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Hi.  Lenny here -giving Arlene some well-deserved, good behavior time off from being our official blogger. Spring is here.  I know, not officially as of this writing, but I declare that spring is here.  ‘Cause I’m tired of the cold, tired of getting colds and tired of being cooped up in the house. So there! And now that spring ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Monday, 25 March 2013 | Hits: 5391
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: 11830
... competition for nine years.  This year, there were 2000 entries by 850 artists.  The finalists in several categories represented the top 30% of all the works submitted. Here is a link to a list of the winners: http://bit.ly/13LuyFD Before coming to The Art Shop, Janelle studied art at Moore College of Art & Design and business ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 14 June 2013 | Hits: 4473
The image of Santa Claus as a man with a white beard and a big belly wearing a bright red suit is one that has evolved over time. There are numerous theories as to his origin – one being a 4th century Greek Christian bishop named St. Nicholas of Myra who was known for his gifts to the poor.  Early artists depicted him as having a long beard and ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 20 December 2013 | Hits: 4232
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 09 June 2014 | Hits: 7407
Hi! 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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Tuesday, 04 November 2014 | Hits: 6849
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 11 July 2014 | Hits: 4017
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
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: ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Monday, 23 April 2012 | Hits: 6255
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.  Art Installation Services Many people don’t realize we offer “hanging services” along with art, custom ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 30 May 2014 | Hits: 3035
When I got into the business of framing, it didn’t occur to me that selecting a frame would often be an emotional experience. It stands to reason emotions come into play when you consider that people generally frame photos and objects that are of great importance to them. (Of course, there was the client who shadowboxed a rock only to inform us later ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 10 August 2012 | Hits: 4152
Here’s a great quote from English social reformer John Ruskin (1819-1900):  “There is hardly anything in this world that a man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and people who consider price alone are this man’s lawful prey.  It is stupid to pay too much, but it is still worse to pay too little. When you pay too ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Thursday, 04 April 2013 | Hits: 3725
What 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.”  ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 24 January 2014 | Hits: 4418
Perhaps ten or so years ago, you bought a lovely print, had it framed and hung it on your wall. There it still hangs minding its own business. As an inanimate object, it can’t cry out, “Help, help! The sun is fading my inks and I’m turning blue!” (Blue is the most sun-resistant color in the spectrum which is why it is about the only color left when ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2013 | Hits: 3440
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. In a favorite episode, Aunt ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Monday, 26 December 2011 | Hits: 7512
 
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