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Helen LaFrance's memory paintings document her life as an African-American woman.

Helen LaFrance: Insider outsider

Posted: January 27, 2017 10:37 Last Updated: | Warren Payne

Helen LaFrance (b. 1919) has been an artist since her childhood on her family’s farm in her native Graves County, Kentucky. She is considered a self-taught memory painter, a category in so-called naïve or outsider art, and she also makes quilts and other textiles, animal carvings and dolls. Her works are in the collections of media mogul Oprah Winfrey and artist Red Grooms, as well as many institutions including the Van Nelle collection of tobacco art in Holland. She has been exhibited all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky, from Mayfield to Murray to Owensboro to Bowling Green, and in N...


“Pets We Love 2” in support of the ASPCA

Posted: June 01, 2016 08:16 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

“Pets We Love 2” Art-Competition.net: Announces a call for entries for “Pets We Love 2” for a second year supporting the ASPCA. Up to 18 artists will be selected for a group exhibit, “Pets We Love 2” at Gallery 25N's online gallery. We are proud to present “Pets We Love 2” for a second year in support of the ASPCA and its mission to save lives. To learn more, visit: aspca.org. Theme: "Pets We Love” - Pets are an important part of life for many individuals and families, and are caring companions that we love, and can range from the exotic to the domestic. Their relationship to us is ...


Call For Entries, "Flowers"

Posted: May 13, 2016 13:52 Last Updated: | Edward Burke

Call For Entries, "Flowers" $8,025 in Cash & Art Marketing Art-Competition.net is proud to announce the Art Call "Flowers". There will be 7 winners and 10 honorable mentions. This competition is open to all artists/photographers worldwide. The participant must be 18 years of age or older working in any still art medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, photography, digital art, fiber art, etc. Full Perspectus Theme: "Flowers" - Flowers have inspired fine artists and photographers to create some of their most beautiful, emotional and memorable works of art. Throughout hi...


Pencil portrait titled "Gentile's Daughter" ...a colored pencil drawing on parchment paper.

Artist To Artist Interview...The why of becoming an artist

Posted: December 17, 2015 07:39 Last Updated: | Rex Stewart

For nearly fifty years, my mind and hands raced to create pieces that stirred the imagination of my viewers. It was never an accident that the skills I possessed were given to gloat over what I could or could not do; but to find clarity in this strange journey while creating subject matter that brought about the quest of -why? Every artist has a story or account relative to their existance. No two paths are alike. And yet, in the journey that's taken, there seem to be explosive egos that dictate the formalities of the creator. I found this to be perplexed during my early years because th...


Left: Fairy and Crane, Embroidery with silk from the Qing Dynasty.  Right: Covered ewer, Porcelain painted in enamels from the Qing Dynasty

The Significance of Cranes as Symbols in Chinese Art and Carpets

Posted: September 04, 2015 10:48 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Cranes in Chinese art -- Since ancient times, the Chinese have been exceptionally creative in using various living, non-living and imaginary objects to represent abstract ideas. They have a symbol for everything, including life, death and longevity. One glance at Chinese art and carpets can educate on the myriads of Chinese symbols. Among the most popular and widely used symbols are the ones for longevity. They include bamboo, cicada, peach, gourd, pine, deer and crane. Cranes, or herons as they are also referred to as, play an important role in Chinese mytholog...


Call for Abstract Art

Posted: July 20, 2015 09:15 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

The ArtisTTable is seeking art for its 2015 juried online all media Abstract Exhibition. Artists 18 and over are invited to submit art of all media for consideration in the show, drawing, painting, sculpture, video, orginal prints and more. Cash prizes are awarded to the first 3 places choosen by our juror. Submit your art by 02 August 2015. All the details and registration can be found online: www.ArtisTTableOnline.com/abstract15prospectus


Protect Your Antique Rugs from Fading with These Tips

Protect Your Antique Carpets from the Effects of Sunlight

Posted: June 26, 2015 12:15 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

What You Should Know About Light and Antique Carpets It's a ritual at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. On the hour and half-hour, the Ardabil carpet is lit for a brief 10 minutes, so visitors to the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art can behold its splendor. The enclosed display case and lighting system in Room 42 were specially crafted to showcase the world-famous 16th century Safavid carpet and to preserve its exquisite colors. While few collectors display priceless artifacts on the floor, most do value their antique carpets and want to protect the rich colors and stru...


Women work on hooked rugs in 1929 | Nazmiyal

Hooked Rugs: An American Tradition

Posted: June 08, 2015 09:29 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Hooked Rugs -- American hooked rugs are as quintessentially American as jazz music is. Like the latter, it had a very humble beginning but grew to become a unique American tradition. Dismissed for its rustic and low quality until the early 20th century, handmade hooked rugs are now prized for their delightful folk art quality. Today, a thriving rug making industry had grown around it to meet the demands of a growing number of collectors. Rug hooking is a rug making technique that involves pulling loops or strips of fabric through a stiff woven base to make a rug...


Artist C.  Dianne Zweig exhibiting at Street Chic, June 4th-June 20th, Bodytalk Boutique, Avon, CT

STREET CHIC: ART & Fashion June 4th Opening, Bodytalk Boutique, Avon, CT

Posted: June 03, 2015 09:23 Last Updated: | C. Dianne Zweig

Channel your inner whimsy and join us for an evening of quirky, edgy, spontaneous orginal art along with a playful and stylish summer collection of contemporary fashion. Opening Wine and Cheese Reception with live music June 4th, 2015 5:30-8:00 Featured Artists Bill Healy David Holzman Zeb Mayer C. Dianne Zweig Come see original abstract mixed media, Surreal art, woodcuts, folkart, acrylic. Inside art show and outside activites include sidewalk drawing and painting. STREET CHIC IS  TOTALLY COOL !  What do Bill Healy, David Holzman a...


Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340

Wednesday Wishlist: Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet 48340

Posted: April 29, 2015 11:58 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Antique Garden of Paradise Persian Carpet — Every Wednesday, The Nazmiyal Collection features one spectacular example of a hand-made vintage or antique rug from its vast catalog. We select each piece based on its aesthetic beauty, conceptual merit, and history. To see how we’d style this week’s selection, check out our Wednesday Wishlist Pinterest board! This week’s Wednesday Wishlist rug is a beautiful antique Garden of Paradise Persian carpet, featuring a beautifully detailed flora and fauna design. Animals frolic amidst lush trees and flowers on a rich blue f...


Call for Small Works for ArtisTTable Gallery Show at Richard App Gallery - Deadline Extended!

Posted: April 13, 2015 11:08 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

The submission deadline has been extended to 29 April for the Second Annual smaill works show of the ArtisTTable, hosted at the Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan. • 2 LITTLE • An International Juried Exhibition at Richard App Gallery • An all media show with an open theme. • All Artwork must be for sale. • Longest dimension of the art must be 15" (38cm) or less. (Including frame) • Entry Fee $35 (Approximately €30) Submit up to 5 pieces for review online. • Submit online by: 29 April 2015 • Artist Acceptance Notification: 01 May 2015 • Artwork must be r...


Fine Antique Persian Mohtashem Kashan Rug 47483

Persian Art: Monir Farmanfarmaian Celebrates Her First Solo Exhibition in New York, at Guggenheim Museum

Posted: April 09, 2015 11:05 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

“I was a pretty Persian rug, an exotic find, so people invited me to things”  – Farmanfarmaian on her popularity in post-war American artists’ circles. Persian Art Exhibit at Guggenheim Museum – Persian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian, now over 90 years old, is celebrating a milestone in her life and artistic career: Her work is on view at the Guggenheim Museum through June 3rd, marking her first comprehensive solo exhibition in the United States. Persian artist Monir Farmanfarmaian was born in Qazvin, Iran, in 1924. She attended the Fine Arts College of Teh...


ArtisTTable Figure Show is now online.

Posted: March 27, 2015 10:51 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

Over 60 painters, sculptors, and photographers submitted to this juried online show and competed for cash prizes in four different categories. The exhibition is divided up into galleries that feature art by Women that make art of Women, Women that make art of Men, Men that make art of Women, Men that make art of Men. The show will be online until 04 June 2015 at http://bit.ly/Vaw9Vo Visit the show and you can decide who will win the People’s Choice Award by voting for your favorite art. You may see all of the prior ArtisTTable exhibitions in the archive section called Shelved. http:/...


15 Tips for Decorating with Antique Rugs by Nazmiyal Collection

15 Tips For Decorating With Antique Rugs

Posted: March 26, 2015 07:52 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

How to Decorate with Antique Rugs Decorating with Antique Carpets – Adding an antique carpet to an interior space can drastically change the look of a room. While there are many different styles of antique rugs and vintage carpets to choose from, there are some tried-and-true rules to follow when it comes to choosing the size and placement of your rug. Below are Nazmiyal Collection’s tips for choosing the right rug for your space. 1. To determine what size rug to buy, measure your room’s width and length, and then subtract 2 to 3 feet from each dimension. Using a ru...


Minimalist Chinese Rug Interior

10 Beautiful Interior design Images and the Antique Rugs to Recreate Them | Nazmiyal

Posted: March 19, 2015 10:16 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

1. Minimalist Chinese Rug Interior This gorgeous design balances an antique Chinese carpet with contemporary, minimalist design details that let the architecture of this room shine. To achieve this look, pair sophisticated neutral furniture and white walls with one of Nazmiyal’s beautiful antique Chinese carpets: (View Entire Article and Images on the Nazmiyal Design Blog...) 2. Kitchen with Tribal Runner Rug Warm up your kitchen space by swapping your sink mat for a colorful Tribal runner rug. Adding a carpet to your kitchen adds depth and interest to an ...


A Few Days Remaining to Enter the ArtisTTable Figure Show.

Posted: March 11, 2015 14:59 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

There are a few days left that you can gather your art featuring the human form and submit it to the ArtisTTable's Figure Show. The Figure Show is a juried online exhibition with cash prizes. The prizes will be awarded in four separate categories. The categories are: • Women that make ART of the Female form • Women that make ART of the Male form • Men that make ART of the Female form • Men that make ART of the Male form ArtisTTable exhibitions always have a People's Choice Award as well. You may submit up to 5 images for a single $25 entry fee. The...


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Care and Maintenance of Antique Rugs and Carpets

Posted: March 11, 2015 07:58 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Click Here For More Information About Rug Cleaning in NYC A Guide to Care and Maintenance of Your Investment Quality Rugs Care and Maintenance of Antique Rugs - Owning an antique rug, especially a fine antique one, is not only a pleasure, but a responsibility. Owners of antique carpets and Persian rugs should actually think of themselves as "the current owner", one in a series extending from the past and into the future. Antique rug care and maintenance is perhaps the most important and simplest aspect of owning a rug. Maintaining it is vital to pro...


To learn more smart tips for purchasing antique rugs and vintage carpets, visit the Nazmiyal Collection online.

Consumer Guide to Buying Rugs and Oriental Carpets

Posted: March 11, 2015 07:52 Last Updated: | Omri Schwartz

Section 1: What Should I consider before I shop for an antique rug? I want to buy an antique rug but I am unsure on how to begin shopping for one. One of the most asked questions we receive is: "I want to buy an antique oriental rug but don't know where to start and what to look for". So with that in mind we have decided to tackle this question head on! First of all, one needs to understand that antique rugs and carpets are collectible items. They are sought after by collectors, dealers, interior designers and private clients. They are magnificent works of art...


Call for Small Works for ArtisTTable Gallery Show at Richard App Gallery

Posted: March 10, 2015 14:37 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

The ArtisTTable is seeking submissions for the Second Annual International Juried Small Works Show at Richard App Gallery - 2 LITTLE. Last year the ArtisTTable partnered with the Richard App Gallery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the response from was great from Europe and around the US as well as the expected local Michigan artist community. Grand Rapids, Michigan has been much more of an arts destination than anyone thought for years with its museums and festivals, but it was advent of ArtPrize that really put Grand Rapids on the larger worldwide stage. That event draws artists and ar...


Happy Birthday Euan Uglow 1932 - 2000

10 March - Happy Birthday, Euan Uglow

Posted: March 10, 2015 07:54 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

10 March we celebrate the birth of Euan Uglow, born 1932. Uglow left the studio for the last time in 2000.  Visit the ArtisTTable Famous Artist Birthday site. http://bit.ly/1rccxgw


Introducing the ArtisTTable

Posted: March 10, 2015 07:31 Last Updated: | ArtisTTable

We just want to make this post as a quick introduction to the ArtisTTable. Started at the very end of 2012, The ArtisTTable is an art community and gallery. We host juried online art exhibitions with cash prizes. (See our current call for entries at The ArtisTTable Figure Show Call! ) We also have an art retreat program that gives artists the opportunity to get away from there studios, gather with other artists in a remote location and spend a week making art and exploring creativity. At the moment we have two retreats available, The next one is this June in Wisconsin, USA, ...


"Tunnel of Love" by Henry Koerner at the Yale University of Art Gallery.

Our Favorite 40 Museums - Part 3

Posted: December 02, 2013 07:30 Last Updated: | Jay Caldwell

As we continue to celebrate our gallery’s fortieth year in business we encourage you to explore some of these exceptional museums located throughout the US. *Note this list of museums is not in any particular order. To read about some of the other museums on our list click here for part 1 and here for part 2 of this series. 21. Yale University Art Gallery Established in 1832 to open up dialogue between students, faculty, and the wider public, the Yale University Art Gallery is both one of the oldest university art museums, and one of the biggest with a collection which h...


Visit and shop the Farmington Valley Arts Center Drezner Holiday Artisan Show and Gift Gallery.  Opening November 22, 2013 5:00-9:00pm.

37TH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT OPENING AT FARMINGTON VALLEY ARTS CENTER

Posted: November 18, 2013 12:28 Last Updated: | C. Dianne Zweig

During the month of November there is a lot of excitement at The Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, CT as studio artists are getting ready for the 37th Annual Candlelight Opening (November 22, 2013 5:00-9:00pm). Avon is one of the prettiest towns in New England and lucky to have a fabulous non-profit Art Center which has been home to twenty studio artists and fabulous art and cultural events since the 1970s.  I'm somewhat of a newbie at FVAC, with an Abstract Mixed Media art studio (9B) on the second level of this former Ensign Bickford factory. While there are many new profess...


$13,000 hammer.  De Forest, Roy D.  "Swamp Fever" Oil on Canvas.

Clarke Auction's Second September Sale Highlights

Posted: October 01, 2013 11:45 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Clarke Auction brought a respectable range of results from their mixed offering sale on September 29th, their second in September, to close out the first month of an extremely promising fall auction season. The fine art selections showed excellent results from both old masters and modern works. The mixture of fine technique and desirability brought in bidding for an exceptional Old Master oil on canvas of Piazza San Marco. The painting, in the manner of Guardi, created significant interest in presale viewings and exploded past its conservative $1,000 to $1,500 estimate, finally hammerin...


OVIEDO, Ramon.  Oil on Canvas.

Falling Up: Clarke to Continue Fall Success with September 29th Sale.

Posted: September 25, 2013 14:36 Last Updated: | Joseph Ronan Clarke

Just three weeks after a highly successful start to the fall auction season, the Clarke Auction team of appraisers has collectively created another quality sale of fine art, midcentury, silver, jewelry, antiques, and Asian items to be held on Sunday, September 8th at 12pm EST.   The fine art selection will begin the sale and will include a number of important estate fresh pieces. One of the most exciting pieces in the fine art selection is a Roy D. Deforest  polymer on canvas entitled “Swamp Fever.” The work is signed and dated 1982 with a Phoenix Art Museum label verso.&...


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