Monthly Artist Showcase- HELEN ZARIN

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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.

We would like to welcome the NEW face of Broadway Gallery!

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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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Why you should care about Conservation Glass

What is Conservation Glass?

We’ve all heard about the dangers of ultraviolet light rays – particularly to our skin, but exposure to UV light causes organic material to break down in artwork. This is visible in the form of fading colors and embrittlement and yellowing of the materials that bear the artwork. These effects, once started, are growing and irreversible.

 The best way to preserve your art is to protect it from exposure to UV light from the outset. For starters, don’t hang your art in direct sunlight or light it with fluorescent light. You can also ask your framer to use Conservation Quality Glass.

Your "go-to" framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Your “go-to” framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Conservation Series® Glass effectively blocks 97% of the dangerous UV light – protecting your artwork without affecting the visible light spectrum so your colors show true as nicely in a year as they do the first day you frame them. 

Your "go-to" framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

Your “go-to” framer may have taken a class on conservation glass!

UV filtering glass, or if you prefer UV filtering acrylic, can be used on most things that are framed. Only conservation grade mat board comes in contact with the limited and open edition artwork. Another preservation method is to have artwork properly mounted on acid-free backing and allow for many years of enjoyment. Poster and photograph mounting may vary but it is recommended to use UV glass.

If you go to your local framing shop they would be happy to assist you with your questions and concerns and easily assist you with custom framing ideas on your beautiful new artwork!

Conservation Glass before any art has been added

Conservation Glass before any art has been added

What Is Conservation Framing?

Put simply, Conservation Framing employs the use of materials that have been proven to protect and maintain art in as close to its original condition as possible. Specifying Conservation Framing is an important form of insurance for your valuable artwork, keeping it as lovely as it is today for your pleasure for years to come.

As consumers, we bring our valuables in to be framed for a number of different reasons. Sometimes we frame an item to create an attractive decoration for our home. On the other hand, sometimes we frame the very things we value most – whether that be commercial or sentimental value – in order to protect them from damage.

Family photos should be preserved and protected

Family photos should be preserved and protected

Conservation Quality framing can be provided by several well-known brands such as Conservation Quality Artboard, such as Tru Vue® UltiMat® and UltiBlack®.

Framers in action to protect and preserve!

Framers in action to protect and preserve!

Conservation Quality Art board is free of all acids, lignins and other impurities found in ordinary “pulp” board. The result is an inert or pH neutral board which will cause no damage to the artwork it encases as time goes by. Also, asking to adhere to proper conservation techniques for mounting the artwork (sometimes called “hinging”) and sealing your artwork is important. The cost premium for Conservation Framing is marginal – and certainly well worth it.

All museums use Conservation Glass and Framing

All museums use Conservation Glass and Framing

What are you really buying when you use the services of a custom framer?

Talent — yes, and the knowledge and ability to select the proper framing materials for your particular project. This means helping you choose the right colors, the right frame style, and most importantly, the right materials to protect your art, photo or memorabilia. There’s the matboard, the frame, the backing board and the mounting materials to consider. And of course, the glass. And glass is glass, right? Wrong. All glass is not created equal. So, in order to preserve, protect and get the most out of your artwork, you have some choices to make. And with a little knowledge, those choices will be very easy.

 

George Washington seems happy this art piece was protected!

George Washington seems happy this art piece was protected!

 The most important thing to remember when framing your artwork is to consult with your custom framer. The more he or she knows about your project the better they are able to use materials that will ensure your enjoyment for years to come.

Special hanging features help maintain the artwork as well.

Special hanging features help maintain the artwork as well.

Have any of you used Conservation Glass yet?

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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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THE MATCHBOX CHALLENGE – Shadowbox style

According to Mr. Webster the word “challenge” is defined as:

a : to confront or defy boldly : dare <he challenged his critics to prove his guilt>

b : to call out to duel or combat

c : to invite into competition <he challenged his brother to a tennis match>

We call this project, “The Matchbox Challenge” and are wondering if you think it was appropriately named.  Here is the story:

A long time customer of ours game into the gallery with a questionable look on face.  She cried out that she had cheated on us.  A company “that will not be named” sent her a nice 50% off coupon and she decided to give them a shot on a shadow box project.

When her son was a young boy he had two race cars he carried around with him everywhere he went – in the car, in the store… everywhere.  This young man was all grown up and about to get married so his Mom decided to give him a very special wedding gift – a shadow box display of his toy cars.

The company “that will not be named” gave it a shot:

The Frame that was Produced by Someone else - Let the Challenge Begin!

The Challenge – To make our design better than this one

Here is a close up:

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Hmm… something seems off here.

Not to brag but anyone who works in our company is either a professional framer or has a degree in fine art – we have some ridiculously talented people here.

We decided to forgive the cheating and take on this: MATCHBOX CHALLENGE

To start we came up with ideas… brainstorming how we could really make these cars seem like they were right in place.  We decided it would be best to make a scene for each car.  Here is what we came up with for the Dukes of Hazzard:

The Dukes of Hazzard car shadowbox

We were able to find a police car that fit in perfectly!

A close up

The cliff and stones were handmade and really made us work on our paint techniques.

The Knight Rider needed a different, darker look.  We thought a city scene would be perfect for it.

The Knight Rider Shadowbox

The Knight Rider Shadowbox

We were able even add in a working street lamp:

Working Street Lights are not too hard to place into Shadow Boxes

A special thanks to our wonderful customer for giving us the opportunity to create these pieces.  We had a lot of fun and are thankful we get to do what we love.

Art never comes without a mess.  Here is our matchbox carnage:

The Matchbox Challenge Carnage (as we like to call it)

Happy Thursday!

Broadway Galleries

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

Broadway Gallery Cordially invites you to Join us for Art Uncorked!

When the weekend finally rolls around we suggest you take a short trip out to Paradise Spring Winery to join us for our 4th Art Uncorked.  You will have the opportunity to relax in the beautiful Clifton countryside, and meet artist Buck Nelligan.

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Buck has been painting for years…  Click here to see more of his work.

Click here to learn more about Paradise Springs Winery.

Questions?   Contact us!

We will be showing the painting below at our event.  Come out and see it!

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