April Artist of the Month: Meena Matai

Miller IDS is proud to announce Meena Matai as our April 2019 Artist of the Month and we’re featuring her painting, “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans.” Influenced by the wildflowers of Texas, Matai hopes that the vibrant colors of her work encourages viewers to be positive, collaborate, and to nurture and support one another. This piece is particularly unique because of the playful use of texture in combination with her usual alcohol ink on canvas. At Miller, we were particularly intrigued with her ability to capture the revival of spring in Austin while focusing on collaboration and community support.

Born in India, Matai moved to the U.S. in 2001. Originally an electrical engineer, Matai’s true passion lay in art and painting. A cultivated talent, Matai took classes throughout her life to hone her craft. The unexpected loss of her father brought Matai face-to-face with the fragility of life and turned to art as more than a passion and instead to tell her own story. This storytelling approach makes her art accessible and relatable using grounding and engaging subject matter, color, and texture.

 Matai’s technique uses alcohol inks blown through a straw onto yupo or canvas, which allows the vibrant colors to blend naturally. In the past year, she has introduced other elements such as texture. She notes that, “I arrange pieces to form exquisite patterns using pins, playing with light and shadow to convey messages of community and collaboration through art.” Specifically, Matai’s work plays with arrangements of color to create patterns that interact with light and shadows. “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans” plays with texture as much as it plays with color. With this piece, Matai used a texturing paste to outline the flower petals and keep the colors together. Texture not only brings new elements to a painting, but functions to control the flow of inks on the canvas.

At Miller, we consider our connection with our customers and community to be of great importance and we love how Matai’s work emphasizes and focuses on the importance of interaction with those around you. Recently, Matai has had work featured in the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, Art for the People, and many others.

In her own words, Matai said this about working with the Miller IDS Team: “I have worked with Dana Burton at Miller IDS for almost two years now and she always goes the extra mile for me. She always listens to my vision and does her magic to realize it into a finished product – be it fine art reproductions or notecards. The quality of the final product is beyond what I have seen anywhere else. To me, it’s important that when people buy a print of my artwork, they are getting something as close to the original as possible. Dana makes this possible…I recommend Miller IDS to all my artist friends for the quality, reliability and great customer service. Dana, thank you for all that you do.”

Thank you, Meena for those incredibly kind words and for your beautiful work. You can find “Inspire: Black Eyed Susans” at either of our locations during April. You can contact Meena through her website at https://www.meenamatai.com/

 

Featured Graphics: Riverbat Paddle Battle

April 6th marked the date for the first annual Riverbat Paddle Battle, benefitting the Austin Community College (ACC) Foundation and hosted by American Constructors. The purpose of the ACC Foundation is to develop community support for the college by raising funds to meet the growing needs of the ACC students. The Foundation provides scholarships ($1,000,000 granted in 2018), funds for equipment used to train students, and funding for relevant student support positions not covered by the ACC budget. 

The first annual scholarship fund raising event Riverbat Paddle Battle kayak race took place on April 6 at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. The money raised went towards funding scholarships for ACC students and took place at the Rowing Dock.

The ACC Foundation and American Constructors appreciate the support of the sponsors and participants alike, who made year one of the event a success. Not even the weather could slow the enthusiasm of the group! 72 people participated on the water, with nearly 200 showing up for the after-party across the street for crawfish, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tasty libations. Photos from event and winners of the paddle battle can be found (here). For being the first year, the Riverbat Paddle Battle is off to a tremendous start!

 

                                    

And as a side note, did you know that the mascot for Austin Community College is the RiverBat? Quite appropriate here in Austin, don’t you think?

March 2019 Artist of the Month: Connie Adcock

Miller IDS is excited to announce our March 2019 Artist of the Month, Connie Adcock with her piece, “Gemstone Guitar.” As we emerge from our (albeit warm) winter, we find our city filled with live music, smiling faces, and lots of perfect days to go to Zilker Park or hang out on the patio of a great restaurant. Adcock’s piece uses bright colors to bring to life the vibrancy of the Austin music scene and is drawn from her life here in the Live Music Capital of the World. We were so inspired by the content and the colors of “Gemstone Guitar” and how they reflect springtime in Austin.

Formerly a first-grade teacher at Colorado Academy in Denver, Adcock retired in 2013 and made her way down to Austin. An art and education major in college, she had always used art during her teaching and now, in her retirement, Adcock focuses her time on creating art. In her exploration, Adcock has used her fascination with colors and repetitions found in nature as well intricate imaginative patterns to bring her art to life. In the beginning of her work, Adcock took on a realistic tone  by drawing inspiration from life experiences. In the past year, however, she branched out and is currently experimenting with a style that combines realism and the abstract. Currently, Adcock has original paintings in two galleries in Salado as well as Galveston, TX and prints of her work in various restaurants and gift shops in Austin and throughout Texas.

Adcock’s inspiration for “Gemstone Guitar” is drawn from her love and experiences of live music in Austin. She immerses herself in the emotions of her paintings and expresses her joy and passion for her work. She notes that in her art, these emotions “run the gamut from thoughtful and introspective to exuberant and wild.” She paints with bright, vivid colors which reflect her cheerful, optimistic, and positive outlooks and stance to life and art. Adcock’s work is heavily influenced by her life experiences including traveling and new discoveries, memories from childhood, and her imagination. “Gemstone Guitar” reminds us of the bright flowers and greenery that appear in Austin during this time of year as well as the live music you hear throughout the city as the weather gets better. As the city comes alive, Adcock has captures the emotional outpouring of excitement and new projects that reverberate throughout Austin. 

Thanks, Connie Adcock, for allowing us to feature you as our March 2019 Artist of the Month. You can find her work up in both of our stores now through March 31st and you can also see “Gemstone Guitar” on the windows of the Prima Dora Gift Shop next to Magnolia Café on South Congress Ave.

You can contact her at cadcocktx@gmail.com or feel free to visit her website at connieadcockart.com

Fast Times at F1: Signage for Sabre Commercial

Earlier this year, Miller IDS highlighted and celebrated Sabre Commercial’s 10-year anniversary as a leader in the Austin commercial construction industry. Sabre is a company founded on collaborations with the best local industry talent, setting the bar high for quality work, running safe job sites, and maintaining ethical business practices. Sabre focuses on engagement within the communities it serves in San Marcos and Austin, an approach taken this past month at the Circuit of the America’s Formula 1 event. Miller IDS has worked with Sabre throughout its 10 years in business, and today working on everything from construction documents to large-scale job site signage and marketing materials. At Miller, we’ve loved working with Sabre from concept to completion on their Formula 1 tent signage.

For the fourth year in a row, Miller designed and printed signage that incorporated their anniversary while emphasizing the overall theme of F1 racing. The interlocking system of racetrack-related icons was not only visually appealing, but also highlights Sabre and their tent sponsors. Miller printed individualized name badges for each attendee, custom table toppers, and banners that displayed sponsor logos throughout the tent. We also had the pleasure of Sabre inviting Miller IDS’ employees to join the event! Our accounting manager, Kim Hilscher and her husband, as well as our technology sales and service manager, Jeff Stewart, enjoyed the Sabre Commercial tent too!

Kelly Maxwell, Marketing Manager at Sabre Commercial, who worked with both Miller IDS designer Micah Frugia and graphics account manager Ryan Bruce had this to say about working with Miller: “I love working with Miller IDS! Working primarily with their graphics department, I have had the opportunity to interact with them extensively through multiple high-stress marketing events and projects. From the design process through execution, I have always felt confident throughout. The graphics and printing team have made some of the trickier aspects of my event planning my lowest stressor.” 

Thank you, Sabre, for allowing us to design and print for your F1 tent for the fourth year in a row and for your continuous business throughout the year! To read more about Sabre Commercial, click here. Photos courtesy of Kelly Maxwell. 

Featured Graphics: KLRU- ACL Hall of Fame

On October 25th, The Moody Theatre in downtown Austin hosted the 5th annual KLRU Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. This year inductees included musical legends Marcia Ball, Ray Charles, and Los Lobos who joined the ranks of other ACL Hall of Famers BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble, and others.  Hosted by Chris Isaak (who also performed), the 2018 ACL HoF continued in tradition by honoring musicians who have made a great impact on the music industy. Additional performances this year included Norah Jones, Ray Charles’ Orchestra Keyboardist and musical director Dr. James Polk, Boz Scaggs, Gary Clark Jr., Austin’s own Ruthie Foster, New Orleans Soul Queen Irma Thomas, Tracy Nelson, Lou Ann Barton, Shelley King, Carolyn Wonderland, and many others. Proceeds from the event benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

 

We were excited to provide print sponsorship for ACL HoF for the third year in a row. KLRU worked with both our graphics account manager, Ryan Bruce, and our graphics operations manager, Ozzie Guzman, to provide colorful and exciting signage for both inside and outside of The Moody Theatre.

 

As they walked up the stairs, guests were greeted by custom vinyl window decals and wrapped poles that celebrated past inductees. Additionally, we printed fabric table covers, banners, and retractable banner stands that highlighted this year’s inductees and magnetic high-top table covers, which can be re-used for future events. Miller IDS is a proud supporter of KLRU ACL HoF as well as KLRU NEXT, a young professional’s group with a focus on the arts, public issues and education in the Austin community.

Kiah Wagner, Graphic Designer at KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, said had this to say about working with the Miller IDS Team. “Miller IDS ensured that we had top-quality signage for our event. Ryan and Ozzie have an impressive attention to detail, and their commitment to quality continued even after the event when their quick breakdown helped us all get home on-time.”

 

The ACL Hall of Fame was taped live and will premiere on New Year’s Eve on your local PBS station. To read more about the event, click here. Photos courtesy of KLRU, Ozzie Guzman, and Ryan Bruce. 

 

 

 

November Artist of the Month – Ashwara Pillai

Miller IDS is proud to announce Ashwara Pillai with her piece, “Under the Tuscan Sun” as our November 2018 Artist of the Month. An Ann Richards School (ARS) senior, Ashwara’s creative side has prospered since she was young. Now at 17-years-old, Ashwara just completed a solo exhibition of 60 pieces at Imagine Art, a space where artists both with and without disabilities can practice and exhibit their art. Miller IDS is honored to feature this young artist from ARS.

Inspired by her trip to Italy in summer of 2017, Ashwara created this piece under the guidance of Meenashi Matai. She notes of her painting, “[it] transports me to the Italian country side, which is filled with color, happiness, and flow.” Specifically, the hues of red, yellow, and orange highlight the playfulness of the countryside and the depth of Ashwara’s ability to captivate the Italian landscape. “Under the Tuscan Sun” sparked a greater interest in landscape and observational pieces, which is now Ashwara’s favorite style of art

Regarding working with our talented fine arts specialist, Dana Burton, Ashwara had this to say: “Dana was incredibly helpful when creating my informative poster that would be held at my exhibition. Dana was also extremely cooperative when transforming my painting into a print. We thank Miller Imaging and Digital Solutions for making my exhibition and artistic path successful in every way possible!” 

Next fall, Ashwara plans on attending college and majoring in design. We are proud to feature a future graduate of ARS and wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors!

With the holidays fast approaching, remember that scans and reprints of personal artwork and family photos make incredible gifts for loved ones and friends! Contact Dana Burton (FineArt@MillerIDS.com) for further information.

Adding Cool Messaging to one of Austin Hottest New Projects

The Beck Group has an exciting project at 2010 East 6th Street in the heart of growing East Austin. They’re currently designing and building the office for developer Aquila Commercial, which will be home to GoDaddy’s Austin office.

Because of the project’s urban location, Beck secured a unique “jobsite office” of leased tenant space just across the street from the construction site. In their words, “we knew we wanted to make this office an awesome home base for our team, so we called on Miller IDS to help us brand the space.”

As Beck wanted the logo to be visible to pedestrian traffic on 6th Street, our Miller IDS team installed a 4′ vinyl Beck logo on the prominent back wall of the office space.

“Miller’s team helped us find an ideal location and did a great installation that is being enjoyed by the team and visitors to the site.”

As East Austin continues its transformation, we’re happy to help you add your mark to Austin’s hottest neighborhood. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIPP school installation by miller ids

Helping Make Schools Both Beautiful and Safer

Our team at Miller IDS recently completed an important project to help improve a campus experience while keeping students safe. KIPP TX, a non-profit, public charter school, had the twin goal of adding eye-catching graphics to identify campus entrances while also providing a heightened level of security.

As a forward-thinking educational organization, KIPP recognizes that among many factors, safety and security are key to providing an effective educational environment. To assist school leaders with the development of a distinct and visually appealing security solution, we worked with the school and American Constructors to create custom-designed, printed window film that highlights the entrances to two middle and two elementary schools in the KIPP TX – Austin Region. Each design features the individual school logos, which assists in entrance identification and school identity. The perforated window film allows visitors, students and faculty to enjoy the uninterrupted view of the collegiate style campus from inside; Building occupants have the comfort of knowing that visitors cannot see inside and that faculty can see visitors as they approach the building.

Rebecca Woodul, Project Administrator for American Constructors shared these kind words, “Ryan Bruce and the design team from Miller IDS worked diligently with us to develop the graphics design to KIPP’s exacting specifications. I was impressed with the level of service and quality in everything from the design process to the installation and final product.”

We thank both KIPP and American Constructors for connecting us to this purposeful project. To learn more about how KIPP schools empower students to graduate from college, click here.  

 

Featured Graphics: Kissing Tree

We are proud to work with the company that is reshaping active adult community living! 

Kissing Tree is a distinctly Texan community built for those 55 and better. Custom-built with a Texas attitude, the unique, San Marcos community is a collection of indoor and outdoor amenities designed with legendary living in mind. The unique collection of amenities include an 18-hole golf course, eight pickleball courts, six bocce ball courts, putting greens, a social building, hiking trails and more!

We’ve printed their distinct signage, colorful advertorials and the eye-catching banners that are located throughout the property. The bright designs reflect the celebration of life that Kissing Tree represents.

If you’re the type that likes to define your own lifestyle, you can learn more about Kissing Tree by clicking here. 

And if you’re the type that needs to bring your distinct message to life through branding signage and a wide range of marketing materials contact us today!

Experience the Technology that is Revolutionizing Design & Construction March 8th

Sessions: 9:30am – 12pm (Lunch) 1pm – 3:30pm

The AEC technology revolution has arrived for you! Come and join your peers at the very first ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) Technology Forum March 8th at Miller IDS’ Metric store. Why is this event so important to you? Because the construction industry is uniquely positioned to benefit from new technologies, yet remains among the least digitized sectors of our economy. You can register here:

Together, Miller IDS and a select group of technology vendors are going to share the benefits of the extremely valuable and cost effective technologies available to ABC members today.

This interactive event will provide you the opportunity to connect with technology representatives from companies such as Bluebeam, iPlanTables, VIMaec, 3DR, Hewlett Packard, Xerox and Synnex who are digitizing the construction industry and will help you discover how to propel your company forward while dramatically reducing the total project life cycle, cost and completion time. Additionally, you will also be able to meet and discuss your company’s network services needs with Greg Bibeau. And, if you are in need of BIM Services, Biswanath Todi of Pinnacle Infotech can address all of your BIM requirements.    

Sign up to attend this event and see how your business will benefit:

  • GET REAL-TIME UPDATES Instantly access the latest progress on a project and collaborate while on site
  • DECREASE REWORK Save time and money with precision data and quicker awareness of issues
  • INCREASE SAFETY See how drones and wearables can manage inspections and navigate hazardous areas

You’ve been hearing about drones – now find out why. A drone can do the same survey in under two days (with less than 30 minutes of actual flight time) that used to take a helicopter weeks to complete. Along with a significant benefit in saved time, drones can contribute in the following ways:
  • Increase safety
  • Improve accuracy 
  • Provide up-to-date information
  • Create video, exacting photos & 3-D modeling
  • Survey and inspect sites
Get your foot in the door by speaking directly with technology leaders from 3DR and take your efficiency to new heights. 

Turning Expectations into Reality

Virtual and augmented reality is taking the construction industry by storm. Join us on March 8th and see for yourself why VR & AR are no longer just something seen in the movies. For example, virtual-reality safety walk-throughs may become the default solution for those wanting to assess potential hazards. As a useful communication tool, there is nothing more real. Start your journey to VR here or on March 8th.

“VR is the definitive next step for AEC visualization, and it’s important to take that step now to stay ahead of the curve.” 

                                                                             Sanjay Mistry, VP of VIMaec