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Andy Is Out On A Hanging

It happens pretty often. Someone will call for Andy and without thinking, we say, “He’s out on a hanging.”  There’s usually a pause on the other end of the phone as they envision Andy holding a rope instead of a hammer and picture hooks. 

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Many people don’t realize we offer “hanging services” along with art, custom framing and restoration,
but it’s something we do quite well and quite often.  Nearly every
week, Andy and/or Chris are out hanging anything from a single picture
to an entire wall grouping. Perhaps their greatest challenge was hanging
a piece of art onto a curved wall and getting the frame to conform to
the wall.  If they can do that successfully (and they did), they can
handle about any challenge you can present.

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UPDATE – The True Story of The Monuments Men

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.

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A Move Toward Abstraction

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:

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A Wide Range of Dr. Seuss Art

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.

 

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

“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.

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The True Story of The Monuments Men

"You can wipe out a generation of people. You can burn their homes to the ground, and somehow they’ll still come back. But if you destroy their achievements and their history, then it’s like they never existed."

So said George Stout, conservator and museum director, who helped start the real-life Monuments Men upon which the movie by the same name is based.  George Clooney stars in,

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What is a Giclee?

…..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.

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The Top 3 Criteria For Choosing A Picture Framer

Picture Framing GreensboroWhat should you look for when searching for a picture framer?  Here are the Top Three:

1. Experience

Because picture framing is as much a science as it is an art, you want your framer to be well versed in the technical aspects of conservation framing.  The first rule of framing
is the same as the  Hippocratic Oath – “First Do No Harm.” 

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Husbands and Wives Painting Together

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?

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Introducing Our New Artist, Vadim Klevenskiy

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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.

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