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Is Banksy A Genius or a Jerk?

banksy 10-27 Is Banksy A Genius or a Jerk? Earlier his month we highlighted Banksy’s trip to New York in October. Since then there has been much written about notorious artist. From the Mayor calling for his arrest to travelers visiting New York just to tour his art, most people have something to say.

All through the month, New Yorkers have been buzzing. There have been construction workers placing plexiglass over works in an attempt to save them from defacers. There is even one man calling himself the Banksy Preservation Society as he works to repair installations that taggers couldn’t resist.

So what are your thoughts on the artist Banksy? Do you see him as a harmless artist, harmful revolutionary, or just a guy that needs attention? As I see it, I’m just glad people are outside talking together about something…

Check out this editorial that he sent to The New York Times:

Banksy - New York Post

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Frame USA Cincinnati Retail Store: Open to the Public!

Frame USA Cincinnati Retail Store Re-Opens

Back in September, we closed our doors to remodel our retail store located in Cincinnati, Ohio. While there was nothing particularly wrong with the store, it was a bit too large for what we were trying to accomplish. Demands change, artists change, and framing changes. Likewise, we thought it was time for our shop to change! Frame USA Cincinnati promises to be a big deal for the local art community.

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Our new layout is much more inviting, conservative of space, and focused to give you a better experience.

Frame USA’s retail store went under a very big remodel. Rather than expand and offer more ready-made selection, we decided to downsize and become more efficient. Frame USA Retail Store will now function much the same as our main website. We have a wide selection of Corporate, Closeout and Architect frames ready-made and available to you, but for everything else, we make it to order!

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Our frame moulding wall. Anything you can see, we can make!

We also brought some features from our website into the store. Remember Build a Frame? We have all of our websites available and open to the public, whether you’d like to search for posters on Posterservice or run through some options on Build A Frame. We also have our custom framing station back, where our friendly staff can guide you through the process of selecting and designing your framed art to perfection. This, of course, remains at the lowest prices on the market!

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Plenty of natural light helps keep our framers energized and better able to help you design your frame.

Our poster inventory has also been reduced in the store, but never fear! Using the touch screen, you will be able to find anything you’re looking for. Our easy-to-navigate website allows you to search for nearly any image you can think of, from decorative art to Bob Marley prints. Just ask one of our employees and they’ll be glad to find the print for you. You can also visit Posterservice.com or FrameUSA.com and we would be glad to pull the items for you ahead of time.

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Located by the counter, this touch screen allows you to search all of our websites for items you need!

 

Frame USA Cincinnati
The art wall is back!

Have you stopped in yet? Let us know what you think!

 

225 Northland Blvd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246


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Banksy Art - For sale in NY

Street Artist – Banksy Sets Up Art Booth Selling Original Works in NY

This past weekend several tourists and New Yorkers found themselves with an opportunity to own an original painting from renowned street artist – Banksy.

On Saturday, October 12, infamous U.K. street artist Banksy setup a booth in New York’s Central Park. The booth and the opportunity to pick up an original Banksy piece was not announced, nor is it expected to happen again anytime soon. Upon watching the video below, Banksy notes that he made a total of $420 for the day, so he sold 7 works @ $60 to 7 lucky and aware individuals.

Banksy Art - For sale in NY

The sale provided an opportunity for tourists and passerby’s to purchase original art canvases for $60. The artist also posted a video on his website: http://www.banksy.co.uk/

We just wonder where all of those fine folks are going to get an awesome frame to display these great pieces on a wall at home or work…

Would you have recognized these works on the street? Would you have recognized Banksy’s work immediately, or would you have thought this was just another street artist?

Just in case you have no idea, here’s a little explanation from Wiki:

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

Man in the Iron Mask - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project

Update – Downtown METRO Bus Shelters to Receive a Facelift From Local Artists

Last month we did a short feature on Artworks Cincinnati and their plans to add an artistic touch to 12 of METRO’s Downtown bus shelters. Today we just want to take a moment to update folks on how this is going and post some new images…

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From Facebook: Metro shelters featuring art created by youth apprentices ages 14 – 21 were dedicated on Sept. 26 by ArtWorks CEO Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks Project Manager Ryan Little, ArtWorks Youth Apprentice Annabelle Gordon, ArtWorks Youth Apprentice Jalyn Hill, ArtWorks Youth Apprentice Tyler Dunbar, Director of the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Kim Fender, Metro CEO Terry Garcia Crews, ArtWorks Public Art Manager Katie Labmeier, ArtWorks VP Colleen Houston, and ArtsWave COO Alecia Townsend Kintner. — at Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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Below you can see the booth from the Cincinnati Public Library:

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ArtWorks Booth at The Cincinnati Public Library
Grapes of Wrath - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
Grapes of Wrath
Charlotte's Web - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
Charlotte’s Web
Man in the Iron Mask - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
The Man in the Iron Mask
Scarlett Letter - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
The Scarlett Letter
Wizard of Oz - Cincinnati METRO Bus Shelter Art Project
The Wizard of Oz

ArtWorks Mission: ArtWorks empowers and inspires the creative community to transform our everyday environments through employment, apprenticeships, education, community partnerships, and civic engagement.

That’s the update we have for now. We’ll be adding new images as we get them. If you would like more information about ArtWorks, please check out the website below!

ArtWorks Cincinnati

Bit O Whimsey

Bit O Whimsey – Posterservice’s #1 Plaque Customer!

One of the many large  plaque orders by Kandy Myndy!
One of the many large plaque orders by Kandy Myndy!

Our poster division, Posterservice Inc., is very fortunate to have such a diverse customer base. Music stores, museums, smoke shops, poster distributors, Spencers, college book stores and educational resource vendors all depend on Posterservice for the hottest images in poster printing and publishing.

One service that our customers particularly enjoy is a service offered by Posterservice called plaque mounting. Plaque mounting is a display option that allows you to preserve your image my mounting an image on wood, followed by laminating the image in a transparent seal that turns an ordinary wood mount into… well, a plaque! Chances are, if you’ve visited any home decor shop, you’ll find a great assortment of beautiful art prints inside of a plaque.

Kandy Myny – artist, entrepreneur and our number 1 plaque customer – has used Posterservice for just a short period, since February 2011. In this time she has placed an average of 6 orders a month, each order totalling a substantial amount of plaques. It’s customers like Kandy that any business is proud to serve. She loves our wood mount product so much that it is one of the main items she sells showcasing her beautiful art!

That's quite a plaque order!
Kandy holding one of the many plaques!

About the artist:
“I am a self taught mixed media artist creating original paintings, collages and reproductions. I love to express the whimsical side of things by using a rich and colorful color palette. My whimsical mixed media style is created using paint, paper, charcoal, and a variety of textural elements to create unique, one of a kind pieces of art. Whenever possible I enjoy using recycled materials both new and old to incorporate into my work. My portfolio includes a whimsical world of colorful neighborhoods and landscapes with trees that resemble lollipops, birds with stilt like legs, owls, quirky homes and girls with inspiring messages. In just a few short years I have created Bit O’ Whimsey Design Studio, travel to juried art fairs, sell to galleries and boutiques, manage an Etsy shop and I have created a wholesale line. My art has been well received and is in homes across the country and the world…

 

Kandy’s Portfolio and Shop: BitOWhimsey.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/bitowhimsey

Etsy: BitOWhimsey

 

Picture Frame Hanging Options

At Frame USA, we offer multiple hanging options for the wide variety of projects that our customers have. Whether you’re displaying large posters, floating canvases, family photos or art prints, we want to assure you: these picture frame mouldings are built to last, and our hanging systems will perfectly fit your needs.

To find more information about hanging your picture frames, see the video below. You can also call customer service toll-free at 1-800-577-5920 or email us: [email protected]!

For the typical sawtooth hanger, you will simply take the metal piece and hammer it lightly into to wood so that the “teeth” are outside, facing downward. Don’t be shy to hammer this in–our frames are sturdy and you want to be sure your frame stays on the wall!

Photo reference of our sawtooth hanger attachment:

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The back of our standard picture frame. Taped to the top is our sawtooth hanger. Poster frames come with a hanger attached to the backing, and wire hangers can be requested for larger pieces.
Custom Framing App

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No… It’s Super Framer!

That’s right, Super Framer has finally revealed himself here at Frame USA!

Since the beginning of 2013, we’ve been working on a web app that would bring a powerful custom framing tool and easy-to-use interface right at your fingertips. Our tool will allow you to select a poster, upload your own image, or select your image dimensions. From there, you can decide on what kind of mat you would like – single, double or triple – and what colors and corners you would like. You will then select your frame of choice, followed by backing and glazing options. Once you’re all set, you’ll simply check out and your frame will be on its way in 5-7 business days!

Your frame will come to your door 100% complete and ready to hang. Without a doubt, Build A Frame will be an experience you certainly won’t forget! With a simpl UI design and precise control over your design, you’ll wonder how you ever spent so much money on custom framing at your local frame shops. With Frame USA, we take care of it all for you at prices that can’t be beat!

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Super Framer: The hero America deserves. Saving artists, photographers and interior designers from framing disasters!

What’s next for Super Framer? Well, that’s a secret. Perhaps he’ll show in up other places on the web? On your phone? Tablet? Stay tuned…

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2013 Visionaries and Voices Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

visionaries and voices Starting September 26, 2013, V+V (Visionaries and Voices) will host Courttney Cooper’s unique vision of Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Cincinnati’s rich German heritage and Oktoberfest are reoccurring themes in the work of artist Courttney Cooper. During the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati celebration, the Northside Gallery will be decorated with over 60 beer steins created in conjunction with Funke Fired Arts and artists from V+V.

Join us as V+V’s Northside Gallery is transformed by John Stein, Courttney Cooper, and many other V+V local artists.

During this event a winner of the V+V Art Car will be given away to one lucky winner! Check ou the image below and you can see the V+V crew hard at work. Click on the image to go to V+V’s Facebook page where you can enter to win.

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  CLICK HERE TO ENTER! 

 

+Golden German Beer In Rainbow Kool-Aid Colors

Opening Reception:

Thursday September 26 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Continues through November 15, 2013

  • Beer provided by The Comet
  • T-shirts designed by Couttney Cooper
  • Shop at the New America of Arts Marketplace
  • See who wins the V+V Art Car!

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If you go, don’t forget to take pictures! Then don’t forget where you can find some awesome frames for those shots…

Brent - Winner - Humane Society chimpanzee painting

Monkeying Around – Humane Society Chimpanzee Art Contest Results

Brent - Winner - Humane Society chimpanzee painting That’s right, we said chimpanzee art – The Humane Society of the United States has just announced the winners of their Chimpanzee Art Contest. With more than 27, 000 votes, the art contest has helped create awareness for chimps and the Humane Society offered various grants to the winners and their resident sanctuaries.

The artworks were voted on by visitors to the Humane Society’s website and Dr. Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN messenger of Peace also judged and selected her favorite for an additional $5000 grant to go to the winning shelter.

And The Winners Are

Brent - Chimp Haven (Keithville, LA)

Winner of 1st place public vote: $10,000 grant!

Brent is 37 years old and has lived at Chimp Haven since 2006. He is protective of Grandma, Chimp Haven’s oldest resident. He loves to laugh and play. Brent paints only with his tongue. His unique approach and style, while a little unorthodox, results in beautiful pieces of art.

Cheetah - Save the Chimps (Ft. Pierce, FL)Winner of 2nd place public vote: $5,000 grant!
Winner of judged prize (Dr. Jane Goodall’s selection): $5,000 grant!The Artist formerly known as Cheetah: Cheetah, estimated to be born in the 1970′s, lived alone in a laboratory for 19 years and endured over 400 over biopsies. He was rescued by Save the Chimps in 2002 and has since discovered his passion for painting.

Ripley - Center for Great Apes (Wauchula, FL)Winner of 3rd place public vote: $2,500 grant!Like many chimpanzees used as actors, Ripley was eventually dumped in a roadside zoo. There, he witnessed the shooting death of his brother and two other chimp companions after human error resulted in the chimpanzees’ escape. Ripley found sanctuary at Center for Great Apes and impresses his caretakers with his resilience and forgiveness.

If you would like more information about the contest, or if you would like to read more about the Humane Society — Please visit: http://www.humanesociety.org/

The Humane Society of the United States has been the focus of our Charity of the Month on more than one occasion.

Top 5 Chimpanzee Paintings

Below you can find larger images of the top 5 chimpanzee paintings, voted on by Humane Society web visitors and selected by Jane Goodall:

#1 Brent - Chimp Haven (Keithville, LA)

Brent - Winner - Humane Society chimpanzee painting

#2 Cheetah - Save the Chimps (Ft. Pierce, FL) – Dr. Jane Goodall’s Selection

Cheetah - Champanzee Paining

#3 Ripley - Center for Great Apes (Wauchula, FL)

Ripley - Chimpanzee Paining

#4 Jamie - Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest (Cle Elum, WA)

jamie - Chimpanzee Paining

#5 Jenny - Primate Rescue Center (Nicholasville, KY)

Jenny - Chimpanzee Painting

 

Don’t Forget The Frames

The only way that we can think of to improve these wonderful works, is to add a nice frame that encloses the paintings and adds a nice clean separation from the wall and other art. Don’t forget, Frame USA manufactures a wide variety of wood and metal frames that are perfect for just about any work of art, be it painting or photography.

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The Best Shadow Box Frames Made in the United States!

If you are looking to put your collectables into Shadow Box Frames, then Frame USA is the right choice for you. We offer three different Shadow Box options that are all guaranteed to enhance your prized possessions. All of our shadow box products are made exclusively in the United States in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shadow Boxes

Elite Series Shadow Boxes The Elite Shadow Box Series is perfect for keepsakes, medals and smaller items. It specifically works well for tickets, programs and in many cases albums or cds. The Elite line comes in 4 colors: Black, Honey, Cherry and Unfinished. The depth of the moulding opening is 15/16” high, so make sure the item you are framing does not have a lot of depth to it. The elite series comes complete with a hanging packet to make sure the product hangs nicely on the wall. If you have a shadow box project that has an important budget to meet, try our Elite Series for quality and affordability.

Showcase Shadow Boxes The Shadowbox Showcase Series is our favorite choice for Shadow Box Frames and an extremely great value! The frame comes in Black, Honey, Cherry and White and offers a depth 2 1/8.” It is perfect for framing jerseys, uniforms or anything else with depth to it. The most popular size is our 24×36 Shadow Box because it is priced extremely competitively and comes with a black foam core backing. The backing allows you to glue, or stitch your item directly to the foamcore which will save you time and steps in completing your project. The Showcase Series is a very impressive frame. Sizes 11×14 and smaller come with glass and larger sizes come with Acrylic.

Shadow Box Boxers Series Our Boxer Shadowbox Series rounds out our line of American Made Shadow boxes. The finish on the Boxer is premium and highly consistent. It is a “wrapped” finish as opposed to the real wood finishes on the Elite and the Showcase Series. The beauty of the boxer is that it can be built on top of each other to come up with virtually any size depth. The other nice advantage of the Boxer is that you can specify white foamcore or black foamcore as a backing. The black and mahogany finishes in the boxer series will compete against the best shadow boxes you will find anywhere in the United States. Just contact our sales department at [email protected] if you have a special project that needs quoting.

Looking for Bulk or Volume Ordering?

So as you can, Frame USA is your one stop shop for all of your Shadow Box and framing needs. If you have a large project that needs kick starting, let us help you by putting together a custom quote for you. You can access out volume quote form here, so stay tuned for our upcoming article that will provide more details on our custom and volume quotes, and what else Frame USA has to offer to you!