The Legacy of Howard Behrens

 

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Howard Behrens

It is with heart-felt sadness that we say goodbye to a friend and artist, Howard Behrens. After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, Behrens passed away on April 14, 2014.

For over 25 years, he has given us treasures to share with our clients. From his brilliant landscapes of foreign paradises, to breathtaking cityscape, his pallet knife was able to capture a beauty that will live on forever. He will truly be missed.

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Shimmering Waters

 

For a detailed journey through Behrens life go to his website.

 

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Rooftop Garden (Mexico)

 

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!

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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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What Inspires Artwork?

 When I walk into a museum or a gallery such as Broadway Galleries and I see all the beautiful artwork I am always in awe of the talent I see. I also  get curious about how the artist came up with such an idea or perspective and it made me dig around for some answers, where does the inspiration come from?

Willis Wharf Fisherman by Ken Strong

Willis Wharf Fisherman by Ken Strong

  When looking for an answer, I realized the world we live in is full of life and beauty which is a great source of inspiration. Being outdoors is a great place to find something new, whether you get a city scene of bustling people, buildings, or even rustic landscapes. Many people go to cities or the countryside and bring a camera along to capture the image and bring it back to the studio.

A John Bannon piece

A John Bannon piece

Other artists can be inspired by their emotions. This can be referenced by Picasso’s ‘blue period’ where he was depressed and did a series all in dark and somber blue tones. Emotions can bring about new ideas and help shape the overall mood of a piece of artwork. If you are happy, you might be inspired to do something in bright and lively colors. Many pieces of dark and menacing artwork are created out of feelings of anger.

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Beatty’s Revelation of the Heart 2

Dreams! Dreams are another great source of inspiration for artists. When we sleep, our subconscious if free to wander and indulge it its own creativity. Dreams have been an inspiration for art for centuries. Dreams have been referenced as far back as the stories of Gilgamesh and the Iliad. Salvador Dali was influenced by dreams. Since we often forget what we dream, a good habit for artists is to sleep with a pen and pad of paper next to the bed.

A whole other area of inspiration is music, which can inspire an artist just as easily as a picture. Music creates a mood and is closely tied with using emotions in art. Just about all artists have a stereo of some mind in their studio to listen to music. When you are searching for idea for your next piece, put on some music that you like that is appropriate for getting in the right frame of mind.

Sokol-Hohne Abstract piece

Sokol-Hohne Abstract piece

Hanging out with and talking shop with other artists is a valuable way to bounce ideas back and forth. Not every artist thinks alike, after all. It is highly likely that one of your peers may have a different idea than you. Many artists are very supportive of others in their community and are more than happy to give (and receive) advice. Go to gallery openings and talk with other artists. Hang out in their studio and see what they have been working on. There are also online art communities where you can chat or post topics in forums. These sites can be tremendously useful to an artist, especially if they do not live near an art community.

Art can inspire something gorgeous like this!

Art can inspire something gorgeous like this!

Media in its different forms can be just as inspirational as real life. Often artists get ideas for a new piece by watching movies or reading books. Subject matter can vary widely and it really depends on the interests of the artist. You might be inspired by a work of pure fiction or you might like historical or biographical material.

One of the biggest sources of inspiration for artists is the works by other artists. Many artists trying to find a new idea will look at samples and portfolios of others to see how they approached an idea. You can do this by going to a gallery and looking at the pieces of art being displayed. There are galleries with everything from the works by the old masters to modern and contemporary artists. In other words, there is something for everyone.

Another way to find inspiration is to try to do something new and different. If you have been working in the same style or the same subject matter for awhile, change it up. Copy someone else’s style or just go in the opposite direction from what you normally do. If you mostly draw, try painting. If you paint, try sculpture. Switch out realism for impressionism and vice versa. By trying something new, it can make you think in a different direction.

Carry a sketchbook or a camera; you never know when inspiration may strike. You may discover something by accident one day or pass something on the street. An image may just pop into your head. Always try to keep some pen and paper nearby to jot down these ideas!

Amore by Shojaei

Amore by Shojaei

I would have to agree with these findings that being outside in nature gives me a boost of creativity, especially when it is summer!  Tell us, what inspires you?

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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?

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