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!

Broadway Galleries

www.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

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Framing Diplomas. Get Inspired!

Diploma Framing! What do you know about it?

First off I would like to congratulate all the 2012 graduates! Whether you have just graduated from high school, completed your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or even a PhD degree – I am excited for you all.

Education though exciting and fun can also be a tough endeavor and it is a great accomplishment when you finally receive the piece of paper acknowledging all your hard work! Spring and summer are full of graduations and when all is said and done, when the family parties die down, and the opportunity to move on to further education or a career comes – don’t let the opportunity to show off your achievements pass.

Frame your diploma!

How about this wall of framed diplomas. Looks like a doctor’s office!

Have several degrees or certifications? Create a collage!

Have several degrees or certifications? Create a collage!

Or get a frame to keep on your desk like this one below.

A perfect size for your guests to view.

A perfect size for your guests to view.

For those of you considering framing your diploma yourself – I would recommend against it. You can easily make a snafu and tear the diploma or crease it while attempting to put it in the frame. When you invest in professional framing, you will not only receive a great quality frame you will secure a quality job on overall. You most likely spent quite a bit of time and money while getting your degree why not give it the care it deserves?

Check out this unique frame with the graduate’s cap tassel.

Diplomas with aceesories are fun.

Diplomas with accessories are fun.

Usually when you go to a custom framing store you can either choose from a selection of staple frames or can customize the frame to your liking. Most places will be able to assist you in capturing just the right frame to complement your room, your lifestyle, and your budget!

Comparing between the two frames between the first frame with the image of the school would be a bit more expensive and take up more room than the second frame with a simpler style.

 How about this Virginia Tech frame?

Let's go Hokies!

Let’s go Hokies!

A frame for a diploma can make for a great gift and a solid investment. It is also a fantastic way to protect your documents from wear and tear. There are so many options frame-wise, you can choose a large frame with an image of the school, make it colorful with the school theme colors, or keep it simple and sleek.  Some people may want to engrave or initial the frame for personalization and you can also choose to add a gold or colored plaque on or under the frame too!

 I still need to frame my Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University! Go Dukes! This is what I would like my framed diploma to look like.

JMU frame with a picture of Wilson Hall

JMU frame with a picture of Wilson Hall

Is your Diploma framed? What’s your look like? Make your diploma frame dazzle!

Broadway Gallery

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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

BroadwayGallery@broadwaygalleries.net

Get Great Art for Your Office!

Being responsible for supplying your office or organization with artwork is a fun and exciting task. Being the decision maker can also be a bit daunting since your fellow colleagues will be viewing whatever artwork you pick! There are several factors to keep in mind when deciding what type of art to purchase and where the art should go.

  1. Think about what your employees might prefer. Modern or abstract might be your personal taste but if it doesn’t match the attitude or theme of the company the art may not do much in terms of igniting a good mood. Corporate motivational art can encourage your employees throughout the day, so contemplate the placement of the art, such as a hallway or a conference room.

    How about this for some great hallway artwork?

    How about this for some great hallway artwork?

  2. Consider enlisting a corporate art service or Broadway Galleries which  may offer an immense amount of styles, the ability to view and order online, and personalized service so you don’t have to give up several hours of your day searching in galleries.
  3. Another important factor to consider is to help support the art world by purchasing original art for business. This way the office gets to own a one-of-a kind piece that appreciates in value and you may even be helping starving artist.

    This painting of the Jefferson Memorial and bloomig cherry blossoms is gorgeous.

    This painting of the Jefferson Memorial and bloomig cherry blossoms is gorgeous.

  4. Lastly, try to stick with pieces that inspire and encourage. If you have limited funds usually a striking poster coupled with an inspirational message is a good way to go. Also, consider framing the work – this can make all the difference in a business setting.

A good advantage to buying a few great pieces is you can always rotate the location of the art to keep the environment fresh and inviting (and keep your employees on their toes!).

How about this for a nice relaxing seating area?

How about this for a nice relaxing seating area?

Displaying corporate art can also help create a good impression with your clients. By choosing attractive corporate office art, you can send a positive message about your company-that you appreciate the finer things in life, and not just all business. Artwork for a corporate office can be and is a great investment.

What is the artwork like in your office? Would you change it or keep it?

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

BroadwayGallery@broadwaygalleries.net