I have a photo of my sister and I from my high school senior pictures that has been with me for countless moves. It was in a really sad frame, and needed updating. I pulled it from my dresser and set it beside my bag to bring in for re-framing. It took a couple days for me to realize I hadn’t left the house with it, and it was gone. After scouring the house, I found it on my 6-year-old’s desk. I didn’t think much of it, put it back by my purse and the following day it had vanished again! Finally (I’m kinda slow), after retrieving it for the third time, I asked why he kept putting it on his desk. “I just really love looking at you and aunt Kelly when you were young and pretty”. At least he was honest!
It reminded me of the wedding photo I have of my parents. I’ve loved that photo since I was a young girl and when my mother gave it to me I was sad to realize the glass had adhered to photo. Being a custom framer, I’ve promised myself that won’t happen to the family photos I pass down to my son.
I ultimately framed the photo to hang in my own room again. I selected a wider frame to make it large enough to hang on the wall. Because I was thinking about the photo eventually going to my son and potentially his children, I added an inscription “The McElvain Girls”. Part inside joke, part preservation of my maiden name for any family member that comes upon the photo in 80+ years. Ultimately, family photos are one of the greatest tangible things we can pass down. So make prints, and for the important ones, frame them to last more than a lifetime.
It’s not too late! Call Anthology today to book your family photo session before the year slips away. We have sessions available on location and in the studio. Call Kendra @ 303-534-1331
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Gift certificates are also available for your favorite family!
William Lee Ashley is a Colorado native who works in mixed media, both two dimensional as well as three dimensional. This will be his second solo exhibit with Anthology Fine Art and will be displayed from October 25-December 21, 2013.
“Memory” contains three series of new work that all address the paradigm of memory.
The first series is titled “Estate Sale”. This is the focal series of the show and deals with the transformation of memory within our city through gentrification. Will has constructed a set of dioramas that show the intimacy of the the modern estate sale. Using the highly personal and often valueless items left over from these “sales”, Will reconstructs the perceived memory of the life that once existed, embellishing and juxtaposing them with his own painted marks. He invites the viewer reconstruct that memory on their own and ask themselves who these people might have been. The result is a haunting yet beautiful homage to memories that once existed in the neighborhoods of our city but are rapidly being replaced.
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Family heirlooms and collections come in many shapes and sizes. A customer recently came to us with 120 small cigarette cards that had been collected by her father-in-law. Her husband is from England and the cards are a great example of mid 20th century advertising. The cards were originally used as a “stiffener” for flimsy cigarette packs, but their humor and unique illustrations make them highly collectible today.
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Thursday, September 5th 6-8pm. Join Jessica at Anthology for the debut of over fifty new works featuring a refreshing mixed media approach incorporating materials such as wood, wire, fiber, silicone, acrylic paint, and graphite. Champagne will be served on Thursday evening as we toast to life and honor human resilience.
In-search of a silver lining, this exhibition explores the concept of reconstruction in the wake of tragedy; a thread within humanity that binds so many lives.
In an instant our lives can shift in ways for which we are unprepared. The life that we once knew is permanently altered and a new existence becomes reality. Pieces is a multifaceted installation that addresses the physical and psychological impact of a life-changing diagnosis. Utilizing common household materials and re-purposing disposable objects, this body of work speaks to the cyclical death and rebirth that occurs on a minute or immense scale. Grief over the loss of the life we once recognized transforms into reconstruction and discovery of the new version of life we are to lead.
What is is it that drives art forward? Why is it that we never settle for the the present perspective in the pursuit of the artistic? How does one move the art canon forward, and how does that forward momentum dictate what is on the horizon for art?
Omaha native and long time Denver resident Phillip Faulkner seeks to answer these questions as he marries the contemporary painted mark with the mark of technology in his new show “Propagation”, a collection of paintings and collage with a heavy dollop of the digital to top it off.
Faulkner creates an artistic narrative that evokes a sense of the sublime. In an effort to constantly gather inspiration to him Faulkner uses the internet as well as his collection of vintage periodicals and books to create a treasure trove of inspiration. Taking bits and pieces of these inspiring images he removes them from their original context and places new emphasis on what was once mundane. Through the use of this found imagery, bold line and color, he creates environments that entice the viewer to step into scenes of Americana juxtaposed with hard lined geometric shapes, bold color and layering of media, in order to create a world that is strictly his own.
No stranger to the use of technology Faulkner employs it to set his paintings into motion. Using ghostly time lapse video projected onto a finished painting, we watch as the painting process unfolds. Multiple compositions appear and disappear as the digital manifestation of the artist hurries around a constant metamorphosis of the canvas. Melding contemporary painting and technology Faulkner has literally peeled away the borders of the two, allowing them to spill into one another in this collection of work.
“Propagation” can be seen at Anthology Fine Art Gallery, 635 Santa Fe Dr. Denver Colorado
The work will hang from July 19, through August 31, 2013.
Artist receptions on Friday July 19 6pm – 10pm and Friday August 2nd 6pm -10pm
Anyone who’s read a marketing book in the last fifty years can tell you the value of a first impression. Whether you’re dating, running a business or job searching, in today’s social media driven world, chances are you’ve made an impression before knowing you were in the running.
Your profile pic can say, “I drink too much in LoDo on the weekends”, “this photo was clearly taken with someone else, and I cropped them”,or “GO BRONCOS!!!!”.
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Pet portrait sessions have been among my favorites this past year. For a couple with no “human” kids to a family whose dog has become the oldest sibling, a pet is a central figure in the dynamics of any household. Whatever role they play in your family, celebrate this member with their own portrait photography session or accompanied by the rest.
We’re frugal too! The “buy one get one for a penny” sale on ready made frames is a great deal and awfully tempting. The only problem is the frames are often made of pressed cardboard, have a few scratches and all look the same.
The alternative, photo frames from Anthology. The same high end frames that you’ve come to expect on your custom work, but made in standard sizes. We have frames with acid free mats already cut and included, or we’ll be happy to find a more suitable color and custom cut it for you. You can also email us your files and we’ll be happy to make the photo print for you in any size. They make great gifts!
For the month of June, all our Ready Made frames are Buy One, Get One Half Off!