Get to Know the Artist and Framer – Jupey Gale – part 1

Please meet Jupey Gale, Production Manager at Broadway Galleries.

She has been with Broadway Galleries since 2007 when she moved across country from Las Vegas, NV. Originally from North Carolina Jupey grew up in Cincinnati, OH and has been in love with art since as long as she can remember.

Jupey’s role at Broadway Galleries entails a variety of roles, such as taking all the incoming framing orders, ensuring all the materials and work are completed in a timely fashion, managing vendors, handling interactions with customers, designing frames, doing installations, and completing in-home consultations. Jupey also spends time assisting Broadway Galleries owner Barry Broadway with the company’s website and social media needs.

Choosing the right frame makes all the difference.

Choosing the right frame makes all the difference.

Jupey says, “I love my job, interacting with the customers, and have a diverse amount of work to do. I like to stay busy and do the design work on framing.” She came to Broadway Galleries with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Pratt Institute and graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Broadway Galleries’ family goal is “to maintain the highest standards in the framing industry by having the best design and productions staff available and to be art educators as well as art providers.” Jupey said that Broadway Galleries’ customers range from retail customers, designers, and corporate collections. She mentioned that her company does things that most galleries won’t do such as specialized framing and servicing the trade.

Simple and beautiful.

Simple and beautiful.

Broadway Galleries has a turnaround time of between two and two and a half weeks but they can also accommodate rushes.

One of Jupey’s favorite things about working at Broadway Galleries is that she gets to be around art all day long. She loves it and feels really privileged to be around such beautiful works of art. Jupey enjoys being able to help people display their artwork to its fullest extent. “You can make or break a piece of art by framing; and I have fun helping people with a vision. She continues “Broadway Gallery assists customers to decide what is the best, aesthetically and conservation-wise, for framing. We educate people, on the materials we use and we ask people things like ‘is it going to damage your art?’ ‘Is it going to last?’ ‘Place x is cheaper but are you really comparing apples to apples?’ The whole process is informative and beneficial to them.”

The art is the center of attention here.

The art is the center of attention here.

Jupey’s main challenge in framing work is when “customers may come in with a preconceived notion of what they want; and what they want, 99 times out of 100, isn’t what is aesthetically best for the piece.” This is a fine line, and very subjective, but often what customers are picturing in their head is not really how it’s actually going to look.  The challenge is to show them what they want and, at the same time, provide other, more-appropriate, options delicately, showing the difference in what is more visually appealing.

Jupey concludes by saying, “we service those who have neat, atypical pieces, and we have a great reputation for all types of framing.” Jupey’s passion for art and for the work she does at Broadway Galleries is a testament to the artistic expertise that we pride ourselves on.

What are your opinions on framing?

Broadway Galleries

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What Inspires Artwork?

 When I walk into a museum or a gallery such as Broadway Galleries and I see all the beautiful artwork I am always in awe of the talent I see. I also  get curious about how the artist came up with such an idea or perspective and it made me dig around for some answers, where does the inspiration come from?

Willis Wharf Fisherman by Ken Strong

Willis Wharf Fisherman by Ken Strong

  When looking for an answer, I realized the world we live in is full of life and beauty and life itself is a great source of inspiration. Being outdoors is a great place to find something new, whether you get a city scene of bustling people, buildings, or even rustic landscapes. Many people go to cities or the countryside and bring a camera along to capture the image and bring it back to the studio.

A John Bannon piece

A John Bannon piece

Other artists can be inspired by their emotions. This can be referenced by Picasso’s ‘blue period’ where he was depressed and did a series all in dark and somber blue tones. Emotions can bring about new ideas and help shape the overall mood of a piece of artwork. If you are happy, you might be inspired to do something in bright and lively colors. Many pieces of dark and menacing artwork are created out of feelings of anger.

Beatty's Revelation of the Heart 2

Beatty’s Revelation of the Heart 2

Dreams! Dreams are another great source of inspiration for artists. When we sleep, our subconscious if free to wander and indulge it its own creativity. Dreams have been an inspiration for art for centuries. Dreams have been referenced as far back as the stories of Gilgamesh and the Iliad. Salvador Dali was influenced by dreams. Since we often forget what we dream, a good habit for artists is to sleep with a pen and pad of paper next to the bed.

A whole other area of inspiration is music, which can inspire an artist just as easily as a picture. Music creates a mood and is closely tied with using emotions in art. Just about all artists have a stereo of some mind in their studio to listen to music. When you are searching for idea for your next piece, put on some music that you like that is appropriate for getting in the right frame of mind.

Sokol-Hohne Abstract piece

Sokol-Hohne Abstract piece

Hanging out with and talking shop with other artists is a valuable way to bounce ideas back and forth. Not every artist thinks alike, after all. It is highly likely that one of your peers may have a different idea than you. Many artists are very supportive of others in their community and are more than happy to give (and receive) advice. Go to gallery openings and talk with other artists. Hang out in their studio and see what they have been working on. There are also online art communities where you can chat or post topics in forums. These sites can be tremendously useful to an artist, especially if they do not live near an art community.

Art can inspire something gorgeous like this!

Art can inspire something gorgeous like this!

Media in its different forms can be just as inspirational as real life. Often artist get ideas for a new piece by watching movies or reading books. Subject matter can vary widely and it really depends on the interests of the artist. You might be inspired by a work of pure fiction or you might like historical or biographical material.

One of the biggest sources of inspiration for artists is the works by other artists. Many artists trying to find a new idea will look at samples and portfolios of others to see how they approached an idea. You can do this by going to a gallery and looking at the pieces of art being displayed. There are galleries with everything from the works by the old masters to modern and contemporary artists. In other words, there is something for everyone.

Another way to find inspiration is to try to do something new and different. If you have been working in the same style or the same subject matter for awhile, change it up. Copy someone else’s style or just go in the opposite direction from what you normally do. If you mostly draw, try painting. If you paint, try sculpture. Switch out realism for impressionism and vice versa. By trying something new, it can make you think in a different direction.

Carry a sketchbook or a camera; you never know when inspiration may strike. You may discover something by accident one day or pass something on the street. An image may just pop into your head. Always try to keep some pen and paper nearby to jot down these ideas!

Amore by Shojaei

Amore by Shojaei

I would have to agree with these findings that being outside in nature gives me a boost of creativity, especially when it is summer!  Tell us, what inspires you?

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Get Great Art for Your Office!

Being responsible for supplying your office or organization with artwork is a fun and exciting task. Being the decision maker can also be a bit daunting since your fellow colleagues will be viewing whatever artwork you pick! There are several factors to keep in mind when deciding what type of art to purchase and where the art should go.

  1. Think about what your employees might prefer. Modern or abstract might be your personal taste but if it doesn’t match the attitude or theme of the company the art may not do much in terms of igniting a good mood. Corporate motivational art can encourage your employees throughout the day, so contemplate the placement of the art, such as a hallway or a conference room.

    How about this for some great hallway artwork?

    How about this for some great hallway artwork?

  2. Consider enlisting a corporate art service or Broadway Galleries which  may offer an immense amount of styles, the ability to view and order online, and personalized service so you don’t have to give up several hours of your day searching in galleries.
  3. Another important factor to consider is to help support the art world by purchasing original art for business. This way the office gets to own a one-of-a kind piece that appreciates in value and you may even be helping starving artist.

    This painting of the Jefferson Memorial and bloomig cherry blossoms is gorgeous.

    This painting of the Jefferson Memorial and bloomig cherry blossoms is gorgeous.

  4. Lastly, try to stick with pieces that inspire and encourage. If you have limited funds usually a striking poster coupled with an inspirational message is a good way to go. Also, consider framing the work – this can make all the difference in a business setting.

A good advantage to buying a few great pieces is you can always rotate the location of the art to keep the environment fresh and inviting (and keep your employees on their toes!).

How about this for a nice relaxing seating area?

How about this for a nice relaxing seating area?

Displaying corporate art can also help create a good impression with your clients. By choosing attractive corporate office art, you can send a positive message about your company-that you appreciate the finer things in life, and not just all business. Artwork for a corporate office can be and is a great investment.

What is the artwork like in your office? Would you change it or keep it?

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Corporate Art – Can it Really Make Your Office More Productive?

Corporate art. What exactly classifies as corporate art? Is it art made specifically for office use? Or is it any art that is located in a corporate setting? When someone thinks of art they may associate someone in a freelance profession or a creative field but many artists find meaningful employment in the corporate world. According to the Corporate Art Force art can enhance any space in which it is installed but it can serve a great purpose specifically in office spaces. Art can make a corporate area feel more welcoming and attractive.

Check out this office design we did in Tyson Corner, VA

Check out this office design we did in Tyson Corner, VA

Corporate art can be original art or reproductions and it is made by artists such as painters, photographers, sculptors, print makers, and others.  Some corporate offices can even have their own corporate art galleries in which they request specific artists to create work just for them.  Clients of these galleries include architects, interior designers, and developers.

Broadway Galleries specializes in finding and installing the perfect piece of art for your specifications.  You can choose from a completed artwork or commissioning an artwork if you have something specific in mind.  We have art to suit all budgets.  Broadway Galleries’ has consultants available to help you make your decision, and they can find the artwork that perfectly complements the size of your space, the color scheme, and your overall design.  We will work with you to find the perfect piece of art either in the gallery or at your location!

Awards and positive rewards can be artwork too!

Awards and positive rewards can be artwork too!

Corporate art has been shown to improve employee productivity in the workplace. Broadway Galleries experiecned staff can help your organization be more strategic in your art decision and continually evaluate the effectiveness of your art.

Who knew you could receive a return on your investment by purchasing artwork and gaining; employee retention and productivity, customer and public awareness, and patient outcomes for healthcare organizations!

In general I personally feel that artwork can attract positive energy for the space it is displayed in, the people, and the company as a whole. What do you think?

Doesn’t this lounge area look inviting? What do you think of the colors?

Doesn’t this lounge area look inviting? What do you think of the colors?

 

Corporate art can do this by communicating your objectives and messaging, strengthen customer and employee interactions, promote your organizations brand and mission, encourage a creative and dynamic environment, strengthen morale, and engage others. Broadway Galleries can do an initial analysis of your brand and image and come up with a recommendation to optimize your options of artwork needed for your company. Just like we did here:

I love the green background, it makes the picture pop.

I love the green background, it makes the picture pop.

One important concept in corporate art is a sense of scale.  For example, if you have a large wall in your corporate space, you would ideally want a large artwork to fill it, or a series of multiple artworks.  Anything that is too small in size will look out-of-place.  Similarly, if you have a large open area, you would benefit from a large fountain or sculpture.

Ask the gallery you use if you are able to view your chosen artwork in its intended space before you buy it to make sure that it does suit the area in which it is used.

At Office Art Hire they feel that “In today’s tough economic climate astute employees understand that providing a positive and energised working environment enables employees to fully utilise their attributes which in turn improves financial, social and strategic performance.”

“For the employer, staff happiness and wellbeing means increased performance and in turn productivity – producing a healthy return on investment.”

Glass Installation at the Embassy Suites – Retro chic

Glass Installation at the Embassy Suites – Retro chic

Are you inspired at work today?

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THE MATCHBOX CHALLENGE – Shadowbox style

According to Mr. Webster the word “challenge” is defined as:

a : to confront or defy boldly : dare <he challenged his critics to prove his guilt>

b : to call out to duel or combat

c : to invite into competition <he challenged his brother to a tennis match>

We call this project, “The Matchbox Challenge” and are wondering if you think it was appropriately named.  Here is the story:

A long time customer of ours game into the gallery with a questionable look on face.  She cried out that she had cheated on us.  A company “that will not be named” sent her a nice 50% off coupon and she decided to give them a shot on a shadow box project.

When her son was a young boy he had two race cars he carried around with him everywhere he went – in the car, in the store… everywhere.  This young man was all grown up and about to get married so his Mom decided to give him a very special wedding gift – a shadow box display of his toy cars.

The company “that will not be named” gave it a shot:

The Frame that was Produced by Someone else - Let the Challenge Begin!

The Challenge – To make our design better than this one

Here is a close up:

http://broadwaygalleries.net/custom-framing.php

Hmm… something seems off here.

Not to brag but anyone who works in our company is either a professional framer or has a degree in fine art – we have some ridiculously talented people here.

We decided to forgive the cheating and take on this: MATCHBOX CHALLENGE

To start we came up with ideas… brainstorming how we could really make these cars seem like they were right in place.  We decided it would be best to make a scene for each car.  Here is what we came up with for the Dukes of Hazzard:

The Dukes of Hazzard car shadowbox

We were able to find a police car that fit in perfectly!

A close up

The cliff and stones were handmade and really made us work on our paint techniques.

The Knight Rider needed a different, darker look.  We thought a city scene would be perfect for it.

The Knight Rider Shadowbox

The Knight Rider Shadowbox

We were able even add in a working street lamp:

Working Street Lights are not too hard to place into Shadow Boxes

A special thanks to our wonderful customer for giving us the opportunity to create these pieces.  We had a lot of fun and are thankful we get to do what we love.

Art never comes without a mess.  Here is our matchbox carnage:

The Matchbox Challenge Carnage (as we like to call it)

Happy Thursday!

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Capturing Memories with Unique Shadow Boxes

Everyday we hustle from one place to another getting along with our busy lives.  For me, time seems to be continually speeding up.  There are certain memories worth taking a moment to slow down and remember, to catch you off guard and take you back in time.  It might be a home run baseball you caught as a kid buried in the back of your closet, or the handmade christening outfit you will never fit into again.

Special moments that make you smile should be displayed in a way you and your family can appreciate them for years to come.  Not to mention they are absolutely awesome.  Objects that pull on our heart strings of happiness, excitement, pride, and love never go out of style.  Shadow boxes have the ability to achieve a lot.

To inspire you I have pulled some pictures together of creative shadow boxes we have done for our customers:

The Marines Hymn

The Marines Hymn

Special Seashell Memories also make a Great Piece of Art

Special Seashell Memories also make a Great Piece of Art

Articles, pictures and CDs from a Talented Local Artist

Articles, pictures and CDs from a Talented Local Artist

A Priceless Memory - The California Raisins Singing "I Heard it through the Grapevine"

A Priceless Memory – The California Raisins Singing “I Heard it through the Grapevine”

A great collection of Arrowheads and Axes sewn into the shadow box with twine and rope

A great collection of Arrowheads and Axes sewn into the shadow box with twine and rope

Framers Note: Whenever you have a shadow box designed make sure you ask your framer how they are going to attach your memories in the box.  Most strong adhesives will corrode and ruin special objects over time.  Rope and Twine were the perfect way to maintain the quality of these arrowheads for years to come.

A family kilt captured in time with a picture of the family

A family kilt captured in time with a picture of the family

What memories do you want to capture?

Broadway Galleries

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Join us at Art Uncorked on May 20th, showcasing John Bannon

Join us for a day of celebrating local wine, and local artist John Bannon at Paradise Springs Winery on May 20th from 2pm to 5pm.
Broadway Galleries is proud to be teamed up with such a talented artist as John Bannon.  His work is currently in the distinguished collections of: The Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia, the Washington County Museum of Fine Art in Hagerstown, MD and much more.

We will be bringing lots of John’s pieces to the event for your viewing and buying pleasure.  You can see loads of John’s work on our website by clicking here.

We think art and wine are perfect partners.  What do you think?

We designed some nice promos for you to look at:

At Paradise Springs Winery

At Paradise Springs Winery

We hope to see you here!

We hope to see you here!

 Join us – you will love it, we promise.
 
The winery is located at:
13219 Yates Ford Road
Clifton, VA 20124
 
 
Just in case you forgot our Gallery is located at:
5641 General Washington Drive
Alexandria, VA
 
 
We look forward to seeing you,
Broadway Galleries
 

The Paintings that Tie it all Together

Hunting for the perfect painting to fit in an empty spot on your wall is a frustrating challenge all homeowners and designers have faced.  The colors have to match, the textures have to work together, and the scale of the piece needs to be right in range. I can recall multiple situations where it has taken me a few months to find a particular piece of art for a client. That is, until I met…

Lisa Tureson.  A talented artist who not only posses the ability to create stunning pieces of her own but also has the capabilities to turn your problem into no problem at all.  She is what I like to call, “Art Smart.” Lisa has been working with home owners and designers for years to create stunning pieces like these 3 panels in a set of 6 panels that depict the client’s family.  The Mother is on the right and two of the kids are on the left.  It was placed in a two story foyer and when the clients moved they were able to remove the panels and take them to their new house!

Creative family portrait by Lisa Tureson

Creative family portrait by Lisa Tureson

She has an eye for transforming spaces.  Take a look at this before and after:

Fireplace Before

Fireplace Before

And the after:

The After – The artwork includes the faux bois and stone on the fireplace as well as the custom painting

The After – The artwork includes the faux bois and stone on the fireplace as well as the custom painting

Most designers (not all) start planning a room from the ground up.  They pick out the carpet, then the wall color, then the furniture, the textiles, and then the art.  Lisa has worked with lots of designers who bring her their space’s “game plan” including the – pillows, wall colors, textures in the room and give her an approximate size they need. Commissioned work gives the client the right size, scale, colors, values and imagery for the space.  The designers can suggest a style they wish the piece to look like – for example, one client wanted a painting that was reminiscent of Rothko.  The designer or homeowner then trusts Lisa’s natural artistic ability to do the rest.  Here is an example of a room where the art flows perfectly with the textiles and really ties the space together:

Custom made painting to enhance this aquarium room

Custom made painting to enhance this aquarium room

What more do you need from a piece of art?  We can’t think of anything.

Lisa has the ability to turn a space that isn’t so beautiful into one that is stunning.  One story she told us goes like this:

Right next to the fireplace which was a focal point of the room was an unsightly electrical panel that could not be moved.  Due to the size and shape of the door it made sense to the eye to turn that into a tromp l’oeil bookcase. It was a natural fit.  We had fun with the clients in coming up with names of the books that were personal to them, such as where they honeymooned.  We also incorporated their personal items of special significance on the shelves such as a scale of justice for the attorney in the home. I did a similar bookcase for a Podiatrist and named the books “Joan of Arch (his mother’s name), Sesamoid Street (a bone in the foot), The Agony of d’Feet, etc.  It’s a very fun and personal piece. This is also a great anniversary, holiday or birthday gift idea for the person who has everything because they definitely don’t have one of these.

Lisa had one customer ask her to paint his three Ferraris:

Three 48” square, mixed media on canvas

Three 48” square, mixed media on canvas

If this doesn’t make you smile, I am not sure what will.

Check out our website to see more of Lisa’s stunning work or come into Broadway Galleries in Alexandria and see this stunning piece of Lisa’s work we are showcasing:

121 - 24 x 48 – Acrylic on Canvas

121 – 24 x 48 – Acrylic on Canvas

Lisa is also showcasing work in the DC Design House and the Washington Design Center.  You can email us if you are interested in discussing a commissioned piece with Lisa: broadwaygallery@broadwaygalleries.com.

Have an Art Smart Day!

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I’m on a Mission to get my College Diploma Fixed

I received a beautiful diploma from James Madison University about three years ago.  Here is the diploma in my hand:

Proud to be a College Graduate

Proud to be a College Graduate

My parents bought me a gorgeous frame from the James Madison University bookstore to place my diploma in.  It looked perfect and I hung it in my room until one day it came crashing down.  The screws that held the wire onto the frame broke after only a few years of having it.  Here it is:

The wires on this frame broke

The wires on this frame broke

After the diploma’s descent I realized the frame had problems.  The front of it looked like this:

Does something look off in this picture?

Does something look off in this picture?

Yes, something has gone wrong with this frame

Yes, something has gone wrong with this frame

I have decided to take it into Broadway Galleries to get fixed.  Stay tuned for a blog on how they’re going to fix it and what the end result looks like.

Broadway Galleries

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What’s Hidden Behind that Frame?

When you think about picture frames do you ever think that it could be hiding something?  Do you ever wonder what is behind that attractive piece of artwork?  There could be more than meets the eye.  Our generation’s contribution to frame history is a pretty good one.

Frames started showing up in the history books 3-4,000 years ago on tomb paintings and vases.  They functioned mostly as decorative boundaries.   As time continues Christian artists begin building and painting diptychs, altar pieces and much more.  All of a sudden frames start functioning as more than just an attractive border, but truly emphasizing the work the frame holds.  I digress, sorry.  The history of “the frame” is for another blog. Let me get back to the point:

As time continues and the flat screen is placed into mainstream society the frame finds itself with a whole new purpose:  hiding things.  Hiding things such as the television in your living room, just like this one:

Now you see the television

Now you see the television

Now you don't

Now you don’t

Over here at Broadway Galleries we are happy to design and build you any type of frame to hide your television, your bathtub, whatever you need.

Inspired by the idea of hiding televisions I started to research where else I found frames hiding things.  I went into World Market the other day and to my surprised I found these two cute frames:

What picture is hiding behind these doors?

What picture is hiding behind these doors?

What a great idea.  It creates something exciting and new about a picture frame.  If you were a visitor in someone’s home wouldn’t you want to know what pictures they were hiding behind those tiny little doors?  The ones I found were not hiding anything exciting:

Nothing exciting behind these doors

Nothing exciting behind these doors

I continued my research of this idea and found an interesting company called Entertainment Technology that designs a product where your artwork actually hides the television.  According to the company “At the touch of a hand-held transmitter, this product lets you conceal and reveal a recessed TV behind your favorite painting.”  Neat!  Here it is in action:

Check out this nice piece of artwork

Check out this nice piece of artwork

There's a T.V. behind it!

There’s a T.V. behind it!

The painting can split also.  Very neat!

The painting can split also.

Tada!  I can’t wait to see what the next generation comes up with.  We would love to hear your frame hiding thoughts and ideas.

Happy Friday!

Broadway Galleries

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