The Top 5 Reasons Why Original Art Makes an Impactful Gift

There are MANY reasons why original art is an impactful choice for a gift. We’ve listened to our patron’s comments and compiled these 5 top reasons why you’ll want to consider giving the gift of original art. It’s original! Sounds silly, but think of nearly every other gift idea: manufactured, duplicated 1,000’s of times online, featured in commercials, and on those … Read More

The Gift of Custom Framing Lasts a Lifetime

‘What to give!?!’  It’s a challenge that faces all of us at some time, and custom framing might be the perfect solution!  Anniversaries, graduations, weddings, retirements, special milestones — even times of grief — are all occasions that people mention when they come into the gallery with a treasure to be framed. A custom-framed gift will be treasured for a … Read More

Gallery Moments

LJ Gallery Moments is a “sky’s the limit’  service now offered at Art & Frame on Main! Essentially, it allows customers to transform a digital image on their smart phone or digital camera into EXCLUSIVE ART for your walls. Nothing new, you say! True, you can do this at your local discount pharmacy, or big box place, or with dozens … Read More

“Fall Frenzy”

“Fall Frenzy” was almost called ‘Three-Day Flurry of Phenomenally Fun Finds for Art-Loving Friends” but that is a bit overboard! So what, really, will be happening here at Art & Frame on Main during October 23 through 25? First, visitors will find some wonderful ‘orphaned art’ on display and up for bid in a 3-day silent auction. Pictured above is … Read More

“Art After Hours” October 19, 2017

With the theme “Art for Body & Abode” this after-hours event features jeweler Barbara Judkins, Melbourne, IA, and photographer Michael Rickhard, Traer, IA.  Both will be on hand to share their stories (and secrets) Thursday, October 19th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. If you missed Barbara Judkins at the 2017 Linn Creek Arts Festival, now is a great time to … Read More

Try out Today’s Design Trends with Original Art

Are you an HGTV addict, like me? Maybe not, but if you’re on this blog, you have some interest in design, right? As a graduate of interior design (ISU, never mind the year) I try to stay tuned to trends. Trends are the themes that today’s top manufacturers are showing in their catalogs and on-line. And, yes, they are meant … Read More

FIVE smart reasons to REFRAME

It’s likely that most of us have something in our home or office that could benefit from reframing – even those of us who do this professionally! Maybe the item was inherited or perhaps it’s an art festival treasure in a ready-made frame.  It could simply have been framed long ago.  See if any of these five reasons to reframe … Read More

Avoid mishaps when hanging art on the wall!

You’ve had something custom framed or you just purchased a new treasure for your wall. The worst thing you can do is hang it on a nail (maybe worse yet, something plastic.)  Why? A nail in wall board can cut its way down to a position where the artwork’s wire will slip right off.  Then, crash!  The frame is nicked, … Read More

Who’s Who at “Art After Hours” in August

 One of 8 Midwest artists participating in “Art After Hours” in August is Elizabeth Rhoads Read of Cedar Rapids, pictured left with gallery owner, Pam Swarts. “Art After Hours” connects art lovers with guest artists and their new artwork!  The August 2017 opening, Friday, August 18th, 4:00 t0 6:30 pm, features 8 central Iowa artists and their original 3-D work. … Read More

Finding Clues in Wedding Registries

Throwing someone off-guard is never my intention!   When a visitor in the gallery mentions needing a wedding gift but having no idea of the couple’s taste, I open my laptop and ask for bridal registry details. This usually draws a startled look and an expression such as “I wanted to avoid those big box stores. That’s why I’m here!” So … Read More