Abstract Paintings

Andy has been working on several abstract paintings lately. He says, “With abstract paintings, I kind of let the painting dictate the direction it’s going without thinking too much on the finished product.” I really like how these turned out! If you agree, we would appreciate you sharing with others.

(Click images for size and pricing info.)

 Aftermath 1

Aftermath 1

 Aftermath 2

Aftermath 2

 City Evening 1

City Evening 1

 City Evening 2

City Evening 2

 City Evening 3

City Evening 3

 Wavelengths 1

Wavelengths 1

Lori Saczynski
Giant Octopus Art at Nanbu

Everyone in town is eagerly awaiting the launch of Nanbu, a noodle bar opening soon next to Andy’s gallery. Chef/Owner Nikhil Abuvala describes the restaurant as a “Southerner in Japanese.” Nanbu is a cool environment that features a 15-ft wide octopus created by Andy. This hip hang-out spot will be open later than most local restaurants. Menu items include Ramen Noodles, Noodle Bowls, Poke Bowls, Dumplings, and Broths. Personally, we can’t wait! Here’s a sneak peek of the octopus…

 Several fish (like this one) are tucked into the tentacles.

Several fish (like this one) are tucked into the tentacles.

 This tiny octopus is almost hidden. Look for him!

This tiny octopus is almost hidden. Look for him!

 Andy included a little watermelon slice simply because it’s his favorite fruit.

Andy included a little watermelon slice simply because it’s his favorite fruit.

 Andy assembling the octopus back in July.

Andy assembling the octopus back in July.

 The octopus is 188 inches wide and 77 inches tall.

The octopus is 188 inches wide and 77 inches tall.

 Steven T. Mangum took this great photo for VIE Magazine’s October issue. See  page 68 .

Steven T. Mangum took this great photo for VIE Magazine’s October issue. See page 68.

Lori Saczynski
Custom Art: Large Mixed Media Art

Last month, Andy made a large mixed media art piece for Cathie. After completing it, Cathie wanted Andy to use some of her remaining sentimental treasures for a large "mask" to hang over a large mirror. She wanted the piece in a similar style to Miss Thang. Here's the large mixed media art he designed:

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Creating it was challenging enough, but Andy also had to figure out how to safely ship it 1000+ miles from Grayton Beach to the middle of Texas. It definitely needed to go via FedEx's air freight. But he couldn't use cardboard and bubble wrap, as he typically would. Instead he had to build a crate out of plywood. But Complexity is huge! So, he ended up connecting the curly side pieces on two hinges, which made them removable for shipping. This protected them but also made the crate smaller. This large mixed media art piece was complex to create and to ship, thus the name Complexity, but we (including Cathie) are very pleased with the result.

If you'd like a mixed media piece using some of your sentimental treasures, call or text Andy at (850) 502-0072 to discuss.

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Lori
Mary B. Austin Elementary School Art Students

Mary B. Austin Elementary School's PTA hosts an annual fundraiser called Art from the Heart, which pays for art instruction and supplies for the following school year. This fundraiser allows every student in the school to participate in the art program. Their second grade art students recently completed an assignment inspired by Andy's alligator art. For this project, second grade art teachers Crystal Couch and Mary Green shared a little about Andy as an artist, then showed the children examples of his assemblage work that incorporates found objects. They explained that how he uses different kinds of lines, shapes, and patterns makes his art interesting. After they looked at a broad view of his work, Mary pulled up a few alligators that Andy did and showed them how to break something like an alligator down into simple shapes to draw it. The second graders used tempera cakes to paint the alligators and the backgrounds, then added details and outlines with oil pastels. Some students used black paper for their background with oil pastel details. Here are a few of Andy's favorite pieces from each class:

We are so impressed with their work! We think it's awesome that Mary B. Austin Elementary School let their second graders use Andy's art as their inspiration. If you are aware of other art classes that have done a project inspired by Andy's art, please let us know!

Lori
Anglerfish Assemblage Art
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This is Andy's most recent anglerfish assemblage art. It's made of layered wood and a functional light bulb.

According to National Geographic, "the angry-looking deep sea anglerfish has a right to be cranky. It is quite possibly the ugliest animal on the planet, and it lives in what is easily Earth's most inhospitable habitat: the lonely, lightless bottom of the sea."

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They might be ugly in real life, but since our kids grew up watching Finding Nemo, the anglerfish has been a family favorite. We like to think Andy's version is friendly and happy, even with the scary-ish teeth.

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The carnivorous anglerfish vary in size, ranging from less than a foot to over three feet in length. Andy's anglerfish also vary in size. This particular piece is 55 inches wide and 45 inches tall.

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Most adult female ceratioid anglerfish have a luminescent organ called the esca at the tip of a modified dorsal ray. The organ has been hypothesized to serve the obvious purpose of luring prey in dark, deep-sea environments, but also serves to call males' attention to the females to facilitate mating. (see Wikipedia for more info)

For the esca on the anglerfish assemblage art, Andy uses a functional light bulb. Talk about a fancy sconce!

Lori
Rhythm and Blues
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Rhythm and Blues is a new relief sculpture using layered wood and found objects. Here's a closer look at some of the details (scroll all the way down to see the completed piece).

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 Rhythm and Blues | 22x44 inches

Rhythm and Blues | 22x44 inches

Lori
Custom Art: Cathie

Our interior designer friend James (Van Stavern Interiors) commissioned Andy to create a piece of custom art for his client Cathie in Texas. They wanted something wild, bold, and full of life. Cathie collected sentimental odds and ends, family keepsakes, and random fun objects, then shipped them to Florida. Andy couldn't stop laughing when he opened the box of treasures! He instantly knew this would be a fun assemblage piece where he could really let his imagination run free. Andy spent a couple months rearranging items on a large piece of wood, shifting them daily until a scene started to unfold. At first he was going to simply paint a lady, but then he decided to cut her body out and attach it to another piece of wood for additional depth. This made it easier to place jewelry and watches on her wrists and arms. He definitely wanted to include the Disney records, since those are nostalgic for us, too. Cathie's two pups also made an appearance.

This piece was SO FUN for Andy to make, and it'll be hard to say goodbye when we ship it to Texas. A lot of Andy's art fans apparently loved it, too - it generated a ton of "likes" on Instagram. If you'd like to commission a custom art piece that incorporates your sentimental items, call or text Andy at (850) 502-0072 to discuss.

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 Miss Thang | 48x72 inches

Miss Thang | 48x72 inches

Lori
Saczynski Gallery has a new home!
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Saczynski Gallery has a new home! But we haven't moved far - just next door. Our new address is:

26 Logan Lane, Unit B, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

We hope you'll come by and see our new space!

Lori
Walton County Art Teachers - Gallery Tour
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On March 5th, Walton County art teachers visited seven South Walton art galleries (including Andy's) as part of their professional development. During their Q & A session, Andy may have gotten a little emotional talking about Dr. Vivian Komando of South Walton High School. She was his high school art teacher many years ago, and he still uses a lot of what she taught him. South Walton High School is lucky to have her! Want to take the same art tour as the teachers? Here you go...

Walton County Art Teachers - Gallery Tour

GORDIE HINDS ART GALLERY 90 Spires Ln, #9A

CHROMA | KATHLEEN BROADERICK STUDIO & GALLERY 3925 W County Hwy 30A

JUSTIN GAFFREY ART GALLERY 21 Blue Gulf Dr

SACZYNSKI GALLERY 26 Logan Ln, Unit B

MARY HONG STUDIO GALLERY 26 Logan Ln, Unit F

A. WICKEY STUDIO GALLERY 27 Hub Ln

ADARO ART & DESIGN GALLERY 21 Hub Ln

 Andy with art teacher Vivian Komando

Andy with art teacher Vivian Komando

Lori
Mandolino's Artisan Pizza in Davidson, NC

We are excited to announce that Andy was commissioned to create a mandolin assemblage piece for Mandolino's Artisan Pizza, which opened last month. It's in a beautifully restored space located in the heart of Davidson's Historic District, about 30 minutes north of Charlotte. Executive Chef Bill Schutz has created a menu of carefully-sourced ingredients reflecting his Italian family heritage. The sheet pan pizza is scratch-made and brick-oven baked, a style historically known as "Grandma's Pizza." When you have an opportunity to visit, you'll see Andy's mandolin piece hanging in the dining room!

Mandolino's Artisan Pizza

206 South Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036

(980) 231-5615

Web Site Facebook Instagram

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 Mandolino | 24x49 inches

Mandolino | 24x49 inches

Lori
Limited Edition Canvas Prints
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Andy just released limited edition canvas prints! The first two available are Deep Blue Octopus and Southern Wildflowers. Each canvas print is 20x20 inches, stretched over a 1 1/2 inch wooden frame. They are $275 each. The canvas prints are available at Andy's gallery, or you can call him at (850) 502-0072 to have one shipped.

Lori
Andy's First Art Show in South Walton

Although he didn't officially launch his art career until March 2010, can you guess when Andy's first art show in South Walton was held? If his dated outfit and hairstyle don't give you a clue, I'll tell you... March 4, 2005! Andy and I grew up on the Emerald Coast, but moved away for a few years after we got married. When we moved back to the area in 2004, we reconnected with Arix Zalace, our friend from high school. Andy and Arix were both experimenting with mixed media assemblage art and discussed doing a show together. Arix had a connection with a homeowner in Seaside who was excited about opening her home for an art show. Of course, art was still only a hobby for Andy back in 2005, but this was a good opportunity to get his feet wet in the business.

I get nostalgic looking at these old photos. Andy has developed his skills so much in the past 13 years! If someone had told me that night that we'd someday have a gallery in Grayton Beach and that Andy would be a full-time artist, I don't think I would have dared to believe them. We're thankful for these humble beginnings. 

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Lori
Mural at Mirror Maze in Pier Park

If you've been to the Mirror Maze in Pier Park, you've surely noticed the gigantic mural on their walls. This was one of Andy's first big commissions. He painted it in October 2008, long before being a professional working artist was on his radar. (I'd say that painting this mural was what really motivated him to pursue being a full-time artist, although his first official introduction to the public was at an art festival in March 2010.) Andy's mural at the Mirror Maze in Pier Park is 12 feet tall and 65 feet wide. It's loosely based on Pier Park itself, featuring coastal architecture, palm trees, and the nearby beach. His signature can be found beside a palm tree by the front door.

Next time you visit Pier Park, stop by Mirror Maze and check it out!

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Lori
Faces of Santa Rosa by Kyle Paxton
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South Walton artist Kyle Paxton is currently working on “FACES of SANTA ROSA.” It’s an exhibit featuring between 10 to 20 portraits; sharing the stories of the day-to-day people of Santa Rosa Beach/South Walton. He desires to capture the people who make Santa Rosa Beach what it is today; as a unique place to live, work, and visit. This is part of his mission for culture care; to leave a deposit of work to benefit his community and even those beyond. He desires this show to be one of the most significant exhibits for his local community. It will be his biggest show to date.

In Kyle's words: "I’ve known Andy as a fellow artist, friend, and surf buddy for the past couple years. Andy is considered one of the most well-known artists in South Walton. I guess it makes sense he received the 2013 South Walton Artist of the Year and Best Local Artist three years in a row. Not only is Andy highly acclaimed in the local arts, but he is a great person. I can’t imagine the faith it took for him and his wife, Lori, to jump from a stable job to pursuing a fine art career with their 5th child on the way. His faith, his commitment to family, and his craft inspires me. Though his art is obviously important, one must appreciate his passion for surfing and his connection to the ocean to fully understand him. This permeates his work and life - being in the moment and letting each wave take him where he needs to go. I must add that Andy is probably the best surfer I know. Andy, the great artist and the inspiring person. I believe he deserves such recognition."

We are honored that Kyle selected Andy as one of his portraits for FACES of SANTA ROSA! We can't wait to see who else will be represented in this collection. Given Kyle's incredible talent, it's going to be an amazing show. Kyle is a kind, genuine, and humble guy. We are excited to see the opportunities this project will generate for him. As the date for the exhibit approaches later in 2018, we will be sure to share the details with you so you can make plans to attend the opening. In the meantime, check out Kyle and his work:

web site | facebook | instagram

Lori
2018 30A Songwriters Festival

The 2018 30A Songwriters Festival will be held January 12th-15th! The ninth annual weekend event will feature over 175 artists performing at multiple venues along 30A in South Walton. Tickets can be purchased here. For those attending, be on the lookout for Andy's backdrop, shown below. If you see it at The Lakehouse in WaterColor (one of the 25+ venues), be sure to tag Andy in your social media posts. 

 Andy's new backdrop for the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival

Andy's new backdrop for the 2018 30A Songwriters Festival

Lori
Art Redo

Sometimes Andy thinks a piece is done, but after a few months he changes his mind. This was the case with Sound of the Sea. Time for an art redo! As you can see, he added a lot of color and a few mixed media elements. This piece is 25 inches wide and 54 inches tall, and available for $1500.

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Lori
Sweet Jody Fishing Shirts Featuring Andy's Art
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Captain Cliff Cox runs Sweet Jody Fishing, one of Destin's most popular deep sea fishing boats. When he and his wife April approached Andy about featuring his art on their Sweet Jody Fishing shirts, Andy happily agreed. They requested a "funky red grouper," which made Andy even happier. If you look closely, you can see that Andy included squid and octopus tentacles, tiny fish, shrimp, hearts, waves, and a crescent moon. Andy gave Cliff and April the original artwork to keep, and they had their designers put it on their new line of short- and long-sleeve shirts. The shirts are available in a variety of colors (see photos below). Short-sleeve shirts are $25 and long-sleeve shirts are $30. To purchase a shirt, stop by their booth at 210 Harbor Boulevard in Destin. Not local? No problem! To order, contact Sweet Jody Fishing at SweetJodyFishing@gmail.com or (850) 650-2500.

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 Andy's original sketch

Andy's original sketch

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Follow Sweet Jody Fishing on Facebook.

Lori
VIE Magazine November 2017 Issue Featuring Andy's Art on the Cover

If you pick up a copy of the VIE Magazine November 2017 "Art & Culture" issue, you'll probably recognize the art on the cover! It's Andy's Poetic Composition, which is assemblage art measuring 26x48 inches. We are so thankful and honored to have been chosen to represent this issue. Tori Phelps wrote a wonderful 6-page article about Andy, which we feel really captures the heart of who he is and what he does. And Brenna Kneiss' photos are beautiful! Thank you so much, ladies. We really appreciate it! The magazine is on newsstands now, so be sure to grab a copy. You may also read the article here.

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Lori
Baytowne Provisions now open in The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Baytowne Provisions opened this week in The Village of Baytowne Wharf, and you'll find Andy's art on their walls! This is the newest restaurant by award-winning and nationally recognized chef Jim Shirley. In addition to their traditional and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches that you love from The Melt Down on 30A, Baytowne Provisions will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, family-friendly environment. You can also enjoy a full bar offering panoramic marina views and breathtaking sunsets from their upstairs deck. It's more than just a restaurant and bar, though! You'll find everyday necessities, groceries, gourmet grab 'n' go items, and local fresh goods at their general store. They'll be open every day, and also have accommodations for private events. For more information: (850) 460-7866 or baytowneprovisions.com 

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Baytowne Provisions
Baytowne Provisions
Baytowne Provisions
Baytowne Provisions
Lori
Harding Art Show 2017

Last week, Andy participated in the Harding Art Show 2017. This was his fourth time to do this show, now in its 42nd year. This is Harding Academy's biggest fundraiser, and it attracts over 3000 visitors. We were honored to have Andy included again! Plus, it was a great excuse to visit our daughter, who now lives just outside Nashville. Below are some of our artist friends, both new and old.

Andy Saczynski
Andy Saczynski
 Amber Wallace

Amber Wallace

 Amy Crews

Amy Crews

 Blaire Wheeler

Blaire Wheeler

 Brian Nash

Brian Nash

 Caleb Groh

Caleb Groh

 Cassi Wright + her boyfriend

Cassi Wright + her boyfriend

 Christina Cohn

Christina Cohn

 Grant Garmezy

Grant Garmezy

 Hannah Lane + her husband

Hannah Lane + her husband

 Jacqueline Saporiti

Jacqueline Saporiti

 Kent Youngstrom + his daughter

Kent Youngstrom + his daughter

 Lauren Dunn

Lauren Dunn

 McKenzie Dove

McKenzie Dove

 Melanie Morris

Melanie Morris

 Sarah Kaufman

Sarah Kaufman

 Valentina Harper

Valentina Harper

 Vicki Denaburg

Vicki Denaburg

Lori