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It’s that time of year again – time to make your New Years Resolutions. Compare yours to the Top 10 New Years Resolutions: Spend more time with family and friends Get physically fit Lose weight Quit smoking Enjoy life more Quit drinking Get out of debt Learn something new Help others Get organized  These are all worthy goals to ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 30 December 2013 | Hits: 4670
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: 6468
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
... 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: 4008
... for it, I found I had written it nearly four years ago! It focused mainly on long-term care – varnishing, rematting, etc. It didn’t deal with the every day care of canvases and art framed with glass. The first rule in caring for your art is the same as the Hippocratic Oath: “First Do No Harm.” We’ve pretty much seen it all in our years of owning ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 05 September 2014 | Hits: 7783
“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: 9104
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
... Her favorite thing? Preserving personal treasures, which she describes in her own words: I was lucky to be the daughter of a "saver." My mother, a product of the Depression, was loathe to toss anything out, especially anything sentimental. The fact that she lived the whole of her married life and beyond, some fifty-six years, in the same ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Thursday, 05 April 2012 | Hits: 7389
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: 5751
The best gifts - the ones most appreciated and remembered years later- are those that have special meaning to the recipient. Custom framing gives you the opportunity to give someone a unique and meaningful gift.  With the holidays approaching, I thought it might be helpful to share some examples of wonderful framed gifts: A man’s pocket ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Thursday, 01 December 2011 | Hits: 7357
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: 12007
... competition for nine years.  This year, there were 2000 entries by 850 artists.  The finalists in several categories represented the top 30% of all the works submitted. Here is a link to a list of the winners: http://bit.ly/13LuyFD Before coming to The Art Shop, Janelle studied art at Moore College of Art & Design and business ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 14 June 2013 | Hits: 4585
...  Whether it is a child’s drawing, needlework, diploma, photograph or priceless heirloom, you want to insure the mounting, matting, frame and glass protect it for a lifetime.The experience and longevity of The Art Shop’s framers are unprecedented in the industry – our career framers have anywhere from 12 to 21 years of experience. They have won ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 24 January 2014 | Hits: 4590
... to earlier levels.  In some cases, prices can actually drop.  Collectors and heirs of Picasso and Alexander Calder flooded the market with their works after their deaths causing prices to drop. Over the 24 years we’ve owned The Art Shop, we’ve suffered the death of several artists.  Most recently, we lost Pino and Thomas ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 21 June 2013 | Hits: 6461
... a very early age. Encouraged by his parents and his uncle, Pino, he trained at some of the finest schools in Italy.  Pino moved to the US in 1979 and Vidan followed in 1988.  He followed in his uncle’s footsteps and took work as a cover illustrator for romance magazines.  For 15 years, his artwork appeared on book covers for such publishers ...
Section: Content | Category: Artists | Date: Friday, 09 March 2012 | Hits: 20120
 
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