Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 08:40 PMOne of the many fine artists we print for from Wisconsin is Tatiana Zank. Tatiana realized her talent as an incredible photorealist painter while a student at the University of Wisconsin - Stout in Menomonie a few years ago. She is currently having a major one person show at the State Street Gallery in Madison featuring her works on canvas and Giclee prints. Congratulations Tatiana!
State Street Gallery Web Site
Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 05:00 PMWe did yet another project for Red Wing's Sesquicentennial. The Red Wing Police Department needed two photos from the early 1900's restored and printed to hang in the recently remodeled City Council Chambers. The two images were of Red Wing Police Chief James Daily and Officer John Peterson, who died from gunshot wounds received in 1907 after an altercation with what the media at the time called "a mentally deranged person" staying at a local hotel.
Although we have often been called upon to fix photos that are nearly in shreds, in this case the original images were actually in pretty good shape given their current home at the Goodhue County Historical Society. But as is often the case, the originals were considered too fragile and important to leave archival storage. The Society had already scanned the images and they just needed a good bit of dust busting and scratch removal. But we experimented with different cropping and sizes before settling on the images below, which we felt matched the look of the original.
After a framing job by Red Wing master framer Bob Chester the photos were hung on the Council Chamber wall to memorialize the two Red Wing law enforcement officers who died tragically 100 years ago.
For More Information on the Fallen Officers See the Red Wing City Web Site.
Sunday, May 13, 2007, 11:12 AMGiclee prints are great for fund raisers for arts organizations and non-profits. Last year we printed the official Giclee print for the Austin Minnesota Sesquicentennial. Created by artist Tamara Schnieder the print quickly sold out its edition of 150 prints. (Yes Austin is the home of Spam and yes Hormel and pigs played a part in the art work).
This year it is Red Wing's turn to celebrate its 150th birthday. Dan Weimer was once again called upon to create a visual collage of this historic town on the bluffs of the Mississippi River. (See yesterdays entry for his mural of Red Wing). The print titled Red WIng...City on the River shows many of Red Wings landmarks and captures the flavor of this famous Minnesota river town.
The Giclee prints are being sold as a fund raiser for ArtReach. ArtReach is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities to explore and acknowledge the artist in every individual. In addition to classes for kids and adults ArtReach also sponsors a variety of community-wide art events.
Check out ArtReach's Web site for more information. The grand reception for the print will be Thursday May 17th at Red Wing Framing Gallery on Main Street in Downtown Red Wing.
See ArtReach for more information on Red Wing...City on the River print.
Saturday, May 12, 2007, 06:25 PMOnce again well known Minnesota artist and illustrator Dan Wiemer has come to us with a request to scan one of his paintings to enlarge it. This time he wanted it over 170 feet long.
OK I admit we are not going to print it that large; it is being painted by over 50 volunteers. But the painters needed something more detailed than the original pen and ink drawing. Also we decided it would be easier if the painting was gridded off like a map. So we scanned it, added a labeled grid and printed it in convenient sections.
Gary Stone of Hobgoblin Music and Stoney End Harps thought Red Wing needed something special for its Sesquicentennial and contacted Dan about creating the art. With the support of the Red Wing Art Association director Dan Guida and President Art Kenyon area merchants donated paint and supplies for the mural. The City of Red Wing also is remaking the parking lot in front of it.
As you can see from the photograph below the mural is still a work in progress. But it is ahead of schedule and should be done soon. If you enter Red Wing from Wisconsin 63 you can't miss it. It will be straight ahead on the corner of 3rd and Plum.
We were glad to be able to do our little part in this great project.
Click on the image above to see it larger
Thursday, April 19, 2007, 04:49 PMThe great thing about digitizing artwork is how easy it is to use the image in multiple formats and sizes. We saw that once again with Red Wing artist's Art Kenyon recent cover art and insert for pianist/composer Neal Topliff's newest CD. Neal's Northwoods Retreat captures the moods and atmosphere of a weekend at the lake cabin. Art's painting likewise captures visually the light and warmth of a classic "up north" cabin experience.
Once we scanned the painting we were able to run a CMYK proof of the image at CD size and pass it on to the designer to use to create the wrap-around cover in InDesign. From there we were also able to create a POP (Point of Purchase) display. Neal has the option of using the image on t-shirts or other collateral material as well. And since we scanned the image at high resolution on high end scanner it can also be used to create Giclee fine art prints.
Check out Neal Topliff's Website to hear samples of his solo piano compositions and his Northwoods Retreat CD. You can also see Art Kenyon's artwork: www.harbourlightmusic.com/northwoods-retreat.html
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