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Our own Janelle – Now Award Winning Artist

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.

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What Diplomas Say

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 on a professional diploma, it makes me wonder. 

 

 

 

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You Only Cry Once


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 much, you lose some money; that
is all. But when you pay too little, you often lose everything, for the object
purchased cannot perform the task it was intended for.”

 Now, I like a
good bargain just as much as the next person, but I also like to think that I’m
a smart enough consumer to know when to spend money and when I can go for the
less expensive options.

And here’s why
this matters in terms of framing.

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Spring Is Here….Almost

Hi.  Lenny here
-giving Arlene some well-deserved, good behavior time off from being our
official blogger.

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.

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Arlene’s Rules of Matting

 

How to Pick Out a Mat
In the 23 years Lenny and I have owned The Art Shop, I’m guessing I have selected over 1800 mats and frames for clients and for myself. (which is probably quite low.)  With that kind of experience, I’m thinking you might call me fairly knowledgeable about the subject.

Over the years, I’ve developed Arlene’s Rules of Mat Selection:

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Special Valentines Event

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 her ex-husband) gave her a gift certificate for a car wash for Valentine’s Day.  (What a Romeo! No, it wasn’t Lenny.) 

 

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Memories

While Lenny and I own a spacious 5500
square foot gallery, MY office is anything but.  My cubicle is slightly
less than 5ft x 5 ft.   (I measured it.)  Add in a desk, a
chair, a computer, a purse, a lunch bag, a coat, files, papers and two dogs who
sit at my feet and it makes for a very crowded workspace. (Before we remodeled
the offices, my desk was next to the men’s room, which was most unpleasant, but
I digress.)

In keeping with last week’s blog about
New Year’s resolutions, I vowed to clean up my desk and files and get
organized.  Step one of that process was cleaning out the space in the
shelf above my desk.  In doing so, I uncovered some interesting old
treasures:

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New Year’s Resolutions

I tend to make New Year’s resolutions every December 31 and
by January 14, I’ve forgotten all about them. 
Something tells me I’m not the only one guilty of this.

I saw a very interesting alternative to making resolutions,
so I’m hopeful this year will be different. 
It was in an article in PSYCHOLOGY TODAY entitled: "Five 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

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