautiful scarf from Martha Hoggard.

Tropical watercolor by Virginia Chen.

Why buy a bouquet that doesn't last? Check out this fiber art by Gretchen Brooks. 

This is a picture is truly "La Florida" by Joyce Marie Lottinville.

Like the sunburst exploding in a sunrise, a pendant by Trudy Spalane.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Spotlight on Guild Artist Anda Chance, a Big Impression!

March's theme at the guild is Big Impressions, with that being said lets talk about, Anda Chance. A powerful artist is a tiny frame, she will leave you with a huge impression. She does work in most art mediums but her watercolors and color pencil work are meticulously amazing. Her eclectic subject choices also capture your attention and are far from the norm.  You can see her work in many places include the Artisan's Guild Gallery, Lake City's Gateway Coop Gallery and various shows and exhibits around the state. She is also a major contributor to The Colored Pencil Society of America, Chapter 113, in Lake City, Fl.  Read about her bio on our website The Artisans' Guild Gallery.

Recently the Colored Pencil Society of America Chapter 113 held their annual show, "It's Colored Pencil!" at the City Arts Factory in Orlando, Florida.  There were 78 pieces of art representing 30 artists.   The show features the medium of colored pencil and represent a wide variety of ways that this medium is used to create art.  There were 7 awards, Anda's piece, Potters Field Station, was awarded 3rd place.  The show will be open until April 10.  Contact information for the City Arts Factory is

Potters Field Station

Anda's newest exhibit is local and you can check it out at Falcon Financial Management, Inc. just northeast of the Thornebrook Shopping area, located at 2641 NW 41st St., #B, Gainesville.

Anda describes her show as, " six dated pieces are from two opposite ideas that have been an ongoing interest of mine. The abstract structural designs are composite window frame images. The window structure provides a defined space to hold images found within frames. They are concrete but also abstract, recognizable but incomplete."
Each figure is as it appeared in old photos minus a background, keeping the focus on the pose and costume. The six images represent different ages and family grouping. The dates are specific to the original photo and combined with the image, the place the viewer in the time period.
The show opens up April 5, with an art reception May 8. Check out her amazing work at the show or everyday at the Guild!