Monday, June 29, 2009

North Conway Art Chairs On Display

You can own a great piece of functional local art - on a chair! North Conway's Adirondack Chair project is in full swing! Dubbed the Art-a-Rondack chairs, some forty chairs have been painted by local artists and are on display at their sponsoring business throughout the Mount Washington Valley.
Some of our favorites are right in North Conway Village - Top left, Wine Thyme boasts this fun chair all pre-relaxed!

The Met Coffeehouse features a coffee-themed chair by Dianne Mello- certainly one of the Valley's most celebrated artists. The chair has mosaic tiles arms and the seat features a painting of our local Conway Daily Sun, detailed down to the coffee stains!

A second Chair by Dianne Mello is on display at the Framed Art Superstore - in case you haven't made the connection yet, Dianne is the artist who's work is featured in the famous collection of local vintage style ski posters! Here is her first vintage advertising style artwork for summer in the valley, painted on an art-a-rondack chair! Watch for our first summer vintage ad poster with similar art!

Also at the Framed Art Superstore, is this great waterfall painted chair by Sally Dinsmore - another accomplished and in-demand local artist known around the valley for decades - having owned her own gallery and frame shop for over twenty years.

Behind the Met, (between the Met and Ben & Jerry's) you will find the Fields of Ambrosia shop. Where the sponsoring business owner is also an artist! Here is one of two great chairs sure to draw attention.

A final must-see chair (at the Eastern Slope Inn) is painted by world-renown artist and North Conway resident Grant Hacking. this chair actually features three Grant Hacking original landscapes, so you could be one of very few people in the world who can make the claim of owning three Hacking originals!

The Framed Art Superstore carries limited edition reproductions of some of Grant's local work.
You can bid on the chairs all summer at the sponsoring business, online or by phone with the chamber of commerce - for a complete list of all the chairs, and the latest from the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of commerce, visit their website.

The North Conway Art Gallery known for selection and value, just received another 200 new original oil paintings - stretched and ready to hang - framed or unframed:
20"x24" from $69 framed
24"x36" from $99 framed
36"x48" from $140 framed
48"x72" $400 - Gallery wrapped only - no frame needed.
To the right is my favorite new oil that came in today's delivery - inspired by acclaimed artist Will Rafuse, this cat on the sofa is available in 24x36 or 36x48 in a hand painted oil. Way too much fun!
So, if you're lucky enough to be in North Conway - (these are not available on line), stop by the new Framed Art Superstore in North Conway Village - 2548 Main Street - at the south end of the village next to the Sunoco. The gallery is open daily from 10am-6pm. Call 603 356-8278.
If you like Will Rafuse, and you'd like to see some of his actual work, our online gallery, the Naked Wall Art Gallery offers his published prints as a canvas transfer - fabulous quality, and they are exact replicas of his original work.

Art Fundraiser for the Conway Area Humane Society

North Conway's Framed Art Superstore is sponsoring a fundraiser to support the Conway Area Humane Society. A $5.00 raffle ticket could win you a free custom pet portrait of your pet, to be painted by Virginia Moore or Esther Miller. Both are very talented pet portrait artist, and Virginia happens to be the Executive Director of the C.A.H.S.The Framed Art Superstore will be selling the raffle tickets $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00 through July. So stop by and see the artists' ample work and get your raffle ticket to support our local humane society.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Framed Art Superstore to Move Again

New Hampshire's largest art gallery is the Framed Art Superstore in North Conway, NH. After nine years on North Conway's outlet shopping strip, the store moved into North Conway Village in October 2008.
Unfortunately, they were sub-letting the space from AJ Moss, who continued using the back space of the building. AJ Moss terminated their lease a year early leaving the art store without a lease.
Not willing to pay double the rent for the entire building, the art store is moving again, but still within North Conway Village. On May 1, 2009, the Framed Art Superstore will be open in what is has been Expressions Antiques for last twenty years.
The new space is a 2700 square foot historic house that lends itself well to an art gallery. The new store will also carry some of Expressions most popular items such as their custom dining room tables and antique steamer trunks.

The Framed Art Superstore has always been known for its canvas transfers, and has recently opened a new online art gallery called the Naked Wall Art Gallery offering better prices than and other big Internet art companies, plus they always offer free shipping on every order, and ship from tax free New Hampshire. The same local company also operates the art gallery at the Met Coffeehouse in North Conway and Soyfire Candle - North Conway's Beanpod soy candle store.
The Framed Art Supertore will be having a store closing sale at hte current location in the Badger building through April 30th. If you're visiting North Conway, be sure to check out the deals!

Friday, March 6, 2009

North Conway Village Easter Egg Hunt

$500 in prizes!
It's a shopping Easter Egg Hunt for Grown-ups and families!

Ten of your favorite shops in North Conway Village are hosting the first annual Easter Egg Hunt! Special eggs are hidden in the shops. As you go through the shops, when you find an egg, you exchange it at the store for an entry in our drawing.

We're giving away $500 prizes to 11 winners. One winner will get a $250 prize, and 10 winners will get a $25 prize each!

You can make up to two entries per store, so if you visit all ten stores, you can get 20 entries to win! No purchase necessary, but be warned, the eggs may feature a special offer, free gift or discount in the store!

Participating stores for the best shopping in North Conway include: North Conway's Favorite toy store will always be an independent toy store - we love the Toy Chest. Known around the world for the best selection of hats online and definitely the best selection of hats in North Conway is Aaron Hats .
Spending the day shopping in the village will require the best place for lunch - in fact the the best place for lunch or dinner to-go for that matter anywhere in the Mount Washington valley is The Chef's Market.

To get you charged up or re-charged to enjoy North Conway to it's fullest, you'll want to plan a latte and dessert break at The Met Coffeehouse.

Fields of Ambrosia is located in the shops behind the Met, offering organic cleansing, nourishing and therapeutic bath and body care. The Penguin is about as much fun as anyone should have in a unique gift shop - from jewelry to cards to Easter gifts! The Framed Art Superstore is the largest art gallery in NH with affordable prices on local and nationally know artists and custom framing.
Another long-time North Conway classic is the independent small bookstore you'd hope to find in a small town - ours is just south of the village and its called White Birch Books. The Bavarian Chocolate Haus, under new ownership offers the finest in hand-crafted chocolates and related gifts...chocolate...Easter - I see a connection forming!
Soyfire Candle is located about 1.5 miles south of the village, but is worth the trip - only 100% soy candles in all the best fragrances -burn cleaner, longer and cost less than Brand Y!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Canvas Art... par for the course

More than just beauty, art serves a function in our homes. The art we choose can make us feel more energetic, or relaxed, more hopeful or ambitious .

So what art makes sense for these trying times? It is such a personal decision as to what you like but here are some hints as to why you might find certain pictures more appealing. If you want a room to be more relaxing, perhaps a piece with horizontal lines - could be a landscape or an abstract, but the direction and flow of the picture should be reclining. If you feel trapped in your life, you might be drawn to images with distant horizons.

Need more fun-time in your life? Wouldn't it be nice to smile everytime you walk past your new golf art!
Our need for simplicity is reinforced by the trend to go frame-less. Don't worry about the art looking un-finished - the edges are specially finished with gallery or museum edges for a clean professional look without the fuss and expense of a frame.

In spite of being called a Framed Art Store, our best selling art is unframed canvas art. Prints under glass cause glare in today's homes with open floor plans and lots of windows. Non-glare glass is expensive, so why not transfer the print to canvas which looks much better anyway!Perhaps more important is that with stress levels what they are in our complicated over-stimulated lives, our decorating needs to be easy and un-fussy.
Art without a frame is easier to buy, easier to match your decor, and easier to enjoy. The simplicity is pure genius. Just take away the frame, and enjoy the naked art, not the naked wall.
The reclining nude shown here by Pino is entitled "Evening Repose" - ideal relaxation lines for a master bedroom.
Our new website features over 500 of today's best artist, all ready to hang and they come with free shipping anywhere in the continental US.

Friday, February 27, 2009

North Conway Music Shop Event

Getting comfortable
with your own musical self!
How to sing, find joy in your own voice, and join with others in song.
No experience necessary. Noted local vocal and acting coach, Mary Bastoni-Rebmann will lead the workshop.

Saturday, February 28th, 2009 from 4:30 to 6:00

North Conway Music Shop
(just North of North Conway Village between Delaney’s and Bagels Plus)

Free Admission, reservations are appreciated