Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Every Day is Art Fair Day at Our Online Gallery

Art fairs are one of summer’s greatest pleasures. Strolling in the sunlight, a little spending money in your pocket, one little tent after another sheltering a creative mind, seemingly at work right before your eyes: pottery, jewelry, sculpture, paintings. Personally, I’ve developed a keen appreciation for stoneware because one of my daughters is an aspiring ceramist, and I have a lifelong love of painting because my mother is a painter. Having grown up with art being created every day, I used to go into a bit of a funk in the fall, when the art fairs folded up and I knew all that creativity wouldn’t be back for a good long while. I bet a lot of you feel the same way: it’s not just the sunshine you miss in the winter.

Artwork by Laura Barnhardt Corle

While American Frame can’t bring you warm days and balmy breezes in February, we can bring that spark of real-time, contemporary artists at work 365 days a year. It’s right at your fingertips, in fact, at AmericanFrame.com’s Art Gallery. Painters, photographers and mixed-media artists from throughout the U.S. and abroad display and sell prints of their work through our online gallery. And there’s more work at American Frame than you’ve ever seen under one tent. We offer thousands of pieces, every one from an artist actively practicing their craft today and available in a variety of custom sizes, framed or unframed.

Strolling through the art fair is half the fun, and the same is true online, only even more so: “stroll,” or search, by medium, artist, color or subject, such as architecture, florals, landscapes and animals. We particularly recommend browsing our Featured Artist Contest winners to find artists working to make a name for themselves. If you’re the spontaneous type, just browse randomly, roaming through the gallery like you would from tent to tent, stopping when something grabs your attention.

Artwork  by Terry Abrams

Once something does? Choose from several print sizes (set by the artist based on their digital file’s resolution and the images’ optimal dimensions). From there, you can either order the print unframed or use our online framing tool to try hundreds of mat and frame options until you find the perfect treatment. Now that’s something you just can't do at the summer festivals!

American Frame supports working artists, which is why 100% of the print’s price goes to the artist. Unlike many other online galleries, we do not take a cut of artist royalties. We charge only for printing and framing, listed separately in the ordering process. Prints are produced by our professional staff with the highest quality fine art methods available and framed by our craftsmen, then shipped ready to hang. We also make it easy to connect with our gallery presenters. Look for social icons associated with each gallery to reach artists’ websites, Facebook pages and other online resources.

Go to the art fairs and festivals. Enjoy the sun, buy a photograph, a necklace, a painting or a beautiful ceramic fruit bowl. But when the tents pack up and the sun dips low, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered. At American Frame every day is art fair day.

Laura Jajko is President of American Frame and longtime contributor to  ‘A Good Frame of Mind’. Here, she delights in bonding with others over her love of art and framing. With more than 40 years of practical experience, she brings a unique perspective in a straight-forward style that she hopes will spark lots of interesting and relevant dialog in our online community. Connect with Laura directly here on the blog or follow her on twitter @LauraJajko.


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