Lyft’s Musician Rideshare Program has worked with several local music venues to assure musicians can get to their gigs with their gear. Left, a large vinyl banner promotes the Musician Rideshare Program. Lyft launched the program during Austin’s infamous “Free Week.” The hemmed and grommeted banner announced the launch of this new program.
During SXSW, Miller IDS worked to advertise Lyft as it transported thousands to events, concerts, and even to the fictional town of Sweetwater from HBO’s Westworld. Though the rideshare company has been back for a little under a year, it has made a big splash by participating in Austin cultural events, festivals and everyday activities.
Lyft Pink brightens our days in the Miller IDS Graphics Department. With every project, Miller IDS strives to meet the highest quality and standards of our customers.
Meg Jones, Lyft Austin Marketing Associate, noted that “[Lyft is] so thrilled to have found such a fantastic partner in Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions. In the past month alone, we’ve worked wit their team to print large scale banners, posters, palm cards, direct mail postcards, pull-down banners and custom fixture signage. The staff is friendly, professional, extremely knowledgeable and works tirelessly to make sure each project is top-notch.”
This spring, Miller IDS is excited to help you and your business welcome new Austinites and visitors to the Live Music Capital of the World!
March 2018 Miller IDS Artist of the Month is none other than the painter and musician Bill Rider and his piece of famed blues musician Buddy Guy. Rider is an exceptionally talented artist with paintings spanning many different styles. His many interpretations of western scenes, personalities and landscapes has made him a particular favorite to many art lovers throughout the world.
Rider completed one year of art school at Illinois Wesleyan, four years as a technical illustrator in the U.S. Air Force, and three years in the University of Texas Art School. A beloved teacher, throughout his career he taught Laguna Gloria watercolor classes for 15 years as well as at Austin Community College for 9 years and the University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of Austin Professional Artists, a founder of Waterloo Watercolor Group, a member of the San Antonio Art Group, and the Artists Alliance of the Hill Country. He currently owns The Barn at Bell Springs in Dripping Springs and has devoted much of his life to the art world.
Bill has restored 2,607 art projects since 1968, including the Texas Pavilion at Hemisphere Park. He was the recipient of the Art in Texas Award and his winning painting was purchased by U.S. Representative Jake Pickle. Additionally, two Presidents of the United States purchased his paintings, including President Lyndon Johnson. Click here to see more of Bill’s art and get in touch with Bill, here.
The Texas Book Festival (TBF) began with a simple purpose: to bring authors and readers together in a celebration of literature and literacy. Founded in 1995 by Laura Bush (a former librarian and then First Lady of Texas), Mary Margaret Farabee, and a dedicated group of volunteers, the TBF set out to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and benefit the state’s public libraries. The first Festival took place in November 1996 and has grown into one of the nation’s premier annual literary events, featuring 275+ authors of the year’s best books and drawing 50,000 book lovers of all ages.
Held each fall in and around the majestic State Capitol in downtown Austin, the Festival features a rich variety of literary readings and panels, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food trucks, a YA HQ, children’s activities, and exhibiting vendors from across the state and country. While remaining an important showcase for Texas authors, the Texas Book Festival hosts writers from all over the world and is honored to have a national reputation as one of the most prestigious and longest running book festivals in the country.
Texas Book Festival brought community to the streets, giving guests of all ages a chance to leave their mark on their event. Attendees covered hemmed and grommeted PVC coated banners in signatures, drawings, and book recommendations. A collage of culture emphasized and sharpened by the vivid white, red, and blue of the banner itself.
Author and acclaimed actor Tom Hanks presents his new book Uncommon Type at the First Baptist Church. Hanks and numerous other acclaimed authors captivated audiences in front of one of our UV-printed vinyl banners and a 8’x8’ Hop-up Tension Fabric Display. The stage also featured a very unique proposal. Read more here.
Artist Joel Salcido signs a festival poster featuring a beautiful print of his photograph. We’re proud to work with Texas Book Festival, which gives a platform to talented, local authors and artists like Salcido. To see more of Salcido work, click here.
THE LONG CENTER
The windows above the Long Center entry courtyard are covered by our perforated vinyl window adhesive announcing the Grammy-nominated band The Avett Brothers upcoming concert on March 3. This material is perfect for displaying your customized graphics to outside while not blocking your view from inside. The event is the centerpiece for The Long Center’s 10th anniversary celebration and will also feature the 10-time Grammy-winning Asleep at The Wheel.
As critically acclaimed indie folk artist Jose Gonzalez returns to Austin February 3rd at the Long Center, this customized vinyl decal elevator graphic greets attendees of other events. These customizable decals are printed on a high quality adhesive vinyl and finished with a matte lamination. The photograph captures the spirit of his unique sound, and the size of the decal further amplifies González’s voice.
We are pleased to celebrate our February Artist of the Month, Kiah Denson. As a born and raised Austinite, Kiah uses the energy of nature and travel to create striking colorful and abstract images that leap off the canvas or page.
She graduated from Colorado College in 2005, earning a BA in Studio Art with a Distinction in Art. Upon graduation, Kiah started her own decorative painting business. After a few years, she began creating fine art again, and has been steadily expanding and exploring her practice ever since.
Kiah lives in the outskirts of Austin, TX surrounded by green fields, trees and streams. She works primarily in her sunny home studio, and also maintains a space at Canopy where she meets with clients and displays her finished work (by appointment). When she isn’t creating art, she can likely be found wandering in nature or swimming with her furry four-legged sidekick, Kali
Kiah states that her “artmaking process is a transfer and release of invisible, internal energy onto a visible, external surface.” Within her work, she utilizes the natural unpredictability and fluidity of her materials to her advantage to “explore various processes, aesthetics and techniques.” She describes the featured piece, ‘”What Remains III”, as initially birthed “as a triptych but became more [part] of a 3 part mini-series. It was the first time I incorporated watercolor into my work, which had previously only been acrylic and ink. I was enjoying the experiment; the watercolors were so mineral-y and unique. I was going for a lyrical, energetic composition that felt light, spacious, and earthy.” These pieces inspired her to create a collection, “The Little Things,” which debuted at Austin’s own Link and Pin Gallery mid-2017.
Kiah gives high praise to Miller IDS and Dana Burton, Graphics Specialist for Miller IDS, when she states she doesn’t go anywhere else to document her small pieces. “It has always meant a lot to me that from the beginning she remembered me (and now, knows me) and goes the extra mile to make me and my work feel important. My pieces aren’t very easy to scan, but she works really hard to keep the details from dropping out, gets the whites white and the blacks black, adjusts weird blues and other colors that the scanner doesn’t like much, prints out multiple proofs, and sometimes, if it still doesn’t look right, she’ll adjust even more. It amazes me still that I can get that kind of service and attention for what I end up paying. Worth it every time. Plus, Dana is a genuine, delightful person, and she has even taken the time to come to some of my art events….I’m grateful that people like Dana and places like Miller exist and thrive, keeping the old school vibe alive.”
You can find Kiah’s work and story in publications such as Better Homes and Gardens, Austin Way Magazine, Inside Austin, Luxe San Diego. Additionally, you can find her work in galleries in Charlotte, NC, Houston, TX, and Greenwood, MS.
Our Artist of the month for both October AND November is Ethan Azarian. His painting, 1870 Our Lady of Guadalupe, is featured in our East 7th Street location right now.
“I live and work full-time as a visual artist in Austin, Texas. I realized early on in my career that it was important to diversify, be open to and embrace the many different ways there are of making a living from creating art. One way to do this was to create a space to exhibit my paintings, so I turned my house into a gallery and called it the In House Gallery, which existed from 1999 to 2014. In 2015 Blue Cow Studio was born. Blue Cow Studio is both studio and gallery space which we had built in the back yard. My wife Melissa and I exhibit our own work as well as host and curate exhibitions with Texas based artists.
Recently I have been concentrating on large public works of art in the form of murals. Some of these murals have been funded through the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and are collaborations with local elementary and high school students as well as members of the community in Austin. In September 2016 I was invited to Angers, France to create a large outdoor mural with art students at Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts. Through these community arts projects (both locally and internationally) I realized just how much I enjoy and am inspired by working with fellow artists and members of the community. I enjoy sharing my artistic process as well as connecting with communities I am working with.
In addition I exhibit my paintings in galleries, cafes, libraries and schools. I have permanent works on display at the Robert B. Green Clinic and the University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas as well as the Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs, New York. “
This December, we honor the work of Don Collins, whose beautiful artwork has graced our annual calendar for each of the past 41 years. Don has produced approximately 400 works for our calendars, allowing us to share his passion with our customers. To order copies of our 2018 calendar on our website, click here. As always, the calendars are free.
Don has embraced hunting unique sites on back roads, long-deserted main streets and historical libraries in Texas for decades. The special sites include a story – be it a story of getting onto the property to take a photo, a story of the building itself, or a tale involving the folks he met on his adventures. His drawings and paintings breathe life back into these old homes, barns, courthouses, shanties and structures that he has chosen. Don authored the book, Traces of Forgotten Places: An Artist’s Thirty-Year Exploration and Celebration of Texas as It Was sharing some of these stories and drawings.
Raised in Parker County west of Fort Worth, Don worked as a commercial artist after serving in the Army during the Korean War and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin. Though he produced a wide range of images for commercial accounts ranging from builders, architects, book publishers and NASA, Don now concentrates on landscapes, character studies, and nostalgia pieces.
Collins is active in his “retirement”, having recently published a colorful children’s book featuring animals of all kinds visiting doctors and dentists. He is involved with several DFW art organizations, accepts several commissions yearly, and travels abroad, with a trip to Africa scheduled in 2017. Additional work and contact information are available on his website, www.dchandart.com.
See what’s coming! We experienced the newest Virtual Reality from VR leader VIMaec and this example of Augmented Reality for the Google Pixel 2 at the Unity Unite Austin 2017 Conference. How we envision, plan, design, improve and present our construction development projects is changing forever. Imagine what changes to the industry that we will experience in the coming years!
Our featured artist for September is a local painter who has always loved the wide-open landscapes of the Southwest. Born in Tijuana, Baja California Norte, he discovered his skills in drawing and painting. As a boy, he spent long periods appreciating and memorizing every detail of landscape and then put them into drawings or paintings.
In high school, he participated and won first place at the local and national level, which won him a scholarship in the workshop at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California to study painting with Master Francisco Chavez Corrujedo. Here, he participated in several group exhibitions.
His work is the result of a detailed observational study of nature, which can be seen in the composition and balance of loud and soft colors, producing pleasure and tranquility to contemplate.
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.
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…