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Central Art's 36th Anniversary Sale now through March 31st, 2017

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Missed the deals at the Extravaganza?

That’s a-ok, Central Art’s 36th Anniversary Sale continues

 

NOW through March 31st, 2017!

 

Click below to visit the Promos page of our website and
get a peek at all of the fantastic savings on the products you love to create with!

VISIT CENTRAL ART!

http://www.centralartsupply.com/central-art-promotions

TRUCK LOAD OF FRAMES SALE NEXT FRIDAY

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CENTRAL ART’S TRUCK LOAD OF FRAMES SALE

ONE DAY ONLY!!

Friday, November 11th, 2016

 

Need to stock up for a gallery show? Dress your masterworks up in style! We’ve got frames coming in by the truckload (literally)! But they’ll only be here for ONE DAY!

 

Save 30 – 50% off frames in-store and off the truck!

Mark your calendars for Friday, Nov. 11th!

Visit Central Art!

Truckload of Frames at Central Art - One Day Only!

 

ONE DAY ONLY! Truck Load of Frames Sale Friday, November 11th!

The Truck Load of Frames is returning to Central Art, but it won’t stay parked for long! For one day only, take advantage of 30-50% off frames from off-the-truck and in-stock! Catch these deals before they drive off!

Visit Central Art!

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply

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June is frame-tastic at Central Art! Featuring savings and classes to satisfy your DIYer’s palette, this month is “bordering” on awesome during our June Framing Spectacular!

Take advantage of our June Framing Spectacular special events! Kicking off with our Truck Load of Frames 2-Day Sale on Friday and Saturday, June 3rd & 4th, find the right fit for your artistic expression with ready-made frames 25-50% off!

Central Art’s DIY Framing Workshop series has you covered, from cutting your own mats to fitting and finishing your frame! Check out the Workshop Schedule in this month’s newsletter or on Central Art’s website under Events & Classes for more info, and don’t forget to call or visit us and sign up! Seating is limited, reserve now!

Did you know? Not only can you get the latest Central Art scoop by signing up online for our e-newsletter, now everyone can take advantage of our in-store coupons! Just visit our website, click on “Promos” and you’ll often find a printable coupon near the top of the page!

Canvas Stretching

Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Fee: $25

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Canvas Stretching Workshop, June 2016Learn an age-old skill that will come in very handy when you have a specialized painting project to tackle: stretching your own canvas! Get those corner folds perfect, and make that canvas tight as a drum! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot

DIY Framing Workshop

Friday, June 17th, 2016 10:00am – 12:30pm

Fee: $25

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - DIY Framing Workshop, June 2016You’ve already got just the right frame to go with your artwork. Get a crash course from Central Art’s custom framing professionals and learn how to “put it all together”! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

 

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

 

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.

 

Beginning Mat Cutting Workshop

Friday, June 24th, 2016 10:00am – 12:00pm

Fee: $15

June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Beginning Mat Cutting Workshop, June 2016Master the basics of mat cutting with this helpful workshop, giving you everything you need to get started! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.
June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply – Canvas Stretching Workshop, June 2016

 

Intermediate Mat Cutting Workshop

Friday, June 24th, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Fee: $15

 June Framing Spectacular at Central Art Supply - Intermediate Mat Cutting Workshop, June 2016Already have the basics down? Learn more advanced cutting techniques to create the perfect accents for your artwork! Participants will have a finished project to take home.

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444. Please pay in advance either by phone or in person to book your spot.
Friday, June 24th, 2016 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Central Art Supply June Framing Events

Central Art Supply June Framing Events

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Truck Load of Frames Sale June 3–4, 2016

The Truck Load of Frames Sale is headed to Central Art to kick off our Framing Month Spectacular! Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, save 30% on all in-stock frames and 50% on custom ready made frames, or choose from a wide selection of new frames fresh off the truck!

Remember, these amazing deals will be around for 2 days only, so plan your life accordingly!

DIY Framing Workshops

On a tight framing budget? Pinterest tutorials not much help? Central Art has the answer to your DIY anxiety! June is our Framing Month Spectacular, and in addition to some awesome deals on frames and framing supplies, we’ve put together a variety of framing workshops to help you on your way to becoming a DIY superstar!

Thursday 6/9 – Canvas Stretching 2:00pm – 4:00pm Fee: $25

Friday 6/17 – DIY Framing 10:00am – 12:30pm Fee: $25

Friday 6/24 – Beginning Mat Cutting 10:00am – 12:00pm Fee: $15

                    – Intermediate Mat Cutting 1:00pm – 3:00pm Fee: $15

 

*Class size limited to 15 participants, all supplies included.

Participants will have a finished project to take home.

 

To sign up, visit Central Art at 101 N. Central in Downtown Medford, or call us at 541-773-1444.

Please pay in advance to book your spot either by phone or in person as seating is limited.

 

Framing – Lessons Learned

Metal Framing Hangers

Snap in hanger on left; screw in “Euro” hanger on right
Wire ends wrapped

Framing Question.

When it comes to frames and you don’t know what to do, ask your local framer!   Obvious, no?  I would say not-so-obvious to me.  I’d like to share this last week’s framing lesson in the hope that it might save another “do-your-own” framer some frustration.

Background.

I have been framing my artwork for the past 13 years, give or take.  I started out using wood frames that I painted myself to match the art.  After ten years, I was pretty good at my own process.  The paintings looked good and I received compliments on the framing.

Change.

Things in the art world change and framing is no exception.  In the past few years, I’ve been submitting to exhibitions that require metal framing.  Consequently, I’ve had to learn how to put together metal frames. How hard can it be?  There are step-by-step instructions that come with the frame; easy as can be.

Problem.

The metal frames are fairly easy to put together and yet there was a problem.  The hanging hardware that comes with the frames is the “snap in” kind.  They are not easy to snap in.  If you get the hardware to “snap in” without bending the frame or hardware, you’re lucky.  If you get the hardware snapped into the track without raising your blood pressure, you’re also lucky.

Solutions.

Naturally, when I first had trouble with the hanging hardware, I did a search on the internet.  I found an article on Cheap Joes Art Supplies’ Blog about sliding the “snap in” hardware, rather than snapping it in.  Its a good article and I found it helpful.

However, they hint at the next problem with the snap in hardware.  It doesn’t stay where it’s supposed to; snap in becomes slide in and keep on sliding in.  I knew there had to be a better way.

This week, I finally had a pivotal moment.  As my frustration level started to rise I thought there has to be a better way.  After all, framers do this everyday.  Then, AHA!  Why don’t I ask the art supply store where I bought the frame for recommendations?  They have on-site framers.  They have to know a better solution.

Answers.

I called our local art store, Central Art Supply in Medford, OR where I buy my frames.  I talked to their framer and asked how they get the snap-in hangers to work.  She told me they don’t use the snap-ins; they use screw in types like “Euro-hangers”.  I was so excited, I forgot to ask her if they had any in stock.  Another phone call and a trip to the store and I was set.  (I found examples of screw-in type hanging hardware at United Mfrs, Supply Inc).

TaDa!

For less than $2.00, I had six Euro-hangers.  It took me just a few painless minutes to slide the hangers down the frame track.  Screw in place and voila!  A secure hanger for my frame!  Sometimes the simplest things make me so happy.

Bonus.

The other thing the framer told me was how to deal with the ends of the hanging wire.  She suggested wrapping them with masking tape.  I had been trying different tapes like black electrician’s tape, but the tape wasn’t holding.  Good old masking tape does the trick!  The ends are neat and tidy.  I don’t have to worry about wire gouging anyone.  The framer said that they have gone to the plastic encased wire so the ends are not a problem.

Bottom  Line.

Support your local art supply store and framer.  The internet can not beat a live person to talk to about a problem.

Bottom Line #2.

I can learn new tricks!  The challenge – asking, and knowing who to ask!

 

 

 

 

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Open House/Art Show

Siskiyou Crest Abstracts – Single exposure photography by Zach Ehlert

I recently had the opportunity to show a large collection of my photography at the Rogue Valley Manor (October 2015). Since the manor isn’t really open to the public, I’m setting these pieces up in the frame shop and hosting an open house.

​Please join me Saturday November 14th from 4 – 6 pm. Wine & light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Transmission Interruptus

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Rapture

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Siskiyou Fade

Each image is spontaneous capture of a brief point in space and time, created during a single opening of the camera shutter. 

http://www.zehlertphoto.com/siskiyou-crest-abstracts.html

Phishin’ Eugene

I always enjoy framing things that have to do with my favorite band. Here’s a limited edition poster and ticket stub from their fall tour opener at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene that recently came into the shop.

For this project I used two layers of Crescent Select conservation matboard–with a second opening for the ticket stub–and 99% UV blocking conservation glass to protect the items. The dark brown frame–one of our value mouldings–is 1 1/4″ wide and 1″ deep, and has a slight wood grain pattern.

Limited edition print of 750 by Rich Kelly
Setlist
Purchase an audio copy of the show here

Halloween Shadowbox

Custom framing’s a great way to showcase three dimensional objects. Here’s a small shadowbox that I put together for Halloween/Day of the Dead featuring a bottle of Rogue Dead Guy Ale.
The silver skull frame from Direct Moulding nicely complimented the glow-in-the-dark bottle. The inner box was created from a piece of bright orange, suede covered, matboard.

Jazz Fest 2014

Another fun music print that came into the shop recently. 

For this piece I used two layers of Crescent Select matboard, to reflect the colors in the print, along with a high-gloss, yellow frame from Roma Moulding®. Their Lavo Collection comes in a variety of fun profiles and colors, and really looks great on prints like this. 

The Lavo moulding collection brings old-world French design to its most modern edge. A fusion of traditional carvings enveloped in high gloss lacquer with sumptuous colors; controlled, blended and applied by Italian master craftsmen.

The extra space on the bottom is to show the edition information and embossed seal on the print

Finished with Conservation Clear® glass which blocks 99% of harmful UV light to help minimize fading.

Photographed with reflective glazing installed and protective cardboard corners.