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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: 2704
We had a request from one of our favorite clients to write a blog about regular maintenance of artwork. He was concerned after seeing dust on their frames and canvases and wanted to clean them without doing anything that might cause damage. I remembered writing a blog once called “The Care & Feeding of Your Artwork,” and when I went back to look ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 05 September 2014 | Hits: 1160
... 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: 1482
... have remodeled and their old art no longer looks good in the new surroundings or they are having financial difficulties and need some quick cash. In any and all cases, the most important step in trying to sell your art is to KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE. Quite often people think they have a valuable piece of art only to find out it has no value (other than ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Wednesday, 15 October 2014 | Hits: 346
... 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 him a call at the gallery at 336-855-8500 or toll free at 1-888-336-3736. ...
Section: Content | Category: Framing | Date: Friday, 11 July 2014 | Hits: 1249
... 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: 2086
... 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: 1984
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: 2913
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: 2020
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 for that length of ...
Section: Content | Category: Community | Date: Monday, 09 June 2014 | Hits: 1611
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: 2252
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: 2634
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: 2040
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: 1648
... 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: 2369
 
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