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Art Event Puts Galleries, Mural Canvas and Community Involvement in the Spotlight

October 5, 2018 —   Owen Sound’s inaugural ArtWalk! event was a resounding success, welcoming hundreds of residents and visitors on a casual walking tour of the city’s downtown galleries. In the weeks leading up to the event, graffiti and mural artist Billy Goodkat helped participants in groups at the REACH Centre, Community Living Owen Sound and District, and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s...

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7 Key Stretcher Bar Design Features For Large Canvas Frames

August 8, 2018 — The larger the canvas, the more important it is that your stretcher bars are light, strong and skillfully constructed. As you can imagine, it takes a few tweaks in the design to ensure that frames that may span 30 feet or more still provide a solid foundation that will support your work for years to come. So just what should...

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Floater Frames Ideal for Showcasing Fine Art

July 17, 2018 — Once you’ve acquired a fantastic piece of art, you need a frame to do it justice. Floater frames are our most popular option, given their affordability and visually appealing design. They don’t add a great deal of weight or bulk, and provide a clean profile that really helps your paintings or photo prints on canvas pop.   Floater frames are...

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Ohio Artist Tim Lancaster's Heavy Duty Stretcher Bars Experience

July 10, 2018 — Ohio artist Tim Lancaster wrote in to share his experience with our heavy duty stretcher bars, as well as the results of his framers stress-testing an 85″ bar. He shared this excellent piece of work on a 60 x 60″ UCSArt.com canvas stretcher, as well.     “I’m writing to say a quick thank you to all involved with the...

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Stunning 11.5' Pablo Griss on Canvas Installed in Caracas

June 25, 2018 — When artist Pablo Griss needed a canvas stretcher over 11-feet wide for a home installation in Caracas, Venezuela, he enlisted the experts at UCSArt.com for the custom build.     Born in Caracas, Griss moved to New York and graduated from Columbia University School of Visual Arts in 1995. Today, he splits his time between studios in Caracas and Berlin. ...

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Owen Sound Artwalk! By The Numbers

June 18, 2018 —   “Do what you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.” I love that my work gives me the opportunity to paint for folks. Helping people “get their creative on” with my Art Nights has proven even more rewarding, so when I was asked to get involved in the inaugural Owen Sound ArtWalk!, I knew this was something I wanted...

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Profile: Upper Canada Stretchers (From Mosaic Magazine)

June 10, 2018 —   Would you believe that some of the finest artworks and photography on canvas in North America are protected by supports crafted right here in the City of Owen Sound? For over 17 years, the professional woodworkers at Upper Canada Stretchers have engineered and manufactured professional-grade stretcher bars and custom art canvas supports. Today, their products are recognized as the...

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Owen Sound Artwalk! Community Project To Exhibit Murals Depicting Historic Buildings in 8 Downtown Venues

May 31, 2018 — OWEN SOUND, ON – Artists and community members are hard at work preparing for Owen Sound’s inaugural ArtWalk!, an event taking place Saturday June 23rd from 10am to 4pm across the downtown. In preparation for the event, Owen Sound artist Billy Goodkat will lead downtown community members from groups including the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Leisure Links program and Community...

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Instant Quotes on Stretcher Bars

How To Use Instant Quotes To Price Your Stretcher Bars

May 11, 2018 — Did you know that you can get Instant Quotes on all variety of in-stock stretcher bars at UCSArt.com? Instant Quotes allow you to choose your stretcher profile, desired length and any required bracing and see the price instantly online. This feature is available for all of our stretcher bar profiles, and shopping in-stock instantly saves you 20% or more off...

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Keyable Stretchers: Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

April 27, 2018 —   Canvas stretcher keys are a unique design feature that bring stability and longevity to your artwork, but what else do you need to know about them? If you’re used to getting your stretchers at a craft store or buying economy grade art supports, you might be unfamiliar with keyable stretchers and the value they add to your works. In...

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Artist Landon Metz On The Meditative Practice Of Canvas Stretching [Video]

April 16, 2018 — “I think for a lot of artists, their materials are a means to an end. For me, none of the materials are a means to an end; they’re all an end unto themselves.” – Landon Metz “Why are you wasting your time on stretching when you should be focusing on making good forms or compositions? I don’t consider it wasting...

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See Artist John Mccoy Assemble A 12' X 5' Mural Canvas Stretcher

March 23, 2018 — When John McCoy received his 12’x5′ canvas stretcher kit from Upper Canada Stretchers, he decided to film the process of putting it together and turn it into a time-lapsed video.  John kept the camera rolling as he unpackaged his stretcher bars and supplies, assembled the stretcher, stretched his canvas and primed it in preparation for painting. It was all a part of...

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Good Art Deserves Good Bones: UCS Artists & Institutions Across North America

March 15, 2018 — Artworks on canvas, whatever your media, need a strong, stable underpinning to stand the test of time. As canvas ages, it naturally slackens. Moisture and humidity, varying levels of light, the weight of your media and other natural factors can all hasten the deterioration of your canvas. North America’s top artists, art institutions and restoration pros look to UCS for...

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Be A Part Of Art! Vancouver: Western Canada's International Contemporary Art Fair

February 14, 2018 —   Interested in contemporary painting, sculpture, installations, mixed media and more? From April 19th to 22nd in Vancouver, British Columbia, you can explore what organizers are calling an unprecedented collection of original contemporary art from local and international artists alike. Last year, it was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 150 Events.  In 2018, organizers promise to deliver an even more exceptional...

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Artist Project: 250 Top Contemporary Artists Descend On Toronto This Febuary

February 7, 2018 — Image credit: The Artist Project Toronto   Each year, I look forward to The Artist Project, Toronto’s epic contemporary art fair, rolling around to break up the winter blahs. It’s a much-needed explosion of colour and artistic talent in one of my favourite (though inarguably frigid) cities. This year, The Artist Project promises over 250 top contemporary artists from across Canada,...

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Best Wishes And Holiday Service Updates From The Upper Canada Stretchers Team

December 10, 2017 —   When Upper Canada Stretchers crafted our first canvas stretcher in 2001, it was with a specific mission in mind: to provide artists, photographers, art supply stores and other arts professionals the best quality stretcher on the market. Today, our clientele includes artists of every level of ability and professional status. Galleries, conservators, collectors, universities and discerning clients choose Upper...

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Art Commissions: 5 Questions For Your Artist

October 17, 2017 — Perhaps you’re in search of corporate artwork to suit your space, or looking to add a new piece to your private art collection. The decision to commission a painting gives you input into what the finished piece might look like and let’s face it, it’s exciting to see your ideas and vision come to life!   Leonardo da Vinci’s 15th...

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Learn The Golden Ratio For Your Artworks On Canvas

October 10, 2017 —   A few hundred years BC, Greek mathematician Euclid of Alexandria called it the “extreme and mean ratio.” To Renaissance artists of the 15th and 16th centuries, it was known as “divine proportion.” And back in your school days, this mathematical formula might have been known as the Golden Section, or Golden Mean. What we now know as one of...

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5 Stunning Large Wall Art Ideas For Autumn & Thanksgiving

October 3, 2017 — Now that the lazy days of summer are a fond memory, it’s time to settle into winter and fall projects. Less desire to be outdoors buys you more time to bring your large wall art ideas to life! Whether you’re looking to update your home or office building decor for Thanksgiving, or just wistfully remembering a time in your life...

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3 DIY Framing Options For Your Canvas Prints

September 26, 2017 — Artists and crafters alike love the control that canvas stretching gives them over their project, from start to finish. It can be more economical to stretch your own, and allows you to use materials you may not be able to buy pre-stretched, like fine Belgian linen. You can take complete ownership of the project by framing it yourself, too. Whether...

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How To Assemble Your Gallery Bars For Stretching Prints On Canvas

September 19, 2017 — Printing photos on canvas is certainly popular right now; just check out all of the inspirational “photos on canvas” projects on Pinterest and the thousands of Instagram posts hashtagged #photosoncanvas.     But this method of displaying your fond memories is more than a just a passing trend. It’s giving amateur and professional photographers alike a great deal of control...

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Autumn Brings Exquisite Art Exhibits To Owen Sound And Area

September 12, 2017 — September brings with it cooler, shorter days, the return of kids of all ages to school, and a plethora of local art events to keep your evenings and weekends as full as you’d like them to be. Here in Owen Sound, where our manufacturing facilities are located, we’re incredibly fortunate to be a part of a rich and diverse arts...

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Large & Complex Canvases To Inspire Your Most Ambitious Artwork Yet

September 5, 2017 — Large canvas stretchers like this one in Orillia’s City Hall have special design features to support the additional weight of your canvas and media. Sometimes, the space in a room or on an outdoor surface just begs for an oversized piece of artwork. Large, complex paintings like the one above can make a statement, tell a story, and bring the...

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Fun, Creative Artwork On Irregular Shaped Blank Canvas

August 30, 2017 — Sometimes, your next great painting idea just doesn’t fit within the confines of a standard rectangular or square canvas. Irregularly shaped canvases can add depth and interest to your piece and, with proper engineering, are just as stable and strong as regular canvas stretcher frames. In this post, we’ll have a look at the construction of a 2-piece canvas with...

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Floating Frames: Add Value & Visual Appeal To Canvas Prints/Paintings

August 22, 2017 — Looking for a way to make your favorite paintings and photo prints on canvas really POP? Floating frames (or floater frames) are an attractive way to showcase your stretched canvas pieces that mimics the look of the finest art in gallery displays. Imagine how it’ll look on that wall space you’re looking to spruce up! Despite their rather expensive-looking appearance, floating frames...

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Why Beveled Canvas Stretcher Frames Are Best: An Oil On Canvas Case Study

August 15, 2017 —   Last year, I was asked to consult on a 16 ½” x 25 ⅜” painting that had suffered extensive damage from improper storage and neglect. Found in a cellar half-buried and covered in dirt on the family’s farmstead, this oil on canvas had one previous owner. The artist is unknown, but the painting has great sentimental value as a...

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Working With Linen Canvas: Pro Tips For Stable, Long Lasting Paintings On Linen

August 4, 2017 — When it comes to the finest art projects and professional works of art, linen canvas simply has no rival in cotton. Exceptional artists like Katherine McNenly, with her Naturalistic still lifes and portraits, gravitate to linen for its quality, longevity, and inherent elegance. Incredibly strong and light, prepared linen offers a smooth, flat surface on which to bring your vision to...

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DIY Canvas Stretching In 5 Simple Steps [Video]

July 21, 2017 — A properly stretched canvas on a well-built frame will display and protect your work for years to come. Whether it’s a digital photo print on canvas, or you’re laying the groundwork for a new painting, this tutorial with video will help you prep your own DIY canvas in 5 easy steps. Ready? Let’s get started, and if you want to...

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Choosing Stretcher Bars: A Cheat For Your Next Canvas

July 14, 2017 —   Choosing the right stretcher bars is an important decision with a lot of factors to consider, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Your options run the gamut from basic stretcher bars to standard, professional, gallery and even heavy duty bars, with custom designs available for  your largest and uniquely shaped canvas. Which one is best for your specific...

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DIY Canvas Prints: 5 Pro Tips For Photos That Last

June 30, 2017 — There’s something about canvas photo prints that’s made them an incredibly popular alternative to the paper printed and glass-framed photos we traditionally kept in our homes. Whether it’s the weave of the canvas itself, the glamour of a gallery wrap or some other intangible aspect you’ve fallen in love with, you’re certainly not alone in your love of canvas photo prints. Learning...

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Round & Irregularly Shaped Canvas stretchers: Endless Possibilities, Expert Process

June 27, 2017 — It’s critically important that your canvas frame has perfectly square corners adjoining straight, true stretcher bars… most of the time. But what if your project is a little outside of that box? An artist’s vision isn’t always contained within the confines of four straight lines. In fact, some aren’t just painting outside the lines–they’re moving the lines entirely with round,...

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Keyable Canvas Stretchers: How It Works And Why It Matters

June 16, 2017 —   It’s a question we get often, and the answer is really simple. When do you need a keyable stretcher? Always! In this post, we’ll talk about stretcher keys, what purpose they serve, and how to assemble a keyable frame.   Using a fixed frame for your canvas greatly increases the likelihood you’ll have to restretch and reframe it at...

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Cotton VS. Linen: Which Canvas Is Best & Why

June 9, 2017 — It’s one of the most frequently asked questions of those searching for raw canvas: should I choose cotton or linen for my art project? Whether you’re a professional artist or a hobbyist, there are quite a few different factors to consider. In this post, we’ll explore: how cotton and linen canvas differ, the benefits of linen and professional grade cotton,...

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5 Reasons To Print Your Digital Photos On Canvas

May 26, 2017 —   We love to surround ourselves with beauty and happy memories; people have been doing it for thousands of years. From those first scrapings on cave walls, through the Victorian era of (sometimes macabre) portrait photography, to our modern-day tendency to decorate even our digital walls with memories, the medium has changed but our love of personal photos persists. Upper...

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See A Large Canvas Painting Stretch & Install Start to Finish [Video]

May 16, 2017 —   You’ve probably heard us say it before, but good art deserves good bones! When your art spans an entire wall, those bones need a few special features to ensure they’ll remain strong, straight and sturdy over time. A professional installer stretches a large canvas over stretcher bars. In this time-lapse video of a large canvas being installed on a...

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West Palm Beach Art Supply Stores

April 21, 2017 — If you are an aspiring artist and have gone down to West Palm Beach for a vacation, why not checkout these three art supply stores while down there? With a population of 108, 896 people West Palm Beach is smaller then Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Yet, it is much older then both Miami and Fort Lauderdale. The city was recognized...

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Miami Art Supply Stores

April 14, 2017 — Miami has a population of 441,003 people. Miami is well known as the gateway to Latin America, due to the high percentage of people whose families originated from those countries. It is a beautiful vacation spot with its long sandy beaches, and delicious cuisine. Miami is also home to some of the nicest art supply stores in the entire state. So if ...

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Top 10 Art Events in Santa Barbara, Spring 2017

April 7, 2017 — Although Santa Barbara may be a small city with a population of around 90,000 people, its art scene is flourishing. The city’s beautiful parks and beaches serve as the backdrop to strolling and viewing fine art and engaging exhibits. Check out this list of the top 10 art events in Santa Barbara this spring.   1. STUDIO SUNDAY ON THE FRONT STEPS:...

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Toronto Fine Artist: Eco Balance Reflections

March 31, 2017 — Toronto Fine Artist: Eco Balance Reflections An art reviewer once suggested in an article, “if you want to know what the artist is trying to express, the last person you should ask is the artist”. I tend to agree with this thought as I have always found it difficult to express in words what I am thinking visually. However, in...

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Fort Lauderdale Fine Art Supply Stores

March 24, 2017 — For the aspiring artist who has gone to vacation down in Fort Lauderdale here are three popular art suppliers in this city that you might wish to checkout. Fort Lauderdale has a population of 172, 398 people. It is the perfect destination for fine artists with it’s sprawling beaches, fine dining, and wonderful trails for the nature and hiking. During a...

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Spring 2017 Florida Art Exhibitions

March 17, 2017 — Florida’s vibrant art scene is as warm and inviting as the spring breezes this 2017. These top 10 amazing and unique exhibits, festivals and galleries showing throughout Florida this spring have something for everyone from photography, sculptures, interactive art and of course, fine art paintings. The venues are as unique as the art itself featuring stone sidewalk festivals to intimate...

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Inspiring Studio Artist Infused By Los Angeles Roots

March 10, 2017 — Inspiring Studio Artist Infused By Los Angeles Roots Hello, my name is Katharine Marais. I am an Los Angeles studio artist. I paint with poured and painted oils & acrylics on canvases made with stretchers from UCS. I prepare my canvases and linens by brushing on acrylic size with a stiff brush, then triple-gessoing with cross-strokes to a smooth, but still textured,...

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Cleveland Ohio Artist Shares Her Story

March 2, 2017 — Cleveland Ohio Artist Shares Her Story Jill West Hungerford has been an artist for 37 years that now resides in Cleveland Ohio. Since childhood, art has played an important role in her life. At age 21, Jill decided that she was going to quit her job as a waitress and pursue her dreams to become a full-time artist. Her portfolio has grown...

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Braille/Textile Signage For The Disabled - Accessibility Legislation

February 13, 2017 — In recent years, the Canada and the U.S. have created new rules about the way public spaces are created. This legislation makes it easier for people with disabilities to navigate. Signage for the disabled has 3 main considerations. Text/Pictographs need to be raised to the touch. Text needs to be translated into braille. Surfaces cannot be glossy. Typical uses for...

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Art & Machining - A Carved CNC Table

January 13, 2017 — Art & Machining - A Carved CNC Table The incredible power of CNC woodworking makes it easy to dream. It’s even easier when the landscape is full of beautiful hardwoods and influences. It started as a simple goal, to incorporate old symbolism and local flora and fauna into deep carvings on furniture. We live in a beautiful place, where the great lakes...

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Quebec Artist: Magical Graphic Illustrations Of The Human Figure

December 30, 2016 — Born in England, Ingrid Style’s first memories are of the beautiful children’s books of the nineteenth century illustrators, Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Kai Neilson etc. The stylized figures suggested alternate worlds of infinite possibilities. Ingrid’s natural inclination is to the surreal, the dream, the vision… and, for her, the form these take must have the rhythm and line of the...

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Happy Holidays From Upper Canada Stretchers Team!

December 23, 2016 — Upper Canada Stretchers would like to thanks our valued clients for helping us make 2016 an exciting year. This year we made some exciting changes. We greatly increased our custom fabrication ability by bringing in renowned CNC designer Grant Nicholson, we launched a new website with expanded the online store capabilities and picked up exciting new clients like the Smithsonian. From...

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New York Artist Geoffrey Harding Of The Woodland Indian

December 19, 2016 — New York Artist Geoffrey Harding Of The Woodland Indian My work (Geoffrey Harding) about the lore of the Woodland Indian, especially the Haudenosaunee is currently being shown in a gallery in Newfane NY called Shoppe On Mainwith photography viewable on Facebook on the site “Woodland Arts Studio“. I have been using Canada Stretchers since 2001, and find they are best bones you can...

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12th Annual International Guild Of Realism Winter Salon Show Scottsdale, Arizona

December 9, 2016 — On the evening of January 26th in beautiful old town Scottsdale, Arizona the renowned Marshall Gallery will be hosting the 12th annual International Guild of Realism “Winter Salon” show with many extraordinary paintings on display and for sale. The opening of the show takes advantage of Thursday night art walk when Main street galleries celebrate art in all its forms and come...

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Mural Painting For All Saints Perish In Alpena, Michigan

December 1, 2016 — Mural Painting For All Saints Perish In Alpena, Michigan John McCoy recently completed a mural painting for All Saints Parish in Alpena, Michigan that he created on ten large stretched canvasesfrom Upper Canada Stretchers for the project.  He wanted to let other fine artists know that everything about the project was wonderful and the canvases played a big role!  His greatest appreciation was the quality...

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Detroit Features Largest Round Painting

November 25, 2016 — The city of Detroit has been through some rough times but new life is evident lately, especially in the downtown core where office towers are being bought and renovated for new tenants.   An important part of this city’s resurrection is work being done by Jennifer Curis who is bringing new contemporary art installations to many downtown locations to add...

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Calling All Artists For Guest Post Art Submissions

November 16, 2016 — CALLING ALL ARTISTS FOR GUEST POST ART SUBMISSIONS! Upper Canada Stretchers has recently released a  guest post submission page  aimed at helping people and organizations within the art industry for increased exposure on our highly trafficked website. If you would like your art bio or art-related event featured on our blog, simply click the SUBMIT YOUR GUEST POST to fill out your...

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Toronto Fall Art Exhibition Featuring Tracey O'Donoghue

November 11, 2016 — Toronto Fall Art Exhibition Featuring Tracey O'Donoghue Tracey is a self-taught abstract painter who resides in the greater Toronto area.  Her paintings are a whimsical glimpse into the transcendent reality of depicting life and expression through her art.  She is being featured this November 11 through 17th at the Ben Navaee Gallery. Each individual piece is a fragment of a...

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Washington, DC: Smithsonian Art Museum Panting Installation

October 28, 2016 — In June 2016, Upper Canada Stretchers were retained by the Smithsonian American Art Museum to provide custom stretcher frames for five very large paintings by Gene Davis. Gene Davis(1920-1985) was an American Color Field painter known especially for his paintings of vertical stripes of color. Bob Nadon from Upper Canada Stretchers has just returned from Washington, DC, having spent two days at the...

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Art Stories In New York

October 25, 2016 — From historical and world-renowned galleries to street art, NYC has always been a hot bed of traditional and contemporary art. For practicing or brand new artists, New York City has plenty of art supply stores with everything they may want. With classes and craft supplies, the emerging artist novice has a chance to grow and learn. These top stores specialize in a level...

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Complex Carvings & Inlays Made Affordable Using CNC Technology

October 21, 2016 — “A machine is only as good as its operator” is an adage that has been handed down over the ages. In the modern day, this holds true when speaking of CNC machining. CNC (Computer Numerical Control), a technology which can be used to create artistic products of any size or complexity, has become a buzzword of the digital age. During...

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Top 5 Art Supply Stores In Chicago

October 19, 2016 — Every artist knows that top quality raw materials assist in delivering the best product they can produce.  From full-service facilities that host classes, to small intimate family stores, Chicago has a great selection of art suppliers for all kinds of artists. These art stores can inspire creativity and assist in fulfilling the vision of a project you have in your...

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Top 10 Vancouver Art Exhibitions Fall 2016

October 14, 2016 — Vancouver’s art scene is bustling with established and emerging artists. Almost any night of the week, you can find an exhibit opening or event.  These 10 amazing and unique exhibits showing throughout the city this fall have something for everyone from photography, sculptures, interactive art and of course, paintings. Here’s 10 Vancouver Art venues that are as unique as the art itself...

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10 Public Art Exhibits In Los Angeles

October 7, 2016 — Many love public art as it inspires personal interpretation and becomes a form of a collective community expression. It can express community values, enhance our environment, transform a landscape, heighten our awareness, or question our assumptions. Los Angeles’ public art creates dialogue, informs public opinion and evolves with the local culture. Here are 10 public art displays in Los Angeles that you can’t...

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2016 Art Exhibitions In Chicago This Autumn

September 30, 2016 — Art can be found everywhere in Chicago, from galleries to museums to public squares and street corners.  These 10 amazing and unique exhibits showing throughout the city this fall have something for everyone from photography, sculptures, interactive art and of course, paintings. The venues are as unique as the art itself featuring the waterfront large scale venue to intimate smaller galleries....

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Painting Survives Hurricane Sandy In New York City

September 28, 2016 — One of the “nightmares” of any artist or art collector is disaster scenarios where artwork could easily be damaged or even destroyed. That scenario, unfortunately, became a reality for many of the residents of New York City in October of 2012 when Hurricane Sandy struck, causing extensive flooding of streets, homes and businesses, and cutting power in and around the...

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2016 Art Exhibitions In New York City

September 22, 2016 — New York City’s museums and galleries are home to some of the most creative, inspiring art in the world. These 10 amazing and unique exhibits showing throughout the city this fall have something for everyone from photography, sculptures, interactive art and of course, paintings. The venues are as unique as the art itself featuring world-famous museums to an old stone mansion and eclectic...

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UCS Artist Sponsorship - Texas/California Painter, Kat Marais

September 19, 2016 — UCS Artist Sponsorship - Texas/California Painter, Kat Marais Upper Canada Stretchers has taken on an initiative that allows us to give back to our valuable clients and, at the same time, allow them to become more familiar with our company. Many people may not know but Upper Canada Stretchers is located in a stunningly beautiful part of the world on...

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How We Get The Best Rates For Shipping Artwork To USA & Canada

September 13, 2016 — As a company with clients spread from Yellowknife to Panama, Chicago to Texas, New York to Los Angeles, and every point in between, we are very concerned with shipping rates for our canvas stretcher bar products. We do not make any money on shipping so we are constantly looking for ways to get better rates for our clients. We did not...

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Annie Howell - Adams - Artist, Friday Harbor, Washington

March 17, 2016 — Annie Howell - Adams - Artist, Friday Harbor, Washington Professional Title: Artist Business Name: Funk & Junk Antiques Address: 85 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor, WA 98250United States Associations/Affiliations: Member Arts Student League of New YorkFounder, San Juan Art Workshops Artist/Gallery Background: Indie Artist, working with individual clients. I have devoted 1/3 of our antique store as a gallery space for my paintings. Description of Art...

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David K. Ross - Visual Artist, Montreal, Quebec

March 17, 2016 — David K. Ross - Visual Artist, Montreal, Quebec David K. Ross (b. 1966, Weston, Canada) is a visual artist whose photographic works, curatorial interventions, and architecturally-based installation projects approach storage as a form of dynamic repose and image making as an accumulative process. His projects examine the ineffable, psychological, and practical implications of the overlooked and underused spaces of transition...

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Lorena Ziraldo - Painter, Ottawa, Ontario

March 17, 2016 — Lorena Ziraldo - Painter, Ottawa, Ontario Artist Statement “As an artist, I am inspired by what I see and feel.One way or another all artists comment, document, and explore; looking for new ways to say something or say something new.  Artists work reflects who we are, what is going on, and what it is to be.I am an observer and chronicler...

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The Importance of Properly Preparing Canvas

March 1, 2016 — The following story illustrates why a properly prepared foundation is essential to the long life of a good painting, given the vicissitudes of travelling, storage and viewing space to which it will almost certainly be subjected. It also shows what Conservators know well, that time and chance, travel and weather, can do to a painting not put on a really...

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Large Glacier Painting By Ontario Fine Artist

January 6, 2016 — Large Glacier Painting By Ontario Fine Artist   In December 2016, Upper Canada Stretchers was retained by Arctic explorer, film maker and professional artist Cory Trépanier based in Caledon, Ontario.  One of his very large paintings titled “Great Glacier”, measuring 5.5 x 15 feet, required a new stretcher frame as the original one was too light in construction (not made by...

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Jerry Grey - Story Teller In Paint, Ottawa, Ontario

March 31, 2015 — Jerry Grey: a storyteller in paint in Ottawa, the Canadian capital. People of every age, children to adults, would be delighted to pore over a book of stories illustrated with her simple profound drawings. They have not a line too many, but every line necessary and every necessary line… These are storytelling pictures, not graphic kitsch. Her expert gestures and...

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Painting On Linen Canvas

November 18, 2014 —    Painting on Linen Canvas   Why paint on Linen?  Well made cotton canvas is far more popular, and probably half the price or less. A Conservator friend, professionally trained in Europe as a young man, now with many years of experience repairing and restoring fine art works, says he prefers linen because it gives the highest quality it is...

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James (Jerry) Crowley - Portrait Artist, North Carolina

November 17, 2014 — James (Jerry) Crowley - Portrait Artist, North Carolina   EXQUISITE PORTRAIT ARTIST Jerry Crowley is a wonderful artist of North Carolina. He’s been painting for a long time, a lot longer than he looks – 45 years in fact. Most of what he does is commission work of portraits, beautiful portraits. I feel when I look at his work online that...

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5 Creative Canvas Art Ideas

November 16, 2014 — If you have a boring wall space that needs a little livening up, why not consider a canvas art project that you can do yourself? Homemade art is very trendy right now, and you can really make it look any way you want, from retro to modern, from very ‘homemade’ to completely professional. Everyone has a bit of the creative...

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John Ward - Painter, Gormley, Ontario

September 26, 2014 — John Ward - Painter, Gormley, Ontario A fine artist living and working in Gormley, Ontario, Canada. I see his work of finely crafted paintings displaying the excruciating zen moment beauty he finds in banal fragments of everyday life. Seeing his early work I feel a kind of peace descending, the edge of bliss, and I carry that with me as...

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Janet Read - Painter, Markham, Ontario

May 20, 2014 — Janet Read - Painter, Markham, Ontario -A poet of painting Her website while very accessible is yet full of surprising richness and layers like her works displayed. …I am delighted to know that she is always somewhere on this planet finding numinosity and recording it…Visiting her website I am aware that others have written of her work in well-deserved words...

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Alexus - Abstract Artist

May 2, 2014 — Alexus - Abstract Artist Walking into a room decorated with his paintings, I am walking into great music made visual, a truly wonderful numinous experience. The few photos online of his work I had seen moved me deeply. I did not know why, really, until learning how from his descriptions online and on meeting him, he worked, what inspired him....

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Elinore Schnurr - Contemporary Figurative Painter, New York City

April 9, 2014 — Elinore Schnurr - Contemporary Figurative Painter, New York City Elinore Schnurr, a contemporary figurative painter in New York City. Hanging on my wall, one of her paintings would say in modern language what, 40,000 years ago, cave painters said to their witnesses, “This, my world, this is what is important to me…” I certainly hope Elinore’s work will last that long… She...

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Phillipe Walker - Painter, Montreal, Quebec

March 31, 2014 — Phillipe Walker - Painter, Montreal, Quebec Phillipe Walker, a painter living and working in Montreal, Quebec with his incredibly talented craftsmanship of details and composition in the style of Old Masters but with an obviously modern vocabulary far greater than was available to them. For me the tension between the religious Christian narrative and the eroticism, the essence of eroticism,...

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Walking Through The Gallery of all the Artists

March 20, 2014 — Click Image to Enlarge filed under Artist Bios - Canvassing the Artists, Featured.

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Joe Abbrescia Jr. - Art Conservator & Restorer, Montana

February 22, 2014 — Joe Abbrescia Jr. - Art Conservator & Restorer, Montana Joe Abbrescia Jr, is an exceptionally talented Conservator of fine art paintings living and working in Kalispell, Montana. He grew up in that dramatic scenery of the American Rocky Mountains, habitat of all our nostalgia for the wild West untamed, in the daily presence of his father, an exceptional fine art...

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Charlie Lyon - Painter, Maui, Hawaii

January 30, 2014 — Charlie Lyon - Painter, Maui, Hawaii Charlie Lyon, an accomplished artist living and working on Maui, Hawaii. His paintings are to me meditations on movement. Palm trees and surfing in Hawaii. The trees bowing to the sky, the waves tearing at the earth. The essence of calm and excitement together yet separate, the two become one… The joyous freedom in...

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Sasha Lozaic - Painter, Vancouver, BC

January 20, 2014 — Sasha Lozaic - Painter, Vancouver, BC Sasha Lozaic, a Master of Painting, living and working in Vancouver, British Columbia where the powerful landscape generated by high granite mountains thrown up by unimaginable geologic forces and the constant presence of the world’s largest ocean seeking to tear away and destroy them, inevitably gets reflected in the passion he brings to his...

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Thomas Paquette - Painter, Warren, PA

January 8, 2014 — Thomas Paquette - Painter, Warren, PA A Pennsylvania painter immersed in his living habitat… Home and studio in Warren PA, Thomas Paquette is a widely known greatly accomplished painter ….celebrating wilderness, the large expansive dramatic beauty of the American wilderness, which he records with generous and utterly competent enthusiasm through his mastery of his craft… To me his paintings are...

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Leslie Cartwright - Wildlife Painter, Kootenays, BC

November 2, 2013 — Leslie Cartwright - Wildlife Painter, Kootenays, BC An artist of the life in the east Kootenays Captured still moments in the the essence of wildness, the untouched land and its creatures living separate from human habitation, the mountains which to the ancients were gods, and why not? for they create the weather and the weather creates all habitats… something of...

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Steven Volpe - Contemporary Realist Painter, Orangeville, Ontario

September 13, 2013 — Steven Volpe - Contemporary Realist Painter, Orangeville, Ontario A contemporary realist painter exploring the open-ended narrative; Steven Volpe lives and works from his home and studio in Orangeville, Ontario. His work reminds me that online pictures of paintings have the power to get through to me in an important way … not just mere photos somehow inferior to the original...

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Rosemarie Armstrong - Nature Artist, Southern Ontario

September 11, 2013 — Rosemarie Armstrong - Nature Artist, Southern Ontario A “magic nature” artist of southern Ontario The overwhelming energy, action in stillness, the drama of a bow at full stretch with the potency of the arrow about to be released …. and yet a dreamlike quality something of a landscape a scene I want to experience in reality but cannot since it is...

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Kathryn Freeman - Painter, Chevy Chase, MD

September 1, 2013 — Kahryn Freeman - Painter, Chevy Chase, MD Kathryn Freeman creates exquisitely detailed mythological stories told in paint not unlike my dreams, but in full colour… a kind of beautiful eroticism in the choice of subjects the layering of paint on canvas as if my  own being was being stroked…Looking at what I’ve seen of her work on line, for me it would...

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Shirley Cordes-Rogozinsky - Painter, Alberta

August 19, 2013 — Shirley Cordes-Rogozinsky - Painter, Alberta Shirley Cordes-Rogozinsky, a prairie painter of space and place…. I find her paintings both exciting and tranquil. I don’t know how she does that… Strange yet somehow familiar and compelling images as if a text that I can almost read and wish to stay with finding its message…I understand her love of maps, of looking...

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Jack Saylor - Painter of The Sea, North Carolina

August 7, 2013 — Jack Saylor - Painter of The Sea, North Carolina When looking at Jack Saylor’s paintings, I find the words tumbling through my head like waves breaking onto the shoreline…. Amazing mesmerizing exciting profoundly calming detail, romantic like the name sailor the sea stories our history… I am delighted that a man with the name Saylor has such intelligent precise craftsman...

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John Beerman - Painter, North Carolina

August 6, 2013 — John Beerman - Painter, North Carolina A fine Fine Art Painter of North Carolina Looking at John Beerman’s work, I feel I am exploring the landscape of the Promised Land toward which we have always been walking. His oil depicted landscapes of America could be nowhere else yet are like nothing we have ever seen though we recognize them immediately,...

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Valeri Larko - Painter, New York

July 4, 2013 — Valeri Larko - Painter, New York Valeri Larko finds exquisite beauty in the ugly..sees and paints in brilliant drama stage settings with largeness of scale like the ruins of ancient Rome, she details prolific junk graffiti and decay and rebuilding of the urban American big city, the New York Landscape, A leaf fallen and dried scuttering along the sidewalk we...

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Donato's Reflections

July 4, 2013 — ARTISTS ARE LIKE BEAVER, creating habitat, supporting life.. The Artist not only displays habitat, both interior and exterior, but also controls habitat in service of his/her daily work.  Watching Kathryn Bond, for example, you might see her setting out in her kayak on the cool green waters of Georgian Bay near Parry Sound, Ontario, paddling rocky wind swept pine tree...

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Mary Abma - Artist, Ontario

June 28, 2013 — Mary Abma - Artist, Ontario Mary Abma, artist of Bright’s Grove Ontario, brilliantly illuminates through her work using many media, her ideas on themes exploring bridges to our past and our relations with and place in the natural world we inhabit. Viewing her art, I see wonderfully imagined brilliant scenes and objects… a shovel aligned with the plant it helped...

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Canvassing The Art Supporters

June 26, 2013 — Canvassing The Art Supporters   UPPER CANADA STRETCHERS – FINEST STRETCHERS in North America… in Owen Sound on beautiful Georgian Bay Ontario makes the best stretcher bars for artists available for a reasonable price. Customer service focus and emphasis on cheerful teamwork creates their success… Bob Nadon, owner, manager, expert woodworker, started his business in 2001.  Their motto is “good paintings...

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Kevin Messer - Digital Artist, Dayton, Ohio

June 9, 2013 — Kevin Messer - Digital Artist, Dayton, Ohio Kevin Messer is an artist working in a digital medium whose art creates dramatic, powerful images that enhance habitat, produce tranquility, challenge the viewer to go deeper, and finally an immense pleasure to come home to… His theme is “making it better” , better than the merely, and perhaps badly, reproduced photograph, by...

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Katherine Mcnenly - Still Life & Portrait Artist, Ontario

May 31, 2013 — Katherine Mcnenly - Still Life & Portrait Artist, Ontario Katherine McNenly – Still Life and Portrait Artist – highly developed, highly competent in a Naturalistic tradition living in Almonte Ontario near the capital of Canada, Ottawa. Mainly still lives and portraits in oil on linen in exquisite detail, control of her media, and characterization of her subjects that completely honors...

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Carol Kapuscinsky - Landscape Artist, Ajax, Ontario

May 26, 2013 — Carol Kapuscinsky - Landscape Artist, Ajax, Ontario Carol Kapuscinsky is a really splendid landscape artist living and painting in Ajax, Ontario. As I see her work, she is not a super realist, but close to it, suffusing her evident passion for landscape, the details of fields, grasses, trees, open water, with a mild sadness, not full daylight, not yet dusk, as...

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Joel Masewich - Abstract Painter, Ontario

May 14, 2013 — Joel Masewich - Abstract Painter, Ontario Joel Masewich  is an accomplished artist living in southern Ontario, his house and his family and his studio in a small village called Salem near Elora, a beautiful part of Ontario. I  see his work as intensely dramatic forms, colors, a dense variety of landscapes with the quality of powerful dreams. But they are...

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Marco Sassone - Florentine Master Painter

May 6, 2013 — Marco Sassone - Florentine Master Painter In Marco’s Sassone’s work I feel I am reading the illustrations of a picaresque novel of walking through a city just beside the one we know, not a dream, yet the work of skilled imagination of what lies beneath our surface, just out of view, though I am aware it is not alien to me,...

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Ralph Siferd - Still Life Painter, Orillia, Ontario

May 1, 2013 — Ralph Siferd - Still Life Painter, Orillia, Ontario Ralph Siferd lives in the forest between Barrie and Orillia in southern Ontario. His pictures are gorgeous still lifes that exemplify a serious and highly accomplished talent, and sensitivity to what he’s looking at. If you go to his website the first thing you see is a seashell gorgeously coloured, so lovely it...

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Shansi Miller - Painter, Virgin Islands

April 20, 2013 — Shansi Miller - Painter, Virgin Islands Shansi is a wonderful artist living in the Virgin Islands in the Atlantic ocean where it’s spring probably all year round, or nearly all year, a wonderful place to live and work. Her work is historical, astonishing, very very colorful,  detailing the people of that part of the world and the sensuous way they live....

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James Coe - New England Landscapes & Bird Painter, New York

April 6, 2013 — James Coe - New England Landscapes & Bird Painter, New York James Coe is a wonderful painter in the state of New York. He has a passion for the landscapes of his home state and also an abiding passion for birds.  His work is just gorgeous.  I look at it online and I think I want to live there. In his...

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Valorie Nichol - Painter, Ontario

April 3, 2013 — VALERIE NICHOL – PAINTER, ONTARIO Valerie Nichol an exciting artist in southern Ontario whose paintings are just heartstoppingly gorgeous.  Making her art as what you would call abstract in acrylics and gels, she conveys the emotion she experiences in her world of nature directly. Here I have no need for words. I can find almost no use of words to describe...

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Alex Beard - Abstract Wildlife Artist. New Orleans

March 28, 2013 — Alex Beard – Abstract Wildlife Artist, New Orleans Artist of the Disappearing World Alex Beard is an accomplished and successful artist living and working in New Orleans with an international following. He creates a mythical, magic world for us to go into. It’s a kind of dream world, full of all sorts of interesting people,some of which you might be...

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Craig Zuger - Wilderness Artist, Oregon

March 27, 2013 — Craig Zuger - Wilderness Artist, Oregon Craig Zuger is an artist living with his family and painting the wilderness and domestic life around around their 100 acre homestead in the outrageously beautiful Willamette Valley in Oregon. Only about 50 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and yet no sign of that emptiness here. I am entranced by the detail in his...

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Kathryn (Kathy) Bond - Painter, Perry Sound, Ontario

March 25, 2013 — Kathryn (Kathy) Bond - Painter, Perry Sound, Ontario Kathryn (Kathy) Bond got interested in art at a young age, went to Sheridan college and took Illustration there and that started her career path. Initially she did a lot of commercial work, cards and illustrations, for a secure career business, but then moved to painting murals, mostly residential, for people in their...

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William Betts - Digital Artist, Houston, TX

February 28, 2013 — William Betts - Digital Artist, Houston, TX William Betts is an accomplished artist whose work mesmerizes me. He exhibits internationally, has won many awards. His digital art images of some series are haunting views from above as if I am a surveillance camera examining people and their travel and perhaps leisure(?) activities unseen. The question mark is because I am not...

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Tom Gilleon - Painter, Montana

February 19, 2013 — Tom Gilleon - Painter, Montana Tom Gilleon is a free-range westerner, his work as large as his soul and both are in the big sky tradition of the West as we have always thought of it. Maybe there’s some fantasy in our idea of the West, but that idea, enlarged and made beautiful in Tom’s work, haunting as sunset, exciting as...

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Paul Lorenz - Artist, Paducah, KY

February 11, 2013 — Paul Lorenz is a seasoned professional artist, whose work since 1999 sells in European as well as in North American Galleries and exhibitions. He’s home at the Studio Mars, Paducah, Kentucky. His website is filled with wonderful images, worth any amount of time to visit, www.paullorenz.com. I love his mesmerizing, magical abstractions, combining incredible precision with a seemingly impossible degree of...

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Bert Liverance - Botanical Painter, Goodwood, Ontario

January 30, 2013 — In the time of over ten years I’ve known him, I see Bert putting himself into life exuberantly, confidently, engaging whomever or whatever he’s in contact with with great panache and yet carefully and competently. I’d say his constant output in lively oil paintings of luscious flower blossoms, luxurious colors, some delicate, all, to me, with a deep feminine essence,...

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Canvassing the Artists

January 30, 2013 — Canvassing The Artists I’m excited!!! We at Upper Canada Stretchers want to supply our customers with the best stretcher bars  and painting and image supports available at a reasonable price. And I know you want to market your art as successfully as possible. So this is an attempt to get some more interesting publicity for us all. I will be...

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Piece of Worlds Largest Painting Sold for Charity

November 26, 2012 — One of Croatia’s lesser known claims is that it is home to the world’s largest painting – and now the artist Djuro Siroglavic is giving Croatian Times readers the chance to own a piece of the record-breaking artwork. The painting, titled `Wave`, was classified as the largest painting in the world by the Guinness Book of Records last month measuring...

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Announcing Our New 1-1/2" Gallery Stretcher - Ideal for Prints on Canvas

November 24, 2012 — Over the years we’ve been in business, we’ve had many customers ask us if we had an economical and keyable frame that was around 1-1/2″ thick.  Our heavy duty stretchers proved to be a little to expensive for the print-on-canvas market.  Two months ago after some R & D in the shop, I came up with a completely new design...

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Shop Shots Summer 2012

November 22, 2012 — It’s been a busy summer around the shop.  After our move to the new shop last winter we have been getting the new space working the way we like, adding new machines, new frames and more. Marketing Posters for Heineken stretched on our Gallery Wrap bars   Our quality and craftsmanship goes beyond the product.  We also make great custom crates!  The...

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