Wanted: A marketing event that pays for itself, generates positive, free publicity for a business, and builds name recognition, all while supporting the local arts community. Great news – I’ve found it! Each year, Finer Frames hosts a juried art competition in the spring to build name recognition and highlight the work of many talented […]
Ordering my usual grande non-fat, no whip mocha at Starbucks this morning got me thinking. Starbucks has built a powerful brand selling a very familiar product, not too far removed from framers selling picture frames. If framing entrepreneurs can model themselves after one of the most successful brands in business, we could strengthen our own […]
How many times have we heard the most famous phrase in business “The customer is always right”? Knowing it is one thing, but believing it is much more difficult when the customer is (dare I say it?) is actually wrong. Recently, I had an unhappy customer that tested my beliefs. Fortunately this doesn’t happen often, […]
If Michelangelo had followed the wishes of his father, Lodovico, he would have become a merchant instead of a painter; Lodovico was infuriated by his son’s chosen career path, possibly because in the early days of the Italian Renaissance art was stigmatized due to its association with manual labor.
Why limit yourself to photography or painting when you can do both? In one piece, even? The signature style of abstract artist Polly Norman, whose Prehistoric Ride Through a Lavender Sky is our Work of the Week, combines both those media to yield a dreamy, kinetic feel. The Minneapolis-born artist shoots high-resolution black and white […]
For his series DRUGS, Washington, D.C. artist Bryan Lewis Saunders has created dozens of self-portraits, one per day, each while under the influence of a different mind-altering substance, including cocaine, Ritalin, nitrous oxide and Valium.
“For me, there isn’t a car fast enough or a house big enough to justify spending your life doing anything that you don’t love.” For Johnny Taylor, that dream career is art—and it’s one he’s been pursuing since the age of 10, when he got a job producing a comic strip for a local newspaper. […]
Coming to you from the crossroads between art and humor, Jeff Leedy’s Do You Want To Count Every Stroke? Or Play Men’s Rules? is our Work of the Week. An award-winning fine art humorist whose portfolio includes his Funday Sunnies series, Leedy won a gold medal in the New York Society of Illustrators’ inaugural Humor Show […]
German-born painter Walter Sickert was a leading figure in the British avant-garde movement during the early 1900s, a respected art critic and teacher, a former pupil of James Whistler… and one of the men today suspected of being Jack the Ripper, or at least an accomplice of his.
Director Steven Spielberg was an unlikely party in a lawsuit involving the Norman Rockwell painting Russian Schoolroom. Lent to a Missouri gallery by art dealer Jack Solomon, the piece was stolen in 1973 and ended up in Spielberg’s private collection when he purchased it 16 years later. In 2007 one of Spielberg’s assistants recognized the […]