Recent Blog Posts

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.
 
When you have a large wall that needs to be decorated it can be overwhelming. Here are three ways to fill a large wall space.
  1. Group in odd numbers. Try grouping an odd number of pieces of art 3 and 5 both work really well.
  2. Make an impact with multiples of a single item. For example a collection of the same painting in multiple colors, I personally LOVE Laura Gunn for collections.
  3. Change up the size, try grouping a large piece with several small varying the size adds more interest.
I have a large wall in my house where I plan on placing three large Laura Gunn pieces I am choosing symmetry with repeating the same print in three colors and it is going to look amazing! You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.

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]

 

Top 10 Reasons to Order Art Online!

Tweet This list was shared on our parent company’s site, but applies to Gallery Direct too! I love #6. I don’t order online very often but when I do, I do feel like I got one thing off my list … Read More

This list was shared on our parent company's site, but applies to Gallery Direct too! :) I love #6. I don't order online very often but when I do, I do feel like I got one thing off my list and accomplished...so I do rest better at night. #2 would apply to my husband. He loves to browse online but not with a cappucino or herbal tea...more like a beer. So what's stopping you? Order your fabulous piece of artwork that you've been wanting for you living room the past month NOW! Order online at Gallery Direct!
When you're invited to an art exhibit or gallery, do you hesitate to go in fear of feeling stupid if you don't understand the artwork?  I think we've all been there.  Most people are intimidated by art, and I used to be that way as well, even though I work at Gallery Direct.  I remember going on a date in New York City to the Museum of Modern Art and as my date stared at a brown sculpture I was looking around wondering why he and everyone else was admiring a sculpture that looked like my dog's food.  Most people, like I did, assume they must understand the art intellectually before they can enjoy it. The man in this picture could be thinking about his favorite soup that his wife cooks or where his parents used to grocery shop when he was little.  Whatever is going through his mind, he is certainly enjoying his experience. That is what art is all about! It's about the experience that it brings to your life. Art is created for you to enjoy, however you want to enjoy it.  You do not need to take an art appreciation class before picking out art that you like.  Just look at the images and let the artwork do the work for you.  The image could bring back an old memory and spark an emotional feeling.  You might be inspired by the painting to start something new, or reminded of something you used to love to do. You could find a shape or color in the image that draws you in. A song, or scenario might start forming in your mind and you start to day dream. Often, the less you know about art, the more free your mind is to get lost in the brush strokes.  Art is a lot like wine, it's not the cost or the color that necessarily matters, it's all about what tastes good to you. How have you learned to enjoy artwork?

Tips from the Imaging Department

Tweet The gals and I in the Imaging Department were talking the other morning on which category wins for the most user uploads to get printed here at Gallery Direct. It was between these 3: wedding, pets & children portraits. … Read More

The gals and I in the Imaging Department were talking the other morning on which category wins for the most user uploads to get printed here at Gallery Direct. It was between these 3: wedding, pets & children portraits. In the Imaging Department we like to give our user uploaded photos a little clean up and boost if they need it. After all it will be hanging in your home so it has to look it's absolute best! Unfortunately,  we do receive many user upload photos that are fuzzy & out of focus, or are dark or have major flash shadows. And there's not much we, the Imaging Department, can do for those problems. So here are some photo tips that I've found useful when taking photos of my own kids or dog! I also love to take pics at family & friends weddings. Go to them, Keep the eyes sharp, and Use natural light.  [caption id="attachment_2277" align="alignnone" width="720"] My dog, Penny Lane. Shot down at her level, focusing on her eyes and using natural light.[/caption] It's important for your kids & pets to feel comfortable. Get down to their level and go to them. Have you ever heard the saying, "eyes are the window to the soul"? Be sure to focus in on the eyes and keep them sharp. Photos using natural light always come out so much better! No flash burst or shadow from the flash. Experiment, Be Patient, and Schedule. [caption id="attachment_2278" align="alignnone" width="720"] My kids. Experimenting with different angles, patiently taking lots of photos and scheduled to do it a time of day I knew they wouldn't be grumpy.[/caption] Experiment with different angles, approaches and compositions. Be patient and just take A LOT of shots. Worry about the results later. It's always good to schedule a time to take portraits when your kids and pets are most energetic. Backdrop awareness and Non posed. [caption id="attachment_2279" align="alignnone" width="500"] I found this blue bonnet field a few miles from my home. Wouldn't it be a perfect backdrop for a wedding portrait!?[/caption] We've seen several times photos of the most adorable kids with maybe a pile of laundry or dirty dishes in the backdrop...or a wedding couple with other people or cars in the backdrop. Be aware of what is behind your subject, and if possible pick a beautiful backdrop out! We also see a lot of posed portraits and those are great, but sometimes I find the non posed ones to be most interesting. Like capturing a wedding couple, walking, talking and laughing. It really makes the photo more intimate.   I hope you found my tips useful. We love seeing the customer photo uploads that come through our Imaging Department, so keep uploading and ordering from Gallery Direct!

It may still feel like Summer but Fall is just around the corner and with cooler temperatures comes more time indoors. I don’t know about you but the Fall and Winter are when I start to notice places in my house that need a bit of sprucing up. Maybe some new furniture or a new image or two on the wall, Fall is the perfect time to update your decor. Join @ThriftyChicMom and us, @GalleryDirect tonight at 9 pm CST for decorating tips, tricks and suggestions as we discuss updating your home decor!  RSVP HERE We want to hear your tips, so please join in with suggestions and comments.

5 Lucky winners will each win a $200 credit for FREE ART to create that perfect custom art piece to update your home decor so be sure to join me @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect at 10pm EST #GalleryDirect

You must RSVP to be entered to win:  RSVP HERE