Monthly Artist Showcase- HELEN ZARIN

SPIRIT CC

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.

Finally get those Family Photos in a Frame!

Do you have some old photos of you and your family members hiding in a shoebox under your bed? Or maybe your folks have them stashed away in some moving boxes or albums in the attic. Wherever they may be kept, memories of your family are precious, so why not pull them out and showcase them in your home?

Better yet, why not let our framing experts at Broadway Galleries help you showcase your family photos on a wall with a vignette, or place them in your home where they can be seen, remembered and treasured, never forgotten.

Check out this great family photo set:

Four panels completed by Broadway Galleries

In everybody’s home there should be a place to honor your family. Whether you have photos from the past or present, it is a nice idea to dust off your photo albums and bring your photos into our gallery. We are more than happy to discuss the options available, such as restoring antique photos, creating customized frames, or designing a painting of family portraits. We also have experience in enlarging memorable photos – who doesn’t want to see Grandma’s face as big as it was in real life? 

Photo of Grandma before restoration

After Broadway Galleries restored Grandma's photo!

We’ll even come into your home to help figure out if they would look best hung in a family room, the kids’ play room, or above a frequently used staircase.

Family Memorial Wall done by Broadway Galleries

Finding the appropriate location in your home to showcase your photos is important, and is often-overlooked.  Our team has vast knowledge of all different types of framing that can help accentuate all different styles of photography, whether informal or elaborate. The best way to remember fond memories of family and friends is to keep them around you, and we are here to help you do it the right way!

Check out some of the neat family photos we have done below.

Framed restored photo! How sweet.

Baby photo and favorite baby sweater make a great gift!

Looking at 3rd generation and further!

Looking at 3rd generation and further!

This grouing of photos looks great that Broadway Galleries completed for a customer!

This grouing of photos looks great that Broadway Galleries completed for a customer!

Have a great afternoon!

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What are Evaluations and Appraisals?

You might think that art evaluations and art appraisals are one in the same. Alas, you are mistaken – there is a big difference. Let’s learn!

An art evaluation is subjective, while an art appraisal is objective. What this means is that, for an evaluation somebody conducts research to determine the significance, worth, or condition of a piece of art.

Broadway Galleries Appraisal Day - 2011

Broadway Galleries Appraisal Day – 2011

You can evaluate a variety of art such as ceramic, crystal, silver, paintings, jewelry, and even furniture. Currently, we have a velvet painting of a Playboy centerfold. Supposedly, there are only 50-100 pieces of the series created by an artist during the 1970s of several Playboy models at the time. We are currently undergoing an evaluation of this piece to see if it is worth appraising. Get it yet?  Let me tell you more…

When we complete an evaluation the most important things we look for are:

  • Where should this art be hung or positioned?
  • Does it need to be restored?
  • How is the framing quality?
  • How is the lighting on the art?
More Appraisals on Appraisal Day at Broadway Galleries

More Appraisals on Appraisal Day at Broadway Galleries

On the flip side appraising artwork is objective because there is a fixed and finite decision made on an item for legal purposes and insurance reasons. An experienced appraiser will supply the owner with a professional estimate of the value of the piece of property. In many cases, this estimate is necessary before the artwork, jewelry, or home can be insured.

We provide both evaluations and appraisals for individuals and companies alike. In the United States, the Appraisal Foundation’s Appraiser Qualifications Board has certain qualifications that must be met in order for someone to give their appraisal.  

Check out Broadway Galleries Guest Appraiser for the day!

Check out Broadway Galleries Guest Appraiser for the day!

At Broadway Galleries, Barry Broadway is well-trained to complete the evaluations and works with a preferred professional for you to get any thing appraised. Currently, Barry was asked to evaluate a local D.C. law firm’s corporate art collection. Barry suggested going in to evaluate the art first and then if the art is in good condition and is a popular-enough piece then the collection should be appraised. The reason for this is that the cost of appraising a collection worth $10,000 or more can be quite an investment.

You should get your collection evaluated and/or appraised because it is important to know their value.  You might have a hidden treasure!  If you have several pieces of art or property that is given to you or belongs to a family member and it is appraised with a high monetary value, then it should be insured. This is important to do before handing down a piece of high-end art, because you can be taxed on the art.  We recommend appraisals because they are a legal document and would stand up in court for purchases, sales, and refinancing. They can also be included in property evaluation reports for estate, divorce, foreclosure, insurance, tax appeal, and more.

Deciphering how much this art work is worth!

Deciphering how much this art work is worth!

 

Broadway Galleries Guest Appraiser Gives Customers Feedback
Broadway Galleries Guest Appraiser Gives Customers Feedback

 If you have anything you think may have value, or you are unsure about a family heirloom please contact us. We would be happy to help you determine its value and discuss the options available.

Happy Searching,

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Olympic Fever – Framing Style!

Did you go to the Olympics and find something wonderful?

 If not, did you get to watch any of the events and root on your country? If you did and you have an item or memory that is special to you, why not frame it?

 Did you buy a flag in London? Did you snap any special photographs or come across any great pictures of the Olympic ceremonies? How about a special shirt or some commemorative Olympic memorabilia?

The 2012 Olympic Experience in London!

The 2012 Olympic Experience in London!

Whatever your treasure may be let us help you keep it attractive forever.

London 2012 Olympic Union Badge

London 2012 Olympic Union Badge

Remember your visit with a t-shirt or bring one home for a friend!

Remember your visit with a t-shirt or bring one home for a friend!

 The Olympics is a great example of a special memory, and framing those pictures, jerseys, hats, balls and other tokens is a great way to honor those memories.

 Perhaps you made some new memories this summer on a tropical vacation, family reunion or a best friend’s wedding. Maybe you found some beautiful seashells or held onto some tickets stubs to a baseball game.

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Take a look at the prep work involved in framing a sports jacket!

Take a look at the prep work involved in framing a sports jacket!

No matter what kind of memory you may want to save, Broadway Galleries wants to help you preserve them. Within our framing store we offer quality supplies and help you design the perfect way to preserve those special times in your life. We enjoy being able to help our customers design vignettes for their photos and can even help you pick just the right place in your home that will allow you to hold on to these fun memories in a unique and personal way.

Bowling Shirt Shadow Box by Broadway Galleries

Framed Gretzky Jersey by Broadway Galleries

Johnson Jersey framed compliments of Broadway Galleries

Johnson Jersey framed compliments of Broadway Galleries

When you have a great memory, you don’t want to keep those photos or special keepsakes packed away in a box… you should showcase them!  Great jerseys, balls, hats and photos are meant to make you relive a memory or make you have a strong feeling. That feeling could be warm, cold, give you goose bumps, or reminisce about a special moment in time.

Let us help you frame your sports memorabilia and treasures to make them last forever!

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Framing Diplomas. Get Inspired!

Diploma Framing! What do you know about it?

First off I would like to congratulate all the 2012 graduates! Whether you have just graduated from high school, completed your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or even a PhD degree – I am excited for you all.

Education though exciting and fun can also be a tough endeavor and it is a great accomplishment when you finally receive the piece of paper acknowledging all your hard work! Spring and summer are full of graduations and when all is said and done, when the family parties die down, and the opportunity to move on to further education or a career comes – don’t let the opportunity to show off your achievements pass.

Frame your diploma!

How about this wall of framed diplomas. Looks like a doctor’s office!

Have several degrees or certifications? Create a collage!

Have several degrees or certifications? Create a collage!

Or get a frame to keep on your desk like this one below.

A perfect size for your guests to view.

A perfect size for your guests to view.

For those of you considering framing your diploma yourself – I would recommend against it. You can easily make a snafu and tear the diploma or crease it while attempting to put it in the frame. When you invest in professional framing, you will not only receive a great quality frame you will secure a quality job on overall. You most likely spent quite a bit of time and money while getting your degree why not give it the care it deserves?

Check out this unique frame with the graduate’s cap tassel.

Diplomas with aceesories are fun.

Diplomas with accessories are fun.

Usually when you go to a custom framing store you can either choose from a selection of staple frames or can customize the frame to your liking. Most places will be able to assist you in capturing just the right frame to complement your room, your lifestyle, and your budget!

Comparing between the two frames between the first frame with the image of the school would be a bit more expensive and take up more room than the second frame with a simpler style.

 How about this Virginia Tech frame?

Let's go Hokies!

Let’s go Hokies!

A frame for a diploma can make for a great gift and a solid investment. It is also a fantastic way to protect your documents from wear and tear. There are so many options frame-wise, you can choose a large frame with an image of the school, make it colorful with the school theme colors, or keep it simple and sleek.  Some people may want to engrave or initial the frame for personalization and you can also choose to add a gold or colored plaque on or under the frame too!

 I still need to frame my Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University! Go Dukes! This is what I would like my framed diploma to look like.

JMU frame with a picture of Wilson Hall

JMU frame with a picture of Wilson Hall

Is your Diploma framed? What’s your look like? Make your diploma frame dazzle!

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New Trend on the Rise: Framing Your Wedding Dress

Summer is upon us and so is the season of weddings! I love summer weddings and the warm weather usually allows for some beautiful outdoor pictures. The neat thing about weddings are usually many lovely mementos from the day, why not frame a few things? Being able to relive the memory would be great!

 I just recently went to a wedding at the Whitehall Estate in Bluemont, VA and it was an unforgettable scene.

Whitehall Manor view of the mountains

Whitehall Manor view of the mountains

While preparing for the wedding, the bride-to-be can spend weeks and maybe months trying to find that perfect wedding dress. There is the time and then the expense that goes along with it. Then the bride wears such an exquisite and beautiful dress only once. Yes, I know there are pictures and video but why not have the dress framed and hung in a special place so that she can pass by it for years to come and get reminded over and over again what a special wedding day she had.

This gift can be given long after the wedding is over. What a grand surprise it would be for your first anniversary, or even a milestone anniversary such as 10 or 25 years. You are sure to WOW her with this one of a kind gift.

Take a look at this wedding dress below in a shadow box.

A framed wedding dress makes for a great gift idea!

A framed wedding dress makes for a great gift idea!

Check out this vintage dress below which is a family heirloom!

This wedding dress is from the  World War II era

This wedding dress is from the World War II era

Some important factors things to consider when completing framing or a shadow box for a wedding dress are listed below:

  1. When choosing the shadow box is it important to consider the glass and materials involved to best preserve the gown and other item’s original context.
  2. Even though a display box must use safe materials for your wedding gown, it must also be attractive and reflect the gown beautifully. You do not want the molding or glass taking away from the beauty of the gown.
  3. Expect to use a large amount of materials to hold floor-length wedding gowns and accessories. On average, the shadow box for a floor-length wedding gown is approximately 40 by 84 inches. Consider if you want to use the whole dress or section off a piece of the dress, such as the bodice. You could also choose to include a variety of items such the veil and shoes.
  4. Consider the following materials: Molding, Mat Board, and Fabric.

 Adrienne Maloof of the Real Housewives of Beverley Hills had her wedding dress framed below:

Simple but very nostalgic!

Simple but very nostalgic!

Mrs. Maloof with her kids and her completed masterpiece!

Mrs. Maloof with her kids and her completed masterpiece!

Would you frame your wedding dress? We would love to hear your opinions.

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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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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.

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