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In this holiday season, if you are considering buying art as a gift or for yourself, buy "the real thing."  Of course, I’m not saying you must buy an original. Limited-editions and legitimate reproductions make wonderful gifts. What I’m saying and the point of this blog: Don’t buy a knock-off of someone else’s blood, sweat and tears. ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Thursday, 13 December 2012 | Hits: 4069
"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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Thursday, 20 February 2014 | Hits: 9371
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: 12970
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: 3138
If you’ve read our blogs, you know that Lenny and I recently sold our large home and have moved to a smaller one. Part of the whole buying-selling ordeal, I mean opportunity, was the use of Listingbook.com, a very handy web site for the real estate industry. Our realtor helped us put in the parameters we were searching for – price range, number of ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Thursday, 07 August 2014 | Hits: 7507
... he created at night for his own enjoyment – he was an “illustrator by day and a surrealist by night.”  . This collection, created over a period of more than 60 years, still depicts outlandish creatures in otherworldly settings and still has the Seuss humor and the often deeper meaning his characters portrayed.  It breaks new ground, using ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Monday, 24 March 2014 | Hits: 6936
... realize the number of works available now becomes finite after his death. With no new art available, panic sets in, collectors scramble to find the work and prices spike.  In most cases, after a period of time, the prices gradually settle back down. Prices of art by Andy Warhol and Basquiat spiked after their deaths and have come back down ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 21 June 2013 | Hits: 6461
... should grab your attention and pull an emotional response from you. Abstracts carry symbolic meanings that are left to the viewer to decide. While known for his realistic portraits of women and children in beautiful settings, renowned figurative artist Richard Johnson has lately been taking a new direction with his art. In his own words, Johnson explains: ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 25 April 2014 | Hits: 6609
... time was challenging. It was more than challenging. It was a real pain in the neck and other places. (Lenny added the last two lines.) We endured thirty plus showings with feedback such as “House is too big”, “House is too small”, “House isn’t open enough” (if it were more open, you’d be outside!), “We can’t see the back yard from the kitchen ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 09 June 2014 | Hits: 7853
Congratulations to our own Janelle Di Lizio for her Purchase Award in the 2013 Art Renewal Center Salon Competition.  We thought it was a big deal when she won Best in Show in two local juried shows.  This is a REALLY REALLY BIG DEAL. The Art Renewal Center has created the largest on-line Museum on the internet and has held this prestigious ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 14 June 2013 | Hits: 4584
... to get out his magnifying glass and examine it.  In most cases, he has to diplomatically tell the person his art has only "decorative value", but on the occasion Andy finds a piece has real value, he takes great pleasure in being able to tell that to his client. Then a full, documented, accredited appraisal can be arranged through The ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 22 June 2012 | Hits: 5748
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 ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Hits: 7359
“We hope to inform and keep you up-to-date on the latest in the art and custom-framing world and make you laugh occasionally in the process.” That’s what I wrote at the end of our first blog on November 1, 2011. I realize now I left out something very important in that line.  Through our blog, we want you get to know us as individuals ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 03 May 2013 | Hits: 3424
... me for saying so.  Bring in your artwork and we’ll help you find what looks best with your artwork (maybe a Spanish white top mat with a Stuart green, verde, Serengeti, gecko, green olive, wasabi, jalapeno, parakeet, ocean mist, sauterne, medieval forest, sage, Kelly green, real teal, sea green, alpine green or Charleston green inner mat). ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 09 August 2013 | Hits: 7948
... a hole in one, so his wife framed the score card, the pencil and a brochure from the golf course. Letter to the tooth fairy. When my son lost his first tooth, he wrote an adorable letter to the tooth fairy (spelled phonetically).  We framed the letter along with photos of him with his missing teeth.  (He’s 24 now, so I’m sure he really ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Thursday, 01 December 2011 | Hits: 7357
 
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