Custom framing goes beyond paintings, prints, and posters. Custom framing is a craft far more playful, creative, and meaningful than many people realize. So excuse me while I tap into my inner Beyonce to tell you, ‘If you like it than you should have put a frame on it.’
There are so many insanely creative ways to use framing to your advantage. It’s not always just ‘fine art’ that deserves to be displayed on our walls- but also things that capture our personality, tell stories of our journeys, and beautiful reminders of the people, places, and things that we love.
We get to see a lot of unique things come into the ADC frame shop…from violins to NASCAR suits! And the results of these framed treasure never ceases to amaze both us, and the clients. A frame can truly complete a look!
Books, book covers, and pages with your favorite pieces of a story, are such a unique and fun thing to frame…not to mention, they make a fantastic gift for any literature lover! The covers are art themselves, and framing them in a shadow box creates gorgeous depth.
Maps are another awesome thing draw attention too with a custom frame job. Maps have beautiful colors and pattern, and are a wonderful way to publicly chronicle the places you lived or visited.
Every one finds beauty and mystery in different trinkets and treasures that get collected over time. Coins, war memorabilia, antique postcards, dried flowers and leaves all can be framed and artfully displayed rather than tucked away in a drawer or attic collecting dust.
Your space should reflect your character. Are you a fashionista? Frame shopping bags from your favorite stores, or the antique necklace your grandmother handed down to you.
Are you a sports fan? Frame your tickets, jersey, or baseball bat! Love beer, wine, whiskey? Labels of your favorite brands are amusing and whimsical ways to liven up your walls!
We’ve been keeping it fresh by adding new online artists to the ADC collection. Today we want to introduce you to a few of these new artists and their fantastic work!
“Her artwork aims to blend both influences of ancient and current cultures. Koury loves the process of discovering how her own life intersects and is not separate from these influences. She asserts that we as human beings are not separate from each other or the earth we inhabit. And no matter what culture or time we are living in, we can find similarities.”
Ruth Avra and Dana Kleinman are collaborative artists and sisters working in metal and painting.
“From a distance the work looks sleek and high contrast with hyper-pigmented painting and shiny metal surfaces, yet up close the viewer is struck by hand sanded intricate patterns softening the metal and textural multilayered paintings inspired by natural surfaces”
“Robert’s colors and textures bleed and influence each other equally, until, after many applications of translucent oil, the perception of subject matter begins to assert itself, like a dream, almost forgotten, and begins to gel.”
“I enjoy the challenge of working with permanent and natural materials. Unlike other materials or mediums where one can add or delete, with natural material, one can only delete.” -Mark Yale Harris
John Watson is a photographer who dedicates his fine art and designs ‘to the merits of a simple and refined aesthetic.’ The closer you get to his work, the more you can appreciate the intricate patterns and bits of bold color.
It’s that time of year again…time to recognize artists for their dedication, perseverance and passion for fine art, and of course award them for their amazing talent and artistic innovation!
If you’re not familiar, Art Comes Alive (ACA) is an annual, juried arts competition open to artists working in any medium and style. Artists can enter up to four images of their work online. After all the submissions are in, our list of prestigious Jurors from all around the country cast their votes for the top 150 artists. Those artists are then showcased in a final exhibit here in Cincinnati and awarded purchase awards, gallery contracts, publishing contracts, solos shows, publicity, and good ol’ fashion mula.
“When Emily and I arrived, the room was electric…energy was so amazing! All of the artwork on the walls was of such great quality, it was thrilling to just be in that company, let alone be presented with an award. I am humbled to receive any honor, and was proud but a bit shy to walk up and be presented, because as a lifetime artist, I never think my work is good enough to be judged so kindly. I will be a part of ADC as long as Litsa is there doing her phenomenal work!” -Nick Stamas
“I’m sitting there in the audience and suddenly see my painting displayed in front of everyone present – that alone was such an electric feeling –the next moment I was on stage holding the “Emerging Artist of the Year – 2013” award – no words can describe the experience of being recognized for excellence. As if receiving such an honor was not enough, my artwork also sold! -Helmut Kientz
With over $120,000 (and climbing!) in awards, Art Comes Alive is a fantastic way to connect with art industry leaders. Not to mention, the Opening Night Awards Ceremony is an absolute blast- beautiful people, delicious food, a wonderful awards ceremony, and (obviously!) fantastic artwork from all over the nation in variety of styles!
Our list of Sponsors, Jurors, and Awards continue to grow so be sure to stay tuned for exciting announcements. Want to stay in the loop? LIKE us on Facebook to get updates on the event and allow us to bring beauty to your newsfeed.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Open for Entries
April 21 @ Midnight
All artwork selected for the exhibit must
arrive to ADC Gallery by 5:00 PM
Opening Night Awards Ceremony & Gala
I’d like to preface this week’s blog with a request. Not all of us are artists, but most of us know one or two…(and for some of us, many!) Please forward along this fantastic news to an artist you know that is looking to expand in their career, reach new heights, and SELL more artwork!
At ADC, we aspire to be a constantly growing & constantly surprising business; a company that brings beauty to lives everywhere through artful homes and offices, and a company that helps design professionals, art galleries and artists thrive.
I couldn’t be more proud to tell you of our newest adventure…that we are now publishers of an annual art resource guide called BLINK! BLINK is a beautiful, luxurious and high end annual catalog that connects artists directly with designers, architects, art consultants, and art galleries. It will be a valuable resource to 10,000 high end users and will be available online to over 50,000+ art specifiers.
I have to be honest; the idea of creating an art resource guide came to me because of sheer necessity. I was awarded a large corporate project requiring a variety of original works. I needed to find great artists and put together a presentation in less than a week. Sure, there were thousands of artists on-line as well as many around me, but the thought of searching for professional artists and then narrowing them down was simply daunting. In reality, this meant a lot of time wasted sitting at my computer and becoming overwhelmed by too many options. I had to get exciting ideas and make a great impression on my client — fast.
If only I had an inspiring art catalog with everything I needed from paintings to site-specific sculpture at my fingertips…
And because of this frustration, BLINK was born.
BLINKis the most incredible opportunity for artists and galleries to boost sales and gain national recognition. The most difficult task in marketing yourself in the art business is getting your work seen by the right people. BLINK gets your artwork directly into the hands of the professionals that are selling artwork daily, and can take your career to a whole new level!
“Blink is the greatest gift, ever, for artists and designers. This is a much-needed service that will make it possible for artists to be seen by a large marketplace…and you are making it simple and easy for designers to sort through the myriad of artworks that are available to them. Thank you on behalf of all us artists out there!”
-Bette Ridgeway, Sante Fe, NM