September Artist of the Month: Tanya Christie

Austin-based artist Tanya Christie grew up in rural, black-land farming communities of Red River County in northeast Texas. By the time Christie graduated from high school, her parents joked that they’d “spent as much on art supplies, as food” for her. Christie earned an Associates of Fine Art from Paris Junior College, and a Bachelors at Texas Tech University in Design Communication, with an emphasis on Illustration. Her mediums of choice are watercolor, acrylic, and collage – often a combination of all three. Christie’s artwork always tells a story!

Always seeking to know more, Christie has had the opportunity to study with master artists right here in Austin, as well as in San Antonio, San Francisco and France. Christie loves color and strives to infuse each piece of art with the hues she loves. She is also fascinated with the often-overlooked whimsy and charm of things we encounter in our everyday life. Christie weaves together her love of color, mastery of fine art techniques and her foundation of design communication to give voice to every subject she paints. In 2014, Christie’s painting, 26 Rue du Four, was selected as a Finalist of the Texas Watercolor Society annual exhibit.

An exciting and varied creative career led Christie across the nation and back. While she began at an advertising firm in the Dallas area, Christie found her way to a printed gift & greeting card company in Portland, Oregon, freelance jobs in Spokane, Washington, and finally right back here to her home state. Thrilled to be back in Texas, Christie operates Wildly Inspired Artworks with her sister, fellow artist Tamara Ingram. Wildly Inspired Artworks creates a wide range of artwork. Some works are custom suited to meet the vision cast by a specific client, and some works inspired by the sisters’ shared love of all things Southern.

Christie’s artwork is for sale at small boutiques here and there across Texas, and twice a year at the curated show Funky Finds, in Fort Worth, where Wildly Inspired is honored to be an anchor each spring and fall. Christie seeks opportunities to impact the lives of others with her passion for and love of art. In addition to creating artwork from the heart and custom artwork, Wildly Inspired Artworks offers group classes and team building through art. Her most recent project has been the design and painting of a dynamic space within Zilker Lodge, the lovely home of Austin Sunshine Camps. Additionally, as an instructor for Young Rembrandts, the after-school art program, Christie enjoys encouraging elementary kids to begin telling their art story. 

“I am appreciative to Miller IDS for all of their scanning and printing support. The amazing artistic eye and color-correcting gifts of Dana Burton make it difficult to tell printed items from the original artwork. Thank you, to everyone at Miller IDS, for the gift you are to artists in Austin!”

Connect with Tanya on social media: 
Facebook – Wildly Inspired
@wildlyinspiredsisters
Pinterest – Wildly Inspired
Instagram – Buy Wildly Inpired
@wildly_inspired_

 

Featured Graphics: Flintco

Flintco moved into their current office space in February of this year, and we were honored to help with their internal branding goals. It’s rare to find customers who have been around as long as we have, and in this case, they’ve been around even longer! Flintco was founded in 1908 by a Native American family who owned the company for more than 100 years. Flintco’s Native American heritage has influenced their business interactions and still drives the company today.

After they were acquired by Alberici, they decided to write an Ethos to recalibrate their mission. The statement came together quickly, being a testament to their intention and the clarity of their Ethos, which continues to resonate today. Tim Garbutt, Flintco’s Director, Corporate Marketing and Communications, said this, “our Ethos gives us unity, provides clarity and is a source of strength”.

They have their Ethos statement posted around the office to remind employees and guests alike of what they are truly about. Flintco’s interior was designed by Page/Dyal, and after winning the bid on the project for Flintco, we got started on printing and installing wall decals of their Ethos statement. Flintco ended up going with matte, easily removable vinyl decals that don’t damage the wall when taken down. They went with a few different colors to make the word wall visually pleasing and to add color to the office. Another design feature we helped create was the graphic photo wall, which we made from a fabric-like wall adhesive that has an ultra-matte finish. Then, for the conference room, we frosted the wall and did a back cut into the vinyl so that it would leave the text clear and readable.

Photographer: Tre Dunham, Fine Focus Photography

Throughout the project, it was clear that Flintco wanted to make their Ethos statement a prominent design feature and reinforce their vision of the “unwavering pursuit of the perfect construction experience” in a bold way. It has been amazing getting to work with with Flintco on this project, and we are so happy with how it looks in their space. You can learn more about Flintoco and their commitment to excellence at their website

August Artist of the Month: JU Salvant

JU Salvant began her career in architectural drawing and commercial art, but soon gravitated to the fine arts. Her skillful perspective renderings and beautiful landscapes have been enthusiastically received for more than forty years. Her love of history has led to a highly successful series of paintings of historic buildings, sites and homes in Texas, where she lives and works, and in her native city of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Many of Salvant’s paintings of Texas are collected in three books published by the University of Texas Press: The Historic Ranches of Texas, The Historic Seacoast of Texas and If These Wall Could Speak: The Historic Forts of Texas. Salvant has also illustrated a number of other historical books, including Land of Good Water, by Clara Stearns Scarbrough. Her work has been featured in Texas Highways Magazine seven times.

Much of her time is spent on commissions, creating art depicting the private ancestral, family and childhood homes of her clients. Salvant’s paintings and drawings are found in the art collections of two US Presidents, US Congressmen, governors and a former First Lady. Permanent hangings of Salvant’s artwork may be found in the National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington, D. C., the University of Texas Visitors Center, and Fort Concho Historical Museum in San Angelo, Texas. Galleries that have displayed her work are Evangeline Gallery in Lafayette, Louisiana, Merrill-Chase Gallery in Chicago, Illinois, and Sotheby’s of New York.

Teaching people to paint and draw is a passion for Salvant, and she regularly conducts art classes and workshops in Austin and Central Texas. A gifted instructor and mentor, she generously shares her knowledge of the basics of good drawing — perspective, light and shadow, and composition — as well as techniques of watercolor painting and ink drawing. To see more of her beautiful work and to order prints, go to her website.

Featured Graphics: Endeavor Saltillo

Endeavor wanted a cost effective option to brand the Saltillo Development across multiple blocks. They were looking for a more unique method that showcased a fun, creative and artsy feel to vibe with the east side. Ryan Bruce, our Graphics Account manager, suggested lower cost printing (on our HP PageWide printers in our repro department) and a wheat paste application versus vinyl banners or adhesive wall wraps. In addition to being a lower-cost alternative, another ideal feature is that when one piece is damaged, individual sheets can easily be replaced or even pasted on top of the old as an additional layer.
 
Plaza Saltillo Development has been in the works for decades, and Endeavor has been on the project since early 2017.

Also, congrats to Endeavor for their selection for the next acclaimed project, the development of the Austin American Statesman site on the south side of Lady Bird Lake. Read more on the selection process from earlier this year or more recent news.

For eye-catching, creative graphic solutions that truly stand out, contact Destenie at 512.381.5276 or email cssr@MillerIDS.com.

Estimated opening dates:
Juiceland: August 15th
Snooze: August 28th
Orange Theory: September
Chipotle: end of the year
Hopdoddy Burger Bar: February 2020
Target and Whole Foods: early 2020
 
 

 

I spy a Snooze in the makings! 

June Artist of the Month: Sarita Geisel

Miller IDS is excited to announce our June 2019 Artist of the Month, Sarita Geisel, with her piece “On the Embankment.” Her work is an extension of her travels, dance and meditation. The piece we feature, “On the Embankment,” exemplifies the cool waters and ambiance of the Portugal coast. With the summer season comes travel and this piece captures the beauty and the excitement that comes from meeting new people and seeing new places.

Geisel came to Austin without ever having been to Texas or even having a job lined up. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Geisel decided on her 28th birthday that she would move somewhere new. Ten years later, she is still living and creating in the Austin area. An award-winning graphic designer and art director, Sarita has over ten years in designing and illustrating for the medical device industry. In her painting, she can capture a different meaning to what keeps people alive. From a young age, however, Geisel has needed to express herself through drawing and painting. For the past 14 years her favorite art medium has been acrylic on canvas and she enjoys experimenting with color, texture, and detail “to enhance the emotional experience and bring the story to life for the viewer.” Geisel’s art brings cities, places, and people to life.

 

“On the Embankment” is a rendition of a view from the bridge walking over from the city of Gaia to the city of Porto on an overcast day. Geisel captures the old city feeling that Europe gives a new traveler—the mixture of new feelings and old buildings. As the people mill about the markets in the background and the restaurant in the foreground, Sarita explores the familiarity of everyday life and the excitement of travel. She captures the vibrant fishing boat that evokes its own story, as well as the couple on the balcony carrying on a conversation.  We hope that Geisel’s “On the Embankment” will transport you to a serene (and cool) port city and allows your mind to wander to a new, but familiar place. 

Having worked with Miller for several years, Geisel had this to say: “Working with Dana is always a pleasure! I came to Miller IDS on high recommendations from another artist when I was getting ready for an art show and wanted to be able to sell prints of my paintings, in addition to originals. Dana goes above and beyond to get the color matching as close as possible to the original painting, I was very impressed by how much work she does to get it right. She’s so warm and I love how affordable and fast Miller IDS is to work with. The quality and customer service is top notch!”

Thank you for allowing us to feature your beautiful painting, Sarita. You can find more of Sarita’s work at her website.

May Artist of the Month: Mary Barton

We are honored to feature Mary Barton as our May Artist of the Month along with her piece “Spring Has Sprung.”  A Texas Panhandle native, Barton uses the inspiration of both West Texas and the Texas Hill Country throughout her work. She allows emotions and nature’s beauty to guide her process with each step she takes. Barton reworked “Spring Has Sprung” several times before making the blue, purple, and yellow flowers the center of attention. Now as we inch closer to summer, we at Miller IDS appreciate the vibrancy of  her work even more.

Barton grew up in Pampa, Texas in the Texas Panhandle.  After a few years in Lubbock at Texas Tech, she moved to Austin in 1989 and currently resides in the Wimberly area. Barton fell in love with the hills, trees, and water features of the Central Texas Hill Country, as seen in her subject matter for many years.  Barton graduated from Texas State University, after starting a family and has worked as a bookkeeper for the past 20 years while pursuing her passion for art. As she describes it, her focus on abstract art is the “balance between the battle and pull of [her] right and left brain.” For Barton, creativity and art is a family affair; as her grandmother, mother, and sister were all artists. Her first love, pottery, allowed her to feel grounded and connected as she formed sculptures from lumps of clay. 

More recently, she has branched out into abstract painting, by using the focus on nature’s beauty that certain spaces can evoke. Barton wants the technique and style of her work to be the recognizable aspect. She prefers nature and tropical ocean scenes for subject matter, but her work is heavily influenced by the seasons. For her piece “Spring has Sprung,” the striking blue, deep red, yellow and purple flowers lay in contrast with the light background which allows the colors to stand out while blending in. The blue in the background deepens the cooler shades and the technique emphasizes the growth of the flowers in the painting. We love how Barton captures all the excitement the ground has after an abundance of rain or an explosion of growth in a field. 

Barton wrote this incredible testimonial about working with Dana Burton, our Fine Arts Specialist and Miller IDS: “When I first met Dana, she immediately put me at ease with her incredible knowledge of the colors that would be necessary to reproduce an image that would even slightly represent the deep vibrant hues of the inks I use.  It is definitely a challenge that she was more than capable to accept and achieve.  After the first painting I brought in was ready for review, I was amazed at the quality and clarity that she was able to produce. It opened up my opportunities to be able to reproduce any painting without limitations to size or substrate. I instantly became a repeat customer and have been pleased with every image scan that she has worked on. Without a doubt, I would recommend Dana at Miller IDS to give you a quality archival image of your artwork.”

Thank you, Mary, for allowing us to feature you this month. You can see more of Barton’s work here or contact her via email at marybartonart@gmail.com

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: Easy Tiger at The Linc

     It’s here—the wait is finally over! Easy Tiger officially opened its highly anticipated North Austin bakery and beer garden at The Linc (6406 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road Suite 1100) this past Saturday, December 8th, 2018.  Much larger than its 6th Street sister, their Linc location has an increased amount of space for delicious food, an incredible selection of drinks, and fun on an even greater scale.

We are especially excited to have provided and installed custom printed wallpaper for the bakery and beer garden. Miller IDS worked with both Easy Tiger, interior designer Veronica Koltuniak of VeroKolt, and LAND Design Studio to color match the wallpaper design and bring the namesake tigers to life.

If the bakery and craft beer offerings are anything close to the other locations (6th St, Fareground, and Whole Foods 365 in Cedar Park), this latest one is sure to be an extra-popular addition to our city. Our Metric Location especially is looking forward to having a fun, family-accessible space to eat delicious hot pretzels and beer cheese or to pick up a delicious baguette.

The Linc location will serve the specialties Easy Tiger is known for including specialty breads, sandwiches, sausages, and a great variety of beers and whiskeys. Additionally, the space offers great parking and will begin offering brunch December 15th and will eventually boast drive-thru services and live music. As you can see, the interior is open with windows for looking into the bread and charcuterie makings that give Easy Tiger its well-deserved fame. The bake shop is now open from 7AM to midnight on Sunday through Wednesday and until 2AM Thursday through Saturday, while the beer garden is open 11AM to close Monday through Friday and 10AM to close Saturday and Sunday.

With our expanded graphic capabilities now including wallpaper, Miller IDS is your one-stop shop for all your signage needs. If you can dream it, we can help bring it to life. Contact our graphics department today for your custom quote! 

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.