A special visit from Manor High’s Art students

Tweet After the recent art makeover of Manor ISD’s Oak meadows elementary, the high school art students decided to visit the Gallery Direct offices in Austin, Texas.  Everyday we transform original works of art into pretty much anything you can think … Read More

After the recent art makeover of Manor ISD’s Oak meadows elementary, the high school art students decided to visit the Gallery Direct offices in Austin, Texas.  Everyday we transform original works of art into pretty much anything you can think up, from wall sized art to prints on unique materials such as birchwood and aluminum!   students admiring the gallery checking out our fun graffiti wall mural   The students were eager to see the equipment and the process we use to create the prints found throughout our office and we were excited to show them every step of the process, from imaging to framing; which is now widely spread out since our recent renovation and growth!     We could tell by the conversations the students were having towards the end of the tour about the many creative ways in which they could print their own artwork or possibly have  future careers working with art, that they left inspired - & of course not empty handed.
Metal art has a historic / symbolic quality. The media is the message, almost as much as the artwork that's created from it. Metal connotes progress, historical periods (e.g. Bronze Age), and adornment (e.g. jewelry). It's unique among fine art media. Metal as it fashioned household items coincided with its usefulness as a medium to display ancient man's aesthetics. In fact, art on metal allows modern man a glimpse at ancient man's life and culture. Who may have conquered the culture, which deities the culture worshipped, and even what their diets consisted of. Metal also tells us the not-so-ancient man's story, particularly the stuff he was purchasing. An antique-collector friend recently gushed to me about a pristine cache of old advertisements on metal he acquired. I asked, "Would those be as meaningful, if they were paper signs?" He laughed. To this end, we'll take our crack at being part of history. We offer our entire line on metal, and we sell a fair bit of it. All of our images -- particularly colorful abstract -- look brilliant on metal. Artwork on aluminum has an enhanced luminescence. It's shiny; it's sleek, très moderne! Ironically, our top seller is vintage art on metal, mainly the artwork of Cappiello. Folks are trying to recreate an old time look with a more modern feel, and based on the prices my friend charges for his antique metal signs, I think you'd be better off going Gallery Direct!