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).

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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!

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

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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

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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: http://blog.crescenthill.com/2015/06/04/hanging-tip-and-tricks

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: http://blog.crescenthill.com/2015/10/03/when-to-shine-a-light-or-not

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: http://mcmichael.com/artwork.cfm

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: https://www.cci-icc.gc.ca/resources-ressources/agentsofdeterioration-agents...

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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.

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The Art of a Home Consultation.

Crescent Hill Gallery prides itself on having thoughtful and knowledgeable staff, capable of giving sound advice on what artwork 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 Pinterest board and our artists' gallery? You will find some links below to help guide you!

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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:

http://canadianbirchcompany.com/birch-syrup-recipes/taste-birch-cocktail-time-holidays/

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What An Amazing Evening With the Artists 2013!

All of us here at Crescent Hill Gallery would like to thank everyone that came to our biggest annual event of the year. Our Fourteenth Annual Evening With the Artists was a great success! This Evening created the opportunity to meet and share a glass of wine with some of our many incredibly talented artists and to view new original works by these artists. Thank you for joining us on this wonderful evening with Maya Eventov, Bill Saunders, Marie-Claude Boucher, James Keirstead, Harold Braul, Peter Panov, Dina Shubin, Miguel Freitas, Mila Kovac, Jordan Hicks, Bob Arrigo, Jacky MacDonald, Tom Kerwin, Cyril Cox, Pietro Adamo, Emilija Pasagic, Mark Berens, Vladan Ignatovic, Lucie Boucher, Maureen McNeil, Heather Haynes, Carole Arnston, David Thai, Michael Rozenvain, Henri Lobo, Eduard Gurevich, Michael Swanson, Annette Kraft van Ermel, Nathan Brutsky, Alex Danovich, Gisele Boulianne, Julia Klimova, Steve Tracy, Michael Foers, Ken Kirsch, Victor Nemo, and Irena Koulikov. We are also delighted to have introduced talented artists Christian Bergeron, Kate Domina, Robert LeClerc, Victor Tkachenko, and Catherine Jeffrey whose works have been added to our collection over this past year. *Please note that new works will be on display following the show, so if you didn't have a chance to come on Friday night be sure to come by soon and get a chance to see them before they sell!

Meet the Artist: Bob Arrigo

Welcome to the second edition of our Meet The Artist series: a monthly feature on our website giving you a little more information and perspective into the lives of our many talented artists!  We hope you enjoy this second edition in our series, and that you will look forward to future editions on the first Saturday of every month.
Today we would like to introduce you to  Bob Arrigo.  His unique style is a wonderful part to the collections available here at the gallery, so we hope that you enjoy his work as much as we do, and that you enjoy learning a little more about this very talented painter. Give us a little history of you: where you came from and how you got where you are today: At the age of 5, I fell in love with drawing, and by 8 I dreamed about being a famous artist when I grew up.  In high school I won an award for being ‘The Student with the Greatest Achievements in Art’ – this award was accompanied by a grant covering 3 years of fine art education in downtown Toronto.  At this point in time I was selling original hand-thrown pottery to downtown gift boutiques to pay for art supplies.  I was then accepted as a student in the very first year at the Sheridan College Campus in Oakville – my course was Animation and Cinematography. Upon graduation I pursued a career as a professional musician and toured for about 5 years, but never stopped drawing, creating, and writing through that time. I created original commissioned sculptural macramé and multi media fibre art for designers and high-end retailers such as deBoers.  Books of my original designs have been published four times by a Canadian book publisher for distribution across North America. In 1979 I established Arrigo Signs and Graphics Inc., managing my own studio as well as supplying creative services to other sign companies, advertising studios and industry related businesses.  I placed Top 3 in a worldwide truck lettering competition by the largest and oldest industry trade magazine in existence, and my work and interviews were published several times by Signcraft Magazine: a competitive industry publication with head offices in Florida. It wasn’t until the late 90s that I began painting original oil and acrylic fine art.  I no longer dream of being a ‘famous’ artist, but of being and artist who is true to his calling.  This I find is a high ideal to achieve and maintain. What inspires your work? The fear of poverty (just kidding). Being primarily a landscape artist I would have to say my inspiration is nature, God’s masterpiece. But capturing even a fragment of the essence of what he created would be near miraculous! Describe your technique: About a year ago I transitioned from acrylic to oils and there is no question: that is where I will stay. I work with a brush in a heavy impasto wet on wet application. BobArrigo171235 BobArrigo171234             What other types of art and materials have you explored and what is your favourite medium? I have indulged myself in so many art mediums I honestly don’t think I could list them. But at this point in my life I can say without hesitation, I have settled on painting with oil and creative writing as my primary means of artistic expression. Do you have any interesting stories from creating your art or in your day to day life? Every day of my life from as far back as I can remember I have been involved in some kind of creative project. I have learned to ‘turn the juice on”, pretty much at will. The creative juice helped develop my character as a child, it helped pay my way through school, it gave me career direction, it paid the bills for a lifetime to raise a family of three children (I was very handy to have around the house during school project time), and it has provided me with an exciting and enriching retirement plan. How do your studio and surroundings influence your work? My studio is several hundred square feet of creative space with every nature of project in process, however I wish it were bigger, brighter, and located somewhere on a mountain top amidst virgin forest and mountain streams. Do you have a favorite tool to work with or that inspires your work? I like a good garden shovel, but it doesn’t help much with my painting. What impresses you about other artists’ work and who impresses you today? Really I can’t say there are too many artists that DON’T impress me. As long as they are conscientiously and consistently attempting to create something original as opposed to reproducing ‘formula’ art for the sake of more sales. In my opinion a painting should have an immediate impact on the mind and emotions of the viewer, but if the emotional response of the viewer is always the same, I’m afraid it doesn’t give testimony to too much depth in the artist. As an artist I manipulate paint to illicit the emotions generated by the inspiration that is going on deep inside me. If every piece of art an artist creates looks essentially the same the creator of the art would have to be very one dimensional. Since no person is one dimensional, it can only mean a compromise of personal and artistic integrity. This may not be a philosophy that generates much revenue but I believe that ‘true art’ is created inside the artist and then finds it’s way out and onto the canvas not by a learned technique but by way of ‘INSPIRED’ execution. When you are not working and creating, what do you do? Do you have another job? I’m pretty much always creating. I own a full service commercial sign and graphics studio. Design and creative work is my first duty. When I am not painting or designing I am writing. Lots of poetry, short stories and a couple of book manuscripts on the go. What is your favourite thing to do on a Friday night, or on the weekend? My weeks are really so busy I don’t sit down until Friday night, so by then my brain is more than ready for an escape into a good movie, and a bowl of popcorn. Then after the movie I am ready to paint or write again (usually I do both). What differentiates you from other artists? They’re still sane! Is there anything else you'd like to add? Yes, several hundred thousand dollars to my bank account! (Kidding again) Just a big THANK YOU to anyone who has bought my art, or anyone who has ever just appreciated it!

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Find Us On Pinterest!

If you're planning the perfect renovations, or collecting ideas for your next major redecoration, you can now find some of our favourite works by our many artists on our Pinterest boards!  Repin your favourite paintings to your own home decorating boards and share your love of Canadian art!

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Crescent Hill Gallery’s ‘Encountering Art’: Encaustic Painting

Welcome to our second edition of "Encountering Art"! We'll be bringing you news and information about the various techniques our artists use to create their work, as well other fun and interesting facts about the art world. This week, we'll take a look at Encaustic painting - a technique that a number of Crescent Hill Gallery artists use in their work: The term "Encaustic" is derived from the Greek word enkaien, which means "to burn into". Also known as "hot wax painting",  encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface such as prepared wood, canvas,  or other materials. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used — some containing other types of waxesdamar resinlinseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment. This procedure of applying molten, coloured wax to various surfaces was already used by the old Egyptians more than 3000 years ago. The technique was actually lost for hundreds of years following, only to be rediscovered in the 18th century. Nowadays the specially developed encaustic wax is applied to surfaces like paper, wood, glass etc. with a painting iron (not unlike your travel iron!) or the Encaustic Pen. You can use hotplates, heat-resistant sponges, palette knives etc. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination! These metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface, allowing artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface. Encaustic paintings seem to light up from within – the colours are exceptionally bright because the light does not get reflected from the surface of the painting, but penetrates the different wax layers.  Such artwork is best viewed in person, to appreciate the full effect. Take a look at these great examples of modern Encaustic artwork by our artists at Crescent Hill!
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Crescent Hill Gallery’s “Encountering Art”: Tangerine Tango

Welcome to our first edition of "Encountering Art"! We'll be bringing you news and information about the various techniques our artists use to create their work, as well other fun and interesting facts about art and the interior design world. This week, because it's the talk of the interior fashion industry, we'll take a look at the Pantone Colour of the Year - Tangerine Tango. If you're getting ready to do some spring renovations or just refreshing the colours in your home for the season, this is definitely the hot colour of the year.  It looks great on  a big, bold accent wall, on cushions, drapery, or any place that needs a vibrant splash of colour. To coordinate your interior design colours with some fresh new artwork, we have some stunning paintings by our artists that are just thing to show that you're in the know and coordinating in style. You can count on us to help you choose the perfect artwork for your home - to suit any colours, tastes, and styles. Just take a look at the work of our artists, and some sample interiors with their paintings to tie the room together.