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... their living room and the oil painting that belonged to their grandmother looks out of place with the new contemporary furniture.    Or they’ve downsized and no longer have room for quite a number of their favorite pieces of art. While we don’t purchase art from private collectors, I went through the pros and cons of various selling options ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 23 January 2015 | Hits: 6965
... this blog is to focus on the poor couple who donated the piece to Goodwill in the first place.  They had purchased it from Burlington’s liquidation sale to put in their basement, but discovered it was too large. They tried to sell it at a church yard sale, but no one bought it, so they donated it to Goodwill. They must have seen the Weatherspoon ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 28 September 2012 | Hits: 4993
When 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?     Married ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 10 January 2014 | Hits: 6320
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Monday, 08 July 2013 | Hits: 11829
.....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. The name “giclée” was first coined by ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Monday, 03 February 2014 | Hits: 10265
It’s always a little stressful to have an event.  You worry – Will we hang the gallery in time? Are people going to show up?  Will anyone buy anything? Is everyone having a good time?  Do we have enough food? If there’s a charity involved, will we raise enough money? Will I eat too much? No – wait…that’s not related to an event.  ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 28 October 2013 | Hits: 4051
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 27 February 2015 | Hits: 7262
Judging by the ratings, Lenny and I aren’t the only ones glued to coverage of the Olympics. We’ve been eating dinner in front of the TV and going to sleep at night with it on.  (Please comment and tell me we aren’t the only ones doing this.) What does this have to do with art?  I just learned from Janelle’s Facebook post that the ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 03 August 2012 | Hits: 3979
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Tuesday, 01 November 2011 | Hits: 4074
Lenny and I live in about 2000 square feet. Since our house has 4180 square feet, we have over 2000 square feet of unused space ever since our kids grew up and moved away. We figured it was time to downsize. In staging our house for resale, our realtor recommended moving several pieces of furniture to the attic to make the rooms look larger. Gone went ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Hits: 12808
... Two things in this picture Lenny doesn't have anymore- the leisure suit and the hair)!   Finding the letter would be no easy feat as the trunk is filled to the brim with old letters and poems we’d written to each other, letters from family members now deceased, old magazines, college term papers, resumes, wedding cards, birthday cards, ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 13 July 2012 | Hits: 5602
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Thursday, 07 June 2012 | Hits: 4507
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: A man’s pocket ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Thursday, 01 December 2011 | Hits: 7037
Tough Framing Project?  Ask Chris. Webster’s defines "challenge" as "a stimulating task or problem." And that is what our Production Director Chris Taylor loves.  Whenever we have a framing question or tough framing problem to solve, the answer is usually, "Let’s ask Chris." About Chris Taylor Chris ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 20 July 2012 | Hits: 3925
  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.  ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2012 | Hits: 3761
 
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