Don't let anyone tell you that hanging a show for a bunch of small works is an easy task. But after it was all in place,Â we wereÂ very happy with the results, and I'm glad to report that my husband and I are still married. ;-) Here are a few shots from the show, on view now through Jan. 30th: When we were looking at this space for the gallery, one of the first things I noticed was this cute built-in. It's a perfect display for my minis and my new line of watercolor/pen and inks. Here I've decorated it with some lights and mistle toe:
A close-up that shows some of the ornaments--I like the little silver and gold Christmas balls along the bottom shelf:
On the opposite wall are theÂ landscape paintings of Venice and Lake Como:
Close-up shot of the mantlepiece decorated with paintings. To the left of the large Venetian landscape are a series of little square 6x6" Lake Como paintings. Anyone who hasÂ read my blog for a while, or my squidoo lens on hanging art must know I'm a fan of grouping big and small paintings together like this. I'd love to do something similar over my fireplace mantle at home.
A small grouping from the next room of some of my more local autumn scenes:
IÂ guess that's really all I had time for, photography-wise. I may share a few more snaps and I will definitely share more info on some of the individual pieces in the show very soon.
This painting sold last night at my gallery exhibition preview, but it's still on view tonight for the First Fridays downtown art walk.Â It isÂ a companion to another Tuscany painting I blogged about a couple of days ago:
"Lingering Light, Tuscany II" Oil on linen, about 3.5" x 7.75"
If you're doing the downtown art walk tonight in Richmond, come by Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery and see all of the "Small Stuff" -- miniature paintings and prints --on display for the holiday season. The gallery is located at 16 East Main Street between 1st and Foushee.
If you're not in Richmond, I am continually uploading new paintings to my web gallery, or you can see them offered first here, on the blog. I'm also offering free shipping (with some restrictions) until the end of the year, for holiday shopping convenience.
If you subscribe to my email newsletter, you may already know about theÂ charming new mini prints I'm offering.Â But if you're exclusively a blog reader, you may or may not have noticed that they'reÂ also newly linked here on the blog (scroll down to the end of my sidebar on the right side of the screen.)
These new prints are made on acid free fine art paper with archival inks, and sizes range from very mini 2.5" x 3.5" (such asÂ the one pictured, matted to 5x7") on up to 8" x 10".Â All are signed and make great holiday gifts. I'm offering these prints viaÂ my new Etsy shop for online shopping convenience.
As an added bonus, right now shipping is free one-way in the Continental U.S. for all purchasesÂ of $30 USD and over. Customers outside of the continental U.S.A.: You will receive a shipping creditÂ (based onÂ my listed shipping charges) towards your actual shipping costs! (Contact me for a custom shipping quote prior to placing your order.)
Taking some time over the Thanksgiving holidays to spend with family , so for now I leave you with a little tour of my studio/gallery featuring my last and perhaps one of my favorite shows to date, "Luminosity". The groovy music, by the way is by David Webb.
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I've been scrambling this week to get everything finished for the openingÂ Â for myÂ exhibit of new landscapeÂ paintings tonight here at the gallery, and I'm officially pooped. The good news is, the show looks great, andÂ I can nowÂ takeÂ few hours to rest before we open up tonight. Come out and see us if you are coming downtown tonight or are doing the First Fridays Richmond art walk! Here are the details for tonights event:
"Luminosity" Art Exhibit at Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery
Richmond, VA â€“Â Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery will feature new paintings of the luminous landscape by Jennifer Young.Â The show opens on Friday October 5th, 2007, with a reception from 6 to 8:30Â PM. Opening night music provided by Russell Young. The exhibit continues through November 30th. Â Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery is located at 16 East Main Street, two blocks eastÂ of the Jefferson Hotel. Click here to view a map and get directions from your location. For additional information please contact us!
I have written about some of the pitfalls with hangingÂ art on canvasÂ in the bathroom before, but that doesn't mean you can't hang other forms of artwork. Here is my response to a recent email inquiry, which I hope will offer some additional clarification: Q: Could you please advise me what sort of artwork could I hang in my bathroom?Â I would like to hang a painting or one of those photographs printed (screen-printed?) on canvas-type material (I am not too sure of the material).Â Please advise.Â Best regards, S.L.
A: Hi S.L.- Art for the bathroom has some challenges but it is certainly not an impossible dream. If the bathroom has a tub or shower I would stay away from hanging art on canvas or wood panel. Over time, the moisture from the bath or shower steam could cause the canvas stretchers or wood panels to expand and contract, warping the support.
I think artwork on paper, such asÂ my giclee prints, is better suited for bathroom. Your best bet is to have the art framed professionally with mat, glass, and backing paper to seal the art in the framing. That will help to prevent moisture from getting in under the glass.
On the other hand, if you are talking about a half bath without tub or shower, I would think you could feel reasonably secure hanging most any type of art. You may also wish to ask the opinions of a professional picture framer or art conservator in your local area. I am not an art conservator, but offer my opinion based on my own experience with the materials. I hope this helps!
I recently had a client ask me if it was okay to hang an original oil painting in a master bathroom. Since this is a bathroom that would be used often for showering, I advised against it. It is best to avoid exposing oil paintings on canvas to extreme temperatures and extreme humidity.Â This is why museums store work in a climate controlled environment. While we all can't go around monitoring the minute temperature changes in our homes, we can still take some basic measures to ensure the artwork is properly cared for. Here are a few tips:
- Avoid hanging any work of art in direct sunlight for a prolonged period. Prints and works on paper risk fading, even when they are framed under protective UV glass. Oils can actually darken over time if exposed to strong sunlight for prolonged periods.
- Works on paper should always be hung under glass for protection. UV filtered glass is preferred. However, avoid touching the glass directly to the work of art, as glass may contain some acids and chemicals that are damaging to papers. Professional picture framers use acid-free matting or other materials as a buffer to raise the glass off of the surface of the artwork.
- As mentioned above, avoid extreme heat, extreme cold, and extreme humidity. All of these conditions can alter the condition of a work of art. Extreme temperature changes can cause painting supports to expand, contract, and warp. Oils on canvas can crack and chip if subjected to these constant insults.
- Carry oils on canvas by the frame, or the outer edge of the stretcher bars. Avoid looping your fingers under the stretcher bars so that they grip the painting between the canvas and the stretcher. This can loosen and stretch the painting away from the stretcher.
- Likewise, take care in leaning a canvas to anything, unless you are only letting the outer stretcher bar or frame touch the other object. Any thing leaning on the canvas itself can cause puckering and stretching of the canvas.
- It is a fine idea to lightly dust your painting from time to time with a clean soft cloth or brush. Dust with a dry cloth only; do not clean with any other substance (like water, solvents, etc.)
- In the unfortunate event that your painting is damaged in some way, contact a professional conservator in your area, as often repair and restoration is a viable option.
I thought I'd post some photos of the new gallery space, which officialy opened last Friday night. We were swamped the entire night so I did not get ONE picture of the actual event! It turned out well--hectic but fun. We're both still recovering from total exhaustion, but at least we made it through "phase one". Phase two is still to come--moving my art studio part into the building. We hope to have that accomplished by mid January at the latest. Front room:
This is the wall to the right as you walk in the front door. The flowers on the table are from our new landlord!
This is the left wall of the same room--A great spot for the paintings in my mini collection:
This is a view of the right hand wall as you continue on into the middle room.
Here's a shot of the same wall looking back into the front room:
Here is the opposite wall in the second room. The picture to the far left is an original oil painting of Tuscany. The pictures to the right are canvas prints on the walls, and paper prints in the rack. People were amazed at the quality of the canvas prints, which looked so much like paintings that I had to tell them they were prints and not originals.
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Heading out from the 2nd room and into the third room. This is where the band played opening night:
Rounding the corner into this third room, here is my wall of Key West paintings:
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Â Â Â I had these paintings framed differently from the usual gold because I felt like the solid gold was too formal for this subject matter. I like the linen liner and the platinum colored frame with the bamboo motif for these sunny Key West pieces.
Â Â Â This last room will undergo some changes. The front two rooms with the hardwood floors will remain gallery space, but we'll use this area more for work space (to be determined), though we'll still hang some art here. Down that hallway is a fourth small room and a bathroom with a utility sink.
Â Â Â Jennifer Young Studio & Gallery is located at 16 E. Main Street, Richmond, VA, 23219. Currently we are open from 6 to 9 p.m. during the First Fridays Art walks, and other times by appointment. Please call 804-254-1008 (1-877-DIAL-ART toll free) to visit the gallery or to inquire about the paintings you see on the website.