Richard Powers: Flights of Fancy

Baldwin Hill Art & Framing is once again proud to exhibit artwork by Richard M. Powers. Best known for his surrealistic science fiction book covers, Powers also has a large body of fine art work as well as illustrations for history and general fiction books.  This exhibit will show rarely-seen paintings and sketches from his long career, which extended from the WPA period in the 1940s through the 1990s.

Check back soon for a link to our eBay store with works from this collection available for sale!

 

Frames For Your Graduate!

It’s graduation season!  You or the grad in your family worked hard for that diploma.  What better way to celebrate all that hard work than by framing it to display proudly?  There are endless possibilities when it comes to framing a diploma!  Here are just a few:

Many clients like to include some piece of memorabilia from the graduation in their designs.  This client frames all of her diplomas in shadowboxes with the graduation tassel.
Another memorabilia design.  With small diplomas it’s often possible to include the diploma cover itself in the framing design.  This particular one is of historical interest, dating back to when Mass. General Hospital operated their own nursing school.
This client chose to include an iconic image from her university in the frame design.  The mat choices (green & gold) reflect the school colors.
Even a simple framing treatment can be enhanced with school colors and a little gold trim!

Remember, gift cards from Baldwin Hill Art & Framing make the perfect graduation present!

Conrad Gees: Havana On The Cusp

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Baldwin Hill Art & Framing has an exciting exhibit planned for April/May!

Local photographer and Baldwin Hill employee Conrad Gees recently took a trip to Havana, Cuba and came back with a treasure trove of photos and stories. Havana today is a city in transition: after decades of pure communist rule, small seedlings of private enterprise are starting to blossom.  Parts of the city, crumbling for years, are very slowly starting to be rebuilt.  The promise of normal relations with the United States foreshadows bigger changes to come.

Throughout all this, the people of Havana have to live their daily lives while navigating the shifting landscape of society.  Conrad’s photos tell the story of this transition in vivid detail.  Each photo has a story, which he will gladly regale you with at our reception on April 18!

This exhibit runs through May 5, 2015.

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!

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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!

“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 – Made In America!

Don't Tread On MeWhen this  reproduction of the iconic “Don’t Tread On Me” flag from the American Revolution came into our shop, we decided that it needed a handsome treatment befitting its dignity and history.  All of the materials in this frame were American-made.  The lovely maple shadowbox moulding was made by Vermont Hardwoods.  We decided to mount the flag on a lightly-textured Crescent mat (made in Wheeling, Illinois).  The piece is glazed using Tru-Vue Conservation Clear glass (made in Faribault, Minnesota).

The flag itself was attached to the backing with fabric fasteners in strategic places, and the lower lanyard was stitched to the backing.

Bring us your American icon and let us help you display it proudly!

 

Framing for Graduations!

It’s graduation season!  You or the grad in your family worked hard for that diploma.  What better way to celebrate all that hard work than by framing it to display proudly?  There are endless possibilities when it comes to framing a diploma!  Here are just a few:

Many clients like to include some piece of memorabilia from the graduation in their designs.  This client frames all of her diplomas in shadowboxes with the graduation tassel.
Another memorabilia design.  With small diplomas it’s often possible to include the diploma cover itself in the framing design.  This particular one is of historical interest, dating back to when Mass. General Hospital operated their own nursing school.
This client chose to include an iconic image from her university in the frame design.  The mat choices (green & gold) reflect the school colors.
Even a simple framing treatment can be enhanced with school colors and a little gold trim!

Remember, gift cards from Baldwin Hill Art & Framing make the perfect graduation present!

Project Profile: Two-Sided Bible Page

This customer arrived bearing a specially-built box, with specific instructions for how to open it written thereon. Inside the box was a plastic bag; inside that was a folder; inside THAT was:

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A hand-copied, decorated Bible page from the 15th century!  This piece presented a few challenges: first, it was inscribed on sheepskin.  Second, it was inscribed on both sides, and the customer wanted to be able to show either side.

One particular challenge with sheepskin is that it must NEVER touch water, otherwise it will warp and curl (or to put it another way, sheepskin wants to try and return to the shape of the sheep!).  This means that we could not use our usual water-based adhesives to hold it in place.

The customer selected a silkscreen-texture top mat for each side of the piece, and a different solid-color bottom mat for each side.  She then selected an ornate silver/gold moulding with a somewhat distressed finish to complement the historic period of the piece.  Finally she selected Museum Glass to provide both optimal clarity and protection from UV light (The photos above were taken with the glass in place; note that there are NO reflections whatsoever!).

We used Mylar photo corners to hold the page in place on one of the mats (Mylar is approved by the Library of Congress for direct contact with historical materials).  We then adhered the two double mats back-to-back with a paper spacer in between.  This reduces the pressure on the edges of the page and allows it freedom to expand and contract.  We then built two frames back-to-back, and used spacers between the mats and the glass to fill out the thickness of the doubled rabbet.  The frames are held together with decorative metal plates on the bottom and sides.

As for hanging hardware: while we normally place a hanging wire on the back of a frame, this frame really has neither a front nor a back.  Instead we used a chain attached to D-rings at the tops of the side rails of the frames.  All of the hardware was painted with a dark hammer-textured paint to provide a proper Renaissance feel to the piece.

Gift cards make the perfect gift!

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Baldwin Hill Art & Framing Gift Cards make the perfect gift for any occasion!  Gift cards are good as cash for anything in the store — custom framing, artwork, ready-made and Value Line frames, gifts, digital imaging services, and more!

Gift cards may be purchased online in denominations of $25, $50, $75, or $100.  They may be purchased in any denomination at the store.  Click the button below to buy your gift cards today!


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