We are proud to announce a new and attractive business partnership. Broadway Galleries is expanding their reach in style. We have partnered up with a local furniture company to keep their showroom walls fresh and beautiful. The business is Hardwood Artisans who handcrafts stunning hardwood furniture in Culpeper, Virginia. They have over 800 standard designs that look perfect with our handmade frames.
We are showcasing art in all four of their showrooms: Rockville, Arlington,Fairfax and Culpeper. We have even done a framing job for them of their wood shop – it is in a thick, walnut frame and looks beautiful.
Every few months we will be changing out what artist we display in their showrooms. We currently are showing off the breathtaking photography of Fred Eberhart. Check out this incredible piece of his:
Fred uses a unique photo stitching technique that allows his photos to be shown very large without ruining the images quality. Please click here to read our blog on his unique photography techniques. Fred’s composition is typically of the natural environment and captures water, trees, and the sky’s luminous beauty. Most of Hardwood Artisans furniture is finished with a natural Danish oil that does not cover up the furniture’s beautiful wood grain and fits in perfectly with Fred’s work.
Fred’s photographs work perfectly in a business entrance:
And in a dining room:
Let us know what you think of his work if you stop into Hardwood Artisans. If you are interested in any of Fred’s work please contact us: 703-354-2905. We are happy to work with you to find a piece just right. To see all of Fred’s work please visit our website by clicking here.
Our owner Barry Broadway took a trip down to the Hardwood Artisans wood shop and enjoyed it. Here he is with a piece of furniture he wanted to take home:
Check out a glimpse of Michael Godfrey in Sedona, AZ. Inside a gallery Godfrey shows off his artwork and partakes in Sedona’s first ever Sidewalk Gallery Art Sale!
Michael Godfrey has exceptional talent and is always successful at capturing the beauty of nature around us. Let’s take a look at some of his beautiful pieces below.
Godfrey also has a blog where he posts his newest creations and explains how the painting came to be. I find his paintings so beautiful it is surreal, the paintings remind me of when I would go on walk or a hike with nature and the earth around you is so beautiful it takes your breath away.
You can take a gander at Godfrey’s blog here: http://godfreyfineart.blogspot.com/.
What is your favorite Godfrey piece?
Godfrey also has a professional page at http://michaelgodfrey.com/
What are your thoughts on his paintings? I think I just might have to get one!
Michael Godfrey is a talented and imaginary landscape artist whose work can be seen in numerous private and corporate collections. Godfrey was born in Germany in 1958 and was raised in North Carolina; he earned a BFA in Fine Arts and began his painting career in oils and watercolors.
Currently Godfrey spends hours field sketching and photographing, preparing for a well thought out painting. Godfrey’s desire is that his paintings “reflect the wonder of God’s creation.”
Typically, Godfrey starts a major work using small oil studies done on location. These field studies allow for color accuracy and the photographs provide special details. In the studio his work progresses in successive layers of paint and light which is orchestrated to create a painting that appeals to his internal sense of order.
A landscape artist has to have knowledge of many disciplines (geology, chemistry, physics, architecture), to understand the world in which they are trying to create. An artist must observe with the idea that what is observed must be interpreted and distilled. For a landscape artist, it is just as important what is not included in a work as what is eventually laid down. Godfrey asks himself, “what is the dominant truth – is it color, shape of land forms, or time of day”. He tries to understand what he is seeing, so that the final work will capture the visual emotion.
Godfrey’s work has been in a variety of publications such as the book Art from the Parks; From Sea to Shining Sea, and magazines Southwest Art, Art of the West, Western Art Collector, and more. He has also received several art awards; the most recent include the 2010 Best in Show American Art Invitational in Denver, Colorado and the 2010 Best in Show at the Rocky Mountains Plein Air Painters.
Has Godfrey inspired you to do some of your own painting? He has for me!
Ken Strong was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1960 and since the early eighties has been juggling dual careers in Art and Civil Engineering. Through the NSW University of Technology in Sydney, Australia Strong’s studies included art composition, medium, and art history. He also had specialist training in architectural drafting and technical presentation.
Strong has been painting for over 25 years and is developing increased recognition for his work both nationally and internationally. He has participated in over 30 exhibitions over this period including 23 solo, and is a regular contributor to Australian and International Artist Magazines
Strong said that “as long as I can remember I had a pencil or paint brush in my hand. As a lot of painters do, I developed an early love for the Australian impressionist painters, probably because they presented images of this country that reinforce the difference in the Australian landscape and lifestyle to overseas locations. And 100 years on, the same differences still exist.”
Strong believes he developed a passion for art when he first began to experiment with paints and began to get a sense of excitement in using the mediums. “Even though the thrill is often momentary (because the greatest critic of you own work is unfortunately yourself), as a painter you sometimes think you can touch something intangible with art, which makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. When you review the completed works, the moment is often lost, but the anticipation of finding this becomes a driving force to create,” says Strong.
Many of Strong’s works combine a carefully constructed subject with a vigorous application of pigment. Movement is paramount when the observer is led around the composition following the textures and shadows developed within the structure. The suggestion of detail will often be used in lieu of specific detail, the suggestion being used to support the subject but not detract with over-complexity. He has been described as a “colorist” and an “impressionist, a combination of both resulting in a unique approach to creative artwork.
Strong has used the giclée technique so he doesn’t have to produce a complete set of prints at one time, unlike traditional printmaking processes that require an entire run be completed all at once. With digital printing, a portion can be made now and the remaining ones printed later as needed, without loss of quality. Once the artist is satisfied with the results, the information is stored digitally to create prints as needed. Seems like the giclée technique is something everybody can benefit from!
Check out some more of Ken Strong’s artwork below:
What are your thoughts on giclée? Would you use an inkjet printer for your work?
Giclée, doesn’t that sound nice?
Pronounced zhee-KLAY, it is a neologism used in 1991 and made popular by printmaker Jack Duganne while he was working at Nash Editions and wanted a name for the new type of fine art digital prints made on inkjet printers. The IRIS printer is a large-format, high-resolution industrial press proofing inject printer which had been adapted for fine-art printing. Duganne was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of “inkjet” or “computer generated”. It is based on the French word gicleur, which means “nozzle”. Fancy!
These printers are large and get the job done!
Beside its original association with IRIS prints, in recent years, the word giclée has come to be associated with prints that use fade-resistant, archival inks (pigment-based, as well as newer solvent-based inks), and archival substrates primarily produced on Epson, HP and other large-format printers.
These printers use the CMYK color process but may have multiple cartridges for variations of each color which increases the apparent resolution and color gamut and allows smoother gradient transitions. A wide variety of materials are available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, or artist textured vinyl.
Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated.
Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and films inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various mediums, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.
The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.
Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillman’s (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.) It is never to late to start creating giclees or get in on the action and make a purchase!
Check out some of these artists’ famous works!
What is Conservation Glass?
We’ve all heard about the dangers of ultraviolet light rays – particularly to our skin, but exposure to UV light causes organic material to break down in artwork. This is visible in the form of fading colors and embrittlement and yellowing of the materials that bear the artwork. These effects, once started, are growing and irreversible.
The best way to preserve your art is to protect it from exposure to UV light from the outset. For starters, don’t hang your art in direct sunlight or light it with fluorescent light. You can also ask your framer to use Conservation Quality Glass.
Conservation Series® Glass effectively blocks 97% of the dangerous UV light – protecting your artwork without affecting the visible light spectrum so your colors show true as nicely in a year as they do the first day you frame them.
UV filtering glass, or if you prefer UV filtering acrylic, can be used on most things that are framed. Only conservation grade matboard comes in contact with the limited and open edition artwork. Another preservation method is to have artwork properly mounted on acid-free backing and allow for many years of enjoyment. Poster and photograph mounting may vary but it is recommended to use UV glass.
If you go to your local framing shop they would be happy to assist you with your questions and concerns and easily assist you with custom framing ideas on your beautiful new artwork!
Put simply, Conservation Framing employs the use of materials that have been proven to protect and maintain art in as close to its original condition as possible. Specifying Conservation Framing is an important form of insurance for your valuable artwork, keeping it as lovely as it is today for your pleasure for years to come.
As consumers, we bring our valuables in to be framed for a number of different reasons. Sometimes we frame an item to create an attractive decoration for our home. On the other hand, sometimes we frame the very things we value most – whether that be commercial or sentimental value – in order to protect them from damage.
Conservation Quality frames can be provided by several well-known brands such as Conservation Quality Artboard, such as Tru Vue® UltiMat® and UltiBlack®.
Conservation Quality Artboard is free of all acids, lignins and other impurities found in ordinary “pulp” board. The result is an inert or pH neutral board which will cause no damage to the artwork it has encased as time goes by. Also, asking to adhere to proper conservation techniques for mounting the artwork (sometimes called “hinging”) and sealing your artwork is important. The cost premium for Conservation Framing is marginal – and certainly well worth it.
What are you really buying when you use the services of a custom framer?
Talent — yes, and the knowledge and ability to select the proper framing materials for your particular project. This means helping you choose the right colors, the right frame style, and most importantly, the right materials to protect your art, photo or memorabilia. There’s the matboard, the frame, the backing board and the mounting materials to consider. And of course, the glass. And glass is glass, right? Wrong. All glass is not created equal. So, in order to preserve, protect and get the most out of your artwork, you have some choices to make. And with a little knowledge, those choices will be very easy.
Have any of you used Conservation Glass yet?
Who is your team? Learn about framing for Sports Aficionados!
Who is your team? Most folks have at least one team or one type of sport that they thoroughly enjoy, whether that means playing it or sitting back in the bleachers and watching the game. My personal favorites are: watching football (live or on TV), watching baseball live and oh one more, I also enjoy watching ice hockey live.
Look at the personalized sports bar below decorated by Broadway Galleries.
After following a team for several years you are bound to collect some sports memorabilia! Storing and displaying your collectible photographs and jerseys is as important to their preservation as it is to the attractiveness of their display. Collectible photographs that are not properly protected can yellow or discolor, collect dust, scratch and even mold.
Damage to your collectible can hugely affect its value, and severe damage could cause your item to become worthless. You’ve invested money and time in building your collection, so don’t you think it’s worthwhile to ensure that it’s properly protected?
So many stores advertise products for matting and framing your photos and art pieces. Sure, this works for family photos and non-collectible artwork, but you don’t want to attempt to try to frame your valuable collectibles. Improper framing can be worse than no framing at all. Because photographs are made from paper, improper mounting and framing can result in stains, spotting, folding or bending.
Autographed photos need to be carefully and gently handled because it can be so easily damaged. A simple rip or fingerprint can quickly decrease the value of an otherwise quality piece. Special mounting and framing materials need to be used in order to preserve both the autograph and the image.
Amateur or inexperienced framers might use elements such as glue, spray adhesive or tape to affix or mount the picture. These items if used can eventually stain the paper and will make it impossible to re-matt or make changes to your frames in the future.
As with poor mounting and matting paper issues, choosing the right frame for your collectible is also of ultimate importance. Frames that require you to “slide the photo” in place cannot be used with autographed photos as there is a chance that the photo might be scratched, ripped or damaged while sliding it into place.
Quality archival frames give the framer full access to both the glass and backing making it much easier and safer to place the photo. In choosing an archival appropriate frame, one will need to choose an acrylic or glass that protects against ultra-violet rays while allowing for full viewing.
Many of the same issues that apply to framing a photograph also apply when it comes to framing jerseys.
All things considered, it is imperative that you hire the right framer for all of your collectibles. This should be a professional who has experience working with collectibles and preservation (archival) framing. Further, the framer should be knowledgeable of, and have worked with autographs as well as photography (or collectible jerseys where applicable).
If you are someone who not only loves to watch sports and follow a team but have a history of playing from grade school through high school or even played college-level sports that would be a great piece to capture. If your children play any sports and share the passion you do it would be a fun idea to frame their soccer jersey or create a shadow box of ballet slippers.
Or framing the cheerleading memories?
Personally I was never a talented athlete in my youth, but I would think it would make for a great memory if in my family room my parents had a framed photo of when my softball team won our last game along with the gold medal I received!
Professional athletes out there may frame their role model’s famous gear or maybe your talents have been shared with your kids and you want to preserve that memory?