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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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.

760e938cc5e3cb2fc0f6a4636c052f5e 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, Alekandra, Michael Rozenvain and Elizabeth Lennie. Check out all of our artists here.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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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 36x30"

Lilac Oil on Canvas  40x48"

Lilac
Oil on Canvas 40x48"

Magnolia Oil on Canvas  40x30"

Magnolia
Oil on Canvas 40x30"

Bouquet With Fruits Oil on Canvas   40x40"

Bouquet With Fruits
Oil on Canvas 40x40"

Celebration of Summer Oil on Canvas   30x60"

Celebration of Summer
Oil on Canvas 30x60"

 
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Finding a New Perspective With Miguel Freitas

We have exciting news! Miguel Freitas just brought us some stunning new pieces, and we're thrilled to show them off!  While they look great in the photos, they are even better in person, so be sure to come to Crescent Hill to see them soon!
Morning Brew Acrylic on Board   36x24"

Morning Brew
Acrylic on Board 36x24"

Summer Thoughts Acrylic on Board   26x42"

Summer Thoughts
Acrylic on Board 26x42"

Shimmering Shadows Acrylic on Board   26x44"

Shimmering Shadows
Acrylic on Board 26x44"

Boathouse II Acrylic on Board   26x42"

Boathouse II
Acrylic on Board 26x42"

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A Stroll in the Park

We have a few more lovely paintings by Harold Braul today!  Their settings seem perfect for this first day of Spring, with the overcast skies and bare trees.  We hope you all got a chance to pop outside and enjoy the day!
Scarecrow Oil on Canvas 30x24"

Scarecrow
Oil on Canvas 30x24"

Park Series Oil on Canvas 40x60"

Park Series
Oil on Canvas 40x60"

Park Series Oil on Canvas 36x48"

Park Series
Oil on Canvas 36x48"

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Awaiting Spring with Maya Eventov

We have lovely new collections of paintings by Maya Eventov today, and her floral piece has us very eager for spring to come!  Come by Crescent Hill to view these stunning works in person to brighten your day.
Look To the Skies Acrylic on Canvas 40x40"

Look To the Skies
Acrylic on Canvas 40x40"

Dancing in the Dark Acrylic on Canvas  72x48"

Dancing in the Dark
Acrylic on Canvas 72x48"

Relax Acrylic on Canvas 36x48"

Relax
Acrylic on Canvas 36x48"

Crimson Heights Acrylic on Canvas 48x36"

Crimson Heights
Acrylic on Canvas 48x36"

Journey Acrylic on Canvas 36x48"

Journey
Acrylic on Canvas 36x48"

Summer Blooms Acrylic on Canvas  48x30"

Summer Blooms
Acrylic on Canvas 48x30"

Late At Night Acrylic on Canvas 48x24"

Late At Night
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Night Birch Acrylic on Canvas 24x48"

Night Birch
Acrylic on Canvas 24x48"

Jewels of the Forest Acrylic on Canvas 30x60"

Jewels of the Forest
Acrylic on Canvas 30x60"

Rubies in the Sky Acrylic on Canvas 40x40"

Rubies in the Sky
Acrylic on Canvas 40x40"

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Off To The Races!

If you're an avid runner, then these amazing new paintings by Harold Braul are for you!  As a great addition to his Peloton series, he has expanded and done some fantastic studies of marathon runners.  Get in the spirit by running over to Crescent Hill and buying yours today!
The Oncoming Herd    Oil on Canvas  30x48"

The Oncoming Herd
Oil on Canvas 30x48"

Kitchen Portal    36x24" Oil on Canvas

Kitchen Portal 36x24"
Oil on Canvas

Finito    30x24" Oil on Canvas

Finito 30x24"
Oil on Canvas

Intermission     28x22" Oil on Canvas

Intermission 28x22"
Oil on Canvas

Bird Series  30x24" Oil on Canvas

Bird Series 30x24"
Oil on Canvas

Marathon Study   30x24" Oil on Canvas

Marathon Study 30x24"
Oil on Canvas

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Model And The Canvas

We have as pair of amazing new works by Vladan Ignatovic today! His muse is simply stunning in these two wonderful portraits.  They simply must be seen in person!
Model And The Canvas Oil on Canvas    48x36"

Model And The Canvas
Oil on Canvas 48x36"

Good Morning   28x22" Oil on Canvas

Good Morning 28x22"
Oil on Canvas

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City Style with Victor Nemo

We have an amazing new collection of works by Victor Nemo! If you made it to our show last week you got to see them first - but we still a few left, so if you have a chance to come by these are definitely worth seeing in person!
Assembled in the USA Mixed Media on Canvas 36x48"

Assembled in the USA
Mixed Media on Canvas
36x48"

Style For The World, N.Y. Mixed Media on Canvas 36x48"

Style For The World, N.Y.
Mixed Media on Canvas
36x48"

Fog City News    36x48" Mixed Media on Canvas

Fog City News 36x48"
Mixed Media on Canvas

Riding in Paris   48x36" Mixed Media on Canvas

Riding in Paris 48x36"
Mixed Media on Canvas

 
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Eagerly Awaiting Warmer Weather

In eager anticipation of the warmer weather that feels like it should be just around the corner, we have some stunning new paintings by Maya Eventov! Come by the gallery to warm up, see what's new, and say Hello!
Abstract Landscape 30x40" Acrylic on Canvas

Abstract Landscape 30x40"
Acrylic on Canvas

Shades of Grey  60x48" Acrylic on Canvas

Shades of Grey 60x48"
Acrylic on Canvas

Shades of Grey  30x60" Acrylic on Canvas

Shades of Grey 30x60"
Acrylic on Canvas

Spring Bouquet  48x30" Acrylic on Canvas

Spring Bouquet 48x30"
Acrylic on Canvas

Poppy Dream 30x60" Acrylic on Canvas

Poppy Dream 30x60"
Acrylic on Canvas

Lookin Up - Peridot  72x36" Acrylic on Canvas

Lookin Up - Peridot 72x36"
Acrylic on Canvas

Lookin Up    72x36" Acrylic on Canvas

Lookin Up 72x36"
Acrylic on Canvas

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Dramatic Skies

We have an amazing new collection of Prairie Sky painting by Steve Tracy today!  If you made it to our show last Friday, you got a great sneak preview.  Many of them are still up on display, so this is a great time to come and see them in person as they are truly stunning!
Excalibur   24x72" Mixed Media on Canvas

Excalibur 24x72"
Mixed Media on Canvas

Conspicuous Expectation Mixed Media on Canvas 36x60"

Conspicuous Expectation
Mixed Media on Canvas
36x60"

July Afternoon    30x40" Mixed Media on Canvas

July Afternoon 30x40"
Mixed Media on Canvas

 
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Secluded Escape with Bill Saunders

We have a lovely new painting by Bill Saunders today! With lush foliage in a sunny secluded space, this looks like the perfect escape from all the cold winter weather!
Secluded Acrylic on Board 30x48"

Secluded
Acrylic on Board
30x48"

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Sunshine and Countryside by Jordan Hicks

We're very excited to announce that we have a new collection of works by Jordan Hicks! As we prepare for our Evening With The Artists on February 28th, we have some amazing new work coming in for the show, so here is a sneak preview! Jordan will be at the gallery during the show, so if you're a fan of his work this is a great chance to meet him!  Be sure to visit the 'Events' page on the website and RSVP!
Cedar Rail and Daisies Acrylic on Canvas   36x36"

Cedar Rail and Daisies
Acrylic on Canvas 36x36"

Cichorium Intybus  36x48" Acrylic on Canvas

Cichorium Intybus 36x48"
Acrylic on Canvas

Lillies and Daisies   30x40" Acrylic on Canvas

Lillies and Daisies 30x40"
Acrylic on Canvas

Crazy Daisies    30x24" Acrylic on Canvas

Crazy Daisies 30x24"
Acrylic on Canvas

Summer Colours    16x8" Acrylic on Canvas

Summer Colours 16x8"
Acrylic on Canvas

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Beautiful Blooms by Mila Kovac

We have a stunning new collection of works by Mila Kovac today - her beautiful blooms are perfect for helping to chase away the winter blahs.  With today's unpredictable but messy weather, it's always nice to have a reminder that spring is around the corner.
Poppy II Acrylic on Canvas 30x40"

Poppy II
Acrylic on Canvas
30x40"

Blue the Beautiful Acrylic on Canvas 36x36"

Blue the Beautiful
Acrylic on Canvas
36x36"

Spring Fragrance Acrylic on Canvas 30x24"

Spring Fragrance
Acrylic on Canvas
30x24"

First Up Acrylic on Canvas 24x20"

First Up
Acrylic on Canvas
24x20"

Crimson Dream Acrylic on Canvas 24x30"

Crimson Dream
Acrylic on Canvas
24x30"

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Northern Escapes with Steve Tracy

We have a wonderful new collection of paintings by Steve Tracy today! These include some stunning new prairie cloud piece that absolutely must be seen in person.  Come on in, say hello, and check out our newest work today!
Highway 23 Acrylic on Canvas 24x60"

Highway 23
Acrylic on Canvas
24x60"

Northern Shores Acrylic on Canvas 36x72"

Northern Shores
Acrylic on Canvas
36x72"

Farmland Acrylic on Canvas 40x40"

Farmland
Acrylic on Canvas
40x40"

September Fields Acrylic on Canvas 24x48"

September Fields
Acrylic on Canvas
24x48"

Martinelli's Wood Acrylic on Canvas 48x48"

Martinelli's Wood
Acrylic on Canvas
48x48"

Deep Wood Reflection Acrylic on Canvas 24x60"

Deep Wood Reflection
Acrylic on Canvas
24x60"

 
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Touring the City with Harold Braul

If you love the city life, then you're sure to love the work of Harold Braul.  His Commuter Series works capture familiar moments of urban living, wonderfully complemented by his other series which include cyclists, chefs, market scenes, birds, and more! We're happy to announce that we've just received two more stunning works by Harold, and they're right here in the gallery!
Peloton Series

Peloton Series, 30x60", Oil on Canvas

Coffee Shop

Coffee Shop,  30x24" , Oil on Canvas

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

We'd like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! Whether you're celebrating with a loved one, or doing something special to treat yourself, we hope you have a wonderful time.   Perfect for the day, and filled with wonderfully warm hues, we have some stunning new pieces by Mark Berens in the gallery today, so be sure to come and see them while they're here. They are even more amazing in person!
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Sandbay Jackpine

Sandbay Twilight

Sandbay Twilight

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New Work by Maya Eventov!

We have some stunning new paintings by Maya Eventov, fresh from her studio! Come in out of the cold and warm up with some bold colours here at Crescent Hill. MayaEventov174523 MayaEventov174528 MayaEventov174527
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Braving the Cold

We hope you're all managing to keep warm out there!  While the temperatures are staying well below zero, it looks like we're in for some fluctuations ahead so enjoy the little bit of warmer weather when it comes! Keeping in the spirit of winter, here is a great collection of our current winter artwork by our many talented artists!
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