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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!
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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 ambience 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
, Michael Rozenvain
and Elizabeth Lennie
. Check out all of our artists here
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.
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:
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!
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!
Click here to start pinning!
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 waxes, damar resin, linseed 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!
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.