It feels for all the world that we have done nothing but shows lately, which is kinda true. We've had three in three months, including two in three weeks. The latest was Kaleidochromatic, which featured Jeff Ham, Erika Pochybova and Benjamin Cobb. It is a loud, colorful display of artistic excellence, and it's still here hanging (and sitting) in the gallery for you to see.
And a lot more of you would've gotten to if it weren't for that meddling weather!
So consider this another invitation to come see the "exhibition." We beat this drum all the time, but a computer monitor is no place to experience fine art. Art, like food and adventures, must be experienced.
There's still time.
Last Thursday, when the weather hit, we were holding our breath that the artists would even be able to make it to Tulsa. We received road reports from Jeff via his wife Gwen. The weather caused them to make an unscheduled stay in Amarillo on pre-show Thursday night, and they weren't sure what time they'd arrive on show Friday with the art. I don't know if you're aware of this, but it is a bit difficult to put on a show without art. Erika and James arrived safely Thursday evening, but their trip from Lubbock took a bit longer than it should've. We were half expecting Ben to call us from Salt Lake city and say he was stuck.
At one point on Thursday, we were watching the weather and Jack said, "It might just be us standing around talking and having some drinks."
It didn't turn out that way. People braved the elements for art. They showed for the show.
We have proof. You can see it on the blog.
It's A Frame Job
We spend a lot of time around here talking about art. And we should. We're an art gallery, after all, and we have a lot of exceptional artists. In fact, just yesterday, we were walking around the gallery talking about what a really good collection work we have on the walls at the moment. There's a lot to get excited about.
But hey, I don't know if you know this, but we also do framing. In fact, there was a time not so long ago when the biggest part of our business came from framing. Lovetts Gallery was built on framing. Jack is a master framer. He can look at a piece and instinctively tell you what look is best for whatever you're framing, or he can help you refine the vision you already have.
In the past 36 years, he's framed everything. For instance, right now in the work room, we have a framed quilt, and a framed $5 bill from 1778, and that's in addition to a bunch of framed art and photography.
So why frame? It's an additional expense, and depending on what your getting framed, the frame could cost more than that which it's protecting.
At its most basic level, framing protects. A quality frame keeps the edges safe if the piece falls off the wall or gets banged around. UV-filtered glass can keep artwork from fading. Archival backings keep prints and paintings from disintegrating. So, again, the simple answer is that framing keeps things of value safe.
It can also do more. Beautiful framing "finishes" a piece of art or photograph. It sets the stage, so to speak. It can complement the colors inherent in the art or photo, bringing them out and intensifying them. It can make a piece "complete." Some people want the frame to disappear. They want the protection a frame offers without doing anything to detract from the contents. And that's fine, too.
The picture above is one of the paintings we've framed where the frame became part of the art. The work, Blue Dreamer, Too, is by Australian artist Brett Lethbridge. It's part of his "fish" series, which was inspired by his growing up near the Great Barrier Reef and seeing schools of fish glitter by as he swam. The collector who bought this particular painting wanted a frame that complemented the blues and intensified the orange. The finished product is composed of five different mouldings. There's a story behind how long it took us to get it all just right, but when you look at it now, that's what you think.
Your valuable photo, original art or limited edition print doesn't necessarily need five mouldings, but we promise, we'll give it the respect and care it deserves, and that you'll love it even more when we're finished with it. So bring in whatever you've been meaning to get framed and let Jack take a look. You'll be happy you did.
Plans Within Plans
Just because we're through the "show season" doesn't mean we don't have more planned.
In March 2014, we'll be hosting Brian Koch, Erica Pollock-Norelius, Ed Natiya and James Johnson. Big show with something for everyone. Over the summer, we'll be having what we're calling, "Socials," and they'll feature libations, snacks and perhaps some new pieces from our family of artists. Next September, we're bringing in Juan Medina, Brett Lethbridge and Terry Donahue. I'll have clever titles for these shows soon.
The show I do already have a clever title for is Eclectricity, and that goes down December 2014. We're asking our artists to paint something they've always wanted to paint, but never have, and we're asking as many as are willing to participate. So it'll be a large group show, and if you can't tell by the title, we hope it'll be ... eclectic.
Stay tuned for "official" details.
If this sounds a little like a end-of-year wrap up, that's because it kind of is. We've had a pretty great year, and we hope you have, too. Happy whatever holidays you and your family choose to celebrate!