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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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

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!

Broadway Gallery

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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?

Broadway Galleries

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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?

Broadway Galleries

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Corporate Art – Can it Really Make Your Office More Productive?

Corporate art. What exactly classifies corporate art? Is it art made specifically for office use? Or is it any art that is located in a corporate setting? When someone thinks of art they may associate someone in a freelance profession or a creative field but many artists find meaningful employment in the corporate world. According to the Corporate Art Force art can enhance any space in which it is installed but it can serve a great purpose specifically in office spaces. Art can make a corporate area feel more welcoming and attractive.

Check out this office design we did in Tyson Corner, VA

Check out this office design we did in Tyson Corner, VA

Corporate art can be original art or reproductions and it is made by artists such as painters, photographers, sculptors, print makers, and others.  Some corporate offices can even have their own corporate art galleries in which they request specific artists to create work just for them.  Clients of these galleries include architects, interior designers, and developers.

Broadway Galleries specializes in finding and installing the perfect piece of art for your specifications.  You can choose from a completed artwork or commissioning an artwork if you have something specific in mind.  Broadway Galleries has art to suit all budgets.  We also have consultants available to help you make your decision, and they can find the artwork that perfectly complements the size of your space, the color scheme, and your overall design.  We will work with you to find the perfect piece of art either in the gallery or at your location.

Awards and positive rewards can be artwork too!

Awards and positive rewards can be artwork too!

Corporate art has been shown to improve employee productivity in the workplace. We can help your organization be more strategic in your art decision and continually evaluate the effectiveness of your art.

Who knew you could receive a return on your investment by purchasing artwork and gaining; employee retention and productivity, customer and public awareness, and patient outcomes for healthcare organizations!

In general I personally feel that artwork can attract positive energy for the space it is displayed in, the people, and the company as a whole. What do you think?

Doesn’t this lounge area look inviting? What do you think of the colors?

Doesn’t this lounge area look inviting? What do you think of the colors?


Corporate art can do this by communicating your objectives and messaging, strengthen customer and employee interactions, promote your organizations brand and mission, encourage a creative and dynamic environment, strengthen morale, and engage others. Broadway Galleries can do an initial analysis of your brand and image and come up with a recommendation to optimize your options of artwork needed for your company. Just like we did here:

I love the green background, it makes the picture pop.

I love the green background, it makes the picture pop.

One important concept in corporate art is a sense of scale.  For example, if you have a large wall in your corporate space, you would ideally want a large artwork to fill it, or a series of multiple artworks.  Anything that is too small in size will look out of place.  Similarly, if you have a large open area, you would benefit from a large fountain or sculpture.

Ask the gallery you use if you are able to view your chosen artwork in its intended space before you buy it to make sure that it does suit the area in which it is used.

At Office Art Hire they feel that “In today’s tough economic climate astute employees understand that providing a positive and energised working environment enables employees to fully utilise their attributes which in turn improves financial, social and strategic performance.”

“For the employer, staff happiness and wellbeing means increased performance and in turn productivity – producing a healthy return on investment.”

Glass Installation at the Embassy Suites – Retro chic

Glass Installation at the Embassy Suites – Retro chic

Are you inspired at work today?

Broadway Galleries

Capturing Memories with Unique Shadow Boxes

Everyday we hustle from one place to another getting along with our busy lives.  For me, time seems to be continually speeding up.  There are certain memories worth taking a moment to slow down and remember, to catch you off guard and take you back in time.  It might be a home run baseball you caught as a kid buried in the back of your closet, or the handmade christening outfit you will never fit into again.

Special moments that make you smile should be displayed in a way you and your family can appreciate them for years to come.  Not to mention they are absolutely awesome.  Objects that pull on our heart strings of happiness, excitement, pride, and love never go out of style.  Shadow boxes have the ability to achieve a lot.

To inspire you I have pulled some pictures together of creative shadow boxes we have done for our customers:

The Marines Hymn

The Marines Hymn

Special Seashell Memories also make a Great Piece of Art

Special Seashell Memories also make a Great Piece of Art

Articles, pictures and CDs from a Talented Local Artist

Articles, pictures and CDs from a Talented Local Artist

A Priceless Memory - The California Raisins Singing "I Heard it through the Grapevine"

A Priceless Memory – The California Raisins Singing “I Heard it through the Grapevine”

A great collection of Arrowheads and Axes sewn into the shadow box with twine and rope

A great collection of Arrowheads and Axes sewn into the shadow box with twine and rope

Framers Note: Whenever you have a shadow box designed make sure you ask your framer how they are going to attach your memories in the box.  Most strong adhesives will corrode and ruin special objects over time.  Rope and Twine were the perfect way to maintain the quality of these arrowheads for years to come.

A family kilt captured in time with a picture of the family

A family kilt captured in time with a picture of the family

What memories do you want to capture?

Broadway Galleries

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The Paintings that Tie it all Together

Hunting for the perfect painting to fit in an empty spot on your wall is a frustrating challenge all homeowners and designers have faced.  The colors have to match, the textures have to work together, and the scale of the piece needs to be right in range. I can recall multiple situations where it has taken me a few months to find a particular piece of art for a client. That is, until I met…

Lisa Tureson.  A talented artist who not only posses the ability to create stunning pieces of her own but also has the capabilities to turn your problem into no problem at all.  She is what I like to call, “Art Smart.” Lisa has been working with home owners and designers for years to create stunning pieces like these 3 panels in a set of 6 panels that depict the client’s family.  The Mother is on the right and two of the kids are on the left.  It was placed in a two story foyer and when the clients moved they were able to remove the panels and take them to their new house!

Creative family portrait by Lisa Tureson

Creative family portrait by Lisa Tureson

She has an eye for transforming spaces.  Take a look at this before and after:

Fireplace Before

Fireplace Before

And the after:

The After – The artwork includes the faux bois and stone on the fireplace as well as the custom painting

The After – The artwork includes the faux bois and stone on the fireplace as well as the custom painting

Most designers (not all) start planning a room from the ground up.  They pick out the carpet, then the wall color, then the furniture, the textiles, and then the art.  Lisa has worked with lots of designers who bring her their space’s “game plan” including the – pillows, wall colors, textures in the room and give her an approximate size they need. Commissioned work gives the client the right size, scale, colors, values and imagery for the space.  The designers can suggest a style they wish the piece to look like – for example, one client wanted a painting that was reminiscent of Rothko.  The designer or homeowner then trusts Lisa’s natural artistic ability to do the rest.  Here is an example of a room where the art flows perfectly with the textiles and really ties the space together:

Custom made painting to enhance this aquarium room

Custom made painting to enhance this aquarium room

What more do you need from a piece of art?  We can’t think of anything.

Lisa has the ability to turn a space that isn’t so beautiful into one that is stunning.  One story she told us goes like this:

Right next to the fireplace which was a focal point of the room was an unsightly electrical panel that could not be moved.  Due to the size and shape of the door it made sense to the eye to turn that into a tromp l’oeil bookcase. It was a natural fit.  We had fun with the clients in coming up with names of the books that were personal to them, such as where they honeymooned.  We also incorporated their personal items of special significance on the shelves such as a scale of justice for the attorney in the home. I did a similar bookcase for a Podiatrist and named the books “Joan of Arch (his mother’s name), Sesamoid Street (a bone in the foot), The Agony of d’Feet, etc.  It’s a very fun and personal piece. This is also a great anniversary, holiday or birthday gift idea for the person who has everything because they definitely don’t have one of these.

Lisa had one customer ask her to paint his three Ferraris:

Three 48” square, mixed media on canvas

Three 48” square, mixed media on canvas

If this doesn’t make you smile, I am not sure what will.

Check out our website to see more of Lisa’s stunning work or come into Broadway Galleries in Alexandria and see this stunning piece of Lisa’s work we are showcasing:

121 - 24 x 48 – Acrylic on Canvas

121 – 24 x 48 – Acrylic on Canvas

Lisa is also showcasing work in the DC Design House and the Washington Design Center.  You can email us if you are interested in discussing a commissioned piece with Lisa: broadwaygallery@broadwaygalleries.com.

Have an Art Smart Day!

Broadway Galleries

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.

Broadway Galleries

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Broadway Gallery Presents Photographer Fred Eberhart

Fred has found a way to capture the depth and detailed beauty of nature using an unique photography technique.

"Bluebells on Cedar Run" By Fred Eberhart

His photographs can be enlarged to over 10′ tall or 10′ wide and still hold the clarity of the image you see below.  Fred is able to enlarge his images to these enormous sizes and create such depth by actually stitching together a series of images into one.  Fred explains it very clearly:

“I am acutely aware of the limitations of digital technology in that pursuit. Even among higher-end digital cameras, the technology has not yet reached a point at which individual digital images can meet the resolution and quality standards of scanned images from medium and large format film. This shortcoming is particularly evident in the creation of fine art landscape images, often most advantageously displayed in large format, high-resolution prints.

"On Hogback in a Cloud" captured on the Appalachian Trail in Late September

"On Hogback in a Cloud" captured on the Appalachian Trail in Late September

I have sought to overcome this limitation by creating stitched mosaics from arrays of juxtaposed digital images. Using robust mosaic-stitching software, I am able to produce seamless, large format, high-resolution images of a quality comparable to the larger film formats.Preparation of a finished mosaic of 24 or more component photographs may require days for setup, processing, modification and finishing to my satisfaction.

Thumbnails of the 4mp photos stitched to create "Bluebird's Remembrance"

Thumbnails of the 4mp photos stitched to create "Bluebird's Remembrance"

Some of the more challenging mosaics, shot in rapidly changing light or with moving subjects, may require several attempts to get it right. However, there is considerable creative satisfaction in the process and in the result.”  We think the result is very satisfying as well.  Here it is:

Bluebird's Remembrance stitched together

Bluebird's Remembrance stitched together

This technique is not new, or commonly used.  Have you heard of it before?  We invite you into our Alexandria gallery to see the pieces in person and to inspect each piece to see if you can determine where Fred stitched each piece.  Here is another example:

Thumbnail arrary of course photos for "Morning Light on the C&O"

Thumbnail arrary of course photos for "Morning Light on the C&O"

Ta-da!  Here it is stitched together:

"Morning Light on the C&O" By Fred Eberhart

"Morning Light on the C&O" By Fred Eberhart

To learn more about Fred and his stunning photographs visit our website by click here.

“I hope that viewers will find my images compelling and emotive, touching them in a meaningful way, and conveying my love for, and awe at the natural and visual gifts with which we have been endowed.”

-Fred Eberhart