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Caring for Your Serigraph

12/30/2015 5:44 PM

You’ve just left a gallery with your first ever fine art purchase: a serigraph print by your favorite artist. You carefully set it down in the back seat of your car and drive below the speed limit so that it doesn’t accidentally move in ways it shouldn’t. Once home, you move it in its sleeve to the kitchen table to admire the brand new treasure. As the euphoria of buying something wonderful and expensive slowly recedes, you realize that you have no idea what to do next! How do you care for this piece of art?

Have no fear! Here is a handy guide of best practices for serigraphy care:

  • When handling your piece before it is framed, use both hands to help avoid creating any creases in the paper or varnish in the case of a canvas print.
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  • Get the serigraph framed by a qualified fine art framer. You can find a good framer at a local gallery or specialty frame shop. If your print is on paper, you need to make sure that all materials used in the framing process are acid-free. Non acid-free mats will cause a chemical reaction with the print and cause discoloration. A qualified fine art framer will know the importance of museum-quality framing.
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  • Keep your serigraph away from moisture of any kind (this includes rooms with high humidity, such as bathrooms). Whether your print is on paper or canvas, liquids are a big no no! And definitely steer clear of solvents! All you need to clean a canvas print is a fine feather duster.
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  • Do not spray the back of a canvas print with water to tighten it on its stretcher bars. While this is a technique used for tightening oil paintings, it can be very detrimental to the piece if it is a serigraph or other print. If the canvas loosens, have it restretched by your fine art framer. 
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  • Avoid hanging the print in a location that received direct sunlight or high reflective light. Sunlight will damage the color of the piece and can severely fade it over time. This doesn’t mean you have to hang your piece in a room without windows, though. 

The first thing you’ll think is “Will this process be expensive?” Possibly. The cost of framing will depend on the size of the serigraph, as well as the type of frame, matting, and glass you choose. You may also want to invest in having a professional art installer come out to the house and hang the framed piece. But when the piece is framed and hung correctly, the upkeep is minimal and you can sit back and relax knowing that these steps will help you keep your serigraph print as bright and beautiful as the day you walked out of that gallery with it.  

Posted By Mary

Let's Celebrate Winter

12/23/2015 12:21 PM

With winter officially here, it’s time to celebrate the beauty of the season through art! From Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s “The Hunters in the Snow” and John Whorf’s “Winter, East Boston”, to Alexander Volkov’s “Daybreak”, we can see examples of what makes winter a great season. Camaraderie, ice-skating, sunsets over the snowfall—these are things that make the coldest months of the year enjoyable.

Here is an assortment of some of our favorite winter pieces from the past:

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "The Hunters in the Snow"

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: “The Hunters in the Snow”

With all of the rich colors in this painting, you can really get a sense of the chilly environment surrounding the subjects as they head out on their day of hunting.

 

John Whorf: "Winter, East Boston"

John Whorf: “Winter, East Boston

The watercolor brushstrokes of this piece create a wonderful energy that helps to accentuate the fun the children are having on the ice.

 

Childe Hassam: "A Winter Fairyland"

Childe Hassam: “A Winter Fairyland”

Perhaps using yellows and oranges to paint a winter scene may be unconventional, but it creates a really interesting atmosphere that makes you automatically think of late afternoon flurry.

 

And here are some from our own artists:

Alexander Volkov: "Daybreak"

Alexander Volkov: “Daybreak”

With the outstanding use of complementary colors, Volkov has really made this winter scene inviting to the viewer. It seems to be a space that is perfectly at peace.

 

Alexei Butirskiy: "Boulevard at Midnight"

Alexei Butirskiy: “Boulevard at Midnight”

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season winds down in this European city and we can just take a moment to admire the lights against the nightly snowfall.

 

Michelle Courier: "Winter Light"

Michelle Courier: “Winter Light”

The way that Michelle places her brushstrokes to create her landscape paintings is truly an amazing thing to behold up close. With such a range of colors in this painting, you can really feel the winter sunlight sifting in through the tree branches as it begins its slow decent in the sky.

Posted By Mary

2015: A Year in Review

12/16/2015 1:30 PM

As the year comes to a close and we begin making plans and resolutions for 2016, we can’t help but take a moment to reflect on the excitement that 2015 brought to the gallery. Between the launch of our brand new website and numerous events and exhibitions, we have had our hands full! Here are some of our most memorable highlights:

May

  • - Gabe Leonard made a stop to Art Leaders Gallery for his “Desperados” tour! We had an absolute blast meeting the cinematic artist and taking the chance to delve deeper into his creative process and the plans for his upcoming series.

  • - Hello new website! We were thrilled to debut our completely renovated website to the world, making the process of acquiring fine art that much easier!

Gabe Leonard Creating a Collector's Sketch

June

  • - The gallery was chosen to be on the judging committee of Art Design Consultant’s annual “Art Comes Alive” event in Cincinnati! Bonnie and Mary took a trip down to Ohio to visit the impressive gallery space and mingle with some remarkable talent for the event’s opening and awards ceremony.

Opening Reception of "Art Comes Alive" in Cincinnati

 July

  • - We held our first after-hours event since initiating our new Gallery Rental Program. The retirement party for a renowned Detroit anesthesiologist held nearly 150 people, was professionally catered, and even utilized a dance floor and DJ!

 October

  • - Local sculptor, Jerry Soble, held his final artist exhibition with us in conjunction with the Friendship Circle of Michigan. With a relaxing retirement ahead for Jerry, we are thankful he chose us as his venue to raise money for the charity and get the chance to unite his remaining sculptures with eager collectors.

 November

  • - To get our clients ready for the holiday season, we held an extensive Trunk Show and Holiday Sale, with over 50 new pieces brought into the gallery showroom! 

  • - With the help of Michigan artist Michelle Courier and the expertise of a local catering company, we held an amazing evening event for the local branch of a national investment company. Between Michelle’s stunning artwork and charisma, and the to-die-for buffet of Detroit inspired food, all 75 guests left the gallery that evening cheerful and satisfied.

Financial Event at Art Leaders Gallery

 

What will 2016 bring? Who know, but we are very excited to see what is in store for the gallery and the rest of the design world in the upcoming year. 

Posted By Mary

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