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First impressions are extremely powerful. We all strive to put our best face forward, whether it is through a solid handshake, our wardrobe, or a friendly smile. But initial perceptions go beyond that of  the individual. Our home & office should make a grand first impression too, which is why after years of working in the art business I continue to stress the importance of choosing the right piece of artwork for the entrance of your space!

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Click photo to view more of Leslie Dyas’ work.

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Click photo to view more of Elizabeth Foley’s work.

The first piece of artwork someone sees when they walk into your space is what sets the tone for the rest of their experience. Through this initial design, your style—the mood & energy of the space—are immediately understood. You want the entrance to be welcoming, memorable, and enticing.

Colors Energize and instantly create an engaging and inviting space. 

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Click photo to see more of Jeannine Dostal’s work.

Earth tones bring warmth and comfort. 

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Click photo to view more of JoAnne Helfert-Sullam’s work.

Large artwork visually simplifies a space, which creates a relaxing atmosphere—making the most out of minimal design.

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Click photo to view more of Cathy Breslaw’s work.

High contrast creates strong, dynamic visual impact. Dark walls with pops of white or white walls with pops of colors create a refreshing space.

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Click photo to view more of William Neil’s work I Blink artist

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Click photo to view more of Elizabeth Barber Leventhal’s work.

A common saying is to make your “house a home.” Why not have your guests or clients feeling ‘at home’ right away?  Through an inviting first impression, your guests or clients will want to stick around, come back again, and tell their friends.


Showcase your Art!


Custom framing is an incredible way to enhance the beauty of any artwork, and personalize the piece for your home to make it truly unique. ADC’s Master Framers take special care with each and every frame job to make sure that 100 years from now, your artwork is just as radiant as the day it was framed!

 

Archival Framing

There are worry-free ways to show off the things that mean so much to you through proper, preservation framing. Archival framing will keep pieces that are meaningful to you, old and fragile, or original pieces of artwork safe from elements that cause decay, bleaching in color, and tearing.

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Click photo to see more of Allison Banzhaf’s work.

Be Mindful of Matting

When matting your artwork we choose 100% acid free or archival matting. The alternative will cause what framers refer to as “slow burning”—the acid in the paper used with general matting can be abrasive and eat away at your artwork over time, causing irreversible damage.

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Click photo to see more of Blake Conroy’s work I Blink Artist

Ta-Ta, Tape!

Any adhesive or tape used on paper has the same effect as non-acid free matting—it can cause slow burning and yellowing. The acid in the adhesive wears down the fibers in paper over time. To avoid this we use a process called hinging. Hinging is done with an acid-free tissue like tape, alkaline, or Japanese handmade paper made typically out of cotton, wheat, or rice starch. The fibers in hinging tape adhere to the fibers in the paper or matting securely and safely. Hinging is most often used for illustration and water color.

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Click photo to see more of Chin Yuen’s work I Blink Artist

When framing photographs do not use glue or tape, use picture corners. Picture corners are little plastic sleeves that fit the corners of the photo holding it in place without coming into any direct contact with chemicals. These will be covered by matting. However, if you choose not to have a mat, then hinge the photographs.

*Fun Fact! There are two types of hinges: T-hinge and V-hinge. The T-hinge is all purpose. The V-hinge is used when you want the edges of your art to be visible and not covered by the mat.

LaVelle

Click photo to see more of Philip LaVelle’s work.

Glass with Class

You don’t want the glass to directly touch the surface of the piece being framed. Over time the moisture in the air will cause the glass to stick and ruin your artwork. To avoid this, use matting or glass/plastic spacers.  Glass spacers go behind the glass within the frame, separating the art from the glass. This can be done not only to conserve that which is being framed, but also as an aesthetic element that creates interesting depth in the design!

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Click photo to see Karen Fitzgerald’s work I Blink Artist

When choosing which kind of glass always choose conservation clear or museum glass. These protect your art from Ultraviolet rays that can cause permanent damage like fading or yellowing.

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Before and after custom frame job.

 

Be Aware of Backing

When taking on a framing project on your own, many will back their pieces with cardboard, wood, or regular foam core. All of these are extremely high in acid and can corrode your artwork. However there is such thing as acid-free, archival foam core which is what you would use when doing conservation framing. This foam core does not have the acid paper front and back, and does not have the core that deteriorates over time.

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Call ADC at 513-723-1222 for more info on “White Flowers” by Georgie

Ask an ADC Framer!

Our Master Framers have pretty much seen and done it all in the world of framing! There is no project too large or small, too complicated or unique. They can tell you when archival framing is necessary based on the piece being framed. And feel free to ask questions! Tell them when a piece is of the utmost importance you, and talk through all your options. Sometimes we don’t know the things we have at home are so valuable or fragile, so it never hurts to get an expert’s opinion before framing the things you treasure!

Interested in ADC framing a piece for you?

Visit our website or call 513-723-1222 today!


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ADC’s gallery space is bright, beautiful, and BIG - don’t you agree?  It’s really the perfect canvas for any type of event!

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Art for Your Office

Imagine feeling happier and more energized at work. Well, (disclaimer!) that is the shocking effect corporate art can have on its employees. The average workday is eight hours or more— longer than the average person sleeps each night. Sometimes it feels like we live at our place of employment…shouldn’t we be comfortable?

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“Connection I, II, & III” by Alexa McNeill

The artwork showcased in a corporate office or business represents the corporate image and demonstrates that corporation’s brand. The many fantastic options such as original paintings, collages, sculptures, metal, glass, photos, prints, posters, and custom framing can all “say” very different and specific things about a space. Most importantly, the right artwork can enhance and bring to the forefront all the amazing qualities of a business for all the clients and employees to see—and enjoy— every time they walk into your office building.

As one bank executive commented: “By adding original art we have created an environment that sparks interest, curiosity, and instigates conversation. It really has brought a lot of life to our corporate offices.”

In the Office

It’s a fact that aesthetically pleasing environments increase productivity, creativity, mood, and even motivate employees to dress better! Working surrounded by inspiring art can generate better ideas, improve time management, and create an overall happier work atmosphere.

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Equanimity Redefined by Andrezj Michael Karwacki I Blink artist

8 -Sroka

“Breaking Wave” and “Point of View” by Daniel Sroka

10 - Landuyt

“Casting Spells” by Jamie Van Landuyt

Give the Lobby Some Love

What do you think of when you walk into a corporate lobby? What do the surroundings convey? Art can play a major role in how people perceive a company—and a first impression can make a big impact!

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“Tempête Jaune” and “California Waves” by Chantal Brunet

7 - Osborn

“Cincinnati Riverfront” and “Roebling Bridge” by David Osborn

Bold, strong colors show assurance and success. Subtle, soft paintings portray trust and comfort. Trust from clients can be so incredibly crucial for certain businesses, like insurance and health care companies. Canvas paintings are light and welcoming, while dimensional metal wall art or sculptures show strength and confidence which would work perfectly for financial institutions and law firms. Nowadays, companies are looking to art consultants to help them achieve the image they want to convey.

ADC’s project at Burke Inc. featuring Ken Rausch.

Meetings with Style

When meeting with clients, it’s important to impress. Artwork can make clients feel more comfortable and stimulate conversation, not to mention make your corporation memorable and more appealing to work with/in when compared to the competition.

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“Eruptus I and II” by Annie Rodrigue

6 - Satagata

“Clearing” and “Waterlilies” by Frank Satogata

Frame It!

Businesses and individuals alike should be proud of their accomplishments and showcase their strengths. Diplomas, Masters, PhD’s, recognition awards, past projects, architectural designs, portfolio pieces, company history and portraits are all fantastic ways to display the corporations talents and achievements. This is one of the best ways to establish credibility with current or future clients, by allowing them to see the successes of your past!

What’s Your Colorscope?

It’s proven that certain colors can evoke very specific moods and reactions.

  • Orange increases confidence and “expands your thinking”
  • Yellow is known for increasing clarity of thought and intelligence as well as improving the agility of the mind. Yellow is also a stimulates conversation and dispels darkness—an automatic mood lifter.
  • Crisp and bright light green is often associated with nature, freshness, wealth and growth.
  • Blue is peaceful. It “dissolves tension and promotes tranquility.”
  • Deep blues encourage decisiveness, efficiency and focus.
  • Bright red represents fearlessness. It improves self confidence and stimulates thought.
  • deeper, Irish green is the color of health and healing. This color creates feelings of balance, rejuvenation, stability, and well being of mind and body.
  • Aqua inspires relaxation and trust. This is perfect for unwinding or relieving stress.
  • Deep reds are for awakening expressions, to break through inhibitions and hesitations, and allowing emotional openness.