Friday, January 22, 2016

Jan. 2016 News from J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art

The Jan. 2016 edition of the Boerne Business Monthly has a wonderful article by Framing Desing & Art Consultant, Katherine Shevchenko on some great framing ideas for the new year. Check out her recommendations in the newest installment of "Mooney Makes Sense".

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New Year, New Beginnings

New Ways to Integrate Art into your Home-Framing Ideas for the New Year

As the rush of the holidays start to ebb, one thing that many embark on is the annual ritual of clearing out the clutter of the old and making way for the new, but there are some memories that lay in wait, in storage in attics and in boxes, that are too precious and sentimental to be thrown away.  What most probably do not realize is that these memorabilia can be framed and beautifully displayed in your home, creating a personalized piece of art.

What must be factored when considering quality custom framing is that it is an investment, and will add enhancement to the d├ęcor and aesthetic to a room, while increasing and preserving the longevity of the subject, especially if it is a sensitive item.  Objects and memories of personal significance from family members can be passed down to future generations to memorialize past legacies and inspire future ones.  For instance, needlepoint works such as cross stitch, quilts, handmade blankets and clothes are able to be framed.  Memorials can be made from photos paired with an object of significance, such as a veteran’s photo paired with a medal or a folded flag can be used to honor their service.  With the utilization of a shadow box, which is a frame with a more pronounced depth there are endless possibilities for ideas.  Ceramic plates are also requested for framing, especially if they have been passed down carrying sentimental value.

 If so desired, and there is a preference to be able to still have access to an object, there is always a method of creating a cabinet style frame that can be opened and the item is able to be removed for dusting and examination.  There are numerous antiques that can be framed, such as letters, curios and vintage toys.  Framed baby clothes and even booties can be a delightful memory to display.  What better way to pay tribute to an event that is dear to your heart than highlighting a saved ticket stub from a special performance?  A creative way to present appreciation for a career or talent could be to have a key tool or implement that is iconic to their profession or craft, such as a brush, or even a medical instrument mounted for admiration.    Essentially, if you can name it, there is a high probability that it can be framed.

The motivations for framing are just as numerous, while there is the nostalgic aspect to capturing a cherished memento in the perfect setting of a delicately balanced frame, there are more functional reasons as well, especially as an element in interior design. It can be an embellishment to a home’s motif that provides a highlight or it can be a bold choice that is the main focal point in a room.  Do you have rolled up posters that are sitting in the back of your closet taking up space?  A reproduction print can be elevated visually with a much more esteemed status in a carefully selected arrangement.  A poster with eye catching graphics can provide plenty of visual interest and pop to an otherwise blank and neutral space.  Always research and make sure that the framer you choose is experienced and has a guarantee of quality on their work.  They will make it their priority that your precious items will be handled with conservation in mind.  Do not hesitate to ask questions about the methods that will be employed to secure your objects, in regards to their archival quality.  In order to prevent fading of colors, be sure to make sure that the glass being used will be providing 99% UV protection.  All items framed properly will be done with archival and ph neutral materials.  All needle points and fabric that are being stretched for the framing will always be stitched with care, never stapled or nailed to the substrate.  All artworks and paper should never touch the glass.  Not only unframed items should be accessed, but framed items as well, as some items framed from decades ago could be mounted on acidic materials, such as cardboard, which can cause discoloration over time.  A re-frame can give a much needed refreshing update and make an item new again and insuring its integrity over time.

As the New Year dawns, and assessments are made on what is needed and what is not; there are treasures that everyone has that are heirlooms from past loved ones, tokens of affection, or victorious keepsakes that are unquestionably special and irreplaceable in their significance. Perhaps, now is the time to start thinking about immortalizing them in a custom framing job that is unique as that particular item.

© Katherine Shevchenko
Art Consultant  
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is proud to announce that San Antonio artist, Cliff Cavin is a featured artist in a four person group exhibition at the Nave Museum in Victoria, Texas. We are so proud of Cliff and his institutional achievements. Look for more of Cliff's artwork at the San Antonio and Boerne Gallery locations.
The PSA created and sponsored by the Nave Museum featuring Cliff Cavin and other Texas painters.
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J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is proud to announce that Gabriel Diego Delgado, the Gallery Director for the J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art-Boerne, has passed all coursework, related coursework examinations and final exams for the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) Core Course in Appraisal Studies. 

This completion of full coursework requirements and examinations grants Gabriel Diego Delgado competent to appraise fine art and conduct fine art appraisal reports that are prepared in conformity with and are subjected to the current version of the International Society of Appraisers Appraisal Report Writing Standards and Code of Ethics and will be reported in conformity with the current version of The Appraisal Foundation’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

The International Society of Appraisers (ISA) is the largest of the professional personal property appraisal associations representing the most highly trained and rigorously tested independent appraisers in the United States and Canada. They are a not-for-profit, member-driven association, formed to support the members’ needs and to enhance public trust by producing qualified and ethical appraisers who are recognized authorities in personal property appraising. ISA was founded in 1979. The Core Course in Appraisal Methodology is widely regarded as the most comprehensive in the industry, distinguishing ISA as the leader in methodology, theory, principles, practices and ethics. ISA's membership is diverse and collegiate. The members include many of the country's most respected appraisers, consultants, curators, scholars, gallerists, estate liquidators, auctioneers, and dealers. The four main divisions are: Antiques and Residential contents; Fine Art; Gemstones and Jewelry; and Machinery and Equipment.
J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art, a full service fine art gallery, will now add fine art appraisal services to their extensive registry of already established fine art related capabilities, including fine art custom framing, home consultations, acquisitions, procurements, and collection building.

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art is a full service Fine Art Retail Gallery, specializing in Texas Vintage, Local & Regional, and Contemporary Art; coupled with a world renowned custom frame shop.

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art was founded in San Antonio, Texas in 1947 by Joe and Adelle Mooney. Emerging as Modern Paint Company in 1947, with the largest selection of professional artist grade art supplies in San Antonio, the Mooney family eventually expanded their business.  Modern Paint Company became J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art to showcase local, regional and international artists while diving into custom framing, artist representation and other unique attributes.  J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art has an identity reflective of over a half-century existence; becoming custom framing experts and specializing in an array of museum quality art services.  J.R. Mooney Galleries is currently providing fine art services at their signature Broadway address in San Antonio and at their Boerne location.  J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art has provided framing services for every American President since John Kennedy and every Texas Governor since John Connally. The galleries have also supplied the Vatican, the Royal Palace in Madrid, Queen Beatrix of Holland, as well as major collections and collectors in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia.

J.R. Mooney Galleries of Fine Art
8302 Broadway St.
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 828-8214
305 S. Main St
Boerne, TX 78006
(830) 816-5106

Gallery Hours: San Antonio – Mon. – Sat. 10 am – 6 pm / Boerne – Tues. – Sat. 10 am – 5 pm
Admission is open to the public and FREE
Be sure to check out the newest edition of Plumage-TX Magazine, out now!
In the Dec. 2015 / Jan. 2016 copy you can read articles about current framing trends, new acquisitions, local art news and art related articles on G. Harvey, Rex Hausmann and Sidney Sinclair.
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