Richard Powers: Sea & Sky

Richard Powers: Sea & Sky

Opening Reception Saturday, September 27 2014 5-9PM

Richard Powers: Sea and Sky Sept 27 - Oct 17, 2014 Opening Reception Sept 27, 2014 5-9pm


Baldwin Hill Art & Framing is once again proud to host works by the 20th century American artist Richard M. Powers. Best known for his surrealistic science-ficiton book covers, Powers’ eclectic output also included children’s books, political cartoons, surreal humor, and fine art. The current exhibit–our fourth of his work –features fine art works inspired by seascapes and skylines from around the world.

Sea and sky were important influences on many of Powers’ works such as the surreal landscapes of his science fiction illustrations as well as many of his fine art works. Previous shows included such works as Rehoboth Beach, Port Antonio After The Storm, and Coral Shoals: Haiti.

Our newest exhibit, opening September 27, 2014 features a number of additional works from the estate. Some of these have never been shown before while others have not been seen in decades. Many feature a bright blue palette that is not seen in his other works.

Please join us for the opening reception Saturday, September 27 from 5-9PM at our gallery at 8 Court Street, Natick, MA. Refreshments will be provided and a member of the Powers family will be there to answer questions and tell stories!

Can’t make the reception? These works will remain on display through October 17 for your viewing pleasure!

For more information on Richard Powers, check out photo galleries from our previous shows of his work, our blog post or an essay by David G. Hartwell.


Grand Re-opening Reception Sept. 19!


Hanging out the shingle!

Come help us celebrate the grand re-opening of our shop in our exciting new location!  We are now located at 8 Court Street in Natick, in the former location of Five Crows.

Our Grand Opening reception will be Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 5-9PM.  We will have on display works  by local artists along with some of our favorite framing projects from our past five years in Natick Center!

This reception will be catered by the Grillin’ Greek.  Please join us!

Baldwin Hill Art & Framing Is On The Move!

Our Future Home!

Our Future Home!

Coming in September, Baldwin Hill Art & Framing will be moving to our new home! We will be at the former location of Five Crows at 8 Court Street, just a short walk from our current location.

Save The Date: September 19!  Join us for a gala reception featuring some of our proudest creations from our past five years in Natick Center!

In the meantime, please come to our Moving Sale at our old location, 2 West Central Street.  We’ve marked all in-stock merchandise up to 75% off so we don’t have to move it!  This includes ready-made frames, standard-size mats, mirrors, jewelry, prints, and more!

We're moving, but not far!

We’re moving, but not far!

Frame Of The Week: Ship Under Glass

Two view of the glass painting. Click to enlarge.

Photographs do not do justice to this magnificent piece.  This is actually two paintings in one frame.  The big ship in the foreground is actually a reverse painting on glass.  Behind it is another background painting on a board.  We framed this with a protective piece of glass in front and spaced the background painting 3/8″ back from the glass painting to give a 3-D effect.  The whole thing is framed in a lovely dark shadowbox moulding that complements the ship nicely!

Bring us your treasure and we’ll make it look stunning too!


In Our Gallery: David Kahn

"Ten Ten Ten" by David Kahn

Baldwin Hill Art & Framing is proud to host Natick fine art photographer David Kahn for the month of March.  For Kahn, taking a photograph is just the beginning of the creative process.  He then processes the images using state-of-the-art computer technology to achieve his vision.  He calls this approach “painting with photographs”.  Like a painter’s palette, Kahn uses photographs as color and design elements as part of a lager works.  This art of montage makes it possible to express visual ideas in new and exciting ways.

David’s works will be on display in our gallery through March 31.  We will hold a reception in the gallery on March 23 from 5-9PM.

Photographs By Elyssa Conley @ TCAN!

"Clergy And Tourist" by Elyssa Conley

We are proud to announce that our very own designer Elyssa Conley will be exhibiting her images in a show at The Center for the Arts Natick, 14 Summer Street, Natick, MA, from February 29- March 31, 2012.  Elyssa’s exhibit is titled “The Eclectic Lens”.   The exhibits can be viewed during TCAN’s normal business hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 12 Noon – 6 pm.

Elyssa Conley studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston as well as art and design at Lasell College. Her photography is diverse and includes subjects taken from nature as well as her travels in the United States and abroad. Her images have been described as having a ‘tranquil and ethereal’ quality. Elyssa says she is most passionate about “capturing the magic of light in the early morning or late afternoon which creates long shadows that enhance contours and texture, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.”

Inspired by the work of Galen Rowell, Andre Gallant and Trey Ratcliff, Elyssa uses the digital darkroom to enhance her artistic vision. She also enjoys experimenting with various creative post-processing techniques, including High Dynamic Range Imaging, the Orton technique, texture overlays and mirror imaging.

Elyssa has exhibited her work in various galleries around the Boston area. She has won numerous camera club photography competitions, was the winner of the ‘Focus on Natick’ held by Natick 360 planning commission and her image ‘Clergy and Tourist’ won Editor’s Choice in Digital Photographer magazine.

For more information:

Elyssa Conley Photography

The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN)

"Calla Lily Heart" by Elyssa Conley

Frame Of The Week: A Little Patriots Spirit!

Even before the New England Patriots won the AFC championship, we had a feeling they’d have a very good year!  At the same time, we always wanted to have a framed jersey example in the shop, but full-sized jerseys are rather large and would take up too much of our limited display space.  We found this baby Tom Brady jersey and framed it up the same as we would a big one; even the moulding is left over from a jersey framing job!

Whoever your favorite team is, bring us your sports memorabilia!  We can transform it into a wonderful display piece for your home!

Frame Of The Week: Brothers In Arms

Just in time for Veterans Day, we present our most recent military memorabilia project.  The Brown Elementary School in Natick is named for Harold and Howard Brown, two brothers from West Natick who served in World War II and paid the ultimate price in the name of freedom.  The brothers’ medals and decorations were donated to the school, and Baldwin Hill Art & Framing was chosen to present them in a manner befitting their sacrifice.  We thought it would be fitting to include photographs of the brothers to give a human face to these badges of honor.  Each brother is depicted beneath his Purple Heart, and the other decorations are arranged around this in a tasteful black shadowbox.  The finished size is about 24″x18″.

You, too, can honor the military hero in your own life.  A display like this can be a wonderful gift or memorial to showcase a proud military career!

“50% Off” May Not Be Such A Bargain

Say you’re out doing your errands and you drive by a major craft chain store.  They have all these signs and banners out front proclaiming “50% Off Custom Framing!”.  “Wow”, you think, “Such a bargain!  I ought to bring them that wedding photo I’ve been meaning to get framed!”

Turns out you won’t be getting the bargain you think you’re getting.  If you notice carefully, there are ALWAYS signs like this out in front of the store.  The percentage may vary, say, from 40% to 60%, but the idea is the same.  Every day they’re doing custom framing for an average of “50% off”.

This can only mean one thing: their “50% off” price IS their regular price.  They’re simply doubling their prices, then offering you 50% off so you can believe you’re getting a deal.  The Attorney General of the State of New York agrees with this.  After a two-year investigation, Michael’s recently settled with the State of New York for $1.8 million over deceptive advertising practices for custom framing.

At Baldwin Hill Art & Framing we offer no-gimmick pricing and top quality service every day.  We actually sent out secret shoppers to some “50% off” big-box stores in the area, and sure enough their “50% off” price was within a few dollars of our everyday honest price.  Let our dedicated staff design a frame that will preserve your treasures and show them at their best!

Frame Of The Week – “Ten Ten Ten”

Today’s vocabulary word is “decagon”, which is a 10-sided regular polygon.

Our latest creation shows what we can do with multi-sided frames!  This year is the 10th anniversary of Natick Artists Open Studios.  We built a prototype 10-sided frame and showed it to a number of Open Studios artists; one of them (David Kahn) realized that this was the perfect showcase for his own 10-sided creation!

This piece is called “Ten Ten Ten”.  It consists of ten photographs, each of ten items, and each photo is repeated ten times spiraling in towards the center.  It will be on display at the Morse Institute Library in Natick through October.  This print will be available in a signed, limited edition for $300 unframed, $700 in a rectangular frame with a 10-sided mat opening, and $900 in the special 10-sided frame.