Find ‘Solace’ in Gallery Where Imagination Reigns

Artwork IMITATES ARTIST?: Franny Andahazy describes her motivations and styles. As an impressionist, she said she believes in colour as a descriptive device. (Image by Victoria Ford)

Significant issues start off at a little art space known as Solace.

The studio-gallery in Surf Metropolis is owned and operated by great artist and retired party planner and award-winning CEO Franny Andahazy, who lives following door to Solace with her partner artist Michael Nedeau and their pet dog.

The pair not long ago moved to LBI whole time from Boston, where for 35 years they ran her big-scale special occasions corporation called PBD (originally for “Party By Design”), specializing in style and fabrication. The two their grown daughters are now artists in New York who attended Savannah College of Artwork and Style in Ga.

Their very last two strategic moves have coincided with a organic catastrophe and a international pandemic. When Superstorm Sandy hit Long Seashore Island in 2012, they took in excess of the making that now houses Solace. Very first they produced it Andahazy’s own studio, and in 2013 opened it as a retail gallery and incubator for Huge Suggestions about Artwork. In it, she shows 5 New England artists and 5 area artists, all 10 of whom get on commissions and special initiatives. When COVID-19 broke out 7½ years later on, Andahazy and Nedeau shut PBD, offered their residence up north, and relocated forever to LBI.

For Andahazy, it’s a homecoming. She grew up around Trenton but put in summers on the Island at her family’s North Beach home, which grew to become her parents’ full-time home when she was 17. All explained to she counts 37 decades as a North Beach resident.

Now Andahazy would like to get the word out about the limitless alternatives and surprises in retail outlet at Solace. Just about anything a buyer sees or does not see can be a launching position of inspiration for a new initial do the job of art, she reported.

“People feel you need to have to obtain ‘off the rack,’” she explained. Not legitimate.

At Solace, the artists welcome personalized perform. Alternatively, gift certificates could be procured to apply toward a exclusive housewarming gift. Some art enthusiasts want to discover meaningful artwork that speaks to them, when others want certain hues and designs to match their décor. Equally are valid, and Andahazy has all the bases coated.

Artwork patrons are paying out less on art these days for the reason that of the financial system, Andahazy has recognized, but at the exact same time, the pandemic experienced them seeking at their partitions all through quarantine, contemplating or potentially considering far more creatively about their interiors.

Company could wander into the gallery and not see exactly what they require, she claimed.

“Talk to me,” Andahazy urged. “Say, ‘I appreciate this, but I will need it twice the size,’” or no matter what the scenario might be.

As an party planner, Andahazy is utilised to looking at the major photograph, the two pretty much and figuratively. PBD did countrywide gatherings – World Sequence, Super Bowl – so “I’m applied to working with men and women,” she mentioned. And she understands the value of receiving the specifics appropriate.

Andahazy finished six commissions above the winter, she explained. Just one she’s operating on now is 36 by 60 inches.

“I really like when folks give me solutions and challenges,” she claimed.

She finds numerous individuals are the natural way inquisitive and forthcoming, and she nurtures that. She needs to know what brought somebody in. What lights their fire. What she can do for them.

She also financial loans out art for men and women to attempt on their partitions and features household visits/evaluations. Andahazy can map it all out and do a preliminary drawing. A commission proposal/contract outlines the eyesight, anticipations, and believed time frame, commonly about a four-week turnaround. Framing will take a couple far more weeks and installation is provided. She functions from various reference photographs, supplying in-progress peeks. She can be as accommodating as possible, she reported, but every piece reaches a point in which the artist understands it is completed. The studio gets client praise for its “seamless system,” she extra.

“What I carry is a mixture of Island know-how, realizing the beaches of this Island far more than anyone, with my business enterprise acumen from Boston. So, I have both equally worlds colliding, and it’s amazing to occur right here and be ready to do that.”

Her titles at different instances have bundled art consultant/instructor, artwork juror, concept/established designer, stylist, and CEO and artistic director of PBD.

She had attained her BFA in portray and artwork schooling from Massachusetts Faculty of Artwork (and an Alumni Award for artwork and design in 2015). She taught art for a though in advance of founding and creating one of New England’s leading occasion style and design firms, for which she been given accolades and recognition in print and tv media. In 2016 she won the Boston Bravo Best CEO Award. During the PBD decades in Boston, she also founded Oceanside17 Studio and Gallery and pop-up gallery Contour 19.

So versatile is Andahazy’s talent and skill that just about very little is exterior her realm of do-means. Her most important medium is oil, and her models variety from realism to summary and collage/combined media, but Andahazy identifies as a up to date impressionist.

“I believe that in utilizing a ton of color to describe something,” she stated.

A single of her paintings in the gallery depicts a figure analyze design on a crack concerning poses, seated and struggling with away from the viewer, examining a e-book, when the primary concentration is the bouquets on the table.

“This is the style of artwork that I like to make, for me,” she mentioned.

Born to build in two and 3 dimensions, Andahazy also likes to “play with objects,” she said. When she gets a little tired of portray, she stretches and flexes various innovative muscle mass, looking for distinct channels to use her voice. For instance, she might transfer a Photoshopped impression on to wooden and then paint on top rated of it.

“Mary Cassatt (‘The Tea,’ 1880) is 1 of my beloved paintings,” she explained, pointing to a multidimensional combined media piece previously mentioned her workbench. “But nonetheless, my aunts seem like Broom Hildas.” She additional pieces of a broken plate and discovered driftwood that “looked like a teapot to me.” Her combined media “Chain Gang” makes use of bike chain imagery as the track record, with some hand-painted Victorian boys on penny-farthings popping off the canvas. The work is embellished with aged or spare bicycle elements from Surf Buggy. “Transcendental Wane” juxtaposes old and new, character and plastic, and indicates an uncertain upcoming in the encounter of local weather change.

The relaxation of the gallery has “something for everybody” and of study course the numerous types that await inception.

Operating art galleries utilised to be a hobby for Andahazy, “but now it is my occupation,” she stated, which is why she’s pushing commissions to really encourage foot targeted visitors and workflow. Opening Solace has provided her authorization to turn the highlight on herself and her own perform, she stated.

Andahazy bought her initial paint set at 10, she reported. Her art training started at the Extensive Seashore Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies and continued with Jane Legislation in Surf Town.

1 working day, she and a girlfriend “put our paint sets jointly and crafted a bunch of stuff,” which was the start out of PBD. Her set items and props from PBD are all offered off now, but a large boot she designed when she was 25 not long ago finished up in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”

Now 61 with still a good deal of strength to burn, she’s searching for discussions that direct to alternatives.

Any number of unique artwork-relevant functions could acquire location at Solace, be it a homeschool event, a class or workshop, a curator converse, or an personal indoor or yard social collecting. About 20 can fit easily within, she mentioned. Setting up is her forte, just after all, offered her present of overarching vision.

“I can see all of it alongside one another,” she explained.

Accomplished Artists

In the Stable

Andahazy pointed out some of the other assumed-provoking perform by Solace artists:

Laura Harvey builds mixed media pieces applying clients’ previous photographs, ticket stubs, any two-dimensional sentimental objects, almost like a scrapbook. Jen Kelly’s abstracts are pleasing to the eye Lisa Budd’s function is extra practical Lori Bonanni is famed for her waves. She also does encaustic in her open up garage in the summertime. Linda Ramsay is recognised for her landscapes, seascapes, watery reflections and classic beach front cruisers. Sculptor Sandra Anton does funky very little assemblages that often contain nautical objects. Some of the do the job on display screen has Philly and New York imagery, for the reason that a good deal of Islanders also adore people two particular city skylines.

Fulfill the artists on “First Fridays,” a walkable artwork and society scene Andahazy and other area gallerists are working to cultivate in Surf City. Artwork, dwell outdoor songs and visible intrigue await. The up coming 1 is Aug. 5.

Andahazy described Nedeau, whose perform also hangs in the gallery, as an ethereal painter – once motivated by the all-natural oddity of a vibrant prescribed-melt away cloud at sunset. He began his career as a sculptor and afterwards obtained into painting, she claimed. As two visionaries, they would bounce concepts off just about every other.

“Then he turned extra the generation close of it, and I was extra in the design and style conclusion of it,” she explained. Not crossing paths assisted the small business improve, she discussed.

Considering that relocating to Surf City entire time, she joked that she and Nedeau rarely know what to do with themselves. Immediately after so quite a few many years expended jogging and handling enterprises and men and women, the slower tempo frees up extra time to converse, brainstorm, aspiration and system.

The studio’s hrs of procedure are on the door, but Andahazy welcomes off-hours calls or texts to open the gallery to a visitor.

“People often leave in a contentment state,” she said.

Solace is at 2312 Extended Beach Boulevard in Surf Metropolis. Phone the gallery at 609-848-9702 or get to Andahazy directly at 617-875-5826.

– Victoria Ford

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