Meg on Marketing: Let’s Put on a Show

Meg on Marketing: Let’s Put on a Show

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 […]

Meg on Marketing: The Power of Exclusivity

Meg on Marketing: The Power of Exclusivity

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 […]

Meg on Marketing: Cranky Customers

Meg on Marketing: Cranky Customers

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, […]

Fact: Michelangelo Could’ve Been a Merchant

Fact: Michelangelo Could’ve Been a Merchant

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.

Polly Norman’s Prehistoric Ride Through a Lavender Sky

Polly Norman’s Prehistoric Ride Through a Lavender Sky

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 […]

Fact: Bryan Lewis Saunders Suffers For His Art

Fact: Bryan Lewis Saunders Suffers For His Art

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.

Work of the Week: Johnny Taylor’s The Age of Flight #3

Work of the Week: Johnny Taylor’s The Age of Flight #3

“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. […]

Do You Want To Count Every Stroke? Or Play Men’s Rules?

Do You Want To Count Every Stroke? Or Play Men’s Rules?

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 […]

Fact: Art Has a Dark Side

Fact: Art Has a Dark Side

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.

Fact: Don’t Mess With Steven Spielberg

Fact: Don’t Mess With Steven Spielberg

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 […]