This Sunday will be Andy’s 15 year anniversary at The Art Shop! When Gallery Director Andy McAfee joined The Art Shop on July 1, 1997, his goal was to help make The Art Shop an award-winning internationally known art and framing gallery. The Art Shop was voted Top Gallery of the Year for five straight years by DÉCOR MAGAZINE, so I’d say he achieved his goal.
What does Andy love to do at The Art Shop?
Talk, Teach and Evaluate Art
If I knew then what I know now…
You can say that about a great many things, but today, I’m referring to PORTRAITS. When you are young or have young children, you don’t often think about freezing a moment in time. Trust me – in what seems like a split second, your babies turn into adults who live far away and you and your spouse reach the stage in life where you no longer like looking at current photos of yourself. (It’s too depressing.)
The Art Shop’s Inc. owner and president, Lenny Dolin, is an avid cyclist, tennis player and art lover, but unlike a lot of people who are either left brain or right brain, Lenny is also adept at debits and credits and anything to do with accounting. What makes many people’s eyes glaze over comes easily to Lenny. "I just know enough to be dangerous," he says. Modesty aside, thank heavens he’s good at it because a businesses can’t survive without someone in control of its finances. He pays all the bills and the salaries of our incredible staff and keeps The Art Shop on a steady financial keel.
Lenny has had three careers in his life:
Janelle DiLizio, Gallery Manager, grew up in Cape May, a small Victorian town at the southern most tip of New Jersey. She studied art at Moore College of Art & Design and business at Peirce College in Philadelphia.
Continuing our theme of featuring our staff members and what they love to do at The Art Shop, here’s what Janelle had to say:
Jaqui Reilly moved to Greensboro from New Jersey in 1995 and joined The Art Shop the following year. In New Jersey, she did framing for Eddie Murphy and Alan Alda among other notable celebs. She came to The Art Shop first as a client and was so knowledgeable we wouldn’t let her leave. She has amazing taste that has resulted in a very loyal following. Her favorite thing? Preserving personal treasures, which she describes in her own words:
I was lucky to be the daughter of a "saver." My mother, a product of the Depression, was loathe to toss anything out, especially anything sentimental. The fact that she lived the whole of her married life and beyond, some fifty-six years, in the same house, contributed to her tendency to accumulate various collections.
When you’re a framer, you often have the great fortune to see some amazing and wonderful things clients bring in.
Recently, an elderly gentleman brought in an old school photo. In the photo, he is a young boy among 30 or so other children and their teacher standing in the schoolyard. We get lots of old photos and we love to see them. What is unique about this photo is that it was taken in Germany in the 1930’s.
I thought it might be fun to introduce each member of The Art Shop staff by letting them tell you what they love to do (as related to The Art Shop). Since I’m the one writing most of the blogs, I guess I’ll start with me.
I am Arlene Dolin, Vice-President. My husband, Lenny, and I have owned The Art Shop since 1989, which is difficult to believe since I don’t feel that old! I’m pictured on The Art Shop sofa after a staff meeting with Molly & Emma – our two rescued babies. Rescuing dogs is another thing I’m passionate about, but this is a blog about The Art Shop, so I digress.
Lenny & I pride ourselves on being a family business. We are the 2nd generation of Dolins to own & operate The Art Shop having purchased it from Lenny’s father, Stan, in 1989. Stan had owned & operated the store since 1964. That’s why it’s especially exciting for us to carry a 2nd generation artist – Vidan, nephew of the late internationally renowned figurative artist, Pino.
(Left) Click the photo to see a detail of the hand embellishing for Richard Johnson's work.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Would you buy a new car and never wash or wax it?
- Would you carpet your home and never vacuum or clean it?
- Would you send your child out in the sun without the proper UV protection?
If you answered NO to any of the above, then consider how you’ve been treating your art:
The three most common mistakes people make when hanging a picture are:
One of the questions we get asked very often is, "How do you select the art you hang in your gallery?" Other artists who would like us to hang theirs most often ask this.
One of our favorite sayings is "If it isn’t moving, we can frame it." (We were tested once while framing huge spider. IT MOVED! The framer had extensive therapy and is doing fine now. Thank you.) When you work with clients on framing projects, you often have a window into their lives and it can be a rather intimate experience. Obviously, I don’t mean intimate in THAT sense, although we have on occasions framed nude photos of people.
A New Year’s Resolution – Buy Local and "Call the Man, Aunt Bea!"
There’s an expression Lenny and I use nearly every time something needs to be repaired in our house – "Call the man, Aunt Bea! Call the man!" If you’re an ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW fan, you’ll recognize this right away.
The best gifts - the ones most appreciated and remembered years later- are those that have special meaning to the recipient. Custom framing gives you the opportunity to give someone a unique and meaningful gift. With the holidays approaching, I thought it might be helpful to share some examples of wonderful framed gifts:
Hello and welcome to The Art SHOPTALK! In case you don’t know us, we are a 5500-square foot state-of-the-art fine art and framing gallery. While we are physically located in Greensboro, North Carolina, we have shipped art and framing to as far away places as Australia, Spain and Russia. Thanks to the Internet, our customer base is Planet Earth. (We haven’t ruled out other planets in the future – we feel they are untapped markets.)
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