Opry House Flag

February 1st, 2011

Americana Flag at Opry House in Star’s dressing room

Kevin Ansell was so honored to be comissioned by Anderson Design Studio, to create a 17 foot long American flag for one of the Star’s dressing rooms in the Opry House at Opryland. This flag was rendered very realistically. The colors were sharp and crisp in the first stages. Then, Kevin Ansell buried the flag under paint. After that, they began wiping off the paint to expose what ended up looking like an old flag that had been discovered under the wall. Right before the Opryhouse re-opened, legendary Country star, Marty Stuart was photographed for the cover of USA Today, sitting in front of this flag. The photo I have is blurred, as I got it off the internet, but I’m working on getting the photographer of the newspaper to send me a better copy.

History of Venetian Plaster

June 2nd, 2010

About Venetian Plaster
Simply stated Venetian Plaster is an ancient building material which originates with lime and marble. Lime that can be brought up to a high polish, low polish, matte finish, and smooth to the touch. It can also have a granular texture.
The term Venetian Plaster also can refer to the method of application. Natural lime plasters have been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians and peoples of Antiquities. Originally, they were strictly used for the protection of structures. The Venetians took it to another level. They added natural pigment to add a decorative use both interior and Exterior.The plasters that we use in our business are authentic Italian plasters.

Kevin Ansell is certified in using ARTENOVA PRODUCTS. Here’s some information on the company and products.
The plasters are ARTENOVA by SAFRA. SAFRA is a family business started in 1961, in Verona, Italy. When using SAFRA Plasters, you are buying family traditions handed down from generation to generation. No other company in the world is more committed to producing true authentic Italian Plasters that will last a lifetime.

The main mission of ARTENOVA was to make known to an always expanding audience the wall decoration systems which were used in all of the Italian art cities, and above all in Venice during the years of its greatest splendor. These are the aspects, which make them so unique in the world.
That mission led SAFRA to the rediscovery of effects and techniques typical of Italy’s decorative past. These rediscoveries include both famous (Venetian Stucco) and less famous (Stucco Mantovano) products and application techniques developed through the centuries, whose virtues are now stirring new interest in the Architectural community worldwide.

In keeping with company philosophy SAFRA complimented its line of traditional mineral finishes with a line of authentic earth colorants based on earth pigments and water. These authentic colorants are therefore unlike most of the pigments normally available on the market, which are called Earths (Terre) but are actually based on mineral oxides rather than true earth.
Products like AQUARELLO, a water-based stain, perfectly resistant to graffiti’s and VENEZIANO, a breathable synthetic Venetian plaster resisting over 50,000 brush strokes, which is retouchable and washable with virtually any detergent, thus ideal for high-end public areas (hotel lobbies, corporate buildings etc.)

Decorative Art, Venetian Plaster, Faux Finishing in Nashville

January 29th, 2010

Having only been here for that past year and a half, we’ve been fortunate to work with some of the leading designers and builders here in Nashville.  In the past year we’ve worked with Landy Gardner of Green Hills, Mark Simmons of Green Hills, Kristina Eckert & Carrie England of CKE Interior Design – www.ckeinteriordesign.com, Amelie de Gaulle – www.organicdesigner.com,  Salem Forsythe of Innovative Building Specialties, Inc., Candyce Havenstrite of Bradford’s Interiors – chavenstrite@bradford’sinteriors.com and look forward to working with several others within 2010.

What we’ve noticed with each and every one of these designers is that they  have their own unique aesthetic that they bring to each project.  These designers, here in Nashville have a style all their own. They range from contemporary to classic, conservative to innovative and modern. All of them have a style that’s sophisticated and yet comfortable. It’s been a pleasure working with all of them. 

For example,  when working with Landy Gardner of Landy Gardner Interiors of Green Hills, he had us create Gustovian era-like furniture, which we researched in order to achieve authentic looking furniture from c. 1700’s.  On some of his projects, he has us create finishes that look as if they’ve existed for years. We take glazing to another level, doing “rubbed-through” finishes whereby the edges of trim or panels are exposed with an undercoat.

Working with Amelie de Gaulle was a great experience too! She creates with the idea of “organic design” within her vision of a room, incorporating natural textiles, wood and elements of nature to evoke a purly sensual experience upon entering a room. We created Venetian plasted walls, a frescoed ceiling ,copper leaf walls and textured aged glazes.

When working with Carrie England and Kristina Eckert of CKE Interior Design for the restaurant, Giovanni, they made our job easy. They immediately knew what they wanted as soon as we showed them our extensive portfolio.
As a decorative finisher, faux finisher, plaster artist, decorative painter, call us what you want – we can spend days, many hours doing several samples for a client  or designer, before it’s either perfect or they are finally able to agree on a particular color or finish. Sometimes a designer’s vision may not match with their client’s vision or they have an indecisive client. In those scenerios, we create several boards until we have created a match for both designer and client. 
Our goal is to make absolutely certain that everyone is completely happy with our work. Our work is our signature. So far, we’ve been quite fortunate to work with such outstanding designers on truly wonderfully creative projects here in Nashville. We look forward to an equally if not better year ahead!

Giovanni Restaurant, Nashville, TN

June 27th, 2009
Giovanni Restaurant, Nashville, Venetian Plaster

Giovanni Restaurant, Nashville, Venetian Plaster

Click on Giovanni restaurant to view more pics. We worked on this project with CKE Interior Design of Nashville, TN. Kevin created gorgeous Venetian plastered walls inVenetiano & Montevano plasters throughout, which are a beautiful backdrop to CKE’s stunning design & decor for the restaurant. Click on faux brick/slate – to see the private foyer entrance next to Giovanni. Kevin worked with Nashville designer, Landy Gardner on this project.