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Ask yourself the following questions: Would you buy a new car and never wash or wax it? Would you carpet your home and never vacuum or clean it? Would you send your child out in the sun without the proper UV protection? If you answered NO to any of the above, then consider how you’ve been treating your art: Have you had your original oil ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 10 February 2012 | Hits: 1744
... competitions or of men in uniform. It’s a wonderful way to honor a veteran or to remember a significant accomplishment. While this is a small list of the countless framing projects we’ve done over the years, I hope they will give you food for thought as you are creating your holiday gift list.  You can see many of the above framing projects on ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Thursday, 01 December 2011 | Hits: 1682
... that we remove all of our family photos.  Some people don’t have the ability to see themselves in your house if there are photos of other people living there. (What a lack of imagination – I feel kind of sorry for those people, but I want them to buy my house, so I did it.)  Our hallways were lined with framed family photos – it was like our ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Thursday, 12 December 2013 | Hits: 1088
... is hanging, you can select a battery-powered one.  The picture light company we use offers battery-powered lights up to 14 inches and they generally last up to 80 hours on a charge. Need Help? Andy McAfee, our long-time gallery director, is an expert on lighting and is always happy to advise you on putting your art in its best light.  Give ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 11 July 2014 | Hits: 522
... Things You Can Do Instead of New Year’s Resolutions." The ideas ranged from writing a letter to your future self to focusing your resolution on someone else – a non-profit you can help throughout the year.  Here’s a link to the article http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-science-willpower/201212/five-things-you-can-do-instead-new-year-s-resolutions ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 31 December 2012 | Hits: 1651
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: 2664
Any plans for Valentine’s Day? Hope your celebration is better than this woman’s - she & her husband go to the card store every Valentine’s Day, pick out cards, read them to each other and then put them back on the shelf. (Yes, cards are pricey, but come on!) And I hope your spouse is more romantic than this woman’s - her husband (now ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Tuesday, 05 February 2013 | Hits: 1618
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: 2058
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: 1907
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: 1693
I mentioned in an earlier blog that Lenny and I are in the process of downsizing.  In the last blog, I wrote about getting the house ready to put on the market.  Five and ½ months later, our house has sold. Here’s a free tip:  Your house sells much more quickly when you give it away.  Keeping the house clean and in show condition ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 09 June 2014 | Hits: 942
You say you’re looking for a white top mat for your artwork?  Do you want antique white, warm white, whisper white, glacier white, sand dollar, eiderdown, off white, alabaster, soft white, bright white, very white, cotton white, white linen, feather white, ivory, meringue, snowdrift, buff, crystal, chalk, Everest, Devonshire, Dover white, ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 09 August 2013 | Hits: 3699
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: 2331
It can be annoying when a light bulb goes out in your home and you have to replace it - especially when it is out of reach and you need a ladder to change it.  Imagine owning an art gallery with nearly 200 light bulbs each going out at a different time and each requiring a ladder to reach. It’s a never-ending task to which Andy or Chris will ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 31 August 2012 | Hits: 1352
... it was one she’d found it in her backyard.  We make no judgment – on the contrary, we encourage all of you to look in your backyards for unusual geologic formations and bring them to us to frame.) Most often, the framing is for happy occasions – a wedding or new baby photo, tickets to a favorite concert, a hole-in-one scorecard, etc.  Clients ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 10 August 2012 | Hits: 2028
 
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