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.


There’s an important update to our previous blog, “The True Story of Monuments Men.”  In the blog, I wrote about the real life heroes who worked tirelessly to restore and return to their rightful owners art stolen by the Nazis. 

 I mentioned the high-profile case of Cornelius Gurlitt, son of one of Hitler’s major art dealers. During a 2012 investigation over tax evasion, nearly 1,400 valuable pieces of art by Matisse, Chagall, Picasso and others were discovered in his Munich apartment.


I remember many years ago, Lenny and I went to MOMA for the first time.  We stared incredulously at a canvas painted solid blue.  As many neophytes say when they see an abstract, we declared “A child could do that!” and “How ridiculous for this to be hanging in a museum!”

I’m actually now a fan of abstract - although I still think the blue canvas was rather simplistic, for lack of a better word.  In preparing for this blog, I Googled “Why paint an abstract?” and got some interesting answers:


We talked about Hats and about the life of Dr. Seuss in our last blog.  Now, I want to focus on the art itself.

The Hat’s Off to Dr. Seuss and The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss Exhibition coming to The Art Shop April 4 – 19 features Illustration Art, Secret Art, his Taxidermy Collection as well as Bronzes honoring Seuss characters.

Seuss’s Illustration Art is exactly as it sounds – the art of Dr. Seuss from the books we read as kids, we read to our kids and now OUR KIDS are reading to THEIR KIDS.



“One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…” “I do not like that Sam-I-am!” “Hop. Pop. Hop on Pop.”

Unless you grew up under a rock, you know I’m quoting Dr. Seuss.  I cannot hear those words without getting nostalgic.  Lenny and I could probably recite most of his books by heart twenty-five years or so after we read them to our two children.  Now, we love to read them to our granddaughter whenever we see her.

We are very excited to be hosting the “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss” exhibit from April 4 – 19 along with works from the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss collection. In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the publication of The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, this is the first time in history the two collections are presented together.  We are highly honored to be one of a limited number of stops for this traveling exhibit.


.....And what does it have in common with cornflakes, silly putty, a slinky and chips?

A giclée is a reproduction technique in which an image is generated from a high-resolution digital scan and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art and photo-based paper.


Michael and Inessa Painting at The Art ShopWhen Lenny and I decided to buy The Art Shop from his father, I worried what effect working together would have on our marriage.   That was twenty-five years ago. We celebrated our thirty-eighth wedding anniversary last month, so my worries were obviously unfounded.

What about married artists painting together?


Vadim Klevenskiy Vadim Klevenskiy
Winter is my least favorite season. I hate cold weather and I hate that it gets dark at so early.  Maybe that’s what attracts me to one of our newest artists, Vadim Klevenskiy

One look at his nearly photographic paintings of gorgeous flowers and I am transported to springtime.  Janelle says when you view his paintings of crashing waves upon the sand, you can almost hear the sound.  They are that incredible.


We’re often asked how we select the art that hangs in our gallery.  The simple answer is we select what we think will sell.  How do we know that?  Experience. That’s not to say we haven’t made a few boo-boos over the years.  (There was that piece with the monkey sitting on a piano that stuck around for a few years, but that was a long time ago. We finally sold it/unloaded it to our sister-in-law who loves it.)

A recent article in THE ART NEWSPAPER talked about how subject matter, color and shape all impact a painting’s market value. While there are always exceptions to these rules, here are some of their findings:


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