Yeah! It’s kind of like “got milk?” That’s usually Jack’s question to me as he stands there with a plate of chocolate chip cookies in his hand! Well, when you get art, you want to compliment the pleasure with a beautiful custom frame! Great pairing is a delicious experience!
Hello! In my last letter, I said I would talk about picture framing. It’s said that action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame. So here are my thoughts in action.
Framing, a word with many applications. What’s my frame of mind, the shape of a person’s body frame, what kind of time frames are we talking about? What’s your frame of reference on that topic? I feel like I’m “being framed” on this deal! Eyeglass frames? Vera Wang says, “To me, eyewear goes way beyond a prescription. It’s like makeup. It’s the most incredible accessory. The shape of a frame or the color of the lenses can change your whole appearance.” I think Vera nailed it, as her descriptive words are a good parallel for describing the effects of custom picture framing. Framing is way beyond necessity. It is art and functions as a beautiful accessory too.
What is a frame? A structure that’s open and yet embracing, a border, an enclosure, a support. A frame is part of the create or formulate blueprint. A picture frame enhances its subject as well as providing protection and a means of displaying.
Historically, picture framing has a long legacy, going way back. I’m talking 2nd century A.D.! Many times, throughout its use, the frame has been created and considered an art piece in and of itself for centuries. Sorry, but this doesn’t include that frame you made in scouts out of glued macaroni when you were a kid! (giggle!)
I contemplated going in to all of the features and applications that constitutes a professional, museum quality, custom frame job and then had a change of mind when I realized that just my basic and informal notes as an outline to the details was several dizzying pages long ……and that was nut-shelling it. So, for the sake of not taking you down a very deep rabbit hole, I will summarize to say that it is a job of a highly skilled craftsmen. Additionally, it requires the use of proper and professional materials. I find the process of custom frame making to be fascinating, its techniques pragmatic, and conservation minded. It is dedicated in its objectives and outcomes and one of the wonderful parts, is the client is involved in the choices with regards to the mouldings, matting and glass selection. For those who want the decisions left to us, you can be assured that Jack’s 40 years of experience will see that your piece is framed appropriately, beautifully, and protectively. Your own space is your personal museum!
Let’s get to some of the interesting frame orders we do around here. This is a small sampling of what we do and unfortunately, we do miss photographing many of the pieces before and after. Doing the “job” is always the priority and filming them becomes secondary, but we are determined to be better at chronicling finished pieces so you can see some of what we do. Who says new resolutions can only be established on New Year’s? In addition to art…. we frame mirrors, 3 Dimensional items such as coins, documents, flags, clothing, artifacts and anything you can imagine.
Lovetts Gallery offers one of the most extensive collections of mouldings.
WELCOME TO THE IMAGINATION IN CUSTOM FRAMING AT LOVETTS GALLERY
The custom work at Lovetts Gallery doesn’t stop at just frames. We also offer custom designed displays to enhance your art. Jeff Sellers, a professional, meticulous and imaginative artist himself, handcrafts a variety of structures. Easels that can be used for table top or floor for larger pieces, custom mounts, remote controlled lit bases for glass, crystals, gems and marble. Sellers designs display tables that also have motorized bases for turning your sculpture, bronze, wood vase, or glass work for that 360* view. Art in motion. Jeff uses high quality materials thus allowing your art pieces to be stunningly presented. Please contact us here at Lovetts Gallery when you are ready to have a unique display customized for your special works of art. To echo Vera Wang…. Accessorize!
Earlier, I did side step all the frame making details due to the subject’s depth and breadth, but we are eager to explain and answer any questions or curiosities you may have in regard to the custom picture framing process.
And seriously, by all means……we can preserve that “macaroni frame” for you too! Yes, there will be a few questions from your child like, “Mommy, why is my picture hanging in the closet?” Or maybe you tell your child that the garage was the best place to hang it to make the space prettier!” But it is preserving a memory. One you hope they don’t remember lest they ask one day where it is and you say, “I was wondering the same thing. I don’t know what happened to it honey. Do you want to go get an ice cream cone?”
What?! Don’t sit there and act like I’m the only one that’s done that! LOL …. Hey, sometimes stuff just sort of disappears! Like the 12,000 pictures they drew, the unidentifiable dried clay objects and some of those special Christmas tree ornaments that looked like something the dog threw up.
I love my children and grandchildren. Some of their creative projects? Not so much. Although they can all color a mean Easter egg!
But I loved their imagination and creativity and willingness to try. If some of those “things” had survived to this day, I think they would be horrified! Ha! Ha!
Okay, there you have it on custom framing and custom features for your art and a family secret thrown in to boot.
So if you have been entertaining thoughts on custom framing or displaying your works of art…..take the instinctive tendencies of our human frame…..and apply your thoughts into action!
This part here is a “just because”.
It’s no mystery that I have an appetite for reading and literature. Words. I love the magic of words. In researching the word “frame” in my preamble to writing this letter, I came across applications that people used and found them interesting. I didn’t apply this quote in my article but I found myself feeling an affection for it and simply just wanted to share it…. just because.
My take away may be different than yours. It is the same for “seeing” art. I “see” this quote as showing the different ways we create. One way is more fluid and exploratory and the other way more concise and methodical. Either way they both speak. Imagination and reality. I hypothesize we do both. Certainty and uncertainty. Maybe an odd couple, but it works. How would one exist without the other? Opposites attract they say. Now that I have “framed” my thoughts…. here is the quote.
“She writes like a loom, producing her broad rich fabric with hardly a thought of how it will make up into a shape, while I write to cover a frame of ideas.”
Clyde Steadman will be visiting Lovetts Gallery from Colorado Saturday September 30th for an in-gallery demonstration. He will be painting from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.. Make sure you stop by to watch this very talented artist demonstration and enjoy everything our gallery has to offer.
"My love affair with art began with drawing people in bars and coffee shops. I was hooked immediately, and studied at the Art Students League of Denver. I've been lucky to learn to draw and paint in Denver, where I've had the opportunity to study with artists like Daniel Sprick, Quang Ho, Doug Dawson, and Mark Daily.
These days, I mainly paint in oils - I love the pure sensory experience of playing with paint - but I also sometimes work in watercolor, acrylic, and pastel. I also dabble in sculpture, and lately have been having a blast playing with pottery.
I enjoy sharing my love for painting by teaching classes at the Art Students League of Denver, as well as displaying work in galleries both locally and nationally."
Good day, to all! The timing of this letter unfortunately finds many art collectors and artists alike along with a multitude of others, caught in the cross hairs and aftermath of some particularly wicked weather conditions recently. Our hearts go out to those affected!
The events and non-events of life and the individual's perceptions and experiences of them are rendered into works of art. This is a vital way in which artists express the many dimensions to humanity. The fine arts are the visual arts, where its place in our lives is and will remain valuable, as it speaks without words, yet is far from being silent. Whether painting, stone work, wood and other mediums, the artist uses their internal and personal visions and creates them into an external form. Fine arts are deemed as works created essentially with aesthetic and intellectual purposes and appraised for its beauty and meaningfulness. That's right.........art is beauty, brains and brawn! It's the whole enchilada, folks.
Ok....so now I'm hungry.
And for enchilada's.
Just around the corner, a very near corner, October 21st to be exact, Lovetts Gallery will be presenting the showdown exhibition "THE GOOD-THE BAD-AND THE WTF!" The gang at Lovetts Gallery is receiving the works from a posse of 70 talent slinging artists for this show. The subject matter for their work will be a range as broad as a desert skyline. The theme is inspired by the 1960's spaghetti western the Good the Bad and the Ugly with a twist and a few turns to boot.
The twist goes like this....the year? 2016.
One could say it marked a year of changes/challenges for most people. But in reality, every year does that in one way or another. Lest you think that "2016" confines the subject matter, it does not. Never is a year all good, nor all bad and it inevitably has a few "gotcha" (WTF) moments sprinkled in to give life that little extra seasoning! (or headache!) . A little red pepper can enhance and delight and too much can burn your butt!
The saying that "variety is the spice of life" is pretty accurate. The variety of moments in life are as individualized as each person is. As you can see, this exhibition is actually a vast territory to traverse by the flavors of life through art, which is really the platform an artist generally is working from. Their unique perceptions.....whatever the subject. The Good, The Bad and the WTF! The scheduling of this show was intentionally designated to be in the last season of 2017 for the purpose of affording time for things to cool off, emotions to settle and reflection to take hold. Plus, Clint Eastwood will be in house for the show for some fun too. (6-foot handsome cardboard fun!)
A very special bonanza to The Good, The Bad, and The WTF exhibition will be the .........
Natalie Wiseman is a contemporary realist and, at times, borderline surrealist still life painter. The line between the two gets blurred as images of toys, food, lingerie and American popular culture collide to reveal life that is anything but still.
Raw, bright, explosive colors are used to evoke emotion and draw attention to the subjects Jeff Ham paints.
Jane Osti, an official Cherokee Treasure, makes traditional Southeastern Woodland/Mound builders inspired pottery, also contemporary woodland style earthenware and Raku pottery. The images usually depict abstract animals, landscape and nature, with symbols of endurance, protection and celestial activity.
Paul comes from a family of artists and has drawn and painted his whole life. After receiving an Associate of Arts degree from a local college in 1984, he accepted a job at the Smithsonian Institution doing taxidermy and model making and retired in 2010. As a result of so much three-dimensional work in his museum job, his own personal artwork gradually began to transform from painting and drawing into sculpture. Being an avid birder, waterfowl hunter, and taxidermist gives him constant anatomy and behavioral learning experiences that inspire his sculpture.
All Day: Artists Natalie Wiseman and Jeff Ham will be demonstrating Acrylic painting inside the gallery throughout the day. Artist Jane Osti will be giving a demonstration on Pottery Sculpting.
At 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., artist Paul Rhymer will be giving a demonstration on Bronze Pouring outside the gallery in the parking lot.
This Good, the Bad, and the WTF Exhibition is "In Memoriam" of 2016 and we wanted to see what really stood out to our artists over the 366 day leap year. What stood out for you? Please join us for a show that is retrospective and encapsulating through the visuals of art. Vincent Van Gogh said in a letter, "The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths, it has its pearls too."
2017 has contained and continued with its own good, bad and wtf and so it goes....................and soon another new year to follow this one. Just like tumbleweeds...............we keep on rolling!! (And if we roll right, we grow as well)
(insert levity here) LOL You have to just laugh sometimes, you know!
The artists, as would be expected, are doing their best work for this show in whichever way they chose to express themselves. Additionally, for this exhibit are wide parameters on painting sizes from miniature up to 40 x 60. Yee-Haw! Although the themes of the exhibitions at Lovetts Gallery is for presenting artistic and imaginative challenges and for the purity of enjoyment, the artwork is not mandated to the theme and the artwork presented will be a wide array of subject matter and material.
Saddle up for a great exhibition! Just like Blondie, we are saying "you have the information from us as to the location of the treasure."
The art treasure!!
Psssst. It's at Lovetts gallery on October 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.!!
We are certainly sensitive to the stressors and hectic lives of people today and know that artists and collectors are not exempt to these situations, yet we encourage everyone to make time for art and creativity in one's life. None of us will do ourselves any favors by "waiting for things to settle down" or "calm down", or for life to become much less demanding and stressful. Not gonna happen. Yeah, it sucks, I know. But here is where and why the importance of art radiates so brightly and enriches the lives of people......because it chronicles our realities and reflects our dreams! Welcome to the imagination!
"There's two kinds of spurs my friend. Those that come through the front door, and those that come through the window." (movie quote)
We look forward to seeing you coming through our door!
Oh, wait! One more thing......
As a bit of reflection.... I did come across an engaging comment from Sergio Leone, who was the Italian director of the original film of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Leone has said, "the three main characters, Blondie, Angel Eyes, and Tuco represented parts of himself. Angel Eyes being the only one without a spirit. He is a man who is more like a robot than a man, having a mechanical way of living his life. Blondie is the more methodical side of himself and Tuco is the part of him because of how wounded he is as a man."
This is like depicting the tension and war within oneself, being our own antagonist/protagonist. Being both the hero and villain, possessing both good and bad. What can possibly go wrong? Well of course that is going to cause some WTF to occur! Tee-hee! I thought this added an interesting perspective.
Thank you greatly for your time!!!
Welcome to the Imagination
Tis the season to be jolly....and busy!
I’m feeling unsure if those two words fit together
So busy in fact, I have struggled to get some writing time in to talk to you. Anyone who knows me, knows that if I am not talking, it’s an indication that something is wrong with me. Very wrong!
But all is swell! (I can’t believe I just used that word!)
After an exhibition, one may think things calm down afterwards, but that isn’t true. There is lots of activity going on here all the time. But excuses aside, I owe you an apology for such a belated thank you! I’m still looking for a nice super-cape to help me be more proficient but when I ask the sales people where they may be hanging, I just get a funny look!
Anyway, this is a letter to give you the news on what has occurred at the gallery the last few months and what’s is up and coming. Hmmmm……. hence, why they call it a newsletter. Brilliant.
So, Lovetts Gallery is in post position from the Good, Bad, and WTF exhibition which was in late October and it was a full house of great art and excited patrons and we thank all of our art supporters and artists for making it a great exhibition. The live works by Natalie Wiseman, Jane Osti, Jeff Ham and Paul Rhymer were a wonderful addition as it is always captivating to view the artist in action. We were happy to have new artist, Linda Lyons in attendance, as well as artists James Johnson and Claudia Patrick.
We see what we do here at the gallery as a romantic notion of matchmaking: The right piece of art with the right owner.
And they live together happily ever after!
But a warning is in order here. These types of relationships (artwork/collector) soon can become quite complicated as you find attraction to other pieces of work and find that its miserable if one was to only have one piece of art in one’s life…...
We understand and can help you through the process!
Duunnnn duunnn, duunnn duunn, dun dun, dun dun….no, not Jaws approaching! The holiday! For those of you who subscribe to this feeling at this time of year, please stop by on Saturday, December 16th and let us take the bite out and put some Merry in your Christmas. Please join us for some sweets, hot apple cider, and new works of art. Santa’s elves have been helping me decorate for some festiveness. Well, eggnog and elves. Okay, there really weren’t any elves. It was just the eggnog.
Please don’t judge! It looks damn good!
A week after Christmas we will be staring 2018 in the eye. What will be the face of art at Lovetts Gallery? For starters, the art will continue to meet and exceed all professional standards. It will include beloved artists who are an integral part of the gallery family here, and like any healthy, growing family, new additions come along. We strive to offer a diverse range of genre and subject. We will never change our commitment to quality and to you.
One thing we do change here at the gallery, is the themes for our three major exhibitions. For 2018, we are encapsulating it as “The Year of Living Mysteriously”.
Elizabeth Gaskill said, “There is always pleasure in unravelling a mystery, in catching at the gossamer clue which will guide to certainty.”
The first exhibition in February will be……...CLUE. The Exhibition.
It’s about mystery. The mystery of life, of motives, of passions, and of art.
Sorry, that’s the only clue for now!
Is it going to be artist Green? In the loft? With a paint brush? Committing a masterpiece?
Or perhaps Sculptor Brown? In the studio? With a chisel? Molding a tour de force?
A couple of reminders: Lovetts Gallery does offer layaway for your purchases all through the year.
We can help you with prints if that is a desirable option for you. While we are predominate in original works of art, there are several of our artists who do make a selection of their work available in print. Lovetts is also a dealer for many print publishers. We are happy to locate what you are looking for to satisfy your needs.
Museum quality custom framing. Custom framing of course for your all your acquisitions, be they original or print. Don’t forget framing personal things as well. Some of our clients have items currently under project here that are items of bravery, service, victory and championship. They are tributes to love, laughter and tears. They are legacies of challenges met and won. We frame parts of the human spirit all the time, whether it is the work of an artist or the artist in you. The imagination excludes no one.
We have reindeer parking waiting for you!
Christmas Open house with new works and refreshments!
CLUE: A riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an art exhibition!
This past year has had its share of challenges…. for us, for some of our artists and clients, but we have persevered! We have laughed that we could make an exhibition of the Good, the Bad and the WTF as a standing yearly one…. because…. it’s just the stuff that makes life! We are grateful to be able to do life together!
All of us at Lovetts Gallery sends our best wishes for the holidays to you and all those you hold dear!
Talk to you soon!
To quote Ernest Hemingway, "With so many trees in the city, you could see the Spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning. Sometimes the heavy cold rains would beat it back so that it would seem that it would never come and that you were losing a season out of your life. This was the only true sad time in Paris because it was unnatural. You expected to be sad in the Fall. Part of you died each year when the leaves fell from the trees and their branches were bare against the wind and the cold, wintry light. But you knew there would always be the Spring, as you knew the river would flow again after it was frozen. When the cold rains kept on and killed the Spring, it was though a young person had died for no reason.
In those days, though, the Spring always came finally, but it was frightening that it had nearly failed."
Alas....Spring has finally come!
The palette of Hemingway's words had painted the tonality of the seasons. Words reflecting anticipation and anxiety. The torture of time, waiting and change and the uncertainty. The proverbial darkest before the light moment. But the certainty and change do come. And it's all good!
Lovetts has a lot of good things springing up and changing at the gallery too, so let me share with you what those things are. Bear in mind, none of the changes are changes that change Lovetts. (I dare you to say that fast 3 times in a row) Seriously, who doesn't hate it when one of your favorite restaurants decides to add new things to the menu but they took off all your favorites dishes! Uhhh...not your favorite eating spot anymore. We will never change what makes us Lovetts Gallery. We are just adding a few desserts!
The wonderful family of artists we represent are working hard all four seasons of the year, therefore we are receiving new works by them weekly. Trying to feature it all is an overwhelming task and Lovetts website is your go-to for all that information. I would like to say something about art that sets it apart from most other things. Age. Art is never old. Art doesn't become outdated. A great piece of art holds its emotional and visual value to the collector. I'm not talking about a piece that's chosen to match the couch. Couch's get replaced. Trends come and go. Color palettes of interiors change. To really appreciate art to its fullest, one needs to think and live outside the box. Lovetts Gallery has always chosen the "outside of the box" as far as the typical gallery goes. No stark white walls with a painting every 6-8 feet, no same colors or subject matter. Just no matchy -matchy. Don't misunderstand, there is certainly a place for having continuity in style and collection for cohesiveness, but there is always more than one path for being an art collector. For example, when you are here in the gallery at Lovetts and your viewing the great mix of work we have, be that paintings, wood, glass, sculpture and the like, it is an extremely eclectic display. And it works! Eclecticness can have order. It is visually stimulating, diverse and interesting. This can be formidable process for many people to venture as old habits are hard to break or trying something new or different can be intimidating. But it is simply and most importantly injecting yourself more personally into your surroundings, being at your home or business. "Being yourself" ...that may sound over-simplistic, but you would be surprised at how many people are unsure of what they really like or are timid to act on their own tastes. Whatever the reasons, art is a great avenue to step out and explore yourself.
Like Hemingway's words.... Changing can feel the same way. Just when you thought you were losing a season out of your life....... a new one comes. What will your new Spring bring you or rather what will you bring to your new Spring?
This letter can't accommodate all the news I would wish to share due to its volume. On Lovetts Gallery website you can see all the artists and their works we carry. The Wall is our blog that features them along with details on Facebook and our other social media sites. We can make acquirements for what's not in house as well. Let us know what you are searching for.
Lovetts Gallery is additionally providing artists prints now. You asked. We are delivering.
Frame mouldings aren't immune to changing seasons either. As some inevitably get discontinued, many new, lovely and striking ones are débuted. An appropriate and professional frame job is a work of art in itself. As I speak, we have an 1800's historical hand written document of a clients that we will be conservation framing as soon as the restoration lab has completed their work on it. We don't have to go to the museum...the museum comes to us!
The MIRROR/MIRROR exhibition for June is presently in the works. And will be until its show time. I will keep you posted as we move along.
Beginning the week of April 10th. Lovetts Gallery will be closed on Sunday and Monday and open Tuesday through Saturday with our normal times 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
A lot of things are sprouting up this new Spring at Lovetts Gallery! So, we hope you hop in to the gallery. Or walk. Or skip. Or jump. Or even dance if you so feel. Running?.... not so much.
A last word on aging.................
What I desire to relate about the subject of age with art in all is forms, is that its ageless. A piece done 1 year, 10 years or 1000 years ago, is no different than the piece that's been finished today with fresh and drying paint. Some artists over time may go in a new direction, changing form, changing subject matter, changing the medium they work in. Many times, it's actually a matter of timing; when the right person, sees that right piece, at the right time. In the end...art....is a reflection. Of life and time. Of an artist. Of you! It's in that reflection we connect. Art doesn't seek a fountain of youth. It's part of the fountain of life by its beauty and enrichment. I hope you tell your eyes "thank you" today, for what a wonderful gift to your body they are. A sense to see, adds much depth to our living experience. Make all your spaces the "living room". Come connect to the ageless.