Another Art Project Snafu

In an earlier post (6/12/2005) we complained about a large, chain custom framing store that messed up several times making the frame for Roger’s Steadman print. Their 10-day turnaround turned out to be more like four months. So, you’d think we’d turn to someone else for the even more complicated job of shadow box framing our five newest pieces. Well, think again and, strangely, just about the same thing happened - but worse. Go figure!

First, we got a call from the manager saying the framer had “a little problem” while trying to mount our artwork. Turned out he drilled holes for the mounting screws through the FRONT of our two favorite pieces. They were trashed, so we had to get replacements. Then, one frame had to be replaced THREE times due to big gouges in the frame. They tried to fill them in with black Sharpie.???!?! Another 10-day job that lasted for months. But, we’re over it, because they came out beautifully.

We have this huge blank wall space above the island between the kitchen and living room. It’s the first thing your eye catches when you walk in. We had our friends Carolyn, Kristen and Larry (an artist, conveniently) over for dinner and Larry suggested a few pieces that might look nice in that space. We saw them a few weeks later and loved ‘em. They are ink drawings on paper which are mounted on multi-colored wood blocks and the whole thing is laminated with epoxy. The coloring is pretty subtle, so we got this idea to put them in shadow boxes to make them “pop” out from the wall. The black interior of the boxes with anti-reflective glass accentuates the colors too. The pieces are centered above the island (not the whole wall) and weighted toward the right, which draws your eye up the two-story-tall wall in the living room. Looks cool.

The Wall:

The Right Box:

The Center Box:

The Top Box:

4 Responses to “Another Art Project Snafu”

  1. PjS Says:

    I like the art. I also like the box of corks collected on the island. How many days has that collection been going? (I hope since before Christmas :) )

    Miss you and wish you both a Happy 2006.

  2. Nine Says:

    Cool artwork!

    Repeat after me “Next time we get something framed we will find a new place to have it done”. Repeat as many times as needed :-)

  3. PES Says:

    I love the new artwork. Definitely something I could see having at our house. Sorry to hear about the framing woes. Maybe we don’t know what the hell we are doing, so don’t look too carefully at ours WHEN YOU COME TO VISIT…

    Have a great New Year and get started on building your gingerbread house!


  4. Josie Says:

    Love the art and the framing. Don’t get anyone else to do the framing. What else will you have to bitch about? Josie