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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The holidays are here!!
Holiday shopping can be difficult, especially last minute shopping. Exchanging presents can last the whole holiday season! There are many different fun ideas and experiences in Denver that could make a great, memorable present. 

Here are 11 unique ideas!

1.Private Tour of Clyfford Still Museum

Perhaps you have a large group to celebrate with, like a work group or large family between 10-30 people.

 As the permanent home to more than 2400 pieces of Still’s work, this museum makes for an experience unlike any other in Denver—or the world.

2. Anna Kaye Colored Pencil 

Artwork can be a very personal gift, but one that someone will have for a lifetime. These smaller Anna Kaye drawings are affordable, beautiful, and would make for an unforgetable gift. Call the Sandra Phillips Gallery  for details. 
Glitter, 1, 2, 3
colored pencil 
6" x 6" 
3. Giftcard to WaterCourse

I love the entire menu at WaterCourse. The food is wholesome, and so is the restaurant: as a way of supporting non-profits in Colorado, WaterCourse started a foundation to contribute to causes they are passionate about.

4. Bunk with the Beasts. 
Zoo Year's Eve : KIDS ONLY Bunk
Saturday, December 31 6pm-10am

Kids, spend the holiday at the zoo, exploring Zoo Lights, learning about animals, and celebrating in a safe and fun environment! Experienced zoo instructors will lead kids in games, crafts, animal encounters and a visit to the special Zoo Year's Eve early-countdown celebration. A private morning tour of the zoo wraps up this special holiday event. Instructor to child ratio is 1 to 8. Ages 6 to 12

5. Canvas and Cocktails 
Last week I enjoyed a night out at Canvas and Cocktails. A gift card here would be a great stocking stuffer. Artistic or not, this is a fun way to relax and have an enjoyable night out. 

6.  Martha Daniels Ceramic 

Cloud Bowl
(Unfolding Tea Bowl Sculpture)
Hand-built, fired, glazed, painted clay

This beautiful tea bowl would make a great center piece. It is fun, fresh and affordable. Call the Sandra Phillips Gallery  for details. 

Every year I seem to have one friend that insists she/he does not want a gift. When this happens, instead of giving them a present, I like to give a child living in poverty a present, in honor of the person I would have given the present to. 

8. Margaret Kasahara 
                                                                                                                                         Fortunate 4"
                                                                                                                                         Oil & Oil Stick on Canvas
                                                                                                                                         20" x 24"colored pencil, oil pastel,

"I celebrate everyday life using a language of symbolic signs in combination with simplified objective forms." Margaret Kasahara 

Call the Sandra Phillips Gallery  for details. 

9. Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, Gift Shop

Check out all of the unique items in the gift shop. My personal
favorite is this Persian Garden pendant. 

10 Lorelei Schott Ipad Drawings 
Call the Sandra Phillips Gallery  for details. 

11. City and County Lights

We hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!!  -Lisa 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

What to do when you get your artwork home

You made a new purchase! Ever wonder what to do next? Here are a few tips of what to do when you get your art home.

  • Consider having a reputable gallery (like the Sandra Phillips Gallery) install the work.
  • Be aware of any special instructions from the artist. 
  • When transporting the art, cardboard and blankets can be key to keeping the work safe.
  • When choosing where to install the art, be aware of archival considerations: 
      • try to avoid hanging over a fireplace.
      • always protect it from heat and direct sunlight.
      • be careful with basements (flooding) and make sure to keep artwork at least 3 inches off the floor.
      • make sure the temperature and humidity is stable year around.
  • If you have an artist statement, you can attach it to the back of the painting.
  • Keep a file of information about the artist: include reviews and collect all of the books about the artist. It can be a fun point of interest to talk about with guests as well as valuable information for you. 
  •  Keep in touch with what the artist is doing. You can use "Google News Alerts." this is easy to use and will send you all of the latest information whenever it is available. Also stay on the Gallery and artist mailing list.
  • Most importantly ENJOY your new artwork!

                       picture from  finearttips.com   

  Anna Kaye's drawing installed by Sandra Phillips Gallery featured in HGTV home.

Do you have any questions about installing art? Leave a comment below and ask us about it!