Spring is one of the best times of the year. The days are getting longer, and the winds are warmer. The long winter, if such a thing existed in Florida, is coming to a close and the art season on the Suncoast is in full swing.
Meanwhile, the new butterfly collection remains on view at the Gateway Gallery in New Port Richey until April. There is no rest for the artist, and we are spending our precious spring days preparing Art on the Bayou in April, a two person show in the New Port Richey City Hall during May, and a continuing series of revolving shows at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center.
In the meantime, enjoy our latest additions to the Butterfly Collection. These works of art are incredible to look at when printed on our archival aluminum print. The aluminum gives the image a glossy image and produces an effect that appears to light up each work.
This is the 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Roadster. In early December, I had the pleasure of seeing this beautiful car parked in a local park. The result is a classic car combined with the art of modern photography.
Built as the deluxe luxury model of the Confederate BA line in 1932, Chevrolet created only 8,552 of these fine cars. A”Stovebolt Six” 194 cu. in. inline six-cylinder engine produced 455 hp thanks in part to an upgraded carburetor. The top speed was a blazing 70 mph. A special transmission featured easier shifting and a free wheeling mode rounded out the specs of the car.
The gas saving mode allowed the wheels to continue to spin when the driver released the fuel petal. The unfortunate side effect of this economic idea was a lack of engine braking.
It also supported 4 wheel brakes, a rumble seat, and a set of “Town and Country” styled horns to let people know you where there. One of the more fashionable signature features of this car was the use of louver doors and not vents on the side of the hood.
Oh, and one more fascinating historical trivia fact was that there are no turn signals. They hadn’t been introduced for use on cars yet. However, a parking light and brake lights were available for purchase .
As for the photograph itself, I decided that such a classic car needed representation in the art world the same way it was in the 1930’s. I wanted a classic film look that was both black and white and approximated the tonal qualities of a 400 Kodak film popular in the 1930’s.
The burnt edges of the picture are also something that occurred in many examples of film from cameras readily available to the public. Whether these markings were intentional or the result of unfortunate film developing I couldn’t say. In the end, I wanted the look to closely mirror what your grandfather or great-grandfather saw when they looked at their photo books.
Are you ready for holiday shopping? It’s a hard thing to image that the 2016 holiday season is already in full swing. I’m stating the obvious because before you know it will be gone. So, I’ve made a list of places north of Clearwater that enable you to view and purchase fine art at the same time! Don’t live in Florida? Well, I’ve got that covered too.
Last week we introduced our first batch of holiday cards for purchase in our very own online Gallery Gift Shop. These 5”x7” cards have a blank inside for your own personalized message and come complete with an envelope for gift giving or mailing. At our shop you will find all of our artwork that is available everywhere for both the starting collector and our avid fans. If you haven’t checked this store out, don’t wait!
Last week we took part in the opening of the Holiday show at the Gateway Gallery & Emporium, Inc. . Four different photographic works are now on display until January at this special juried show in downtown New Port Richey. We also are displaying several smaller works in the gift shop area. Stop by and see some great art!
This past week we also presented our work “Bird in Copper” to the Tarpon Springs Culture Center for inclusion in their annal Holiday Art Show. This show has 9 different categories of art displayed throughout Tarpon Springs historic original city hall. If you’re in the Clearwater and Tarpon Springs area drop by and visit!
Even though we’ve been busy at shows and displays all over the North Tampa area, I’ve found time to get into the studio and work on new pieces. Coming soon I will add new pieces to our butterfly collection and even a young fawn to our animals collection. So stay tuned and buy art!
If you like to shop for art like I do then you know that very few places to buy art online directly from the artist. Especially when that art is in the very unique media of fine art photography. Well the art gods are smiling on you! Buying the fine art photography of Andrew Chianese is even easier and with a larger selection than ever before.
A&A Photographic Arts has now partnered with the online security of e-commerce giant Shopify to bring you our new gift shop! Order your personally signed artwork on fine art paper, canvas, metal and even acrylic. We now accept all major credit cards including PayPal. So don’t miss out on feeding your art obsession at https://store.aaphotographicarts.com/.
Shop at A&A Photographic Arts? Never heard of it….
A&A Photographic Arts has provided artistic consulting and access to my specially signed artwork worldwide via the Internet and locally. But that is only part of the story. Based out of Dallas, Texas in 2012, the gallery works to bring the unique photographic art of Andrew Chianese to the world. We have worked with individual patrons, a very prestigious private school, and several restaurants in two states to bring art to the community.
Needless to say, as we continued to provide this service, we constantly branched out and developed a much more significant presence in the both the traditional brick and mortar art galleries and online art communities. Since sales of our fine art only continue to gain momentum and our obsession in making quality art continues growing stronger each year, we have expanded in order to meet both patron and collectors rising demand. At the same time, the recent expansion allows us to and provide a full online shopping experience for both the general public and our future obsessed art collectors.