Friday, January 29, 2010

Art Resources Gallery Edina has a new Inspiration room

Our Galleria location has just completed a fresh and new inspiration room with the help of Gabberts designer Duane Waltzer.

Here is what Beverly Bishop has to say about this fun new space...

Art for Inspiration Room, Feb 2010: “Liberace Meets Versace”

As many of you know, Art Resources Gallery and Gabberts’ designers have been collaborating on creating exciting new spaces in our gallery with paintings, sculpture and furniture. Our latest innovation was designed by senior designer Duane Waltzer and myself.

The genesis of this “room” began with my vision of a large, colorful abstracted heart. I approached artist Jeff Boutin with my idea and he came up with a very commanding 48” X 48” painting. From that starting point, I showed Jeff’s Heart to Duane and asked him if he would like to design a room for us that used this painting as a focal point. He loved it and said he knew just the thing. He brought in blue leather chairs, a shiny red table, a candlebra, a chandelier – and we set to work.

With Valentines Day right around the corner our room is both Baroque and romantic. Duane calls it a little”Liberace meets Versace”. For both of us, color and texture was key – primary, bright, true colors. We both leaned more toward the eclectic and artistic rather than the functional. Duane loves to layer art in unexpected ways. Big chunky frames on little paintings, etc.

We couldn’t be more pleased. The reaction by passersby and regular clients is very positive. In these difficult times we all need a little more color, whimsy and fun – you can’t help but smile when you look at all the eclectic pieces that work so nicely together. Our photos show the results.

Beverly Bishop, Manager, Art Resources Gallery, Galleria

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