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If you’ve never had cancer nor know anyone who has or had it, consider yourself lucky.  Also, consider yourself to be part of a very small minority.  Statistics tell us less than 10% of the population falls into this category. This is certainly true at The Art Shop.  I just lost my spunky 88-year-old mother to this dreaded disease in ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 20 September 2013 | Hits: 4008
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: 7508
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
You might find this to be a strange blog topic from a fine art gallery in the business of selling art, but if we had a nickel for each time we’re asked this very question… Rarely a week goes by without someone calling us or bringing us a piece of art they want to sell. Either they have downsized and their art no longer fits (I can relate), they ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 | Hits: 9145
That’s what Gallery Director Andy McAfee always says when he’s faced with an art hanging challenge.  Trust me, if he can bend a straight piece of art in its frame on to a curved wall (which he did several years ago), he can handle about anything.  I thought you might like to see Andy & Chris in action on a very challenging hanging ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2013 | Hits: 2975
... comfortable chairs, end tables that belonged to grandmothers and favorite knick-knacks.  Brass dates a house, we were told, so I changed every doorknob and hinge in the house   – a skill I quickly learned to save the $1,000 a contractor was going to charge.      I must say – it looks great. Staging also required ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Hits: 12970
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
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: 4142
... it every day. Listen and tell us what you think.      All of us who work at The Art Shop wear different hats.  While we can all pick out outstanding framing for a customer, only Janelle can create a terrific video and put it on YouTube.  While all of us can string more than two sentences together (usually), only Andy can ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Monday, 02 July 2012 | Hits: 4431
“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: 3425
... much, you lose some money; that is all. But when you pay too little, you often lose everything, for the object purchased cannot perform the task it was intended for.”  Now, I like a good bargain just as much as the next person, but I also like to think that I’m a smart enough consumer to know when to spend money and when I can go for the less ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Thursday, 04 April 2013 | Hits: 3848
... the Nazis, but cooperated with them to save the works of art.  Many of these works were believed to have been stolen from Jewish art dealers or owned by Jewish collectors forced to sell them far below their value. German authorities kept their discovery a secret for two years, drawing criticism from the US, France and Israel.  They tried ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Thursday, 15 May 2014 | Hits: 7359
One of the questions we get asked very often is, "How do you select the art you hang in your gallery?" Other artists who would like us to hang theirs most often ask this. Generally speaking, to hang on our walls or to be featured on our website, the artist needs to be a known entity people are searching for over the Internet.  ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 23 January 2012 | Hits: 5132
... delicate angles of the face, and the hands and the body. On one hand I am very tied to realism as I want to express clearly what I see and how I see it, but as I have grown, and experienced so much more, I am drawn more and more to a certain abstraction that in some ways expresses more clearly what I am seeing and feeling. I have a need to simplify ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 25 April 2014 | Hits: 6609
... York, Atlanta and Las Vegas. Owners and directors of galleries across the country have signed up for Andy’s classes in Art Marketing and Art Event Planning. Evaluating art is another passion of Andy’s. Nearly every day, someone calls about or walks in with a piece of art they inherited, found or bought wanting to know what it is worth.  Andy loves ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Friday, 22 June 2012 | Hits: 5748
 
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