Check in at MILLER Imaging and Digital Solutions on Yelp and Get a 20% Discount on Your First Small-Format Print Order!

Check in at MILLER Imaging and Digital Solutions on Yelp and get a 20% discount on your first small-format print order!

Check in at our East 7th location or our Metric location on our Yelp Pages and customers new to our small-format printing can get a 20% discount on any small format job including booklets, brochures, marketing collateral, programs and postcards.

A minimum order of $50 is required and a maximum discount of $500 (or 20% off a $2,500 order) is allowed. No other discounts apply.

June Featured Artist: Julie Ahmad

I am currently in love with alcohol ink and fluid paintings. Not only are the colors vibrantly exquisite, they seem to have a life all their own.  I’m blissfully immersed in the process as I experiment with different unconventional tools and techniques; eye droppers, spritzer bottles, straws, q-tips and blow dryers have all been repurposed.  Even traditional surfaces have been reinvented as I’ve discovered that painting directly onto the glass and then adding a plain white paper background to enhance the ink is providing remarkable results. 

I, as the artist, often feel as if I am merely a vehicle for the application and am delighted to be able to witness as the images unfold. There are many surprises that occur as the painting flows and organically takes shape.

I’ve shown with West Elm Austin, EAST & WEST Austin Studio Tour, Women & Their Work and currently am licensing my work with iCanvas domestically and Artist Lane Internationally.  I have been commissioned to create one-of-a-kind pieces for several collectors around the world. I can’t express enough how gratifying it is when a piece of your art (soul) is welcomed into someone’s home. It’s an honor that is not taken for granted.

Living almost a decade in New York City, working in the fashion industry, texture and color come second nature to me, the cross over to fine art was natural.  The city is where my taste and style was molded, I love bringing that cosmopolitan energy into my work and sharing it with the world.

I attribute my life as an artist to my daughter. When I was pregnant, I often felt this strong burning desire to be creative and work with my hands. There was some kind of organic correlation between my body being in the state of creation and my heart urging my hands to do the same.

I’m currently living in South Central Austin with my husband and our sweet baby girl that we just adore to pieces! Please visit my website www.julieahmad.com to find out more.

May Featured Artist: Jennifer Good

Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 2.04.07 PMslow ride Jennifer Good Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 1.48.58 PM Jennifer Good, 19, is a native Austin, TX based artist. Mirroring her personality, her artwork exhibits a bright, highly colorful expression with an extreme attention to detail. Her work appears almost photographic, with a bold focus on bright colors. Her media preference is colored pencil drawings or acrylic paintings. The inspiration for her works have been drawn from the eclectic side of Austin – SoCo shops, Elvis loving restaurants, and even a “bike farm”. If you travel the “weird” side of Austin, you might recognize some of her subjects.

Jennifer has been creating art and winning awards since a very young age. She won a regional gold award in her middle school Scholastic Art competition with a western themed graphite boot drawing, and repeatedly won local art contests at the community library with book themed artwork. Continuing her success through high school, she competed annually in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE). VASE is a large, statewide art competition, and she won the highest level Gold Seal award three of the four years. She also competed in the Scholastic Art and Writing competition, and took national and regional awards for multiple individual artworks and her portfolio. In 2016, she won the President’s Award for a guitar themed painting in the Congressional Art Competition. Representing Texas District 25, the painting is now on display in the United States House of Representatives.

A National Merit Scholar, Jennifer continues creating art at the University of Texas at Dallas while studying for a dual major in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. She is also pursuing a minor in visual art, taking the opportunity to delve into different mediums and ideas. This summer, she will be participating in a study abroad art program in Florence, Italy. Focusing on etching and painting in arguably the art capital of the world, she is very excited and looking forward to learning new techniques and expanding her repertoire. She also plans to take advantage of the travel opportunity to spend time in Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam, with many museum visits on the agenda.  So happy to be young and free…

Visit her website and gallery at goodjennifer.com and her Facebook page.

April Artist of the Month: Dwain Kelley

Dwain Bdaycontact_photo1Dtx5discovery_printwain Kelley’s sculptural assemblages are about discovery. Using a palette of old wood, metal, gold leaf, cloth, glass, rocks, and other materials these works are grounded in the unearthing of another time—attempting to re-create the excitement of a kid reading about the discovery of Machu Picchu in Peru by Hiram Bingham in 1911; King Tut’s Tomb in Egypt by Howard Carter in 1922; the uncovering of the history of the first Native Americans or the countless other archaeological discoveries from around the world. As you experience these works they will re-ignite some of this excitement and wonder every time you look at them.

You can see his original work at our East 7th Street location through May 1st or at his studio during West (West Austin Studio Tour) May 13-14th and 20-21st.

Graduating with a BFA degree from the University of Texas in 1953, Dwain Kelley studied under some of the most respected artists and educators in America. He started showing alongside and competing with some of these same professors while still in college. Over the years Dwain was accepted in thirty-six regional, national and international art exhibits, winning purchase prizes or awards in twenty. All of these works were either watercolors or drawings but his very first Texas solo exhibition was of his sculptural assemblages in 1967.

In 1954 he enlisted in the army and was sent overseas to Germany the next year. His wife Billie was able to join him there and they lived in the small attic of a house in the 700 year old village of Schwaebish-Hall where he spent many nights painting and drawing. These works lead to a solo exhibition on the army base that later traveled to Crailsheim and Munich.

Upon returning to Austin in 1956 he took a position as Art Director at Von Boeckmann-Jones, a printing firm founded in 1874. While working there he designed printed material for universities and companies across Texas. After the closing of the printing company in 1972 he founded the design firm Kelleygraphics which is celebrating it’s forty-fifth anniversary this year. Kelleygraphics portfolio includes twenty-five years of designing all the print graphics for the Texas Exes Alumni Association; thirty-eight years of the Texas Electric Co-Op magazine; nine years of the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine; and many, many other books, magazines and corporate design projects with his design associate of almost thirty-five years, Mary Barminski Johnson.

Although he still designs, paints and draws, over the last ten years he has focused his creativity on the sculptural assemblages he first began in the 1960s.

… and he is still married to Billie!

You can see more of his work at his website here.

Miller IDS’ Featured August Artist

Our August artist, Heidi Miller Lowell, is a long-time Austin resident. First teaching in our public schools, she then launched the town’s beloved Artery, which offers an art collective,  summer camp and and provides nursing home classes in art.

The Artery’s goal is “for each artist to come away from each lesson with a sense of joy and desire to create more art“. Heidi’s extensive reading of current brain research has informed the Artery’s teaching philosophy, believing that just as stress makes brain waves more active and agitated, art calms them. The school concentrates on product over process and goes out to many of the area’s elder care homes regularly.

Heidi feels art is an expression of being alive; its creation is an outlet for all the joy, hope, sadness and love in one’s heart. Though she has used multiple media, watercolors are her favorite medium at this time; watercolors require that you release some control, which she finds meditative. She paints whatever inspires her, often from nature. “Pelican”, featured here is a delicately beautiful rendering of the bird, whose meaning as a spirit animal connotes confidence and calm.

Printing this and other works at Miller IDS, Heidi enjoys coming in as she feels “everyone is so nice, down to earth and friendly – very Austin! – and Dana has been so helpful with my prints”. More of Heidi’s work may be enjoyed on the Artery’s website.

Miller IDS’ Featured July Artist

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Born in Galveston, Jim studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and moved to New York before returning home to Texas. With other artists and musicians, he opened Austin’s iconic music hall, the Vulcan Gas Company. Gilbert Shelton created the venue’s first posters, then Jim took the job, drawing his first trademark armadillo, which soon evolved into the symbol and virtual folk hero of Texas hipsters. His art appeared regularly in Austin’s underground newspaper, The Rag and his own Armadillo Comics.

Ever creative, Jim is currently focusing on oil paintings, such as our featured “Galveston-1965” of a beach scene in his home town. This and more works may be seen on his website, http://jim-franklin-arts.myshopify.com/

Miller IDS’ Featured June Artist

hummingbirds and flowers print 9x12 110_smallTo celebrate June, we are featuring the bright and beautiful artwork of Melissa Knight. Melissa works with batik, a centuries-old wax-dye resist process traditionally used to make designs/patterns on fabric.

Melissa dabbled part-time for years in multiple media, seeking a creative outlet but had never considered making art full time. However, when their child was born almost seven years ago, Melissa’s full-time artist husband, Ethan Azarian, encouraged her to quit her job and take the time to fully develop the batik work she had been trying. She creates collage designs, preferring this style to the more traditional batik design, enjoying the surprises of batik; the crackles and the layers of colors that emerge in the wax-dye process. When inclusion in the Blue Genie Art Bazaar last year required more pieces, Melissa began working with Miller IDS to scan and print her batiks and the prints have proved quite popular, as they reproduce the textures and layers of the art. Inspired by the seasons, much of her work, such as the featured “Hummingbirds and Flowers”, includes local flora and fauna.

Melissa’s batiks may be seen on her website or currently at Mockingbird Domestics. Melissa also participates in the annual East Austin Studio Tour at her home studio Blue Cow Studio.

 

Miller IDS’ Featured May Artist

barton 002 country house adj_200This is the perfect month to feature the work of Greg Barton, as the Austinite’s artwork will appear in the West Austin Studio Tour May 14/15 & 21/22, which Miller IDS is proud to sponsor.

Greg’s unique style of using his fingers – as well as the occasional rag – to apply paint produces almost Impressionistic images which strongly evoke a sense of place. Most of his work is of landscapes, either his beloved Texas or Cape Cod scenes, all of which draw the viewer in by sharing the colors and light of the scene effectively. The image featured here, entitled “Gray Day 2” was inspired by summer visits to the Cape marshes and their timeless salt-weathered houses.

For more of Greg’s work, please come by to meet him and view his work up close at the Linc Collective Artist Group during the West Austin Studio Tour, or visit his website.

Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing entry deadline Apr 15th!

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Have you made impressive strides in technique or created work you’re exceptionally proud of this year? If so, it’s time to submit your best to Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries for a chance to see it featured in North Light Books’ newest hardbound collection!

North Light Books is looking for the best of the best in a variety of styles and subjects that captures the spirit of this year’s theme.

And you can submit in any dry medium that would be traditionally considered drawing. This includes-but is not limited to-pencil, charcoal, Conté crayon, pen and ink, scratchboard, silverpoint, colored pencil, pastel and even some wet paint mediums if used in a linear or sketchy manner.

Enter by April 15 for a chance to see your art in print!

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