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MEET OUR TEAM!

We have an incredible team here at Art Design Consultants and Blink Art Resource! We have a passion for art and a true dedication to making sure our clients and artists are receiving top quality service. We’re an energetic and creative group that not only knows how to work hard to get the job accomplished, but has plenty of fun along the way. We love working with you!

Some faces you are familiar with, but we want to introduce you to a few key members in our rock star team!

LITSA SPANOS

PRESIDENT OF ADC, AND FOUNDER OF BLINK ART RESOURCE

Litsa works closely with her clients during projects, nurturing them through the art selection and custom framing process. She helps clients determine their fine art tastes, offers the gallery space as a unique event venue, and donates her time helping raise money for worthy causes and families in need. She loves connecting artists with a diverse clientele including corporate, healthcare, hospitality and private collectors to create beautiful spaces!

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Litsa reviewing floor plans to place the perfect pieces of art for her client!

ALLISON BANZHAF

SENIOR ART CONSULTANT

During both large and small projects, Allison works alongside our clients from beginning to end. As Senior Art Consultant, her job entails project timeline projection, helping clients choose the right artwork and custom/contract framing, and seeing each client through to the day of delivery and installation. Allison has been our leading lady for consistently bringing in new projects and new clients for the past nine years. Not only did she recently finish our largest healthcare project in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Kolar Design, but is also an artist herself! See the artwork she created below!

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Allison standing next to her work at SPECTRUM Miami. She sold this work and received another commission! Click image to see more of her work.

ELIZABETH DAVIS

GALLERY DIRECTOR AND MARKETING DIRECTOR

As Gallery Director, Elizabeth sees to the effective running of ADC, including the formulation and organization of exhibitions, such as Art Comes Alive, special projects like the annual catalog Blink Art Resource, international art expos like SPECTRUM Miami, and managing artist relations and client projects. She also oversees all marketing efforts including brand management, messaging, and public relations.

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Elizabeth holding an abstract by Tom Owen. This beauty found a home down in Nashville, TN. Click image to see more of Tom’s work!

SARA HADORN

ASST. GALLERY DIRECTOR AND ASST. MARKETING DIRECTOR

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Sara works on projects large and small for ADC and Blink Art Resource. With her attention to detail she helps keep each project looking its absolute best and finishing on time! Sara also manages the artwork checked into the gallery and the inventory database and the social media channels for ADC and Blink Art Resource.

CHELSEA TUCKER

DIRECTOR OF BLINK ART RESOURCE

Chelsea acts as an artist and client liaison for Blink Art Resource. Now in its third year, Blink proudly promotes over 300 artists to interior designers and art consultants across the nation. From day to day you might find Chelsea working with artists to make sure their needs are being met or strolling through art expos around the country making new friends!

Come visit Chelsea at SPECTRUM Miami Nov. 30 – Dec. 4!

Get VIP show tickets HERE!  

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Chelsea holding the 2016 edition of Blink Art Resource. We’re gearing up for another incredible year!

SANDY EICHERT

ART DIRECTOR 

Sandy makes sure that all of our artists look their best by keeping the website up-to-date and laying out the pages of Blink Art Resource. She also helps to keep our social media relevant and does several other graphic design tasks such as creating mock-up final looks for out residential, corporate, and healthcare clients. This process includes digitally placing works of art in client spaces to help them imagine the final look and better understand scale.

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Sandy proofing the Blink Art Resource Catalog pages hot off the press!

ERIN HARTMAN

ART CONSULTANT 

Erin’s focus is on building corporate relationships within the Cincinnati region as well as Louisville and Dayton. As an art consultant Erin uses her knowledge of art and design to select the perfect artworks to create the overall mood the client desires to achieve. Is your corporate lobby feeling a little bland?

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Erin standing with photographer Brian Truono. She sold four of his photographs recently to a client!

MATT ESTENFELDER

MASTER FRAMER 

Matt is an experienced framer and does a fantastic job on installs. With his creative background as an artist he is always suggesting unique ideas for framing to truly make your special piece one of a kind.

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You can tell by the socks that Matt is a super fan of FFC. He did a fantastic job framing out the scarf, which all of the players signed. What a great gift for our client!

MAXWELL REDDER

PREPARATOR

Maxwell handles all artwork that comes into the gallery as well as artwork going out. He aids in the installation, packing and shipping of artwork. He also helps with the artwork management and selecting works for the ADC and Blink Art Resource websites.

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Maxwell working hard on an install for one of our clients!

 Artists, have business questions you would like answered? 

Clients, have a new office needing artwork? 

Interior Designers, need that perfect piece to complete your design?

Connect with us and have your questions answered on our Meet the Team Page!


Project Spotlight: Building a Brand with Art

Corporate executives are always faced with the challenge of increasing employee productivity. Bonuses, constructive feedback, and supportive leadership are some of the common recommendations, but what about the physical workplace? Our environment can either drain or stimulate our energy, and where else can mental energy be quantified but at work?

More and more companies are realizing that investing in art for the office is an investment in the wellbeing of their employees and their business as a whole.

Sourcing Artwork for Corporate Offices 

We had a great opportunity to select artwork for PricewaterhouseCoopers‘ newest location in Columbus. PWC is one of the largest professional service firms in the world with over 50,000 partners and staff nationwide. They do a remarkable job reinforcing their brand through the office design and artwork select for their spaces.

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Litsa Spanos, President of ADC, and Dave Kopecky, Market Administrator Director

Dave Kopecky, the Market Administrative Director emphasizes, “Our corporate brand is very important to us.  We want it to reflect our progressive image.  The art we selected for our Columbus remodel needed to tie in with our image and overall design, so we used the colors of our logo (orange, yellow, magenta and red) and incorporated them in the art.  Wherever we could, we worked with regional talent and also did studio visits.  We chose art that was dimensional, energetic and dynamic and it didn’t matter if they were emerging or established artists. We chose art that we loved and felt “fit” with corporate brand. A few artists also did commissions to accommodate our colors and specific locations.”

Copyright © 2016 Andy Spessard Photography

Click the image to see more work by Kevin Poole

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Artwork by Christin Hutchinson

We placed over 30 artists’ work in the Columbus PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) location! We included everything from 3D-printed sculpture and photography to abstract paintings and metal art for this branch. The pieces reflect the brand and personality of PWC, making it an enjoyable workplace for employees and a classy but fun place for clients!

Extension of Your Brand

Color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value. Those are the elements of art. Elements which can likely be found in your company’s logo and design materials as well. Using those elements to select artwork that reflects the company’s brand is a great way to extend the business identity and character beyond letterheads and brochures.

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Click the image to see more work by Linda Leviton.

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Click the image to see more work by Brian Truono.

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Artwork by Mike Nemire

“The art is truly a focal point throughout the office. It brings energy and color to our newly designed and renovated space. After all the artwork was installed, we received so many wonderful comments from our staff and clients.  The art made our space go from good to GREAT!” – Dave Kopecky

Artwork Increases Employee Productivity

Seeing something beautiful is an immediate stress-reliever, whether it’s a vibrant abstract painting, a photograph capturing a stunning landscape, or an interesting sculpture. Not only does artwork release stress, it also inspires creative thinking – a priceless commodity in the workplace!

Placing artwork in communal work spaces like boardrooms or frequently traveled hallways puts the artwork in constant view for constant inspiration.

Many businesses are constructed with simple and clean design including the whitest of walls. A little color never hurt anyone, especially in those long hallways or large empty walls!

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Photos by Andy Spessard

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Click the image to see more work by Lea de Wit.

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Click the image to see more work by Ken Rausch

Client Testimonial 

“As the Market Administrative Director, I wear many hats. Selecting the art would have been a daunting and challenging task, but Litsa and her team at ADC, made it enjoyable and easy.  Litsa knew our brand, image and budget.  She was able to do all the research on the art ahead of time.  She set up artist studio visits and organized the entire process from selection to framing and installation.”

What does your office space say about your company? Let ADC help create a beautiful environment that motivates employees and promotes a positive company culture! 

 

Call us at 513-723-1222 to schedule a free art consultation today! 


Pro Tips on How to Hang Artwork

Interior Design Tips for Hanging Art and Decor I At Home or in the Office

Buying artwork is exhilarating from the moment you spot it in a gallery and know it’s “the one” to the ride home where you can’t stop staring at it! Falling in love is the easy part, but it’s when you get home that you’re faced with the daunting task of hanging the artwork. At this point the questions begin to swirl around. Should I hang the artwork at a certain height? Will the art I just purchaed go with my existing art? Should I have the artwork framed? The first thing is to not be overwhelmed because the all the answers are simply yes!

Between the colors, the composition, the subject matter and the texture, artwork has the amazing versatility to transform your space when paired with other home furnishings. Whether you’re looking to hang one piece of art at home or complete an arrangement for an office space, use these easy tips to confidently hang artwork like a pro!

 

If you are hanging one piece

HANG ARTWORK AT 58” AN EYE LEVEL AVERAGE

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Click image to see more of Julia McLemore’s work.

Everyone’s eye level varies because we’re all different heights, but a rule of thumb at the our art gallery is to hang the center of the artwork at 58 inches from the floor. Even if you’re a little taller or shorter this height still showcases the artwork for everyone to admire. There are some exceptions to this rule like if you have low ceilings, then adjust accordingly.

This also keeps a consistent visual distribution of artwork throughout your home.

Step-by-step guide to hanging art

  1. From the floor, measure 58” and mark with a pencil.
  2. Measure the height of the artwork, including the frame, and divide this number in half.
  3. Add the measurement in step to the 58” pencil mark and make a new mark. This will be where the top of your artwork will rest.
  4. On the backside of the artwork you’ll find the wire, pull this with one finger to get the wire at full tension, then measure this distance from the top of the wire to the top of the frame.
  5. Subtract the measurement in step 4 from the pencil mark you made in step 3 and mark with a pencil.
  6. Place your nail or hanger on the second pencil mark. If you’re using a nail with a j-hook support, be sure that the bottom of the hook is resting on the pencil mark, not the nail.
  7. Go ahead and hammer this into the wall!

If you aren’t able to use the 58” rule due to a sofa still keep step number two in mind. Instead of measuring from the floor up, you will hold the artwork in place and mark where the top of the artwork meets the wall. At this point you’ll measure down from the mark instead of up!

Tada! A perfectly hung piece of art!

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Click image to see more of Brian Goodman’s work.

TIP: If you’re hanging artwork above a sofa leave at least 6 inches of space between the object and the artwork.

 

If you are hanging more than one piece

START WITH THE LARGEST ARTWORK FIRST

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Click image to see more of Alicia Dunn’s work.

Before you begin treat your gallery wall as one collection that incorporates a similar color palette. When arranging and hanging more than one piece of artwork begin with the biggest piece first.  It’s best to incorporate the piece towards the bottom of the wall and put it off center.

TIP: Make sure to give the artwork room to breathe with 3 or 4 inches of space between each piece.  Overcrowding never looks good.

PLAY WITH DIFFERENT SIZES AND MEDIUMS of art

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Click work to see more of Rae Broyles’ work.

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Click image to see more of Dave Romero’s work

If you’re going for a more salon style wall balance the large artwork by using a variety of medium and smaller works to create one visual experience. It’s easy to look at an artwork and see it as a standalone piece, but once you begin to incorporate different textures and mediums your wall will pop! Offset salon style walls are playful and quirky.

If you’re going for a more conservative display of artwork then stick to one medium and color palette and align the artworks in a grid. This is always a go to for a sophisticated display. We love the examples Driven by Decor uses in her blog here.

USE A TEMPLATE for multiple artworks

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When hanging three or more works, it’s easiest to use a template. Use brown craft paper to cut out the sizes of the artwork and tape them to the wall to test out multiple arrangements to see which you like best! You’ll save on time and frustration!

When Every room and every piece of art is a unique situation, but when looking how to hang artwork keep our tips in mind and you can’t go wrong!

 

Have a large project or a wall that’s too high up to reach?

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Our Master Framer and Installer Matt is making sure everything is perfectly level before he finishes up the job.

Art Design Consultants offers professional installation services. Call us to schedule a free art consultation today at 513-723-1222


Award Winning Artists

A stunning original artwork will never go unnoticed, so why not be certain the art in your space is the best of the best? Why not put an award winning piece in your home or office?

In addition to “loving it,” this takes your artwork above and beyond—certifying its merit and worth. Apart from the emotional connection we can so deeply have with a work of art, achievement such as these provide us with confidence we’ve chosen the right piece! This week we’re highlighting six spectacular artists who received Gallery Contract Awards from this year’s Art Comes Alive.

 

KAREN ROBEY 

Our first gallery contract award winner as well as purchase award winner, Karen Robey creates intricate feminine forms that are nature inspired. Karen is a self-trained artist who possess a lifetime of broad exposure, desire, and understanding of the visual arts, music, and business profession. This series “Botanicalia” embraces all that nature has to offer. With sharpened pencil in hand Karen creates exquisite, yet imaginary, drawings that are inspired by the delicate beauty of the outdoors.

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CINDY AVROCH 

Cindy as an eye for detail, precision, composition and color, and these are beautifully married in her abstract works. Her works mesmerize with multi-layers of metallic and paint mediums. She is from the school of thought that in order to be a great abstract painter, you must be a traditional one first. This is why on any given day, you can catch Cindy in her studio working on a captivating sculpture or mixed media piece, while waiting for the layers of one of her realistic oil paintings to dry.

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Click image to see more of Cindy’s work.

DAVE ROMERO 

After two decades as an electronics engineer and strategic marketing executive working in the semiconductor industry Dave Romero made a plan to start his own business as a professional photographer. Dave’s photographs illustrate confidence and precision. Their scale and visual impact are breathtaking. Viewed from a distance, Dave’s work offers bold strokes of colorful geometry, but up close, they are a wealth of fine detail that leaves the viewer eternally captivated.

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Click image to see more of Dave’s work.

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Click image to see more of Dave’s work.

JAMIE VAN LANDUYT

Jamie received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Painting, and worked as a graphic artist and in sales for nearly ten years. In 2010, she rekindled her passion for abstract painting, and developed an eye for home design. Jamie’s artworks emphasize color, texture, and layering to create one unforgettable statement piece that pairs perfectly with a traditional or contemporary home.

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Click image to see more of Jamie’s work.

JOLIE HARRIS

Jolie’s work is about the exploration of the evocative emotional power of random patterns and visual events in nature. Feeling straight from the heart is squeezed through the tube and brushstroked onto the canvas. Built layer on layer, the works draw the viewer into intricate, richly textured and expressive surfaces. As an avowed colorist, Jolie draws in paint, vibrant or subdued, to create visceral and lyrical all-over compositions comprised of organic and biomorphic shapes.

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VIEW ALL THE ACA AWARD WINNERS

QUESTIONS?

Are you interested in the availability of the above artwork? Please call Elizabeth, ADC’s Gallery Director, at 513-723-1222 or email elizabeth@adcfineart.com for more information!