7/18/2008

Installation Services

I am excited to let you know that the demand for installation services has been increasing. The experience I have acquired during these past few months has helped me better understand the need that most of my customers have for peace of mind when it comes to installing framed art.

When planning an installation, I invite my customers to think about their display of art from different point of views. For example, we might consider the placement of the art in terms of which pieces should be shared with guests, and which should be reserved to more intimate spaces.

To corporate clients, I offer suggestions that will make a waiting room more inviting. Other spaces in the workplace will receive a treatment that will make them more attractive to clients as well as employees. Remember, hanging art creatively showcases the artwork and enhances the space.

Have you ever noticed how some pieces of art seem to have mysteriously disappeared into the walls? Moving objects around refreshes the attention we give to them. The same principle applies to framed art. That is why it is important that you rotate your wall display often, at least twice a year. It will be a stimulating experience because it establishes new relationships between the pieces of art, you and your environment. The arrival of newly framed art can sometimes be the opportunity to do just that.

The benefits of a professional installation include:

• Saves time and gives you peace of mind
• Provides a safe and reliable art installation
• Gives you expert advice for the placement of your framed art
• Upgrades your existing frames that need it
• Teaches ways to help prevent deterioration of your art
• Renews the experience with the art

I have made installation services an integral part of the custom framing services offered at City Frames. The installation service is available to residential and business customers, and I can install new and older framed art.

Installation services can be recommended to friends and businesses that are relocating or remodeling their current location. Your recommendation will always be greatly appreciated!

For more information, please call me at 303 249-3333.

7/17/2008

Concerning the Bees

"Concerning the Bees" is a mixed-media painting by award-winning artist Karen Eide. In this piece, she used a complex combination of oils, pigments and encaustics. Ms. Eide, a Virginia resident, shows nationally, including at Denver's Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Her artwork can be seen on her website: www.kareneide.com.

The design is a shadowbox in which the artwork is floated over an invisible platform that is mounted on the background. The artwork, originally painted edge to edge, was ideal for this type of presentation.
One benefit of floating the artwork is that the painting can be entirely revealed. It is also an opportunity to add depth as well as "animate" the presentation. As you walk by the framed piece, it seems to come to life. The use of Museum Glass, which eliminates reflections, gives an even stronger presence to the art.

The subject matter, the subtle mix of transparent wax, glowing pigments and glittery metallic components inspired our selection of framing materials. The soft finish of the frame echoes the tones used by the artist. For the textured background and side spacers, I used an ivory coarse linen.

Elaborate in its construction, this design still conveys a feeling of natural simplicity.
The frame is Ivory Zen from the Larson Juhl collection. The Zen series offers clean contemporary profiles in harmonious shades of neutral metallics. Zen is available in two profiles, and three finishes, with matching fillets.

7/11/2008

La Rochelle: Honeysuckle, French Ivory...

Named after one of the most attractive coastal towns on France’s Atlantic coast, La Rochelle is a charming seaport lined with colored boats that sit in front of the fourteenth-century towers that used to protect it. Eighteenth-century homes in pale stone line the old town centre, some half-timbered with distinctive Rochelais-style slates overlapping one another. All around are sun-drenched hues and weathered surfaces, a look achieved only by time and nature.

The La Rochelle Collection is a tribute to the unspoiled beauty of this coastal town whose colors and textures inspired the creation of this unique moulding collection.

The La Rochelle Collection is available in four profiles and four finishes: Autumn Trail, Honeysuckle, French Ivory, Chocolate Truffle.

Lucerne

Named for the lake Lucerne in Switzerland, this new collection pays homage to the fluidity and movement of the lake with soft, deep, natural tones.


Lucerne was officially launched in April 2008. Corner samples and stock of the moulding have only been made available now. Lucerne is an important addition to Larson Juhl's Craig Ponzio collection of frames, and it is, by all means, an exciting addition to City Frames' collection as well.


The simple contemporary lines of Lucerne make it attractive to the artist, the interior designer and the residential framing customers, with art from classic to contemporary styles.


The Lucerne collection features four luxurious finishes and three profiles, enhanced with subtle hand-hewn texture. Lucerne includes a cassetta-style profile (note the wide panel and sculptural shape of the largest profile) which creates a dramatic look, drawing your eye to the artwork.


Lucerne is the perfect choice for the quality presentation of your original drawings, prints and paintings.


Lucerne is available in four finishes:

  • Topaz: soft, slightly burnished gold with red undertones
  • Onyx: deep black softened by a waxy patina
  • Sage: warm, buttery green
  • Burgundy: rich red, the color of aged mulberry.

Photos credit: Larson Juhl.