Sea Shells From The Sea Shore

A simple treasure from the Ocean that can give us a sense of peace, this is a ‘shadow box’ designed by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture. It was part of a display, intending to remind us of summer vacations. I got it for a cousin who enjoys the beaches of Santa Monica & Venice, California area.

Sea Shells From The Sea Shore From Back To The Picture. Sea Shells From The Sea Shore From Back To The Picture.

A LOOK @ SANTA MONICA BEACH

Before & After A Visit With Back To The Picture

ABOUT GEORGE JO MESS

In 1972, for my birthday, a friend had given me an original aquatint etching by American artist George Jo Mess (1898-1962). The subject matter in this etching is Christ Church Cathedral, located on Monument Circle, Indianapolis, Indiana–which is located in the geographical center of Old Indianapolis, which, in turn, is located in the center of the State of Indiana.

George Jo Mess was an outstanding aquatint etcher from Indiana & during his lifetime has his work was exhibited in many national & international shows, including the Metropolitan Museum, Carnegie Institute, Pennsylvania Academy, Art Institute of Chicago & Art Expositions of Paris, Rome, and Stockholm. He won many awards for his paintings & prints.

Examples of his work are reproduced in the book on COMPOSITION In Landscape & Still Life by Ernest W. Watson. Mr Mess successfully conveyed the peaceful moods of early rural life through his prints which are included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan, Cleveland & Dayton Art Museums, and the Library of Congress.

By 2013, my aquatint etching (which I had professionally framed by Lyman Brothers, Indianapolis) was in dire need of a new matting. The frame was in perfectly fine condition, but the matting had turned from yellow & was starting to become pastel brown! I went to Derek Hargrove @ BACK TO THE PICTURE, explained my needs.

BEFORE MATTING RESTORATION

As you can see, age had not been kind to the matting, even though I had taken care to keep it from being exposed to direct light all the years I had displayed this work.  It needed the expertise of a curator who understood matting & art conservation.

As you can see, age had not been kind to the matting, even though I had taken care to keep it from being exposed to direct light all the years I had displayed this work. It needed the expertise of a curator who understood matting & art conservation.

DURING-CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL AS IT APPEARS NOW: 2013

Christ Church Cathedral as it appears today, 2013.

Christ Church Cathedral as it appears today, 2013.

And now, after the superb work done by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture, the work looks splendid.  It's like having it new all over again.  This is the art of proper curating & display. It does not get better than this.

And now, after the superb work done by Derek Hargrove of Back To The Picture, the work looks splendid. It’s like having it new all over again. This is the art of proper curating & display. It does not get better than this.

BACK TO THE PICTURE-Art & Framing-SOMA-83 10th Street

4th of July–& one of my cousins was about to turn 80. I wanted to find something to send, small, nice, something with meaning for her. One of her grandsons is in the United States Air Force. When I saw how beautifully framed & matted the American Flag was in their 4th of July window display, I was almost certain that it would either (1) be much too expensive to consider or (2) be a store fixture, not for sale.

Sometimes it is nice to be wrong, double wrong–and in this case two wrongs made a right!

Customer entrance to BACK TO THE PICTURE/SOMA-83  10th Street-San Francisco.

Customer entrance to BACK TO THE PICTURE/SOMA-83 10th Street-San Francisco.

Matting made for a "Grand Old Flag" & a perfect gift for a beloved cousin.  The matting is exquisite, but does not overwhelm the object it enhances.  A perfect balance.

Matting made this “Grand Old Flag” & a perfect gift for a beloved cousin. The matting is exquisite, but does not overwhelm the object it enhances.

Here is all the contact information you will need.

Here is all the contact information you will
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The creative hand off, from artist to customer, to framer--it's a cycle that works very well @ Back To The Picture.

The creative hand off, from artist to customer, to framer–it’s a cycle that works very well @ Back To The Picture.

There are a lot of choices to make when it comes to picture frames & matting. It’s a process–based on skill, intuition, taste, preferences, and cost.

The frame display is engaging on it's own merits.  With the choices offered, your picture will be well matched.

The frame display is almost a work of art on its own. With the choices offered, your picture will be well matched.

And if your needs are more “off the rack” this, too, can be accommodated for standard sized items you wish to display.

Certificates, diplomas, standard sized photographs can be beautifully appointed with the right frame.

Certificates, diplomas, standard sized photographs can all be beautifully appointed with the right frame.

The comfort of the store, not too big, not too small, combined with a very convenient location & the importance of good customer service are all part of the picture.

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