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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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Artwork on Canvas: What is it and How is it Framed?

A tour of any museum or art gallery makes it perfectly obvious that for centuries artists have been painting on canvas, primarily with oils and more recently acrylics. With today’s technology, reproductions are also available on canvas.  This is often confusing and may cause uncertainty about what is actually being purchased and its possible future value.

What is a Canvas Transfer?

Most reproductions can now be put on canvas.  The procedure involves applying a lamination film on the face of the reproduction, stripping the paper off the back and then mounting the image directly onto the canvas.  This technique has many advantages especially with larger reproductions.  Canvas transfers have:

  • A canvas texture
  • No glass
  • No mats
  • An Ultra-violet film which helps prevent fading and has a non-glare image
  • The ability to be wiped down with a damp cloth

The canvas transfer technique is a good option for traditional or contemporary pieces that originally were painted onto canvas because it creates a more “authentic” appearance.

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