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 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.
Hi. Lenny here
-giving Arlene some well-deserved, good behavior time off from being our
Spring is here. I
know, not officially as of this writing, but I declare that spring is
here. ‘Cause I’m tired of the cold,
tired of getting colds and tired of being cooped up in the house. So there!
And now that spring is here, that means outdoor tennis,
cycling without having to dress like I’m going skiing and it
means fresh new art at The Art Shop.
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.
Judging by the ratings, Lenny and I aren’t the only ones
glued to coverage of the Olympics. We’ve been eating dinner in front of the TV
and going to sleep at night with it on.
(Please comment and tell me we aren’t the only ones doing this.)
What does this have to do with art? I just learned from Janelle’s Facebook post
that the Arts used to be part of the Olympics. It was the dream of International
Olympic Committee founder Pierre de Coubertin to "marry the aesthetic with the
athletic." He felt that "an internationally-focused revival of the
ancient Olympics would provide an intellectual and moral compass to citizens of
a rapidly industrializing world."
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 the stage in life where you no longer like looking at current photos of yourself. (It’s too depressing.)
Lenny & I pride ourselves on being a family business. We are the 2nd generation of Dolins to own & operate The Art Shop having purchased it from Lenny’s father, Stan, in 1989. Stan had owned & operated the store since 1964. That’s why it’s especially exciting for us to carry a 2nd generation artist – Vidan, nephew of the late internationally renowned figurative artist, Pino.
Galleries around the world, The Art Shop included, are seeing an increased demand for embellished limited-edition canvases.
What is embellishing and why is it so popular?
(Left) Click the photo to see a detail of the hand embellishing for Richard Johnson’s work.