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Spring Clean Up – Do it Now!

With the snow finally gone, it gives most of us great pleasure to swing open the doors and windows and let in the fresh air and sunshine. Spring represents a time for growth, renewal and new beginnings. But before that new growth can occur, we need to rid ourselves of the old. Consequently spring cleaning, both indoors and out, is required.

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Sports Memorabilia ~ A Great Collector & Decorating Idea

Canadians are huge sports fans:  hockey, soccer, baseball, football, Nascar, golf, volleyball, basketball, bowling, etc.  Many of us are diehard fans of a particular professional team – the Leafs, Jays, Raptors, Tigers, Red Wings, Galaxy, Canadiens, Celtics.

When we attend live sporting events, we often want to remember these unforgettable moments.   

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What is the Best Artwork for Your Cottage?

Trends indicate that summer homes and cottages are fast becoming one of the most popular real estate investments.  As the babyboomer generation ages, they are looking at cottages as future retirement homes or sound investments.  They also may have inherited the family cottage from aging or deceased parents. Continue reading

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Print, Print or Print? What is a “Print” Anyway?

When purchasing art, the word “print” is often used to describe works on paper.  “Print” is used when referring to posters, fine art reproductions, limited edition reproductions, the giclée printing process, canvas transfers and original prints. This begs the question: what is a print?  If you think that the whole issue is confusing, you are right.  So let’s create some clarity so that you, as a consumer, will be more knowledgeable in your print purchasing.

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Christmas Giving with a Conscience

Four Seasons of Golf:  'Sunningdale' – Shaun McGill

Four Seasons of Golf: ‘Sunningdale’ ~ Shaun McGill

As crazy as the malls may be and as easy as it is to shop on line, as I prepare to do my own Christmas shopping, I consider my personal values.  There is a poster in the front window of Creative Art & Frame which says, “Thank you for supporting local, independent Canadian business”.  As much as I can, that is what I plan on doing.

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Framed Art: The Perfect Christmas Gift

Framed Medals of Honour

With Christmas right around the corner, you may want to consider a framed piece of art for your favourite loved one.  Does your Christmas list include your parents, grandparents, spouse or significant other, children of differing ages, and special friends?

Consider the likes and interests of each person and your budget.  Framed pictures do not need to be expensive, but if you are looking for something very special, the sky is pretty much the limit.

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Framing Works of Art on Paper: Why Use Mats?

1920s Collage

Works on paper are the most common popular form of art. These include: reproductions, limited edition prints, watercolours, pastels, acrylics and photographs. Works on paper require specific framing techniques to protect them from the environment and to ensure their longevity.  This article will focus on the purpose of matting and the different types of mats including: mat designs and mat cuts.

Why Use Mats?

Mats have three main purposes:

  1. To prevent the art from touching the frame’s glass. It is important to have an “air space” between the artwork and the glass, otherwise moisture or condensation may build up and cause mildew or foxing to occur. Photos will often stick to the glass if a mat is not used.
  2. For aesthetic purposes.  Mats come in a wide variety of styles, colours and types.  Well-designed mat combinations highlight the artwork and help focus the eye of the viewer on it.
  3. For conservation purposes.  Acid-free materials are used to protect artwork that is irreplaceable, or has a potential monetary or sentimental value. Continue reading

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