Monthly Artist Showcase- HELEN ZARIN

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Spirit CC

Zarin – The name instinctively provokes the imagination with the mystery of antiquity, of an illustrious by-gone age. Zarin’s paintings coerce the viewer to engage her works and command one’s attention.  The swaths of bold colors tempestuously sweeping across each canvas coalesce in the finality of her penultimate and ultimate brush strokes into work of compelling sophistication. Zarin hails from the ancient metropolis of Shiraz, Persia, which is home to poets, writers, architects, gardens, world famous pistachios, and the internationally acclaimed Shiraz red win grape, which has been transplanted into the world’s most famous vineyards.  Zarin’s varied influences of her native land inspire canvases with a cacophony of color, but with a distinct focus in mind.

Untitled        It is a difficult and fine line to walk delving into impressionistic and abstract elements flavored with intellectual concepts of music, dance, literature, history, landscapes, and interiors.  Zarin fearlessly treads into these realms  without trepidation and exults in the struggle. Emotional concepts of love, intimacy, joy, angst, detachment, solitude, and indifference all exist on Zarin’s palette that she masterfully pours onto her canvases.  The viewer is left intellectually and emotionally drained with this confrontation. Growing up as an Orthodox Jew in a Muslin land of Sharia Law presents its own set of challenges to Zarin.

LAMOUR XXXIVMuslim Koranic morality bans alcohol in all its forms as “hiram” (evil, sin).  Just as the revered centuries old Shiraz grape stands in opposition to the prevailing culture in its venerable, unchanged, primordial state, Zarin emulates its tenacity and conviction to exist and prosper.  Both have survived the cultural conflict in Shiraz to be, to blossom, to advance.  Both are a testament to the enduring transcendence of distinction. Zarin shares her novel artistic vision to the world despite all odds.

Conditions in her native country eventually compelled Helen to turn elsewhere for creative nourishment. “Hard work and talent are not enough for an artist to progress and blossom, creative freedom in the right atmosphere is essential,” she remarked. In the pursuit of these artistic prerequisites, she journeyed first to Europe where she displayed her works in Vienna before coming to the United States in 1993. She has continued her education first in New York and currently in Baltimore, Maryland where she resides.

The Legacy of Howard Behrens

 

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Howard Behrens

It is with heart-felt sadness that we say goodbye to a friend and artist, Howard Behrens. After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Behrens passed away on April 14, 2014.

For over 25 years, he has given us treasures to share with our clients. From his brilliant landscapes of foreign paradises, to breathtaking cityscape, his pallet knife was able to capture a beauty that will live on forever. He will truly be missed.

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Shimmering Waters

 

For a detailed journey through Behrens life go to his website.

 

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Rooftop Garden (Mexico)

 

Broadway Galleries Partners with Hardwood Artisans

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 furniture 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 Eberhart's work in Hardwood Artisans

Fred uses a unique photo stitching technique that allows his photos to be shown very large without ruining the quality of the image.  Please click here to read our blog on his unique photography stitching.  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:

Fred Eberhart's work in the Hardwood Artisans Fairfax Showroom Entrance

Fred Eberhart’s work in the Hardwood Artisans Fairfax Showroom Entrance

 

An office:

Fred Eberhart's photograph in Hardwood Artisans Culpeper Office

Fred Eberhart’s photograph in Hardwood Artisans Culpeper Office

A bedroom:

Fred Eberhart's work in a Bedroom

And in a dining room:

Fred Eberhart's work 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 photographs please contact us: 703-354-2905.  they can be printed in multiple sizes.  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:

Barry Broadway at Hardwood Artisans

Cheers,

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More of Michael Godfrey and his landscape artwork!

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! 

Sedona, AZ - Godfrey shows his art to guests in a gallery

Sedona, AZ – Godfrey shows his art to guests in a gallery

Michael Godfrey has exceptional talent and successfully captures the beauty of nature around us. Take a look at some of his beautiful pieces below.

Cascade by Michael Godfrey

Cascade by Michael Godfrey

Winter's Lace by Michael Godfrey

Winter’s Lace by Michael Godfrey

Dusk at Shell Beach by Michael Godfrey

Dusk at Shell Beach by Michael Godfrey

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 read his blog at http://godfreyfineart.blogspot.com/.

What is your favorite Godfrey painting?

January Glow by Michael GodfreyOr feel  free to check out his personal and professional page at http://michaelgodfrey.com/ 

Storm Light by Michael Godfrey

Storm Light by Michael Godfrey

Fleeting Light by Michael Godfrey

Fleeting Light by Michael Godfrey

Sedona Winter by Michael Godfrey

Sedona Winter by Michael Godfrey

What are your thoughts on all his paintings? I think I just might have to get one!

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Getting to know the Incredible Michael Godfrey!

Michael Godfrey is a talented and imaginary landscape artist whose work can be seen in in numerous private and corporate collections. Godfrey was born in Germany in l958 and raised in North Carolina; he earned a BFA in Fine Arts and began his painting career in oils and watercolors.

Portrait of Michael Godfrey

Portrait of Michael Godfrey

 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.

Godfrey and his wife at El Prado fine art

Godfrey and his wife at El Prado fine art`

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.

Godrey's Dusk at Shell Beach

Godrey’s Dusk at Shell Beach

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!

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Australian Artist Ken Strong Does Giclée!

Ken 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.

Ken Strong in his studio

Ken Strong in his studio

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

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Ken Strong

Strong has said “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.”

 

"A Grand Heritage, Montecello,VA" by Ken Strong

“A Grand Heritage, Montecello,VA” by Ken Strong

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.

"Sand, Sail and Stillness" by Ken Strong

“Sand, Sail and Stillness” by Ken Strong

Many of Strong’s works combine a carefully constructed subject with a vigorous application of pigment. Movement is paramount when the observer is lead 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.

Equestrian Event, Middleburg, VA by Ken Strong

Equestrian Event, Middleburg, VA by Ken Strong

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 everbody can benefit from!

Check out some more of Ken Strong’s artwork below: 

Willis Wharf,Study by Ken Strong

Willis Wharf,Study by Ken Strong

  

A Painting of Venice by Ken Strong

A Painting of Venice by Ken Strong

 

Another beautiful painting by Ken Strong

Another beautiful painting by Ken Strong

 What are your thoughts on giclée? Would you use an inkjet printer for your work?

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Get to Know the Artist and Framer – Jupey Gale – part 2

The extraordinary Jupey Gale is a Production Manger at Broadway Galleries, but her broad skill set doesn’t end there!

Here is a picture of Jupey and Barry – the owner of Broadway Galleries together for an event.

Jupey & Barry at an gallery showing at Broadway Gallery

Jupey & Barry at a gallery showing at Broadway Gallery

Getting to know Jupey a little bit more entails learning about her own company “Affairs of the Arts,” in which she specializes in custom projects. Jupey provides clients with a full service art studio and has completed a variety of commission such as:  pet portraits, architectural renderings, faux finishing, landscapes, art installations, art acquisition, and more.

Jupey realized she had more than just an interest in art when she won a scholarship for summer classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. After summer she took her talent to Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY to study Foundation Studies and ultimately completed her education with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration and a minor in Art History from The Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio.

The first piece of artwork Jupey sold was in high school and she was encouraged to continue her art studies from a supportive teacher. These days Jupey gets to create art daily between her position at Broadway Gallery and with Affairs of the Arts. At Broadway Gallery Jupey’s main role is to ensure all customer framing is designed and completed with the utmost perfection. At Affairs of the Arts Jupey has used her creativity to not only create paintings but also does set design, furniture refinishing, custom painting, custom motorcycles and more.

In the midst of the day – Jupey is all smiles.

Jupey Gale doing her thang!

Jupey Gale doing her thang!

Jupey said she has “always enjoyed art,” and remembers her first experience painting in kindergarten. She mentions artists such as Maxfield Parrish, Salvador Dali and Boris as her main influences. Jupey’s success in the art realm have her considering getting her Master’s degree and commissioning art full time. Her first gig in the art industry was a part-time job in college at a framing store, A.B. Closson Jr., Company.  A. B. Closson Jr. Company was a high-end gallery and Jupey quickly went from an entry-level position to the Gallery Administrator in four years.

Before Jupey came to Washington, D.C. she had spent some time out west and her art had been in over 20 exhibits throughout Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana and sold out in most of her shows. Nowadays, when commissioned for art Jupey creates based on what the clients wants and tries to work with the buyer to developer their vision.

Jupey at one of Broadway Gallery’s events.

Artaissance Event at Broadway Gallery

Artaissance Event at Broadway Gallery

In her free time, the art Jupey creates she says is for her and her alone, “If people find a connection to it than the better. I want to evoke a feeling from them in some way either peace or disparity, whatever it may be depending on the subject.” Jupey’s inspiration “comes from everywhere, everyone, and everything; art that I see. I love the outdoors and a sunset can give me inspiration or a witty phrase  can do the same.”

Other than painting, Jupey has fun hiking and swimming but normally you will find her spending free time at the drawing table. When asked how separate from her art she is Jupey answered “My art is a part of me.  Most who purchase my art feel a connection to it; either the subject or the “feeling” that is portrayed.  Therefore I feel comfortable letting it go because I know it will be cherished.” I continued our conversation by asking Jupey if art must have a relationship to the rest of the world and she responded “I don’t know that it is mandatory but the world would be a pretty dismal place without art, boring too.  Just my opinion.”

At the end of our conversation I asked Jupey for advice she would give to an aspiring artist. “Go for it and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.” So for those looking to follow Jupey’s steps, she says “don’t let anybody tell you what to do and go with your gut, you will save your time.”

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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 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 said her 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?

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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 which 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 artists 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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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,
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