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Decorative Objects & Vignettes

Decorative objects are another element to help define your own personal design. As we recommend with our artwork, buy what you love and you will be able to make it work in your home!


To create a more cohesive look, group objects together rather than individually. A vignette is a grouping of objects where they have something in common, such as colour, texture or theme.


We created a small vignette in the gallery, using artwork from our gallery and decorative objects from our neighbour in the Home & Design Centre, Hearth Manor.


We’ve placed different paintings with our vignette to show different possibilities, including some that may not work as well as others.

  Gorg, “Scorpio”, 15.5×12.5″, etching on paper.
Remy, “Sybelle” 21.3″, bronze sculpture.


Here is a framed Gorg etching in beige tones that adds warmth to the stark white walls. The metallic frame defines the painting from the walls and complements the metallic decorative objects in the vignette.


Miller, “Winters Approach”, 30×40″, mixed media on canvas.


This painting, although quite stunning on its own, isn’t as successful in this setting as it doesn’t have a frame to define the image from the walls and the proportions of the painting look awkward with the console table and the height of the statue.

  Tkachenko, “Masked”, 20×24″, mixed media on canvas.


A smaller horizontal painting in a frame fits better in this design and the dark frame adds depth to this space. The imagery of the woman in the painting complements the bronze sculpture.


Pasagic, “Untitled”, 40×40″, mixed media on canvas.


This vibrant painting adds lots of colour to this display! The larger square size of the painting creates a dramatic background for the neutral decorative objects on the table.


Ma, “Spring Glacier”, 36×30″, acrylic on canvas.


I have saved my favourite pairing for last! The size and the portrait-orientation of the painting are perfect over the table. The restrained palette in the painting adds just the right amount of colour to the design and the style of the artwork matches with the style of the furniture and decorative objects.


For more design tips, this is a great article: 10 Interior Design Lessons That Everyone Should Know from Fresh Home.


Sunday Newsletter

If you are one of our lucky subscribers, you’ve been privy to a lot of great content that we put together every week. Over the past two years, we have worked on developing a newsletter that you want to open and many of our subscribers have shared with us that they look forward to the newsletter every Sunday!

We’d love if you would join!  (or re-join and be introduced to a lot of useful and insightful information).

Sign up HERE

In our newsletters, we feature:

  • Hanging Tips
  • Information on wading through all the jargon associated with Framing
  • Suggestions on how to build a collection
  • Curating Tips
  • Behind-the-scenes photos from artist studios
  • Images of works in progress
  • Stories from our artists on their technique and inspiration
  • Invitations to upcoming events
  • Special sales

…and as always, an email filled with beautiful new artwork or specially curated collections!

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Caring For your Art

Here at Crescent Hill Gallery, our artists use the highest quality acrylics and oils. These paints will retain their colour and vibrancy for a long time; according to the CCI (Canadian Conservation Institute), an acrylic or oil painting left in direct sunlight for 8 hours will not show signs of fading for 30-50 years.

However, it is best to take certain precautions when dealing with your artwork as they are on either a wooden stretcher and canvas or on board.

1. Frame the Artwork



Wood ‘breathes’ even after it is cut, and will expand and contract with fluctuations in humidity. To save yourself the expense of having a painting warp and need to be re-stretched (a cost of several hundreds of dollars), frame your painting in a simple floater frame. This will give is space behind the work and help maintain the stretchers shape.

2. Hang the Art Directly on the Wall



A painting leaning above a fireplace or on a shelf will slowly warp towards the wall, creating a concave shape to the stretcher. For tips on hanging your art, check out our blog post:

3. Choose an Interior Wall

Exterior facing walls can also be problematic as they are exposed to more fluctuations. A frame and bump-ons stuck to the back of the frame will help air circulate around the piece.
If you have work on exterior walls or above fireplaces, make sure to check them every few months for signs change.

4. Be Careful when Cleaning

Dust can act as an abrasive force on your painting, so make sure to dust your painting with a feather duster or, preferably, a clean sable brush. To clean the inside edges of your floater frame, a Q-tip fits nicely between the space of the frame and painting.

5. Lighting

Although the high quality of paints used by our artists minimises any concerns of light damage to the artwork, there are lighting options that are better for the art than others. Our blog post “When to Shine a Light or Not” explains the safest options:

6. For those who want to learn more:

McMichael Art Gallery offers a concise and insightful write up for caring for your art, including more delicate works such a historical paintings and works on paper:

They suggest using incandescent lamps to protect work IF they are low wattage or on a dimmer. Incandescent lamps do emit a lot of heat which can degrade fabric and paper. LED lighting emits less heat and UV, while allowing you to view larger spectrum of colours and see more details. Some argue that the warm tone of incandescent bulbs is more suitable for paintings as they do not cast a hard white tone on the work.

If you have any concerns about your work, your first and most trusted source should be the Canadian Conservation Institute:…


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When to shine a light…or not

The lighting environment in your home can make all the difference to the way your favourite works of art will look.  In some cases, too much lighting can wash out a painting with a subtle colour palette or create a glare against glossy finishes, whereas too little light might hide the vibrancy of colours and create an illusion of a flattened image

See what a difference the light can make?

On the left, this original acrylic painting by Christian Bergeron is exposed to minimal natural daylight and is lit with an LED spotlight. This method is ideal in intensifying the colours and emphasizes the depth in the landscape.

On the right the same painting is displayed facing large windows which over illuminated the piece with bright natural light. The contrast has been subdued and the colours loose their dimension by being over lit in this way.


For this and many other reason, we always encourage people to take home artwork they are considering on approval for a while. Our open, bright showroom in our gallery may not represent the environment in your own home and can have a drastic effect on the appearance of the artwork.


What’s the safest way to light your original art?

Once you’ve chosen an artwork to display in your home, lighting it properly and safely is an often overlooked, but crucial, part of protecting the condition of your original artwork.


Here’s some simple guidelines to refer to when considering relative sensitivity to UV:

No sensitivity – Most inorganic materials such as stone, metal, glass or ceramic*

*be aware of the resins or finishes that are often applied to artworks made of inorganic mediums. They often contain materials that have a higher sensitivity.

Low sensitivity – Most modern oil and acrylic paints are fortified with UV stabilizers and therefore have much more resilience to light exposure that older works. Normal daylight exposure indoors through windows will have a minimal effect over approximately 30 years.

High sensitivity – Artworks on untreated wood, cotton, silk, and paper with watercolour paints, inks and dyes are all susceptible to UV damage if exposed to natural daylight or UV emitting light bulbs anywhere between 2 months and 3 years.*

*The time varies so widely for these mediums due to the individualized nature of each material and situation. For best practices to display your artwork well and keep it safe, consult a conservator.


Artificial Lighting

When it comes to spotlighting your artwork, we recommend LED lighting over incandescent lamps.

Incandescent bulbs give off a yellow glow which can distort the true colour palette and emit heat that will slowly degrade fabrics and paper, and fade watercolours.

LED lights emit less heat and UV while allowing you to view a larger spectrum of colours and see more details in your art. This option can sometimes be more expensive, but LED bulbs rarely burn out and therefore don’t need to be replaced as often.


Let’s shed some more light on the situation…

Be careful of what you read on the internet if you are concerned about conserving artwork, there can be a lot of contradicting information out there. Accredited organizations that make the care and conservation of artwork their business are usually the best sources for indisputable information.

For more detailed information on protecting your sensitive artwork (ie. watercolours or antique paintings) against agents of deterioration, visit The Canadian Conservation Institute run down here.



Upcoming Exhibition at Crescent Hill Gallery.

Join Crescent Hill Gallery on September 24th anytime from 10am – 8pm for coffee and light snacks, and be among the first to view Ma’s inaugural Ontario solo show.



Min Ma Solo Show: Canadian Landscapes

Online Preview and Pre-Sale: September 24th at Noon

Runs until October 22nd


MISSISSAUGA – Last year we sampled the delightful vibrancy of Min Ma’s jewel-toned miniatures. After much anticipation we are thrilled to present his stunning work in larger formats that are sure to create a huge impact! After a series of well-received, and in some cases sold out, shows in British Columbia Min Ma has put together an inspired collection of beautiful new artwork for his first solo show in Ontario! Often praised for his clarity of tone and energetic brushwork, we can see his love for the raw Canadian wilderness take shape. His expressive compositions show the awe that Ma must have felt when he laid eyes on the sublime beauty of the Rockies for the first time!

Min Ma was born in 1955 and educated in China where his creative instinct and talent was self-recognized early, but difficult to develop under the new political climate of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. As is often the case during uncertain times, civil unrest is a sobering reality that stifles creativity and closes universities, as it did all across China. As a young boy with a fierce desire to draw and no classes available to take, Ma quickly learned to use the world around him as his teacher. There were no art galleries in China at the time, so he practiced his technique on the image of Chairman Mao, as well as what he observed around the neighbourhood in his day to day life. After several years, the revolution started losing momentum, and while centres for higher learning hadn’t reopened, a three-year painting program opened up and Ma seized his chance. Eventually he had his opportunity to shine at university, and was one of only 15 students accepted into the fine arts program, where his eyes were opened to, literally, a world of art.

Finding that he was deeply influenced by western art, Ma traveled to Canada and longed to absorb the effects of North American landscape and the way artists in this part of the world sought to interpret it. He now calls White Rock, BC his home and is constantly in amazement of the power and beauty of the landscape.

This highly anticipated exhibition will be on display in the main showroom at Crescent Hill Gallery in Mississauga from September 24th through October 22nd. The online preview gallery will go live at noon for pre-sales on the opening day, September 24th!


Crescent Hill Gallery proudly celebrates the works and talents of living Canadian artists. Exquisite works of art are offered in oil, acrylic and encaustic, and are further enhanced by Crescent Hill Gallery’s award-winning custom framing. For the past 25 years, the Gallery has been instrumental in bringing enjoyment and beauty into the homes of its discerning patrons. Satisfying a broad price spectrum, Crescent Hill Gallery offers a solid cross-section of work created by both emerging and well-known artists.

Visitor Information:

Crescent Hill Gallery is located in the Home and Design Plaza beside Benjamin Moore Paint at 2575 Dundas Street West (just east of Winston Churchill Boulevard) in Mississauga, Ontario L5K 2M6.


For more events, visit their event page at


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Introducing Tim De Rose



This winter you will find his stunning and labour-intensive paintings featured in Arabella Magazine’s Artists To Collect series and with a CV like his, we are surprised it hasn’t been earlier! Check out his article February 2016! Until then, you can read about his amazing accomplishments in his bio here, or below. We can’t wait to see the new work that will arrive over the next few months and invite you to meet Tim next year at our 17th Annual Evening With the Artists!


De Rose is influenced greatly by trees and forests, finding the setting to be intensely powerful. In exploring their quietness, he uses them as symbols of people and relationships. Deeply invested in the power of this subject matter, he comments on the open and unassuming way in which he approaches his work:

“I paint in a series with a style that is evolving all the time. I paint within that style until it lets me go. I don’t use any theories of colour, perspective or representative techniques for light and shade.”

Tim begins his process by photographing his arboreal subjects, looking for striking compositions and arrangements from which to base his painted works. From there, he begins drafting a complete line drawing to solidify his composition. To create depth with his medium, he adds as many as four layers of paint. Energetic textures and patterns begin to emerge by a meticulous etching and scraping away of these layers with a potter’s tool called a serrated kidney. In this part of his process, one can detect the essence of De Rose’s early roots in pottery surface.

Tim, in fact, began his successful arts career in the realm of pottery. As his skills in pottery grew, so did the range of projects he took on. These involved anything from hand building architectural sculpture, to ceramic wall panels. These clay canvases were etched, sculpted, and glazed in such a way that eventually they morphed into something approaching traditional paintings. In this way, one project leading to another, De Rose ultimately spent about thirty percent of the time painting. Around 1996, he came to realize how significantly painting was missing in his creative spectrum, and found that he enjoyed using the “different muscles of the process and the problem solving” that it involved. Tim affirms that he can’t say that he loves one art form more than the other, but has confirmed that after 45 years of pottery, he’s now determined to devote himself to painting full time.

Tim De Rose’s work can be found in Kingston and at Crescent Hill Gallery in Mississauga.

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Find your favourite artist!


Browsing through our online gallery and not sure where to start? Start here!

To help you navigate our collection of talented artists, we’ve devised a snappy flowchart to guide you towards the artists that, based on your answers, we think you’ll love!

Since we had a rare week with no new arrivals to the gallery, we set ourselves to the task of making sure you had something different, and a little bit fun, to occupy the space between our next newsletter and blog post.


The Art of a Home Consultation.

Crescent Hill Gallery prides itself on having thoughtful and knowledgeable staff, capable in giving sound advice on what art work would look best for any home. We take the time to get to know our clients tastes – likes and dislikes, from texture to subject matter – and can easily navigate the thousands of works we have to find the perfect match.

Unsure what might look best in your home? Questioning what size would look best? We offer both in-home and virtual consultations to make your purchase what it should be – a joy!

So what makes for a perfect home consultation? It’s simple. Have a conversation with us! We want to hear all about your space, how you or your designer has worked towards creating it, what you’d like to see there, and what type of art you really love!

You can visit the gallery and walk around with us, pointing out things that inspire you or send us images or your favourite works. We will then look through our extensive database and choose a selection of works we feel you will love and even a few we know you won’t, just so we can make sure we are on the right track! These works will be delivered to you by one of our friendly art consultants who will discuss each piece with you and help place the work in various spots in your home. There is no pressure to purchase right away. We insist you try the work out for a few days and see what it is like in the space because different lighting can truly affect the colour and feel of a work!

We can also provide framing samples so you can perfectly match or complement the piece and your room! The frame of the painting below was chosen during a home consultation so that our client had the work and frame ready without having to travel back and forth to the gallery.

When you’ve chosen your work, we will professionally install it for you free of charge. If you have other paintings or framed photos in your home that you are looking to have hung, we can also install those works at a special fixed rate.

Why not start now by checking out our our Pinterest board and our artists’ gallery? You will find some links below to help guide you!


This gorgeous Vladan looks like it was painted for the space! The frame was chosen to complement the wood and metal trim of a side table that was also in the room.


If you are unsure how the size will work in your space, we can bring multiple pieces for you to try. This mixed media work by Emilija Pasagic looks great unframed and fits exactly how the client envisioned.


By getting a sense of your home and your style, we can suggest which painters’ work would look best in your space. This commissioned piece by Bill Saunders adds to the stately ambiance of this office.

For more images of our paintings in the home, visit our Pinterest board Art in Situ.

Some of our most popular artists include Maya Eventov, Mark Berens, Marie-Claude Boucher, Harold Braul, Alekandra, Michael Rozenvain and Elizabeth Lennie. Check out all of our artists here.

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Vote for Crescent Hill Gallery in Readers’ Choice Survey!



Crescent Hill Gallery is an official nominee for Readers’ Choice Awards from The Mississauga News. You can show your support for voting for us in the #44 category for Best Art Gallery!

To vote, go to and click on the official nominees button in the top right corner to start the survey. The voting will end on July 30th, 2015.

Hanging Tips and Tricks

To make quick work of the task of hanging your new art, we’ve compiled some helpful guidelines to follow so you can get to enjoying your vacation a lot sooner!


Hanging your artwork with precision, rather than by-eye, not only gives your collection a more polished look, but it is also more naturally appealing to rest your eyes on even lines and square angles.


At the gallery, we use 60″, the height of average eye-level from the floor to the center point of your artwork to hang our work. Heights vary, and so for optimal viewing of your collection, you may need to adjust the measurement to your own comfort.




An alternative way to hang artowrk without using a wire on the back of the painting is to use D-rings and angled wall hangers.


For this method, you install the two D-rings into the back of the painting, making sure they are level with each other.


Then, using the measuring methods described above to figure out the ideal placement of the angled wall hangers. Make sure to measure the distance between the two D-rings on the back of the painting for the distance of the two angled wall hooks as well as the correct height for the painting.

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It’s All in the Texture

It’s not always easy to get a good sense of the texture typical to an artists style for from photographs online. Even in high resolution photos, it just doesn’t do justice to the surface quality of some artwork in the way that viewing it in person does.

Our clients range near and far, so we understand that one might not always have the ability to stop in for a peek. To help our long-distance art lovers, we’ve included photos at different angles to help you get a sense of the textural style characteristic to some of our most popular artists!

Click each image to read more about the artist and view their artwork.

Maya Eventov

eventov-e1428786853900Elizabeth Lennie

lennie-e1428786824422Pietro Adamo

adamo-e1428786902743Mark Berens

berens-e1428786884695Marie-Claude Boucher

boucher-e1428786873544Jordan Hicks

hicks-e1428786833995Harold Braul

braul-e1428786864305Steve Tracy



Miguel Freitas


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Maya Eventov Family Event and Book Signing

We invite you to join us Sunday, March 15th for a book signing and painting activity guided by Maya Eventov! Register here before spots fill up!

To learn more about Eventov’s work, visit Arabella’s feature article of her work here.



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An Evening with the Artists

16th Annual Meet the Artists Event and Exhibition

Opening Night: Friday Feb 27th, 7-10pm. Runs Feb 27th – March 30th.


The gallery’s most highly anticipated event of the year will feature a night of oysters from the phenomenal fellas at Oyster Boy Restaurant, wine and the catering delights of Nellie James Gourmet Food To Go. This is definitely an evening you won’t want to miss!

This year we will be featuring a live paint session by the talented artist, Steve Tracy and a raffle for a painting selected by our Director.

Enjoy a glass of wine with inspired artists like Maya Eventov, Mark Berens, Bill Saunders, Victor Nemo, Bob Arrigo, Harold Braul, Emilija Pasagic, Peter Panov, Dina Shubin, Mila Kovac and more! Follow us on Facebook or join our Newsletter to receive updates on other artists in attendance by signing up on our website.

New attendees this year include Elizabeth Lennie, Shay Salehi and Peter Chung, whose works have been added to our collection within the last year.

We look forward to seeing you on this Evening as we open our 2015 Exhibition.

Please R.S.V.P. in advance

By Phone at 905-820-2233

OR By Email to



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Framing: Inspiration and Information

We get a lot of questions about framing – Is it necessary? What looks best? – so we’ve put all the information in one area to help get you started!
Choosing how to frame your piece is almost as important as choosing the artwork that you decorate your home with. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the terminology and the
sheer volume of style options that are available.
The key things to keep in mind when considering framing is what style will best enhance the features you love about your piece, and accentuate its place on your wall and in
your room, without stealing the show.
You may even find that your artwork is at its best without a frame!

Quick Tips:
1. If your linen liner has a small mark on it, try using a white pencil/crayon to gently blend away the stain before resorting to replacing the entire liner. 

2. If you’re calling for a frame quote, have on hand the depth of the canvas and UI (United Inches) measurement of your piece for faster results.

  • Example: If you have a piece of artwork that measures 30″ x 40″ the UI would equal 70 inches.



Floater Frames vs. Traditional Frames
Traditional Overlay Frame (left of top photo):
Characterized by a ledge that juts out (rabbet) and sits on top of the artwork, as seen in the bottom left photo.
  • Comes in a wide variety of styles to suit any taste and budget.
  • Can be used in conjunction with a floater frame as a “cap” (keep reading for more details on this)
  • May cause damage to edges if removed since the frame lays on top of the piece.
  • Reduces the area of the image by the width of the rabbet on all sides.

Floater Frame (right of top photo):

Characterized by it’s “L” shaped profile, the floater frame rests underneath the artwork and it’s edge is typically placed a 1/4 inch away from the painting, appearing that the painting is floating within the boarders of the frame, as seen in the bottom right photo. A more contemporary way to frame, you can also choose a wider relief, opting for 3/4 inch away from the image.

  • Poses no threat to damaging the edges of heavily textured paintings, as there is no contact with the paint.
  • Provides a contemporary looking, clean-lined finish to a piece without detracting from the artwork.
  • Does not reduce the area or crop the artwork by laying on top of it.
  • Less expensive than traditional frames.
  • Has less options of widths and styles than that of traditional overlay frames.
  • Can be “capped” with an overlay frame for greater variety, but will inevitability increase the cost.

Floater Frames

Far Left: Basic floater frame for regular stretch canvases
Second from left: Basic floater frame for deep stretch canvases

Floater Frame Styles
A sampling of the variety of styles and finishes available in floater frames.
Ranging from glossy, matte, metallic, wood, beveled, rounded or square edges.
Regular Stretch vs. Deep Stretch
(below, left) Maya Eventov 12″ x 12″ regular stretch
(below, right) Bob Arrigo 12″ x 12″ deep stretch (DS)

Pictured above, left: 3/4 inch width, regular stretcher
Pictured above, right: 1 1/2 inch width, DS stretcher
Due to different stretcher widths, frames also have to come in various depths in order to reduce the gap between the frame and wall.
Pictured above:
(top) The capped moulding is too short for a deep stretch
floater and leaves too big of a gap exposed
(bottom) this capped moulding has a more suitable depth for a
deep stretch floater frame and leaves less of a gap


To frame or not to frame

Regular stretched pieces by Marie-Claude Boucher with minimal texture
(left)Framed with a brushed black overlay frame
(right) unframed
Deep stretched 20″ x 20″ pieces by Mark Berens with moderate texture
(left) Framed with a Chrome metallic finish floater.
(right) unframed


Pictured above:
View from the side allows you to see the way a deep stretch canvas (bottom) looks more polished unframed than a thinner regular stretch canvas (top).

Full Frames
Choosing a full frame is the deluxe treatment for artwork.
The components of a full frame are the following (from left to right):
Overlay moulding, Linen liner, fillet, basic floater frame
Left: This side view shows how each component is “capped” on top of one another to create one whole frame.
Right: View of how the full frame would look head on.
  • Best way to showcase a special piece of art
  • More versatile, you can mix and match components for the perfect look
  • It’s easy to go overboard when a simpler framing option might accentuate your piece better
  • More components means higher cost



Narrow mouldings used as an accent. Fillets can be placed inside mat openings, or in the lip of frames or linen liners.


Linen Liners


It is often desirable to create a visual resting spot between the art and everything around it. This can be achieved by using a liner, a fabric (often linen) covered wood frame.

Seamed liners (above) have a break in the fabric where the corners are joined and are usually slightly less expensive than seamless liners (below), which do not.




Enhancers have a rabbet (the frame lip that rests on top of your piece) like a regular frame, but they also have an indentation on their outer edge for the rabbet of the cap moulding to sit upon.

Note: This component was not designed to be used alone as a frame. Their outside edge is unfinished and they are not structurally strong enough to support a piece on its own.


Enhancers add an extra embellishment to mouldings which look more structurally cohesive than a Fillet to the overall design of the frame.



Mat board has two core functions. Like linen liners, mat provides an area for visual relief so the art could be viewed without the distraction of the nearby surroundings. Secondly, the depth of the mat also serves as a spacer to keep the glass from touching the face of the art.

These images (above) show the same print matted with three different colors. None of the choices are wrong, they are just different.







Dark mats tend to allow the light in the art to pop while a light mat usually intensifies the darker colors. A mid tone mat keeps both the light and dark details in the art more equal.

      Mat Styles


Mats are now available in a variety of colors, patterns and textures, which allows them to act in a decorative roll. Mats even come in shiny metallic and suede!



If you want a more lush look for your print, you might consider a thicker mat. Above, the outer mat is 8 ply with a beveled edge, it is much more apparent in the photograph while the middle (beveled) and inner (straight cut) 4 ply mats are less obvious with their lower profiles.


Single Mat (see above)

When mats were first introduced to framing, they were all a single layer. Today it is much more common to use two or three layers.

  • Used most on high end art where the frame designs are simple and classic, not decorative.
  • Also used when matting vintage, classic or antique pieces as it helps them look authentic to their era.


Double & Triple Mat
When two or three layers of matting are used and cut so that they’re all visible, you have an opportunity to use more colour or create more depth around the artwork.
  • To add one or more accent colours that can be used to help draw attention to the art by outlining it (top left and right).
  • Can add greater depth by using two of the same color for a more subtle look (bottom left and right).
  • multiple mat layers should not be used if opting for non-reflective glass, the extra depth will begin to look cloudy


You can also create a transition from the paper to the mat as seen in the image below.


Mat with Fillet

Fillets, or narrow mouldings used as an accent as described earlier, are placed either inside the lip of a frame or more often in mat openings (below).

  • Create more depth than mats.
  • Emphasize multiple mat layers (below).
  • Finishes comparable to frames so they are useful to coordinate with the frame for a highly customized look.
  • Used to create illusion that matting is thicker that 8 ply (see section on proportions).
Mat with Spacers
Spacers can be added between mat layers for extra depth (below).
  • Brings out inherent depth in the art, such as a landscape with perspective.
  • Adds actual depth to accommodate an object or art with sculptural relief.  
Mat Border Proportions

One of the most important things when choosing a mat is deciding how much of the mat you want to see versus the image. Too little matting can look awkward. A new trend is to use very large matting around a smaller image.
  • Larger matting adds a higher expense because it increases the UI of the frame and glass.
  • Demonstrates your personal style: a smaller mat is more traditional while a larger one is more contemporary.


This print leaves even spacing around the entire print and uses a large mat to create a large space for the details of the painting to be observed.



In this intimate piece, the matting is closer to the print, but leaves space for the signature at the bottom. Two mats are used with a white fillet to add depth.


Affixing the back of a paper piece to a wood panel or board to stabilize and increases the profile width of the piece.


This piece (left) featured hand torn edges by the artist. The relief between the edge of the frame (bottom right) and depth and shadow created by its mounting (top right) creates a stark and dramatic contrast.


This print (above) has been mounted to a board and covered in a layer of clear plastic, which stabilizes the paper enough for traditional framing, but is not thick enough for a floater frame.

This also smooths out the surfaces of prints that might have been damaged by water or bending. As this is an open-ended, unsigned print that will not hold value, so it is safe to mount in this manner.



Due to it’s fragile and porous nature, paper artworks are usually framed with glass to protect it from stains, water, tears or scratches. Choosing the wrong kind of glass can mean exceeding your budget or inadequate protection.  

Regular Glass:

  • A physical barrier against stains and direct damage.
  • No UV protection or non-reflective filter.
  • Best for low-lit rooms and painted artwork on paper. 
  • Least expensive option

 Museum Glass:

  • Physical and UV protection and glare resistant.
  • Ideal for rooms with large windows or bright lights and paper pieces
  • with ink or fabrics which are more UV sensitive over time than paint.
  • Most expensive option   



When considering framing you should also be aware of what kind of costs are involved.

The cost of your frame moulding is the most basic component of your invoice. It is generally defined by two sets of numbers.

  • The UI number, or United Inches, is calculated by adding the length and width of one side together.
  • The manufacturer’s price code for each frame determines the relative cost to other frames from the same brand.

The cost of your frame is determined by a pricing table given to us by the manufacturer. We then see where the UI and price code intersect on the table to give you your price.

Some other options to consider are:

  • measurements and quality (acid free or regular) of matting
  • fillets and/or enhancers
  • measurements and quality (UV, non-reflective, normal) of glass
  • mounting
  • paper backing
  • assembly charges




 Here are a few interactive goodies to help you with your decor projects!

CURATE is fun app that will keep you busy for hours virtually arranging artwork on your own walls! By measuring your space and entering in the measurements, this amazing app ensures everything is actually to scale!

Look for Crescent Hill’s gallery of artworks on Curate:
Curate App on Google Play Store
Curate App on iTunes App Store

You can mix and match Larson-Jules collection of frames and mouldings on your own photo:
Larson-Juhl Interactive Frame Design

Learn how to create a unique wall art display that completes any room with this fun video from West Elm Home Decor:
How to Hang Wall Art Like a Pro 

Every industry has it’s own lingo, so if we used a term you’re not familiar with, try referring to this helpful online glossary: 

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Cocktail recipe from the Maya Eventov Solo Show

If you attended our opening night reception for Maya Eventov’s Solo show, you probably sampled the special cocktail whipped up in homage to Eventov’s iconic birches.

Wondering how to replicate it at your own party? Here’s the link to the official recipe on the Canadian Birch Company website:




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Press Release: Maya Eventov Solo Show

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Please Join Us For Our First Solo Show!

Eventov Blog Invite


We hope you’ll join us!

Fall Group Show Invite 2014Crescent Hill is thrilled to announce the first of three upcoming shows happening this fall and into the winter. Works for each show will only be posted online the day before the opening, so keep an eye out for your favourites. With new works from renowned artists such as Julia Klimova and Peter Panov, we guarantee these incredible pieces will not stay in the gallery long!

RSVP to win a special gift selected by our Director!

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Awaiting Summer’s Blooms with Julia Klimova

With the warmer weather finally here, we’re looking forward to all the spring flowers that will be coming up, as well as the brilliant blooms of summer.  To celebrate, here are some of our newest works by Julia Klimova!

Sun Drop Oil on Canvas  36x30"

Sun Drop
Oil on Canvas 36×30″

Lilac Oil on Canvas  40x48"

Oil on Canvas 40×48″

Magnolia Oil on Canvas  40x30"

Oil on Canvas 40×30″

Bouquet With Fruits Oil on Canvas   40x40"

Bouquet With Fruits
Oil on Canvas 40×40″

Celebration of Summer Oil on Canvas   30x60"

Celebration of Summer
Oil on Canvas 30×60″


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