Jan Miller celebrates a lifetime of creating art

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The featured artist for November at Butterfield Garage Gallery in St. Augustine will be Jan Miller. She will showcase the mixed-media “gourd” sculptures that she’s been doing for the past several years.

“I have long been a fan of Tim Burton, and that has certainly influenced my work,” she said.

Drawing on many years of experience in both painting and mixed media, the one-of-a-kind gourd characters are fun and innovative. The natural shape can affect the direction the sculpture takes.

Recycled cans, vases and bottles ultimately make up the body. Found objects, paper clay, paper mache’ and acrylic paint are used to complete the gourd sculpture.

Miller will be at the gallery from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. She will demonstrate painting and welcome art discussions between 2 and 5 p.m. Nov. 7.

Prior to relocating to St. Augustine, Miller established her career in Chicago, where she attained a modest reputation as a still-life painter. ​

In addition to doing her art, she has also been involved in the art community in St. Augustine, where she founded the Butterfield Garage Art Gallery in 1999. The building had formerly been a real garage, and the original sign — which is stamped 1929 — was hung in its original place outside.

The contemporary gallery now exhibits some of the best local artists in the area.

Butterfield Garage Gallery is located at 137 King St.

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