Big Announcement From The Art Shop

This lovely photo of The Art Shop marquee was taken in March of 1989.  Lenny and I had just purchased The Art Shop from his dad, Stan Dolin, who had owned it since 1964.  My, how young we were!  Lenny has less hair now (a lot less) and I no longer have a hideous perm.

I’m posting this marquee memory for a reason – to announce our retirement effective February 28.

Ironically, we are leaving to allow us to concentrate on Lenny’s health. I say ironically, because it was his dad’s battle with cancer that prompted him to sell The Art Shop to us and we now find ourselves in a similar position.  Fighting cancer has become a full time job and with the help of the staff of Bowman Gray Cancer Center, that is what we intend to do.

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So You Have Art You Want To Sell

The Art Shop is actively seeking high quality original and collectible limited-edition art by well-known and quality artists for our new Estate Collection.  We’d love to help you sell the treasures you can no longer use in your home.
We get approached every week by people hoping to sell art from their private collections.  They’ve remodeled their living room and the oil painting that belonged to their grandmother looks out of place with the new contemporary furniture.

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Do You Remember Walter Keane?

On Christmas afternoon Lenny and I always like to go to a movie and eat Chinese food.  This year, we ate Chinese (at Full Kee in High Point – delicious), but postponed seeing a movie.

One movie I’m anxious to see though is   BIG EYES – the story of Walter Keane and his wife.  If you’re over
55 or so, you might remember those sad big-eyed children’s faces and you
either loved them or hated them.  Apparently enough people loved them
at the time to make Keane an extremely well known and successful
artist.  Unfortunately, Walter wasn’t the artist – his wife was.  He
convinced her no one would buy the art if it were done by a female
artist.  She went along with the lie until he divorced her and she tried
to convince everyone of the truth.  I won’t spoil the ending if you
haven’t seen it.

I was curious about other movies about artists, so I Googled it – Top Movies About Art or Artists.

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How To Insure Your Art

Anne Gundlach and Davis ClemHi! Davis here! I’ve taken over the blog from Arlene this week. I wanted to write about something that is an extremely important part of being an art collector and owner: insuring your art.

Every week we get numerous questions from collectors and owners about art including:  how to sell art, what to look for when framing your art, and the best way to take care of your art. Another imperative topic is how to protect your art, specifically by insuring it.


I spoke with Anne Gundlach, owner of the Anne Gundlach State Farm Agency in Greensboro, North Carolina, to find out all of the details that art owners need to know when insuring their art.

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How to Sell Your Art

You might find this to be a strange blog topic from a fine art gallery in the business of selling art, but if we had a nickel for each time we’re asked this very question…

Rarely a week goes by without someone calling us or bringing us a piece of art they want to sell.

 

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How To Take Care of Your Art

We had a request from one of our favorite clients to write a blog about regular maintenance of artwork. He was concerned after seeing dust on their frames and canvases and wanted to clean them without doing anything that might cause damage.

I remembered writing a blog once called “The Care & Feeding of Your Artwork,” and when I went back to look for it, I found I had written it nearly four years ago! It focused mainly on long-term care – varnishing, rematting, etc. It didn’t deal with the every day care of canvases and art framed with glass.

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The Art Shop – A Preferred Provider

If you’ve read our blogs, you know that Lenny and I recently sold our large home and have moved to a smaller one. Part of the whole buying-selling ordeal, I mean opportunity, was the use of Listingbook.com, a very handy web site for the real estate industry.  Our realtor helped us put in the parameters we were searching for – price range, number of bedrooms, area of town, etc.  Every day, we got an email update with new listings, price changes and open houses for homes meeting our specifications.

Also on the website is a list of “Preferred Providers” – movers, carpet dealers, painters, insurance agents, home inspection services – the agent has vetted.  You name it – if it’s something you need in the process of buying, selling or moving into or out of a home, it’s on the list.

EXCEPT – art restoration and hanging services. That’s an oversight we hope to remedy.

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Picture Lights Can Solve Your Lighting Challenge

Hanging a beautiful piece of art in a dark corner is an injustice to the art and a missed opportunity to show the painting at its best. It would be like going to a party looking drop-dead gorgeous and finding out the venue is a very dark room where you can barely be seen. No one can appreciate how great you look.  What a waste!
The best way to light the art is from the ceiling, but that isn’t always possible. You may have very high ceilings or there may be no access to a power source.  If that’s the case, another alternative is a picture light. Picture lights are mounted to the back of the frame and light the image.

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Downsizing Part 2 – The Art Wins

I mentioned in an earlier blog that Lenny and I are in the process of downsizing.  In the last blog, I wrote about getting the house ready to put on the market.  Five and ½ months later, our house has sold. Here’s a free tip:  Your house sells much more quickly when you give it away.

Keeping the house clean and in show condition for that length of time was challenging.  It was more than challenging.  It was a real pain in the neck and other places. (Lenny added the last two lines.)

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