About Joie Tamkin

Joie Tamkin is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Gallery Direct. She grew up in San Diego and loves living in Austin, Texas. She enjoys running the trails of Austin, home decorating and has an obsession with all things digital, especially social media.

Gallery Direct ROCKS Formula One

Tweet Austin is still recovering from Formula One and what a blast this city was during the Inaugural Circuit of Americas US Grand Prix on November 16 – 18.  The city of Austin estimated that the brand new race track drew … Read More

Austin is still recovering from Formula One and what a blast this city was during the Inaugural Circuit of Americas US Grand Prix on November 16 – 18.  The city of Austin estimated that the brand new race track drew in 300,000 fans, and boy was the city buzzing.  From the red carpets to the race track Gallery Direct created some really cool artwork for the events.  Check it out: These are 4 feet by 9 feet prints on canvas, that we custom made for the Circuit of The Americas Opening party at the Frank Erwin Center.  They asked us to put a spin on the tradition “Step and Repeat” for the red carpet and this is what we came up with. Pretty cool huh?  Aerosmith rocked the house while the VIP’s hung out in these luxury suites. The New Era Suite out at the race track looked fast and furious with this formula one car printed on aluminum, the view wasn’t bad either. Were you at formula?  Tell us about it!!
Remember how cool the cassette tape was? When they came on the scene, the eight track tape suddenly looked like car a battery. Cassettes were sleeker, but then the CD rolled out and that was all she wrote. Then the iPod emerged and everything changed again. No need for having a bunch of discs strewn about; now all your music could fit sleekly in the palm of your hand. Consider the old television with a picture tube. If you wanted a big screen, it was like having to deal with a parked car in your room. Thankfully, the slim HD flat panels killed their monstrous cousins. You may have heard color trends start in Europe and work their way over to the U.S.? Or that PANTONE sets the tone for the world’s color? Maybe quite a lot of what you’ve heard is true? Or maybe, it’s bunk? We’ll never tell. We’re sort of sworn to secrecy around here. In general, we can talk about home fashion trends. Consumer products and household items are influencing our home décor choices, even our fashion trends. Your wireless world, flat screen televisions, iPads, smart phones, Smart Cars (and the like) are having a profound effect on what makes us feel comfortable in our livable spaces. Things are becoming stripped down. Have you also noticed people are wearing less clothing? Big things are out. Minimalism is in. This is the chief influencing factor in home décor today, and it’s not going to change anytime soon. Our number one selling item at Gallery Direct is canvas wall art without a frame, called gallery wraps. Folks went out, bought a sleek home theater system, kicked their desk top computer to the curb, and said, “Whoops, all my traditional framed wall art looks like a VCR!” We created our acrylic art line to complement our canvas art collection. It’s a completely innovative way to view art. Maybe canvas artwork isn’t your thing, but you still want a modern look for your walls. Art on acrylic is your solution to display images that fit into your high-tech universe. Every single one of our 12-million images is available on acrylic: sleek, refined, luminescent. If you’re one of those people who buy the latest and greatest as soon as it drops, here’s your chance to be first on your block!

Through the Lense of Gallery Direct

Tweet We are very excited to have begun working on several big production videos for Gallery Direct.  We partnered with the amazing film crew, ImageWork Communications out of Los Angeles.  ImageWorkCom is well known for working with Nascar, West Coast … Read More

We are very excited to have begun working on several big production videos for Gallery Direct.  We partnered with the amazing film crew, ImageWork Communications out of Los Angeles.  ImageWorkCom is well known for working with Nascar, West Coast Choppers and Hewlett Packard. Without giving too much away, below is a sneak peak at the production of our first video.  Think of this one as a 60 second commercial, we've been referring to it as our "sizzle" video. This is a scene of a young ballerina practicing and then coming home to her mother.  Her bedroom has an aspiration image adorning the wall, this image is Ballet Dancer in Blue by Edgar Degas.  The man in there coaching her is John Lawrence the owner and director of ImageWork, he was amazing with our tiny dancer, she was all smiles around him.

Next up was an even tinier actress, named Babes.  Babes is a Maltese and quite a ham in-front of the camera. She represents all the dog lovers that print their pet photos with Gallery Direct.  She brought her owner with her to be on camera.

 Stay tuned for more behind the scene photos from our production videos!  

BECAUSE ART = FREEDOM

Tweet “Because Art = Freedom” is written across the Touch a Life Foundation’s website, followed by, “These children are being empowered through the freedom of expression. They are learning, some for the first time, how to be kids and dream … Read More

“Because Art = Freedom” is written across the Touch a Life Foundation’s website, followed by, “These children are being empowered through the freedom of expression. They are learning, some for the first time, how to be kids and dream big. At one point in their lives, they were sold for the amount we pay for a few cups of coffee.” The Touch of Life Foundation is dedicated to rescuing children in Ghana, Vietnam and Cambodia that were sold into child slavery.  Providing holistic long-term child care to these vulnerable children, the foundation has rescued over 100 of the 7,000 children and use art as a way to heal. Gallery Direct learned about their mission and jumped at the opportunity to help these brave children.   We are honored to have recently donated artwork and supplies to help bring inspiration and a smile to these children.  The supplies included blank canvases, wallquotes, and empty frames. I encourage you to read the story about "Mark" on the home page that inspired the, "find your mark" campaign.  The story is heavy on the heart, but knowing that fortunate people, like most of us, have taken a stand to help these children is inspirational. "People say I rescued Mark, but the truth is, he rescued me. He has shown me what matters in life - the things that are really important. Without Mark, I’d never be the person, the woman, or the Mom that I am today. And it all started with the decisions to believe in myself, and to take a huge risk." - Pam Cope, Founder For more information about the Touch a Life Foundation please visit: http://www.touchalifekids.org  

Composition: Vertical vs. Horizontal

Tweet The composition or focal point of your image will subconsciously set the mood of your room.  Our artists carefully balance their paintings composition to connect with their viewers. Powerful composition elements are often displayed through the overall lines of … Read More

The composition or focal point of your image will subconsciously set the mood of your room.  Our artists carefully balance their paintings composition to connect with their viewers. [caption id="attachment_2421" align="alignleft" width="303"] Calming Horizontal Composition[/caption] Powerful composition elements are often displayed through the overall lines of an image. The simple horizontal, vertical, or angled nature of the composition evokes different emotions and draws the eye into a specific element.  Horizontal lines like those seen in beach scenes or sunsets often induce serenity and peace. [caption id="attachment_2422" align="alignright" width="305"] Energenic Vertical Compostion[/caption] Vertical lines suggest energy that encourages progress. Think of a towering tree, a high-rise building, or a horse and rider.  Angles that represent movement harvest a sense of speed, agility, or movement through time.  An image with strong angles may bring a sense of excitement or anticipation to the room.  Let the mood you’re looking for in your space guide you and the rest will fall into place.

Changing Lives with LifeWorks, One Room at a Time

Tweet We’re always honored to have the opportunity to work with LifeWorks, an awe-inspiring organization that provides counseling, housing and support services to at-risk youth and families in the Austin area. Through the LifeWorks Supportive Housing program, former foster children, … Read More

We're always honored to have the opportunity to work with LifeWorks, an awe-inspiring organization that provides counseling, housing and support services to at-risk youth and families in the Austin area. Through the LifeWorks Supportive Housing program, former foster children, formerly homeless kids, and teen parents are provided with a safe place to live while they get back on their feet. Last week, more than 300 corporate and community volunteers came together to participate in LifeWorks' annual Home Improvement Challenge, and teams of volunteers worked with local designers to transform these living spaces into fully furnished and decorated homes—in a one-day race against the clock. We can't think of any group of people who deserve beautiful, inspiring spaces more than the kids and families LifeWorks supports. We were thrilled to play a role in this year's Home Improvement Challenge: our photographer, Candice, shot photos of each LifeWorks client family, and each of them received a surprise family portrait in their newly transformed apartment. On top of that, our amazing CEO, Joseph Garcia, and his wife spent the day working on an apartment makeover (Joseph is on the LifeWorks board).    

Congrats to Gallery Direct Artist, Shirley Williams

Tweet Join us in congratulating Gallery Direct’s Artist Shirley Williams! Shirley has won the inaugural Elizabeth Havelock Grant from the Windsor Endowment for the Arts. The annual award is presented to one mid-career artist who’s made significant contributions to arts and culture … Read More

Join us in congratulating Gallery Direct's Artist Shirley Williams! Shirley has won the inaugural Elizabeth Havelock Grant from the Windsor Endowment for the Arts. The annual award is presented to one mid-career artist who’s made significant contributions to arts and culture in their community.  We could not be happier to have this award go to one of our own Gallery Direct Artists. Shirley accepted the award at a reception hosted last week. The image above shows Shirley (middle) being honored by Federal MP Brian Masse and Councillor Joanne Gignac. " We all enjoyed a lovely evening in an enchanting, recently revived, historical building. They served the most tasty and tempting appetizers. We were also treated to an exquisite piano recital of Chopin and Rachmaninoff," said Shirley Williams. Congrats Shirley!  

Fall Decor Twitter Party Tonight

Tweet   Are you ready to get your Tweet on? The coolest on-line party is here.  Join us tonight at 9pm CT to learn and share your home decor tips.  As summer is coming to end, we will be spending more … Read More

  Are you ready to get your Tweet on? The coolest on-line party is here.  Join us tonight at 9pm CT to learn and share your home decor tips.  As summer is coming to end, we will be spending more time indoors.  Now is the perfect time to spruce up your home.  Bring your tips and get ready for some exciting giveaways.  RSVP now!  Click Here  Be sure to tweet with hash tag #gallerydirect See you tonight!

Green Art, Goes Beyond the Color

Tweet When you buy art do you consider if it’s sustainable before you purchase?  Since Gallery Direct’s inception in the early 2000′s being an eco-friendly company was a top priority.  We use as many green products throughout our processes to … Read More

When you buy art do you consider if it's sustainable before you purchase?  Since Gallery Direct's inception in the early 2000's being an eco-friendly company was a top priority.  We use as many green products throughout our processes to ensure that every piece of art is safe for the environment and your home.
We've gone to great lengths to make sure that we can produce beautiful artwork without leaving a negative effect on the environment. That’s why we print with HP's green latex and UV E3 certified inks. They produce long-lasting, vivid prints that are also odorless and produce no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Using HP's green latex inks keeps our employees safe from harmful chemicals.  There are no harsh smells on our production floor, or the artwork.  Several of our materials qualify to help building and home owners earn LEED credits. For more information on that visit the Green Building Website.
 

Often when school budgets are tight, art programs are first to get cut. This was the case at the Manor School District near Austin, Texas.  Gallery Direct heard about their situation and immediately wanted to help get art into these students lives.

Studies have shown that art in schools increases test scores and productivity.  Students also behave better when they are in a school that has clean hallways, classrooms and common areas.  Art gives students a sense of pride in their school and inspiration to achieve thier dreams.

Gallery Direct worked with the Manor School teachers and students to bring thier walls to life with inspiration.  Checkout our before and after photos of the cafeteria below.

[caption id="attachment_2317" align="alignleft" width="299"] The Cafeteria Before Gallery Direct's Makeover[/caption]

 

 

 

 

 

[caption id="attachment_2318" align="alignleft" width="528"] The Cafeteria after Gallery Direct's Makeover[/caption]