Kendalville Blacksmith Shop

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This photo was taken in Kendalville, Indiana around 1900 and shows the blacksmiths, farriers, and stable hand that helped G. Bertsch shoe animals. In fact, a horse pops his head out the door. We believe the gentleman in the bowler hat to be the owner, a grandfather to our client’s husband. Our client needed three of these photos framed as Christmas gifts for her husband and two sons.

We worked with our client to craft an ideal framing solution to help showcase this family story. A dark beige mat compliments the warm tones of the sepia photograph. The black core or edging of the mat helps the dark areas in the photo (such as the interior of the building and the darker paint under the white lettering) pop out which visually draws you into the photo. A thin wood frame laminated to resemble old rusty iron edging with nails was selected. Shoeing animals whether it be a horse or ox was dirty, smelly, dusty and hot work. Metal shoes were fit and nailed onto the hooves of animals. This frame gives recognition to the materials used in shoeing, thus visually complements the story the photo tells.

 

14
Mar 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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Michael Miller – Landscapes & Oceanscapes

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will be exhibiting new oil paintings by artist Michael Miller throughout March. Miller moved from Los Angeles to Anderson in 2007 and has a studio in the Union Building.  His new paintings are large and colorful landscapes and oceanscapes.

Miller is known nationally as a painter of golf courses and he is meticulously faithful to the sweeping outdoor scenes he paints.  As a former golf professional, his career is an unusual cross between the sporting world and the art world.  In the 1980s and 90s he was Head Golf Professional at both the MountainGate Country Club in Los Angeles and the Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, CA.  He learned painting from Gene Mako, who was a Davis Cup tennis champion and the son of the great American painter Bartholomew Mako.  “Miller’s painting style is reminiscent of Mako who used ‘soft edges’ to make images that are more like the way human eyes see the world,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer.  “This allows viewers to imagine the sounds and smells that would be present in the real place.”

Miller’s painting career includes One-Person shows at both the United States Golf Association Museum in Far Hills, NJ, and the World Golf Hall of Fame Museum in St. Augustine, FL   He has illustrated two books, “The Art of Golf Design” and “The Golden Age of Golf Design” for golf historian and author, Geoff Shackelford.

 

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Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre.  For more information, visit www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

14
Mar 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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Carol Strock Wasson – New Pastels & Paintings

Gordy Fine Art & Framing Company will hold an exhibition of new paintings by artist Carol Strock Wasson through February.  She is one of Indiana’s most accomplished and beloved painters, and Gordy has represented her work for many years.

Carol Strock Wasson lives and works in Union City, Indiana.  She is an Indiana Artisan and her work is routinely included among Indiana’s most prestigious artists in the Hoosier Salon and the Indiana Heritage Arts Exhibition.  Known as a “Plein Air” artist, she often paints outside on location.  Sometimes she finishes paintings in this manner.  Very often she sketches or composes “studies” on location and then returns to her studio to finish them.  “Paintings completed on-site tend to have more excited strokes which show the artist’s sense of discovery,” says Gordy owner Carl Schafer.  “Those completed in the studio are more refined as she spends time clarifying the image and introducing colors that heighten awareness of time of day, temperature, ground water, humidity, and rain.”   Examples of both methods will be on view in the exhibition.

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Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company promotes talented artists, provides appraisals, and offers expert design and craftsmanship for framing and displaying treasured family possessions and works of art. Business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5:30 pm, Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Gordy Fine Art and Framing Company is located at 224 East Main Street, next door to Muncie Civic Theatre.  For more information, visit www.gordyframing.com or call 765-284-8422.

 

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14
Mar 2019
AUTHOR Barbara Schafer
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Gallery, News

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