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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: 12006
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: 4352
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: 7734
... to light the art is from the ceiling, but that isn’t always possible. You may have very high ceilings or there may be no access to a power source.  If that’s the case, another alternative is a picture light. Picture lights are mounted to the back of the frame and light the image.   In selecting a picture light, you should consider the ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 11 July 2014 | Hits: 4172
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: 4154
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
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: 4266
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: 3574
... Art Shop if the client desires.  We partnered with two local radio stations to hold a free Art Evaluation Day at The Art Shop.  Andy was a guest on both morning shows. The event was a huge success!  There was a line out the door of people bringing in their art for Andy to evaluate and make recommendations for preserving and protecting ...
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
... an original. Costs are higher than lithographs, but significantly lower than original art.  Many artists embellish their giclées, thereby increasing their value. What do giclées have in common with the other items above?  All were invented to be used for something other than for what they are currently known.  Giclées were originally ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Monday, 03 February 2014 | Hits: 10384
... of our gifts. This is our first ever Valentine’s Day Pre-Celebration, so we hope you’ll be there to help us make it a success. We held our first Holiday Open House in 2008 and it has become a highly anticipated annual event.  We’re hoping this will become a tradition as well.  ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Tuesday, 05 February 2013 | Hits: 3975
... Kinkade.  Pino’s originals and sketches have continued to escalate in value as have sold out limited edition giclees.  For Kinkade, there was a rush to purchase his works shortly after his death, but because of the large supply of reproductions, prices didn’t go up and demand settled back down a few weeks later. If you own original ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 21 June 2013 | Hits: 6461
...  “I am captivated by the human form. There is nothing more expressive, or changeable, or immediate, or ephemeral than human beings. I have been trying to capture the elusive quality of being human in my paintings for many years. I have painted expressions. I have painted the way light interacts with the body. I have painted the sinuous curves and the ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 25 April 2014 | Hits: 6609
... to go. I’m not so emotionally attached to the furniture, but the art is a different story. The art makes the house MY home. The thought of getting rid of any of the pieces makes me very sad – like saying goodbye to a dear friend. On one of our trips to the new house, I measured all the walls in each room and drew them to scale. Yes, I know there are ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 09 June 2014 | Hits: 7853
 
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