Monday, January 30, 2012

#12: Framing

Framing artwork is sometimes more expensive than the artwork itself. Which is why I've put it off for so long. I finally framed three pieces that have been needing frames. Well, one has been needing a frame for a few years, one has been sitting in an ugly frame for even longer, and the third just hung on the wall without a frame.

This is a print by Stefanie Dykes. I didn't want to pay to get it "framed" so I bought an IKEA frame. Kinda cheap I know, but my credit card is tired. Also, I'm not sure where I want to hang it so for now it's going to rest on this table next to my keys and the lovely vase my sister in law Kelly got me for Christmas. You know what else is going to look cute in this room? Goal #32. Coming soon...

I bought this Shawn Rossiter several years ago at the Zions Bank landscape show. The frame was hideous. He knew that. Last November I sent him a picture message telling him he was going to reframe it for me. He balked at the ugliness of the frame (he confessed it was a yard sale find) and agreed. I finally took it to Tanner Frames around the new year. Travis Tanner is a great framer. Go there. Sorry I don't have a before picture. Believe me. This looks TONS better.

This is a mixed media piece by Anthony Siciliano. I bought it at Art Access's 300 Plates Fundraiser. They've been doing it forever and this past year was my first time going. I think it was around April. Anyway, I went mostly because my darling Aunt Suzi and cousin Liz came with me. I think they each got something too. In my old house I just had it hanging without a frame, but I took it in with the Rossiter piece and got it framed for $50. It looks way better -- nice and finished. I recommend getting your plates framed.

All right. Two goals down. Not bad, not bad.


SRA said...

Yes. Cleaning out my room earlier this month, I came upon three pieces I wanted to get framed. I've paid an arm and a leg to Michaels to get them done, but we picked up two of them last night (watercolor I bought in Amsterdam 4.5 years ago, lost track of, and found again cleaning out my bedroom closet, and a photo -- that looks like a painting -- of the interior of Beaver Stadium, Penn State's football stadium, during a game, which my dad got me for Christmas in 2010, I think, and which had sat under my bed since then...and the third one is a canvas print of a watercolor a friend of my grandma's did of her awhile back) and dropped off the third, and they look really good. I want to get a few more pieces this year to fill up an empty wall in my bedroom and at least two in the rest of the apartment. Where are good places to look or good events to attend? Thanks.

Laura Lee said...

It depends on what kind of work you want on the wall and how much you want to spend.

You want original work? Photographs or prints are the less expensive route. You should hit the high school show at the Springville Art Museum. Some really nice stuff at high school prices.

If you want other art that is more decorative, try TJ Maxx or IKEA. Or World Market.

If you want to make your own stuff to put on the wall, call me. I've got ideas for you. I made a collage that I put up in my house that I'm pretty proud of.