Framer’s Market and Gallery


 “The Art Zone Group”

 An Exhibition of Collage Works by Local Artists from Duke University’s OLLI Program 

Chapel Hill, NC – Thursday, March 8th 


On Thursday, March 8th from 4 to 7pm area residents are invited to Framer’s Market and Gallery in Rams Plaza for a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the collage works of local artists from Duke University’s OLLI Program, Continuing Education Studies.  

Through techniques of re-purposing, altering images, and using recycled materials, the group has explored nostalgia, cultural imagery, and autobiographical themes in 2-D and 3-D collages.  

The course, led by local artist, Pat Hill, has been a journey into the wonder and mystery of the “found object”, often seeing with new eyes, and, transforming the ordinary things of life into something wonderful and transcendent.

Many of the materials used in the ART ZONE class have been found and purchased inexpensively at The Scrap Exchange in Durham. The Scrap Exchange educates and helps our community re-use, so that less goes in the landfill every year.

 The exhibit can be seen through March 15th.

Art and the Sofa

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Before you start hammering, remember that art in a living-room is meant to be enjoyed from a sitting position, so keep your wall arrangements hanging low. Here are a few tips: 

.   Make sure your sofa is placed exactly where you want it before pounding your first nail in. Your artwork should be at least 2/3 of the length of your sofa to create balance between your wall arrangement and your couch.

.  If your artwork or grouping is wider than the width of your sofa, it will overwhelm it instead of enhancing it.

.  The bottom of your frame(s) should hang at approximately 6” to 10” above the back of your sofa. Of course there are exceptions depending on whether you are hanging 1 piece or a combination of 2, 3 or more. You might have to play with those measurements at bit.

.  Hanging your artwork too high will look like it’s floating away from the couch instead of being connected to it.

.  Have someone hold your artwork for you while you step back, sit down and have a look.

.  Depending on the pieces you are hanging, it’s generally a good idea to leave 2” to 5” in between each frame.

.  Hanging frames too far apart will look like you are trying to fill the wall instead of connecting each piece of art.

Hanging Do’s and Don’ts

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.  Don’t hang something too small above the sofa. The art will be  overwhelmed by the weight and scale of the sofa. Hang artwork that is proportionate to your furniture.

.  Don’t scatter your art collections around the house in the misguided notion that it will give the impression that you have more artwork. Keep your collection together; otherwise it’s no longer a collection.

.  Don’t feel like you have to hang every piece of art that you own. Store extra pieces away and take them out periodically when you’re ready to up-date your wall décor. Consider it an art rotation.

.  Don’t hang art on every wall in the room.  You should keep at least one wall free to allow your eyes to rest and give the art that is hanging, the attention it deserves.  

.  Consider the reflection before you hang mirrors….make sure the reflection you get isn’t of a messy kitchen or a doorway.

.  Don’t display art on walls that get lots of sunshine because the colors will fade and your art will be ruined over time. However, if you have a sunny area where you want to hang art, invest in UV glass  to protect your investment. 

.  Don’t hang expensive or sentimental pieces of artwork in a bathroom because the moisture from your steamy shower may hurt them.   (Especially if the bathroom is used by teenagers!)

.  Don’t try to match your art to your furniture or to your walls. Of course it’s important to buy pieces that complement your décor, but keep in mind that furniture is often replaced over time, so purchase what you really like; artwork is timeless.

.  Recycling is a great idea, but not when it comes to reusing the nail holes left behind from by a previous homeowner. You don’t want to repeat someone else’s mistakes, make your own holes!

.  You have probably heard this one a million times before but it’s important. Don’t hang your artwork too high, you want to be able to enjoy your artwork without having to look way up!

Art Care and Framing

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Art Care and it’s Framing

If you own art in any of its many forms or if you are the care taker of those replaceable family treasures there are things you need to know. Not all artwork is alike and none of it comes with a maintenance manual. So how do you know when and how to care for it. This question has been a matter for debate in professional art care circles sense the beginning of time, you may even have heard about the controversy over the cleaning of the Sistine Chapel or how Rembrants Night Watch changed when cleaned. Art care is a complex problem. dependent upon several sets of circumstances and conditions. How the artwork created. where it has been and under what conditions, what kind of care or treatment has it had. The more you know about your artwork, the better care you can take of it. This care should start with your decision to frame and display it.

When you decide to have framing done it is most often because you have something you wish to display. You may even have a idea of how you want it to look. You may even have been told to use only acid free materials, UV glazing and hinges on the artwork. All important items but not always necessary. What colors, size, shape, and style your framing takes determines how it looks in its surroundings and how well it shows off the item or artwork it contains. The other elements such as materials selection and techniques used in the framing have a relationship to lasting qualities and future condition of the art or item.

With this in mind lets take a look at your framing options and what they mean to the art or item you are having framed. When framing there three basic options or guides to be considered.:

  1. The decorative qualities, color, style, design, and size are your most important considerations then you and your framer may choose any framing material and techniques based solely on meeting your decorating needs.
  2. .When the preservation of your art is also an important concerns , the selection of framing materials and the techniques used must all be directed toward the preservation of your art or item.
  3. When both the preservation of your artwork or keepsake and the decorative value of the framing are equally important, you may have to make some compromises to either your decorating expectations or to the best preservation your artwork or item.

An experienced and knowledgeable framer will be able to explain the differences between materials and their compatibility with your art. Just as no two works of art are the same, no two materials are the same either. Materials may differ in composition, resistance to environmental conditions, pH levels, and more and they need to be selected individually for each item based upon what it is and under what conditions will it be displayed.

To better understand the reasons for all these choices lets take a look at some of the most obvious options. Paper is not a flat medium, it reacts to changes in temperature and humidity, swelling when the humidity is high and shrinking when its low. This constant change is illustrated by the wavy condition of paper from time to time. To eliminate these changes in paper and to keep paper flat it always flat it is most often mounted. Mounting means adhering the paper to a ridged support most often cardboard, a number of sheets of paper already adhered together. There are several methods and materials used for mounting the greatest objection to fully mounting your art is that it makes it harder to conserve at a later date and mat introduce additional materials into the original paper that may not be removable. The alternative to this full mounting is hinging the artwork. This type of attachment only effects a small area of you art as light paper strips are attached to small area at the top of the art and the art is allowed to hang free. This also allows it to change with temperature and humidity.

The materials used to surround you art will also have a direct effect on it. This is where we hear words like acidic condition, acid burn, acid-free all used in connection with mat boards and backboards. The condition of acid in these materials is in the changing composition of the material its self and is excellerated by light. Most of these material have an additive or buffering agent to reduce any acidic condition which may occur this makes the materials alkaline the opposite of acid. Some items such as old photos and many organic materials have a reaction to high alkaline conditions so the materials need to be of a more natural condition. pH or the potential for hydrogen is the scale used to measure the percentage of acid or alkaline balance in any material. The scale is logarithmic and ranges from 1 to 14 with pH neutral at pH 7, the dividing point between 1 to 6 on the acidic side and 8 to 14 on the alkaline side. There are many consideration when preservation of the art or item is the most important consideration. It is not only how it is to be framed, but where it will be displayed that must be considered, for regardless of the framing materials or methods for you art to maintain condition it will also need care.

Protecting the surface

Surface protection is important to all artwork, it keep foreign substances off the surface providing a degree of protection from the surface. Glazing, glass or acrylic is the surface protection for art on paper, generally all artwork and graphics done on paper as well as many other items and photos. Surface protection is important as many of these items have soft or porous surfaces and air born dust will damage them. The glazing in both glass and acrylic choices are many and include important considerations such as  UV protection, glare, static electricity, weight and breakage.  Painting are protected by picture varnish. This is a special material just for the varnishing of pictures in most cases it should be applied after the art has been cleaned so as not to trap the always there layer of dust or surface dirt. This is best left to a professional who is experienced with the cleaning and varnishing of art.

Conditions of display

How and where your art is displayed will have a direct effect on your future enjoyment as well as the condition and longevity. This consideration should be a part of you discussion at the time you are selecting the framing. All environmental elements, light temperature, humidity and pollution all can and do effect condition and longevity. Discuss where you intend to hang your art with your framer when you are designing how it will look and how it will be preserved. Display condition can greatly effect the way your artwork will look and last

Every day care & maintenance

Art like everything else needs care, sometimes this care and maintenance should be performed by a trained specialist, when in doubt ask your framer. And remember in the arts no one person regardless how well trained or experienced has all the answers or can perform all treatments always ask for credentials and referrals. Making informed decisions about your framing will add to your enjoyment and improve your arts condition and longevity