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

Broadway@broadwaygalleries.net

703-354-2905

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

Broadway@broadwaygalleries.net

 

Is 50% Off Really 50% Off?

An interesting topic recently came up with a friend of mine. She had just come back from a trip to Europe with several beautiful pieces of artwork. We were at her house discussing where to hang them and both realized she should get her artwork framed. Not only would a frame protect her art, but would also showcase the beauty of the pictures.

The next step was to figure out where to get them framed. I, of course, recommended Broadway Galleries. But she told me flat-out that she thought a gallery would be too expensive, and instead was thinking about trying a larger chain such as Michael’s. Best yet, she had just received a 50% off coupon from them. She figured it had to be a steal of a deal.

Let’s chat about this for a minute, because this is a common perspective.

Remember to read the fine print of coupons!

Remember to read the fine print of coupons!

There are some chain framing stores that usually offer very large discounts or coupons … but how is the quality of the frame or the sales person recommending the frame and matting? How fast is their turnaround process? Will they have a variety of options or help you choose what is best for your budget and style preference? There are so many things to take into account!  Once you have something framed you typically intend to keep it that way for years.

To help my friend out, I did a bit of research on a few of these big companies with great discounts. I found their prices to be quite comparable to Broadway Galleries.  At Broadway Galleries we want to provide quality products, great customer service, and build customer loyalty. And at Broadway Galleries you can guarantee that your sales person and framer are experienced.

Look at all the options at Broadway Galleries

Chain stores are great for buying arts and crafts and odds and ends, and they did entice my friend with the 50% off coupon they advertised. But what does 50% off mean? 50% off the frame? 50% off the labor? Or 50% off the total cost?

Hmm is this really 50% off?

Hmm is this really 50% off?

Some coupons have specific limits to your purchase listed in fine print.  It also is apparent that some chain framing stores raise their prices when a promotional coupon goes out, which means the end result is that many people pay the same amount they would during a non-coupon sales period. Smart marketing!

Something else that breeds uncertainty is the question of where the frame is actually made. It could be anywhere.  At Broadway Galleries, all of our frames are made in our shop in the United States.

Overall framing can be a large investment but it also can be very affordable.  It simply depends on what type of materials you want.  Hopefully you will frame it once and have that frame last for generations.  At Broadway Galleries, just tell us what your budget is and we will make sure to find you the perfect beautiful frame.  This is what we do for a living, and we’re good at it.

Assembling the frame...

Assembling the frame…

The finished masterpiece!

The finished masterpiece!

Just remember – 50% off isn’t always 50% off!
Call or email us to get a free quote today: 703-354-2905. You will be surprised how we stack up against the competition!

Broadway Galleries

Broadway@broadwaygalleries.net

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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!

Broadway Galleries

Broadway@broadwaygalleries.net

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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,

Broadway Galleries

broadway@broadwaygalleries.net