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Art Crime Team

Tweet Are there any of you out there that love a good art theft movie like I do? I guess because of my background in art and my job, I always enjoy a great art theft movie like the Thomas … Read More

Are there any of you out there that love a good art theft movie like I do? I guess because of my background in art and my job, I always enjoy a great art theft movie like the Thomas Crown Affair... A wealthy, bored financier orchestrates an elaborate heist to steal a Monet painting valued at 100 million to cure his boredom. Incognito is another art theft movie... It's about a talented art forger who paints a fake Rembrandt that was lost supposedly off the coast of Spain over 350 years ago. Actually, art and cultural property crime is a looming criminal enterprise that has a 6 billion estimated losses annually. Our FBI actually has a special art crime team that's purpose is to recover these precious pieces. One of the top 10 art thefts on the FBI list was the Van Gogh Museum Robbery, a museum I visited in Amsterdam in 2000! I couldn't believe it! "In December 2002, two thieves used a ladder to climb to the roof and break in to the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In just a few minutes the thieves stole two paintings: Van Gogh’s View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, valued at $30 million. Dutch police convicted two men in December 2003, but did not recover the paintings." Stealing art is like stealing history. All these wealthy art owners own a piece of history, wouldn't we all love to. :) Well if you've browsed around Gallery Direct's Classic Art section you would find out that you could own a very affordable Giclée of a piece of history! So go ahead, stream a great art theft movie tonight and while you're watching that browse our art and order yourself a classic art piece!

Shirley Williams Art Prints

Tweet Have you checked out the art we’ve launched on Gallery Direct by Shirley Williams? I love getting to know our artists, and was able to meet Shirley face to face. She’s very sweet and I love her art! She, … Read More

Have you checked out the art we've launched on Gallery Direct by Shirley Williams? I love getting to know our artists, and was able to meet Shirley face to face. She's very sweet and I love her art! She, like us here at the Gallery Direct Blog, loves to blog about her work and what she's doing at her studio. Start following her on Shirley Williams Art Blog. Her abstract paintings show so much movement. The colors are so clean and vibrant. Her art would brighten up any space! Some of my favorite pieces by her are: Transforming Current II Horizon IV   Core Brick Which is your favorite? Stay tuned into the Gallery Direct Blog, I will be sharing about another new artist we recently launched!    
When it comes to Mother's Day and photo gifts people immediately think of mom and her kids or grand-kids. While that is a great idea you can only do that so many years, this year try some of these unique photo ideas and put them on canvas with the $49 photo upload deal going on right now! * Put your Mother's wedding photo on canvas. Unlike today when our parents where married putting your photos on canvas was not an option so surprise her by doing it now * Put a picture of your mother's parents or siblings on canvas. My mom is one of 8 and has a photo of all of them together when they are young, she would love that put on canvas for her. * Put a generational photo on canvas. I have a photo with 4 generations of women in it, how special would that be on canvas. * Put the family namesake on canvas. Is your mom named after a family member? Put that person on canvas. * Put a photo collage of your mom as child on canvas. Help preserve special family photos for generations to come by putting them on canvas. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
I have always loved mirrors as decor, so often people only look to mirrors as a way to check there appearance but decorating with mirrors can really bring a room to life. There are so many benefits to decorating with mirrors including:
  • Mirrors make a room appear larger. When strategically placed you can create the illusion of a bigger space. I love mirrors above fire places, at the ends of hallways or top and bottom of stairs.
  • Mirrors make a room brighter. Add a mirror to a small dark room and suddenly the lights are brighter and the sunshine stronger.
  • Mirrors are great for casual or formal spaces. If you have trouble setting the tone in a room a mirror is a great choice simply pick a frame that fits the room style and then add your art or leave blank.
Gallery Direct offers art and photos on mirror with several framing options, it is a surprisingly elegant and fun way to display art in your home be sure to check out this great decor option. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.
Easter just passed and that means Mother's Day is right around the corner and it is time to start planning the perfect gift for your mom, she does deserve something special right? Every mom is immensely proud of there family so what better gift can you give than the gift of family forever captured in a beautiful piece of art? Join me @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect Monday April 16 at 10 pm EST for a Twitter party all about the perfect Mother's Day gift! 5 lucky winners will each win a $200 credit to create that perfect piece of custom art from Gallery Direct! Be sure to RSVP for the party and then just tweet away with hashtag #GallryDirect See you next Monday!

In the April 5th episode of Designing Spaces on Lifetime TV, “Kids Room Makeover” will showcase a unique way to customize each room with the HP Wall Art and Gallery Direct solutions.  Make sure to tune in at 7:30 am (ET/PT) to learn more about this fun and easy method for decorating.

I (Joie Tamkin) am the Director of Marketing and Communications here at GalleryDirect, and I had the oportunity to go into the home of the seleceted family and show them how to redecorate the daughters room.  It was a lot of fun! 

Tune in on Thursday to seem me demonstrate how parents can use HP Wall Art to bring their child’s favorite television and movie characters to life in their home. This picture is from the shoot, you'll have to watch the show to see the complete room - and learn how you can do this in your home.

Unlike traditional wallpaper, HP Wall Art and Gallery Direct combines branded content, fine art, or personal photos with each individual’s creative touch.  Gallery Direct wall coverings and wall accents are extremely easy to put up and easy to take down, up and down with only water making it simple to change designs as a child grows or tastes change.  If I can do it, anyone can!

Furthermore, customers can customize their wall coverings to fit the exact dimensions of their room, while designing around elements such as windows, doors and light switches.  HP Wall Art meets the GREENGUARD Children & Schools standards[1] for low-emitting products, making it the perfect solution for a child’s bedroom or playroom.  

 Imagery available includes: fine art, photography, and licensed imagery from NASA, Marvel Comics, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, Warner Brothers and new content and designs will continue to be added!

HP Wall Art wall coverings and wall accents are available online through Walls by GalleryDirect, and are shipped directly to consumers’ homes with and installation kit and customized instructions.


 

Spring Art: Florals!

Tweet It’s finally Spring and the flowers are in bloom making everything look beautiful and bright. Art is an easy way to capture the beauty of nature and bring it into your home. I particularly love vibrant spring floral pieces … Read More

It's finally Spring and the flowers are in bloom making everything look beautiful and bright. Art is an easy way to capture the beauty of nature and bring it into your home. I particularly love vibrant spring floral pieces especially during the dreary winter months they remind me that Spring is just around the corner. Gallery Direct makes it easy to find great floral prints either search by subject ( Botanical and Floral) or by color. Here are some great vibrant floral prints that will forever capture Spring in your home!         What floral prints at Gallery Direct caught your eye? I am personally a fan of Laura Gunn. You can find Ellen blogging daily at Thrifty & Chic Mom.

Spring Colors Trends for 2012

Tweet Spring is my favorite time of year – for decorating my home and myself.  I view my artwork in my home like I view my choice of clothing — they are both a reflection of who I am.  So … Read More

Spring is my favorite time of year - for decorating my home and myself.  I view my artwork in my home like I view my choice of clothing -- they are both a reflection of who I am.  So being in style is important to me.  Spring usually brings out the boldest colors of the year, and 2012 has BRIGHT colors, and I absolutly love all of them. From neons to soft pastels this spring colors are HOT!

These ladies are sporting all the trends -- let's start from left to right.  As most of you know from Breanna's blog post, Tangerine is the IN color, so go ahead and get an entire outfit of Tangerine, look how fabulous this woman looks.

The next woman is sporting a shade of pantone color Cockatoo -- paired with Starfish accents giving her an airy yet elegent look.  These colors are sure to brighten any room making it feel more open and airy.  I just placed Beach Series III by Sara Abbott in my living room and I can almost feel the cool breeze sweeping through.

In the middle we have the bright yellow that has come full circle and returned to be one of the hottest colors again this spring.  Pair it with pantone Caberet (shoes) and you have a knock out look that is sure to turn every head.

This next outfit, really captures the essence of Spring 2012 with the mixture of Margarita Green and Sodalite Blue with the floral pattern.  If you are going to wear florals this spring, make sure they are bright and big, and the colors are in season and you could rock this look.

The last outfit is a nice sophisticated blend of the Cackatoo with a light shade of Tangerine - almost a coral color, which is definitely an in color.

Think BOLD, BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL!

Gallery Direct Twitter Party

Tweet Mark your calendars for Monday March 26 and keep the 10 o’clock hour free for some fun art chat and of course FREE ART! This Monday March 26 from 10-11 pm EST join @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect to talk about … Read More

Mark your calendars for Monday March 26 and keep the 10 o'clock hour free for some fun art chat and of course FREE ART! This Monday March 26 from 10-11 pm EST join @ThriftyChicMom and @GalleryDirect to talk about adding a little color to your home this Spring! Bring your questions and your love of art and join us, six lucky winners will be adding a beautiful new custom piece of art to there home courtesy of Gallery Direct!

SXSW We ♥ Free Art WINNERS

Tweet We are finally back in the office after a very fun and exciting year at the SXSW Interactive Festival. A big thank you THANK YOU to all who participated in the free art contest! ♥ Jacob Shea, Brian Burke, Tim Stanley, Susie Hall, Dawn May, Heather … Read More

We are finally back in the office after a very fun and exciting year at the SXSW Interactive Festival. A big thank you THANK YOU to all who participated in the free art contest! ♥ Jacob Shea, Brian Burke, Tim Stanley, Susie Hall, Dawn May, Heather Campbell, Loree Greco, John Berry, Nick Brill, Brian Burke, Jason Grice, Andrea Patin, Gina Thomas  Check your e-mail to claim your winning coupon code and happy printing! We are interested to see your art so feel free to send us photos of your prints once when they arrive! Check out the full SXSW Interactive video below and follow Gallery Direct through the festival!