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.

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From the small town of Sneads Ferry, North Carolina, Kathryn Harvey went on to attend James Madison University. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Art History and a minor in Studio Art.

During her time at James Madison University, Kathryn worked her way from a gallery intern in Sawhill Gallery to director of the campus’s prestigious Lisanby Museum. After graduation, Kathryn worked as an Assistant Manager and Director of Barrel Oak Winery’s Tasting Room and Art Gallery. There she was able to meet, contract and exhibit many local artists. After grasping the workings of a gallery, Kathryn went on to gain small business development experience working as an Office Manager, Assistant to Director of Marketing and Trade Show Registrar at America’s Small Business Development Center.

Today, Kathryn attends George Mason University and is achieving her Master’s in Art Management while working as Gallery Manager of Broadway Gallery. She brings a smiling face and great experience of the art world that will help us in reaching our full potential.

Keep checking our blog for more about upcoming events, framing workshop highlights and other weekly updates!

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Creative and Affordable Framing and Art Ideas

When it comes time for you to add a piece of art to your collection, there are a variety of options to consider. Art falls into two categories: originals and reproductions. Originals can include an assortment of mediums, such as etchings, oil on canvas, oil on paper, pastels, and more. Reproductions also have variances, as they can be numbered, and signed or left unsigned by the artist.  We have plethora of great art, all in varying mediums and price ranges.  You can check them out by clicking here.

Take a look at this Southwest art poster we framed!

Take a look at this Southwest art poster we framed!

When looking to purchase art, it is important to both distinguish what your needs are, and consider the space you are looking to decorate. If you have a large space, you may want several small pieces or just one large piece of art. Another factor to consider is style; some older and more famous artworks might be more expensive than, say, a newer, more contemporary piece of artwork such as this one:

Manus Island Tree Snail by Henry Domke looks bright and fun for any room!

Manus Island Tree Snail by Henry Domke looks bright and fun for any room!

Are you unsure of what type of art to buy? What would be a good investment piece? Or are you looking for some advice from experienced professionals? In any case, come visit us in Alexandria, VA. Our team has 25+ years of experience working together, and we love sharing home decorating tips!  Check out this room we helped with:

We framed and hung an asian watercolor triptych for one our customers!

We framed and hung an asian watercolor triptych for one our customers!

Affordable Framing Ideas:

If you fall in love with a piece of art at a flea market or garage sale grab it.  There are loads of ways to make an inexpensive piece look expensive and fit perfectly into your décor.  I was recently at Salvation Army and found a beautiful flower painting.  The frame and matting was in pretty bad shape but it was only $5!  There is nothing wrong with grabbing a bargain on something you like.  I brought it back to the gallery and picked out a small mat and new frame – ta da!  I have a perfect piece at a steal of a deal.

Another neat trick for affordable framing is to buy or find one of your favorite books with pictures in it. I am a great fan of sketches done by impressionist artist.  Just like this one done by Manet of Monet:

Monet by Manet!

Monet by Manet!

Carefully cut the pages out of your book, then add a mat and frame to it and – tada!  Gorgeous.  Local interior designer Lauren Liess did this in her home – The entryway is hung with Leonard da Vinci sketches taken from a book. The gold frames help unify the arrangement:

What a fantastic entryway, how does yours look?

What a fantastic entryway, how does yours look?

We want to help you with your project no matter its size.  Bring us a drawing of your child did or a ticket stub from your 10th wedding anniversary.  Whatever it is big or small we have the resources and knowledge to help. Be honest with us, come in and tell us your budget and we’ll make it work.  That’s why we’re framing professionals.  Don’t forget to check out what we call our smaller “Ready-made Frames.”  We make them using scraps from larger projects and they are beautiful.

If you have more creative ideas for framing or art on a budget, share them with us!

Happy Hunting,

Broadway Galleries

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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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Increase Your Office Productivity with Art!

First impressions mean a lot, don’t they?  When you walk into an office as an employee or client I know you judge the company based upon what it looks like… don’t you?

Check out this installation Broadway Galleries did for AOL!

Check out this installation Broadway Galleries did for AOL!

Another piece for AOL by Broadway Galleries

Another piece for AOL by Broadway Galleries

Picture this with me: you walk into work one morning and the lights are dim, the walls are that stark hospital white and there is only a metal stool to sit on.  Not too inviting is it?  Now imagine you walk into the office and the walls are a light shade of yellow, there is attractive and inviting art on the walls and the sun is shining in the windows.  Ok – so things can’t always be this perfect but you can easily make a difference in your office environment with a few small changes.

Broadway Galleries completing an Installation at the Embassy Suites in Tysons Corner, VA

We were recently commissioned, by referral, to provide an art consulting service for a corporate office in Reston, VA.  We were hired to give advice on art to be displayed in several rooms including conference rooms, executive offices, reception areas, lunch rooms, and more.  We worked with the company for a while to understand the exact feeling they wanted in each room, their budget and also the color scheme.  It is very important to us that we create exactly what you’re looking for.  At the end of the day we can find any artwork to fit a need – we want it to fit you need. 

Mirror grids designed, fabricated, and installed by Broadway Galleries

Once the artwork was purchased and hung in this office it changed the whole atmosphere of the office to be refreshing and uplifting.  The employees were curious to see the new artwork and I believe they were happy to know the company cared enough to properly represent them and create a welcoming work environment.

Look at this eye-opener Broadway Galleries did for a local law firm.

Look at this eye-opener Broadway Galleries did for a local law firm.

What about a relaxing beach theme in your office?  Imagine an office filled with images of people walking on the boardwalk, eating ice cream, and enjoying themselves.  Personally, when I see this type of art it reminds me of my days growing up close to the New Jersey shore, and the family vacations we would go on.  What is wrong with that?  Nothing!  You are allowed to enjoy yourself and your environment at work – it doesn’t have to be so bland.

What was the last faster food restaurant you went in to? Chipotle, McDonald’s?  Have you noticed the art on their walls?  They have pictures of McDonald’s in black and white when it first opened. 

A California Mcdonalds in the 1940s

They have creative wood and metal sculptures adorning their walls.

Check out the neat art in a Denver Chipotle!

These pieces of art were picked out by professional art consultants and create an environment that people want to be in.  Shouldn’t your office feel this way?  More importantly your company’s brand must be properly represented anywhere it touches a client. 

Call, email or come in to visit us today.  We would like to talk with you about different way to enhance your office environment and brand representation through art on any budget.

Have a productive day,

Broadway Galleries

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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,

Broadway Galleries

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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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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

Ken Strong

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 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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