She's a Crone

I don't mean that literally. I'm sure she's a very nice person. Sure, she may have just shot a dude before climbing out on that catwalk in her undies and overcoat, but that shouldn't be a commentary on her as a person, should it? Calling a woman a crone is bad form. Then again ... the "drawing" above is the latest masterpiece from wunderkind Joseph Crone, and techically, that makes "her" a Crone.

Joseph put more than 125 hours of work into Room with a View, and it shows.

"This piece was a part of a series in a story I had sketched out," says Joseph. "When I was creating the story for the series, I was having a difficult time finding an ending until my friend and fellow artist, Lowell Hildebrandt, moved into an older building that had just about everything I needed. We went around the back toward the alleyway and saw the fire escape. I immediately knew in that moment how the story ended."

Jack and I first noticed Joseph's work in a magazine ad that featured the piece, "Salut." I was drawn in by both the technical brilliance and the subject matter. It looked like a scene right out of Chinatown, complete with a mysterious femme fatale. Room with a View is the next and final scene in the series, and judging by her presence on the fire escape, things did not go well for the guy with a fedora.

I may have to write the story to get some of the answers I want.

As it turns out, we're ultimately going to end up with three of the four pieces. We already have the denouement, but Joseph just told us he's going to send The Rendezvous and Salut as well. We'll make sure to hang them sequentially.

As for you, you should come in an see Joseph's art in person. I promise there is nothing like it anywhere in Tulsa.

Dear Diary

It has been a month (more or less), since we last spoke figuratively. It’s not that I’ve meant to neglect you, dear reader. It’s just that there have been things to do. A great many things.

But I’ve been keeping a diary with the intent of sharing it. Some of it is actually fit for public consumption. For instance …

Day 3:

The show was days ago, and we’ve still yet to recover. Jack is stumbling around with a glassy-eyed stare, mumbling about where to hang this or that. We had to move so many pieces of art because of the show, we’re now trying to mingle it all back in with what’s left of James, Brian, Ed and Erica’s work.

We will find a place for all of it, even if the walls become a little more crowded than we like. You can’t sell the art if it’s not on the wall, after all.

[non-diary note: If you didn’t get to the show, you missed out. All four artists were very friendly and down-toearth. Easy to talk to, fun to hang out with. And the work they did was amazing (both what they brought to the show and what they painted and sculpted while they were here).]

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Frame Job

You already know we have the largest selection of mouldings in the Southwest (or if you didn't, now you do). Sure, last summer we moved half into the back room, but we still have them. They are everywhere. And you wouldn't believe how many people come in and end up looking at the frames as intently as they do the art.

And why not? Many of our mouldings are hand-crafted by Italian artisans.

For more than 35 years, framing has been the lifeblood of Lovetts. Oh, sure, you know us for our fantastic original art, but for three decades, providing that perfect finish to complete a piece of art, photography or memoribilia has ben our staple. Jack is a master framer, after all.

We receive new mouldings all the time. In the past month alone, Roma has sent us more than 100. You know what I'm going to say next, right? You need to see them in person. Bring something you've been thinking about framing, while you're at it. You won't believe what the right frame can do.

Thanks for reading and we'll see you soon.

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