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The Art Shop’s Inc. owner and president, Lenny Dolin, is an avid cyclist, tennis player and art lover, but unlike a lot of people who are either left brain or right brain, Lenny is also adept at debits and credits and anything to do with accounting.  What makes many people’s eyes glaze over comes easily to Lenny.  "I just know enough ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Monday, 14 May 2012 | Hits: 5848
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: 7655
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: 12874
You never know when you’re going to bump into history.  Lenny and I were walking our dogs in our new neighborhood when we stopped to talk to a neighbor.  She knew we owned The Art Shop, so she said, “Wait – I have something to show you.”  Her father had passed away recently and she was in the process of cleaning out his house, ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 01 December 2014 | Hits: 6481
At the recent wedding of a friend, the bride & groom read letters to each other during the ceremony.  It reminded me that over 35 years ago, I had written a letter to Lenny the night before we got married (in 1975).  Since he had no memory of it (of course),  I was determined to find it.  I was sure it had to be in an old trunk ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 13 July 2012 | Hits: 5681
... April.  This was not long after my husband, Lenny, fearless leader of The Art Shop, was diagnosed with his third bout of cancer in the last 13 years.  You would never know it to look at him.  He looks the picture of health and he’s always been an avid cyclist and tennis player and plans to be so again.  However, cancer can strike ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 20 September 2013 | Hits: 3937
While Lenny and I own a spacious 5500 square foot gallery, MY office is anything but.  My cubicle is slightly less than 5ft x 5 ft.   (I measured it.)  Add in a desk, a chair, a computer, a purse, a lunch bag, a coat, files, papers and two dogs who sit at my feet and it makes for a very crowded workspace. (Before we remodeled the ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 11 January 2013 | Hits: 4097
... Planet Earth. (We haven’t ruled out other planets in the future – we feel they are untapped markets.) The Art Shop was established in 1899, which makes us one of the oldest art and framing galleries in the country.   Lenny and Arlene Dolin purchased the gallery in 1989 from Lenny’s dad, Stan Dolin, who had owned it since 1964.  The ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Tuesday, 01 November 2011 | Hits: 4136
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 25 April 2014 | Hits: 6545
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Monday, 05 January 2015 | Hits: 6657
... it. In his free time, Andy loves to play tennis (although he hasn’t beaten Lenny yet). Seems fitting: Andy LOVES art, believes in providing excellent SERVICE and believes if your art loses value because you didn’t take care of it, it’s your own FAULT.           ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 22 June 2012 | Hits: 5674
“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.  ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Thursday, 13 March 2014 | Hits: 9051
... be acceptable, however.  We’ve always preached KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE and TAKE CARE OF YOUR ART TO PRESERVE ITS VALUE.  The art must be in excellent condition for us to be able to sell it.  If there is damage, we will give you an estimate on restoration and you can decide it you’d like to have it done.  Lenny and I are in the ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 23 January 2015 | Hits: 7333
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: 7694
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: 6395
 
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