Vintage picture framing with featured artist Whitney Stoddard. See our collection of vintage ornate style picture frames with her beautiful pieces!
The many shapes of a gallery wall - Find your style!
Here we will focus on the very first step of creating a gallery wall, deciding on its personality and shape. Some are more flexible and grow freely in time, and some take more planning and precise measuring. Which one suits your personality the most? Are you someone that keeps acquiring new art? Or do you have a collection that goes together nicely as a finished set. Decide on your shape and theme. What's most like your style?
The Circular Gallery Wall
Mix art with objects. One of two brass decorations are chosen as the center focal point, with its pair off to the side and then art circles around the two.
A collection of art is hung on a straight line of nails. Since the hook placement varies from their sizing, the frames are slightly out of line but have a consistency.
The Asymmetrical Gallery
On this wall, various sets are placed across from each other, and a few small pieces and objects are mixed in to create a unique balance.
Find the theme that fits your style of the pieces you have and the way you collect to be able to decide what space and arrangement will be best.
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How to frame large format photography prints
Featuring custom seasonal art by Pascal Shirley
In January, California is a place where you can visit the snow and surf in the same day. Pascal Shirley is a California based photographer residing in Los Angeles who captures the varying landscapes of Los Angeles and beyond. He does his own printing as well as offers classes on how to shoot and print your own work. He also offers a unique Art on Loan framed print feature, where he creates rotating seasonal art for a single client to cycle through as the year moves on, even though the seasons may not.
For Pascal's pieces we went with two frames about the same size that were strong enough and with a big enough width and depth to hold the large Plexi Glass size. Our Matte White #2611 and Matte Black #79371 which are each approximately 1.5" wide and 1 1/4" deep.
Pascal's large format prints are framed with spacers so the image is set back from the plexi glass. (Plexi Glass, also known as Acrylic Glass, is safer because it is shatter proof.)
We love framing photography jobs and especially strikingly large format pieces, and the impact they have when they are framed up on a wall. Photography prints are most commonly done up in a simple matte frame, usually white or black, allowing the shot to jump out at you in all its detail.
Happy New Year!... From 1957
Beautifully retro January 1957 pin-up calendar page to be framed in our #387 black frame.
This year we framed a lot of beautiful art.
In March we helped artist Simon Birch with custom framing and canvas stretching of several of his awesome and massive pieces for the opening of his 14th Factory in Lincoln Heights, East Los Angeles.
In August we were featured in Voyage LA Magazine's "La's Most Inspiring Stories"! (See article)
This year we saw so much beautiful art pass through our factory. (Which we try to keep up with in posting them all here: Belle Arte on Instagram )
We can't wait to see what this new year holds and all the wonderful new artists and pieces to come!
"This Will Be Our Year"
- The Zombies, Odyssey And Oracle.
Framed print in our #413 Mahogany frame.
The happiest new year to you all.
Let's make more art!
Meet Lanna Borom of Belle Arte!
Today we’d like to introduce you to Lanna Borom.
Lanna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
1979: Chuck Borom, the owner and president, started by making frames in his own garage. He then decided to travel the world selling framed art. Starting with the letter A, the adventure began in Alaska, onto Australia, then Africa.
Cut to 1989: Never made it to B… instead Chuck decided to create Belle Arte. He settled down by opening his own factory in Los Angeles and by getting married to me.
Together we created a business that we love, providing quality framing services to local artists, designers, and neighbors of Los Angeles.
We love to work with people who make art and people who love art!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Being in the art and framing business has definitely had its challenges. Originally, we were wholesalers only of framed art and mirrors. Then, after 2008, when the housing market crashed, no one wanted to buy art for their foreclosures.
That’s when we really opened our doors to our local photographers and artists, and to anyone who needed to frame art they had for a show, or individual pieces for their home. It was a win/win for everyone! We were able to offer better pricing as we are actually a factory and not a retail storefront.
By inviting everyone in, we could keep our employees busy and didn’t have to downsize. Also, we got to meet the most incredible artists and friends.
Thus, we are still in business today and can still offer volume pricing to designers for their projects as well as great service for everyone!
Belle Arte – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Our business concept is to be a go-to framing and mirror source for local artists and designers of Los Angeles and beyond. All of our prices are wholesale for any project, budget or high-end.
We’ve been in business for 30 years working with the design and hospitality industry, from local artist and galleries to national designers. With experience in doing rush jobs for galleries and art shows, we understand deadlines and we are willing to work with the unique demands of a project.
We understand that framing can be intimidating so we make it an enjoyable and creative experience.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I have had many proud moments, but, my favorite recent one was framing an enormous canvas for Simon Birch’s 14th Factory’s opening! He is an amazing artist to work with and his pieces are stunning! -Chuck
I really felt proud when a designer asked me to come up with local art and a whole new fresh take on a hotel in Detroit. I had a blast and every image I chose was approved! I got all the artwork printed and framed and shipped out exactly when she needed it! – Lanna
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Part two: The Employee
Art benefits employees too! Art in the workplace has definite benefits for employees as well. Studies have shown that art surrounding a company’s employees can definitely influence their mindset. Art can be inspiring, and an inspired employee can generate more new ideas, leading to new promotional campaigns. New, vibrant and relevant campaigns can lead to more company growth.
Just looking at a work of art can unlock a person’s creativeness. Employees who are feeling energized and creative will emanate these qualities to coworkers and customers alike. It can make the difference between a lively, productive workforce and one that is slogging through the day with an eye on the clock.
There’s no doubt that art can have a direct effect on the atmosphere in the workplace. Think of a painting of a couple holding hands by candlelight, or a photo of a beautiful woman in a silk robe looking out of a lace curtained window with a cup of tea in her hands. These images can enhance a certain restaurant’s desire to appeal to those customers who want the experience of fine dining where the lighting is low and romantic. On the other hand, a funeral parlor would probably want peaceful, calming, or religious art to help customers who are experiencing grief.
Another aspect of art in the workplace is that it can function to define spaces. Used as focal points in spaces where employees and/or clients gather, it can act as a clue as to what should be happening there. For example, an area with refreshments such as coffee and tea or a lunchroom could be enhanced with art depicting delectable foods and beverages. Meeting rooms could have more business-oriented art in those spaces to help with setting the pace and atmosphere.
Keep in mind that if you are getting ready to build or renovate office space, at least plan for the possible placing of art in the future, even if you have no idea what form it will take right now. You can avoid costly mistakes later by thinking with the lighting being installed or the bracing that might be needed for heavy art works down the road.
Every company wants happy, on-purpose employees and clients who love being in their space. Do all of them a favor by boosting their morale and firing up their creativeness. Everyone wins with well-chosen, well-placed quality art in the office.
part one: the customer
Have you ever found yourself in a place of business where the space was dingy, the furniture shabby, and the “art” displayed was, well, horrible? Art on your office walls is more than mere decoration. It can actually accomplish a worthwhile purpose in your workplace.
Let’s talk first about customers and clients who come to your office. The right art can do major lifting when it comes to your branding. Your brand is expressed through many different channels, including the atmosphere in your office, the name of your product, packaging, and even how your employees dress. Branding can also be bolstered through the art displayed in the workplace.
For example, if your company’s product promises clients peace of mind, then the art you display should convey the same throughout. If, on the other hand, your product is the latest and greatest technology, then your displayed art should reflect innovation, speed, and a sense of the future.
"Art can reflect your company’s values, its reason for existing in the first place."
Perhaps your company provides health foods, and art that shows vibrant, healthy people the world over eating and smiling furthers that idea. A law office that specializes in family law could have art that expresses happy families, showing clients the firm’s ultimate purpose.
The right art in your office gives visual cues concerning the culture of your company. For example, if yours is an international business, art that depicts different ethnicities and customs could spark a greater global awareness in your customers.
Or maybe your company is headquartered in a city with well-known landmarks. Displaying art that features these landmarks reminds your clients and visitors of the status of your location. (Think Golden Gate Bridge, the Arch in St. Louis, or Times Square in New York City.)
Don’t forget the impact of color as well. Bright colors stimulate, and darker, pastel or muted colors are calming. You may want to stimulate appetites by combining yellow and red colors. Art using colors that compliment the furniture throughout the office helps create a unifying effect.
Art can and does function on an emotional level too. A hospital that displays quality art of restful scenes or even abstracts with soothing colors and shapes would have a calming effect on patients and visitors.
Likewise, a business that thrives on fast, innovative ideas and an energetic workforce would bolster that notion using art that furnishes the feeling of fast moving objects and energies, or abstracts that impact with sharp lines and dynamic movement.
Quality art displayed in the workplace is a subtle yet definitive statement about the quality of your company. Let quality art in the workplace be a subtle signal to your clients and customers that yours is a quality company with an excellent product.
Edvarda is a Norwegian artist living in Oslo and Los Angeles.
Over the years, she has developed distinctive imagery inspired by film / photography, fashion and advertising, as well as art history and literature.
The below framed pieces were featured at Art@TRAKTOR.
The large pieces we framed for her were done in pastel and pencil, creating a softness to her dreamy figures.
It is always such a pleasure to work with such talented artists.
We enjoyed framing her beautiful pastel pieces.
Rush Picture Framing Services for Next Day Event - Tom Cruise and the Cast of The Mummy 2017 Hollywood & Highland Takeover Event
Need a framed certificate for Tom Cruise to present at an event? No problem!
We framed this certificate in thirty minutes for our friend at Universal Studios on Friday to be given to the cast of The Mummy 2017 on Saturday for a press event in Hollywood on May 20th.
The Hollywood and Highland Takeover event celebrates "The Mummy Day" with a 75 foot sarcophagus movie replica erected under the Grauman's Chinese Theatre archway.
The cast poses for a picture holding the certificate for the city of Los Angeles that reads:
"On behalf of the City of Los Angeles and the 13th Council District, I would like to commemorate THE MUMMY Day 2017. We welcome THE MUMMY stars Tom Cruise, Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella and Jake Johnson—as well as director Alex Kurtzman and all of the fans gathered here today. As we proudly reveal The Mummy’s sarcophagus—the largest single vertical structure ever assembled at the Hollywood and Highland gateway—we celebrate the launch of Universal Pictures’ thrilling twist on a timeless legend. We welcome you all to one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations."
- frame #79211 !
We framed the photography for this wonderful auction benefit.
"Wanderlust: A Silent Auction Benefit" aims to show us how the world is a beautiful, complex and fragile place. This is often most apparent to us through the lens of the traveler. This year the proceeds will be going to Natural Resources Defense Council. NRDC works to safeguard the earth-its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends-- using law and science to effect change.
Curated by Jessica Sample.
All images framed in our #1211 white
Various photographers, curated by Jessica Sample.
Images and list of artists:
We are honored to be included in this year's Craftsman Weekend as an exhibitor. Please join us! Admission is free.
November 12-13th, Saturday & Sunday.
Pasadena Convention Center, Lower Level
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Thank you to Steve Clark for featuring us on your blog. We highly recommend him as a real estate agent and neighborhood guru. He's also an author of a great blog on guides of the neighborhoods and also whats up and coming in LA.
"Belle Arte is an unsuspecting paradise for artists, designers, and art collectors. I happened upon Belle Arte by accident one day after taking a few wrong turns in Lincoln Heights. I was welcomed in by co-owner Lanna Borom, who excitedly led me around the warehouse space that seemed to stretch on and on and house more and more treasures around each turn..."