Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Selecting Art...Hints for How to Choose

Buy what you like . . . what you really, really like! And you’ll enjoy your selections more with each passing year. Color selection is easy if you relax and listen to the palette “in your head.” It’s the same palette that was at work when you selected your room decor. If you are on a budget, it is better to buy one sizeable quality item than to purchase a bunch of smaller and cheaper ones.

First, select art for the areas that are the most noticeably bare. Remember that art work is portable. Unlike paneling and wallpaper, you can take it with you when you move. And speaking of art being portable, rarely should art be hung with anything other than standard picture hooks. And rarely is it necessary to nail into a stud. With standard picture hooks hung into drywall, for example, art work can be easily moved and old nail holes patched in a jiffy. Make certain that you use two picture hanging hooks for each item. This stabilizes your art and keeps the item level.

Framing should be chosen to match and enhance the individual work of art. Then if you move or redecorate, your art will continue to work well for you — even if in a different room.

Hang your artwork low over furniture items. Work out groupings on your floor before transferring arrangements to the wall. Opt for a graceful, warm and harmonious look. (Hanging at “eye level” is a rule for museums - not homes.) Click here for tips on hanging artwork in groupings.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fairport Harbor Lighthouse on the Auction Block Again

There's a story on The News-Herald widget about our local lighthouse auction currently in progress. This historic Lighthouse and Marine Museum was originally built in 1825 from a Jonathan Goldsmith design. It is one of Ohio's favorite landmarks, having served as a beacon for early northern Ohio settlers. It is even credited with lighting the way for Joseph Smith, who established the Mormon Church in Kirtland.

Gallery One's connection is in the Greg Olsen original. This beautiful 16 x 20 original oil on canvas is hand signed and framed by the artist. It is available as an original or as a giclee on canvas.