Before we begin, we should tell you, to avoid confusion, there seem to be two spellings for the word: sgraffito and scraffito. The most traditional and oldest spelling appears to be the former, so that’s what we’re going with on this blog. It is also more closely associated with the word’s Italian derivation. But bothRead more about What is Sgraffito?[…]
One need only walk in to 15th Street Galley to see that we are both a contemporary art gallery and a picture & art framing service. In addition to oil and acrylic paintings, the gallery handles many types of works on paper, including lithographs, woodblock prints, collages, monotypes and monoprints. Most collectors, whether experienced orRead more about How a Monoprint is Different from a Monotype[…]
Conservation framing is the most commonly agreed-upon term to use when referring to picture framing techniques that protect works on paper. However, many picture framers use the terms conservation framing or museum framing interchangeably with preservation framing. Truthfully, it matters not to your work on paper what you call it. What does matter is thatRead more about Conservation Framing Techniques for Works on Paper[…]
Sometimes, because we come to the gallery 5 days a week, we tend to take our picture frame collection for granted. This collection is like a dear old friend who is always there for you but whose amazing nature can sadly be overlooked because of familiarity. Then one day something happens to make you step back; in this moment of clarity, you actually see what you have in this friend. That’s what happened recently with our frame collection.
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Art collectors often tell us, “your framing is an art.” While we don’t entirely agree, we know these kind words are said with nothing but the best intentions, and we deeply appreciate the sentiment. Here’s the thing: the actual act of picture framing – cutting mats and joining wooden frames – is, when done with care and precision, a form of high craftsmanship.
In this new shaped-paper series, Eva Bovenzi uses her background in sculpture to fold and shape rice paper before and after painting it. The result is a series of beautiful non-rectangular sculptured paintings in vividly rich hues. In Bovenzi’s words: “I painted this series in rural Colorado, looking out at the Sangre de CristoRead more about New Series of Rice and Yupo Papers by Eva Bovenzi[…]
In case you hadn’t heard, “From Clay to Paper” was our most-recent exhibition. It opened with a smashing reception on the evening of Saturday, March 14th and ran through all of April. We get attached to most exhibitions we curate. But this one holds a special place in our memories. It was really something! CollectorsRead more about A Retrospective Survey of From Clay to Paper[…]
Here’s some great news: two of our gallery artists were selected to place pieces in the astounding newly-restored Union Station Complex in Denver, Colorado. Artist and master printer of Open Press in Denver, Mark Lunning was chosen to include several of his etchings and embossments at the hotel. Mark is one of 15th Street Gallery’sRead more about Local Artists At Denver Union Station[…]
The dusty little West Texas town of Marfa, seems to come up over and over again in the world of contemporary art; I’d been wanting to check it out for years. And last week I did. I flew to El Paso and drove south east for three hours, paralleling the Mexican border until I arrived at this little town dotted with giant yuccas that has only one blinking traffic light. “Really”, I thought, this is a contemporary art Mecca? But was it ever. Read more about A Contemporary Art Adventure …
We are asked this question all the time. Well, to be clear, people don’t ask this of us out of the blue; rather the question is asked after they see chine-collé included on the media description for many pieces on exhibition in our art gallery. Many of our original prints, be they lithographs, woodcuts or zinc etchings, that are exhibited here in the gallery have chine-collé elements. Read more about What is Chine-Collé? …