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... million with some of his pieces on sale at New York galleries for $87,000.  Pearson’s story is similar.  He was a prolific British artist who taught at a local university. He sold a few pieces and had a few shows, but most of his work was never seen until after his death when over 15,000 pieces were discovered.  They are now valued ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 21 June 2013 | Hits: 6462
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: 4590
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
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: 4585
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: 7367
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: 6643
When I’m in a doctor’s office (or attorney’s or financial consultant’s), I always look on the wall for framed diplomas and credentials. I take note of what university or medical school they attended and then I look at the professionalism of the framing. Is it just because I’m in the business or do you do the same thing? When I see Walmart frames ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 31 May 2013 | Hits: 3061
If I knew then what I know now… You can say that about a great many things, but today, I’m referring to PORTRAITS.  When you are young or have young children, you don’t often think about freezing a moment in time.  Trust me – in what seems like a split second, your babies turn into adults who live far away and you and your spouse reach ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Thursday, 07 June 2012 | Hits: 4630
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: 3848
  One of our favorite sayings is "If it isn’t moving, we can frame it."  (We were tested once while framing huge spider.  IT MOVED! The framer had extensive therapy and is doing fine now. Thank you.) When you work with clients on framing projects, you often have a window into their lives and it can be a rather intimate experience.  ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2012 | Hits: 3876
The three most common mistakes people make when hanging a picture are: 1. Hanging it too high.  You’ve probably heard you should hang art at eye level. What that means is the CENTER of the picture should ideally be 60" above the floor. (There are, of course, exceptions to this rule such as when you have to hang things over ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 03 February 2012 | Hits: 4110
When you’re a framer, you often have the great fortune to see some amazing and wonderful things clients bring in.  Recently, an elderly gentleman brought in an old school photo. In the photo, he is a young boy among 30 or so other children and their teacher standing in the schoolyard. We get lots of old photos and we love to see them.  What ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Monday, 02 April 2012 | Hits: 4113
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
Tough Framing Project?  Ask Chris. Webster’s defines "challenge" as "a stimulating task or problem." And that is what our Production Director Chris Taylor loves.  Whenever we have a framing question or tough framing problem to solve, the answer is usually, "Let’s ask Chris." About Chris Taylor Chris ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 20 July 2012 | Hits: 4046
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: 6609
 
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