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

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Giclée – What is it?

Giclée, doesn’t that sound nice?

Pronounced zhee-KLAY, it is a neologism used in 1991 and made popular by printmaker Jack Duganne while he was working at Nash Editions and wanted a name for the new type of fine art digital prints made on ink jet printers. The IRIS printer is a large-format, high-resolution industrial press proofing inject printer which had been adapted for fine-art printing.  Duganne was specifically looking for a word that would not have the negative connotations of “ink jet” or “computer generated”. It is based on the French word gicleur, which means “nozzle”. Fancy!

These printers are large and get the job done!

Printing giclee in the workshop!

Printing giclee in the workshop!

Look at this Ferrari - Giclee gives it a nice finish!

Look at this Ferrari – Giclee gives it a nice finish!

Beside its original association with IRIS prints, in recent years, the word giclée has come to be associated with prints that use fade-resistant, archival inks (pigment-based, as well as newer solvent-based inks), and archival substrates primarily produced on Epson, HP and other large-format printers.

These printers use the CMYK color process but may have multiple cartridges for variations of each color which increases the apparent resolution and color gamut  and allows smoother gradient transitions. A wide variety of materials are available, including various textures and finishes such as matte photo paper, watercolor paper, cotton canvas, or artist textured vinyl.

The Movie post for "It's A Wonderful Life" from 1946 in giclcee

The Movie post for “It’s A Wonderful Life” from 1946 in giclee

Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. The prohibitive up-front cost of mass production for an edition is eliminated.

Archived files will not deteriorate in quality as negatives and films inherently do. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various mediums, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.

Check out "The King" Elvis Presley on giclee  paper!

Check out “The King” Elvis Presley on giclee paper!

The quality of the giclee print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes and is commonly found in museums, art galleries, and photographic galleries.

GicleeArt in a Gallery

Giclee Art in a Gallery

Numerous examples of giclee prints can be found in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Chelsea Galleries. Recent auctions of giclee prints have fetched $10,800 for Annie Leibovitz, $9,600 for Chuck Close, and $22,800 for Wolfgang Tillman’s (April 23/24 2004, Photographs, New York, Phillips de Pury & Company.) It is never to late to start creating giclees or get in on the action and make a purchase!

Check out some of these artists’ famous works!

Chuck Close's "Lucas".

Chuck Close’s “Lucas”.

One more!

"Oranges and Grapes"  By Wolfgnag Tillman

“Oranges and Grapes” By Wolfgang Tillman

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

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

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

Jupey & Barry at an gallery showing at Broadway Gallery

Jupey & Barry at a gallery showing at Broadway Gallery

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

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

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

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

Jupey Gale doing her thang!

Jupey Gale doing her thang!

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

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

Jupey at one of Broadway Gallery’s events.

Artaissance Event at Broadway Gallery

Artaissance Event at Broadway Gallery

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

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

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

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Get to Know the Artist and Framer – Jupey Gale – part 1

Please meet Jupey Gale, Production Manager at Broadway Galleries.

She has been with Broadway Galleries since 2007 when she moved across country from Las Vegas, NV. Originally from North Carolina Jupey grew up in Cincinnati, OH and has been in love with art since as long as she can remember.

Jupey’s role at Broadway Galleries entails a variety of roles, such as taking all the incoming framing orders, ensuring all the materials and work are completed in a timely fashion, managing vendors, handling interactions with customers, designing frames, doing installations, and completing in-home consultations. Jupey also spends time assisting Broadway Galleries owner Barry Broadway with the company’s website and social media needs.

Choosing the right frame makes all the difference.

Choosing the right frame makes all the difference.

Jupey says, “I love my job, interacting with the customers, and have a diverse amount of work to do. I like to stay busy and do the design work on framing.” She came to Broadway Galleries with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Pratt Pratt Institute and graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

Broadway Galleries’ family goal is “to maintain the highest standards in the framing industry by having the best design and productions staff available and to be art educators as well as art providers.” Jupey said that Broadway Galleries’ customers range from retail customers, designers, and corporate collections. She mentioned that her company does things that most galleries won’t do such as specialized framing and servicing the trade.

Simple and beautiful.

Simple and beautiful.

Broadway Galleries has a turnaround time of between two and two and a half weeks but they can also accommodate rushes.

One of Jupey’s favorite things about working at Broadway Galleries is that she gets to be around art all day long. She loves it and feels really privileged to be around such beautiful works of art. Jupey enjoys being able to help people display their artwork to its fullest extent. “You can make or break a piece of art by framing; and I have fun helping people with a vision. She continues “Broadway Gallery assists customers to decide what is the best, aesthetically and conservation-wise, for framing. We educate people on the materials we use and we ask people things like ‘is it going to damage your art?’ ‘Is it going to last?’ ‘Place x is cheaper but are you really comparing apples to apples?’ The whole process is informative and beneficial to them.”

The art is the center of attention here.

The art is the center of attention here.

Jupey said her main challenge in framing work is when “customers may come in with a preconceived notion of what they want; and what they want, 99 times out of 100, isn’t what is aesthetically best for the piece.” This is a fine line, and very subjective, but often what customers are picturing in their head is not really how it’s actually going to look.  The challenge is to show them what they want and, at the same time, provide other, more-appropriate, options delicately, showing the difference in what is more visually appealing.

Jupey concludes by saying, “we service those who have neat, atypical pieces, and we have a great reputation for all types of framing.” Jupey’s passion for art and for the work she does at Broadway Galleries is a testament to the artistic expertise that we pride ourselves on.

What are your opinions on framing?

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?

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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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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,
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.

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What’s Hidden Behind that Frame?

When you think about picture frames do you ever think that it could be hiding something?  Do you ever wonder what is behind that attractive piece of artwork?  There could be more than meets the eye.  Our generation’s contribution to frame history is a pretty good one.

Frames started showing up in the history books 3-4,000 years ago on tomb paintings and vases.  They functioned mostly as decorative boundaries.   As time continues Christian artists begin building and painting diptychs, alter pieces and much more.  All of a sudden frames start functioning as more than just an attractive boarder, but truly emphasizing the work the frame holds.  I digress, sorry.  The history of “the frame” is for another blog. Let me get back to the point:

As time continues and the flat screen is placed into mainstream society the frame finds itself with a whole new purpose:  hiding things.  Hiding things such as the television in your living room, just like this one:

Now you see the television

Now you see the television

Now you don't

Now you don't

Over here at Broadway Galleries we are happy to design and build you any type of frame to hide your television, your bathtub, whatever you need.

Inspired by the idea of hiding televisions I started to research where else I found frames hiding things.  I went into World Market the other day and to my surprised I found these two cute frames:

What picture is hiding behind these doors?

What picture is hiding behind these doors?

What a great idea.  It creates something exciting and new about a picture frame.  If you were a visitor in someone’s home wouldn’t you want to know what pictures they were hiding behind those tiny little doors?  The ones I found were not hiding anything exciting:

Nothing exciting behind these doors

Nothing exciting behind these doors

I continued my research of this idea and found an interesting company called Entertainment Technology that designs a product where your artwork actually hides the television.  According to the company “At the touch of a hand-held transmitter, this product lets you conceal and reveal a recessed TV behind your favorite painting.”  Neat!  Here it is in action:

Check out this nice piece of artwork

Check out this nice piece of artwork

There's a T.V. behind it!

There's a T.V. behind it!

The painting can split also.  Very neat!

The painting can split also.

Tada!  I can’t wait to see what the next generation comes up with.  We would love to hear your frame hiding thoughts and ideas.

Happy Friday!

Broadway Galleries

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