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?

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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!

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