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.

Featured Graphics: Lyft

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 Artist of the Month: Bill Rider

Rider’s ‘Buddy Guy’

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

Jose Gonzalez returns to Austin February 3rd at the Long Center,

Featured Graphics: Texas Book Festival and The Long Center

Miller IDS works with 2017 Texas Book Festival to produce TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL

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.

Banner produced by Miller IDS for 2017 Texas Book Festival

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.

 

Tom Hanks at the 2017 Texas Book Festival.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

Learn more about this upcoming concert, click here.

 

 

 

Jose Gonzalez returns to Austin February 3rd at the Long Center,

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. 

To learn more about this upcoming concert, click here. 

February Artist of the Month, Kiah Denson, Displays a Special Flair

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 Denson Artist Austin
Featured Print, “What Remains III.”

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.

 

“What Remains I”

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.”

“What Remains II”

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.

To see more of Kiah’s work and story, click here

Oct / Nov Artist of the Month: Ethan Azarian

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. “
 
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