Preview- Bill Botten
We're getting ready for our next exhibition here at Smartart, this time featuring South Australian artist Bill Botten. On show from July 30th to August 29th as part of SALA.
New prints available
Would you believe this is a print! Our prints can be printed to any size on canvas or paper. Come and see our extensive range at Smartart, 93 North Terrace, College Park or call us on 8363 4030.
Preview- Federico Osorio
3rd June, 2015
Smartart is hosting it's first exhibition on the 18th June 2015 from 5pm to 7pm. Please join us and be the first in Australia to preview the fantastic artwork of Federico Osorio!
22nd May, 2015
Do you have old photographs at home in need of some restoration? Most restoration services require the original photograph to be sent away, a very trusting exercise!
We have recently teamed up with Vivid Recollection, a fantastic photograph restoration company. We are now able to scan your images onsite in our showroom with a high quality scanner, send a digital copy off to be restored and you take the orginial picture back home. Your original photograph never leaves your sight through the whole process!
Long forgotten photographs, slides and negatives often reemerge from storage faded with the passage of time, creased, scratched and stained. Thankfully digital technology enables us to return these images to a close approximation of their original state. Vivid Recollection's approach is to preserve the character and texture of an image, rather than strive for airbrushed perfection.
Through this technique we are able to repair cracks and tears, buff out scratches and restore colour to old precious photographs.
Call in to our showroom or visit the Vivid Recollection website to see examples of what can be achieved!
Restoration Framing- The Pikes Banner Story
10th March, 2015
Earlier this year, our friends at Pikes Wines in Clare South Australia brought in this beautiful old banner for restoration framing.
Pikes Wines hold a prominent place in South Australia's History, the family business has been passed down through generations since 1886. http://www.pikeswines.com.au/
Originally established in Oakbank, the business was named Pike & Co and was known then for its quality beer, soft drinks and cordials. This banner was recently found in the back of an old truck purchased from a collector in Oakbank. From what we know already about the Pikes' timeline we have deducted that the age of the banner dates back to the 1920's!
As you can imagine, the banner is extremely fragile. It displayed elements of once being involved in a fire. It's edges were torn and flaky, and the entire banner very crumpled. Our picture framers handled this article with utmost care as they put their restoration framing techniques to play. To ensure the banner does not deteriorate any further- it was ironed out, pulled taught and spot-stitched down to acid free mount boards.
The banner is "floated" in the frame to show off the edges, maintaining the character of the piece. The frame is finished with an acrylic front to protect the banner from dust and insects. The acrylic is shatterproof and lightweight making this large piece easier to hang.
Spanning over 2 metres this framing job is a real statement piece. Doesn't it look fabulous!