The Butterfield Garage Gallery has deepened its roster of accomplished artists, welcoming jewelry designer Marcia Myrick Siany, wood turner Daniel Callahan, painter Gwen Mehler and pastel artist Paula Pascucci.
Siany immerses herself in the process of working various metals into one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Her collections are a blend of mixed metals, including repurposed silver plate platters, as well as sterling, bronze and copper.
Inspired by vintage notions and memory, she seeks a nostalgic feel to her pieces. Beauty and balance co-exist with irregular shapes and perfectly imperfect finishes. She credits where she is today to studying under many talented artists and spending extensive time in her studio as she enjoys the creative journey.
Callahan refers to himself as the “accidental woodturner,” after receiving lessons from his wife as a Christmas present; however, the exquisite nature of his work is anything but accidental.
His first teacher, Daniel Ellsworth, taught him that wood is about having a conversation, paying attention to what a particular piece of wood might suggest.
Callahan also believes engaging with wood as an art form includes responsible sourcing, acquiring his wood from downed trees or even pieces left on the roadside. In his vision, Daniel finds new and unforeseen delights in each imperfect specimen.
Mehler, working with acrylic paint, has garnered a number of awards for her large-scale pieces. Most recently, she won first place at the Thrasher Horne Center’s Going Places show in 2021.
Her focus for the past 10 years has been pattern. Juxtaposing nature’s patterns against a backdrop of textile-inspired patterns and leveraging the scale of her work, her pieces make an impact.
In every piece, she seeks to highlight the connection between nature and design to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of her winged and four-legged subjects.
Pascussi is an award-winning pastel artist with paintings and portrait commissions in many private collections. Pastel is her medium of choice due to its immediacy and the luminous quality of the pigment.
Her subject matter includes portraits, landscapes and seascapes. With her seascapes, Paula is drawn to the simple beauty found in daily coastal life. Through her subject matter and color composition, she hopes to share a sentimental connection to this world by evoking a familiar feeling or memory. She has a fine art degree from the Art Institute of Boston.
Butterfield Garage Gallery is open every day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at 137 King St., St. Augustine.
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