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Studio Stories

“Part of my life is that I am split into these different things; there is the book, there is my teaching and then there is my art.”

Lauren Rader is a Maryland-based artist, author, and art educator. In 2005, she began teaching art classes to women called ‘Releasing the Creative Powers Within’. Inspired by the women’s individual creative journeys and life-changing experiences taking place within these art classes, Lauren wrote the book Studio Stories: Illuminating Our Lives Through Art to document and share their unique transformations.

Lauren Rader

Why did you decide to open up your personal home studio and teach art classes there?

“I have been teaching since I was 17. And I always taught kids. And I lived in California for 17 years. When we moved to Maryland, I didn’t teach at all for a while. People always told me I should teach adults, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that. I was talking to a friend about what to do next. She said I should teach an art class for adults called ‘Releasing the Creative Powers Within’. And I knew that was what I needed to do. I didn’t really want to teach a painting class or a drawing class, but rather a class that focused on creativity in general, which is my comf...

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Comments | Posted in: Artist Spotlight By plazaart.com

Many people have no idea what to expect when they walk into their local frame shop. Custom framing can be a daunting prospect for anyone – especially those who don’t have much experience with it.

Never fear: Your local custom framer is an expert! She’s an artist – most likely for real, but also because custom framing is an art form in its own right. Not only will she help you pick the best framing design for your artwork; she also knows the best ways to protect it. She’ll help you stay within your budget, too. Phew! That means you’re off the hook, right?

Well, not entirely. Whether you’re an artist, art collector, or just looking to get your precious memorabilia beautifully framed, there are a few basic things you should know before walking into your local frame shop. Being prepared will help make your custom framing process enjoyable for everyone.

Bring your artwork with you!

The framer needs to measure the artwork in a specific way, even if you’ve already measured it yourself. Besides, a photo will never do the real thing justice. You’ll be surprised at all the nuances in the colors, patterns, and textures of the frames – and you’ll be glad you can see how they look with your art!

If ...

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Comments | Posted in: How To By plazaart.com

Plaza Framers pose with Elvis Jumpsuit

When Nacho Mama's asked us to frame items for their new restaurant location in Towson, we had no idea we would be involved in the framing of a genuine Elvis jumpsuit! A stuntman wore this jumpsuit the movie Honeymoon in Vegas during the "Flying Elvis's" scene. Our challenge was to frame this suit as a centerpiece for a space inside the new Nacho Mama’s. 

We met with Nacho Mama's, project manager Allison Parker-Abromitis and their architect, Nestor Zabala, of Curry Architects. Plaza’s framing business manager Carolyn took the lead in determining the aesthetics of the design. I was there to guide how we were going to build and coordinate the installation of the suit. Everyone discussed the color selection and materials for the frame job, and immediately decided to go with blue suede. Let’s be honest here, what would an Elvis jumpsuit be without being displayed with blue suede? (Insert "Blue Suede Shoes" music here.)

We didn't want an elaborate frame, as it would detract from the suit. Eventually we settled on a flat rectangular profile. We had the profile milled from Furst Brothers, and received it raw and unfinished so we could paint and color match the frame to the blue suede fabric....

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Comments | Posted in: How To By Chris Chewning

Robert and Lina Liberace portrait

Robert Liberace and Lina Chesak-Liberace are married artists living, working and teaching in the Washington, D.C area. Robert is a classically trained portraitist and Lina is a professional illustrator. Read our interviews with both artists below. Robert had some tips for creating stellar oil paintings and Lina offers insight into the process of illustrating and publishing children’s books! All photos courtesy Robert and Lina Liberace. You may find more of Robert and Lina's artwork at www.robertliberace.com and www.linaliberace.com

Robert Liberace

I’ve been told that you are not the only one in your family who makes art. Your wife is an artist; do your daughters also make art, or do you have other family members who are artists? Do you ever work collaboratively with other family members to complete projects?

Lina is a very gifted artist, creating works in drawing, painting and sculpture. When we first met, she was already a successful illustrator creating works for large magazines like National Geographic, and illustrating children's books. Celia and Ava are developing impressive skills in drawing and they seem to enjoy it. They have been brought up in a world of art and museums so th...

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Comments | Posted in: Artist Spotlight By K. McDermott

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Crossroads Art Center is a fine art and crafts gallery located in Richmond. The gallery exhibits the works of emerging and established artists in the mid-Atlantic region. Crossroads was founded by Jenni Kirby in 2002 and the center currently represents over 225 local and regional artists in all type of media. Kirby also recently founded BuyRVAart.com, an online guide to the visual and performing arts in the Richmond area. Sign up for the RVA art newsletter here to find out what’s going on with the arts in Richmond!

Crossroads will be hosting an open house and artist reception on Friday, September 16, 2016. The opening includes a collage exhibition by The Virginia Collage Society, a Richmond landscape and architecture exhibit from www.BuyRVAart.com, and an exhibit by Crossroad’s Wednesday Night Painting Group. A silent auction will benefit Henrico CASA. The opening is from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on September 16 and the show runs through November 6. Read our interview with Jenni below and learn more about how Crossroads Art Center is enhancing the art scene in Richmond!

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I know that you create mosaic art yourself, which is sort of an unusual medium these days—what led you to this type of artw...

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Comments | Posted in: Artist Spotlight By K. McDermott
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