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Small Business Saturday – Two Reasons to Visit

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Small Business Saturday: A Rare and Wonderful Sale!

This Saturday only all in-stock photo prints on metal, paper, and canvas are 20% off!

Burn off those surplus Thanksgiving carbs by getting out and taking a stroll around town – making plenty of stops at your favorite local merchants in support of Small Business Saturday!

Blink will be open 10-7, and serving light refreshments all day 🙂

Can’t make it to the store? Shop online with coupon code shopsmall for 15% off your order. (Expires Monday, some exclusions)

First Annual Tree Lighting
AT THE COURTYARD ON THAMES

The perfect way to top off your Small Business Saturday shopping trip. Together with Duris Studios, we’ve decked the boxwoods & bricks, and replaced our lovely fountain with a lovely tree!

Join us at 6pm when we officially flip the switch! 

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First Annual Mini Art Show

Please join us 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM, November 14, 2015
at Blink Gallery, for a special night!

Join us in celebrating our 1st Annual Mini Art Show. We are excited about the great bunch of artists
we have participating and we think you will be too.

The Mini Art show displays a wide range of works from over twenty young, artschool-hopefuls,
curious hobbyists, and seasoned professionals who live in or near, or have a strong connection
to Newport. Photography, painting, ceramics, collage and more will be on view in this
salon-style show.

In an effort to mobilize our creative community, Blink’s Call for Artists was all-inclusive.
The no-barrier-to-entry approach has created a startlingly vibrant collection. The work
presented showcases a snapshot of the diversity and talent of our local creative community.
In the spirit of all works being “mini” the work has been priced under $150. The Mini Art Show
will remain on view until January 9, 2016.

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Hidden Gems – The Darkroom Print Collection

In conjunction with the “Uncommon Gems” show at Duris Studios,

Please join us 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Blink
Gallery, October 17, 2015 for a special night

Celebrating a collection of hidden gems from deep in the archives. We will be showing 35mm photographs from Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt’s early photographic career. This collection showcases Sandy’s innate ability to capture the feeling of a moment in a single frame often with a wry irony. All of the black and white photographs in this collection were printed in a darkroom by the artist himself between 1989-2004.

It has been a decade or more since this collection has seen the light of day. Many are one-off prints, others are in tight editions of 5 and 10. With the darkroom gone and the color labs closed, these will never be printed as analog silver prints again.

This is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of Sandy’s early work and celebrate a simpler, more hands on approach to photographic art making. We have such a tight collection of these analog darkroom prints that they will only be available, first come-first serve, during the one month run of this show.

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1st Annual Mini Art Show – Call for Entries

Mini Art – Call for Artists

We’re excited to announce our first annual Mini Art show. We’re soliciting small work from local artists who feel they have new, interesting, and beautiful things to share and sell over the Holidays.

Registration Deadline: Nov 1, 2015

Show dates: November 14, 2015 – January 9,2016

Entry Fee: $5 per artist – Why? Because organizing all of you is more than a labor of love and we need to know you are  serious about submitting your work.

The Quick Details

  • Must be original artwork, or made in a limited edition. All work must be signed. All mediums that meet this criteria are accepted.
  • The artist must have a Rhode Island connection
  • 2-D work should be no larger than 9×9, 3-D work between 2x2x2 and 6x6x6 – pieces reasonably close to these limits are welcome. Pieces must be marked with artist name and some sort of name or ID number.
  • Work should be presentation ready (framed or hangers included, or able to stand on its own)
  • Retail prices should not exceed $150 (but we’re ok with some exceptions to this).
  • Must submit at least 3 but not more than 8 pieces.
  • Work must be dropped off during a designated time slot – or mailed with return postage. It will be a curated show, so please understand if we tell you your work isn’t the right fit for us. Sorry, we cannot accept jewelry.
Heard enough?
Register now!

 

Read on for all the in-depth info.

Submission Criteria

You, the artist, need to actually make the thing.

All works must have some level of evidence of the artist. This means we can’t accept prints of a scanned thing that you once made and now mass produce. We are looking for hand made art. In the case of photography, digital prints are accepted, but they must be signed, and ready to hang on the wall in a frame or some other permanent presentation. Ideally, you have printed them yourself, or carefully instructed the person printing them.

All two dimensional work must be presentation-ready. Three dimensional work should be able to stand on its own, or have the proper support.

There has to be a Rhode Island connection.

While we feel it is too limiting to say you have to physically live in Rhode Island to submit work to our show, we do need you to demonstrate a connection to Lil’Rhody. (Maybe you grew up here, and moved away, but you come back often to visit. Maybe you live here all summer long and source materials and inspiration from the Ocean State before wintering in the Caribbean.) Tell us your story.

Size (and price) Matters.

We’re defining “Mini” as any artwork smaller than 9” square. Two dimensional work, framing included, cannot exceed 9” on the long side. Please also note, we’re not veering into micro art just yet – please keep the small dimension 3” and above. For 3-D work let’s try to stay around 2”x2”x2” and above, but less than 6”x6”x6”, if you feel your work demonstrates a reasonable exception to these rules please include your reasoning on your application.   

We need to cap retail prices to under $150 per piece. As the goal is to sell your work, we want the prices to be in an attainable range for the broadest customer base. Sales follow the traditional gallery agreement. The artist will get 50% of the sale price. Please be reasonable with your expectations.

Quantity & Labeling

Artists must have a minimum of three pieces, and a maximum of 8. If work sells quickly, you will be given the opportunity to provide more pieces. Each piece needs to have your name and some sort of title or ID code on it.

You need to register to bring your work in during a designated time slot, or mail it to us with return postage.

Unfortunately, not everyone will have the right work for our show. We know you tried hard to make it, and we want you to keep making things, but we can’t automatically show it all. We reserve the right to show or not show the work as we decide is best.  When we accept your work we will give you all the details in writing. Please know that if you send us things without following the rules we might not be able to send it back or keep it around forever in hopes that you will come for it.

Accepted Mediums & Eligibility

As we mentioned before, to be eligible you have make it yourself. When it comes to medium, we don’t want to put anyone in a box. The standard things like painting, works on paper, mixed media, ceramics, and glass are perfectly acceptable. Unfortunately, we cannot accept jewelry.

Other Perks
Exhibition Opening Party

The opening for this show will have a reception. We’d love to have as many of the artists present as possible, along with your friends and family – come celebrate, see the show and meet the people looking at your work.

Chance of a long term agreement or a solo show

Like many galleries, we have a handful of artists whose work is always available at Blink. If we really like your work, and our patrons do too, we may ask to have some of your work available year round. If one of you just completely blows us away then we may opt to offer you a solo exhibition with bigger work and another party sometime in the next year. It would be fantastic if we could find an emerging artist and give them an opportunity.  If you’re an established artist, it gives you an established gallery to share your work with locals, collectors and the mysterious masses.

Sign up online here!

(When you arrive at your drop off time we’ll collect the fee, note how to pay you, get the details about your work, and schedule time to return it to you if we can’t sell it)

 

Check back later – form for the 2016 Show will arrive around September 🙂

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A little grit and glamour…new show Aug 21

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and a good excuse to have a party

Friday, August 21st
6 PM – 9 PM

Featuring adult beverages with a chance of snacks

Summer is winding down before we know it, so we’re seizing the moment to break out the Rose and Prosecco one last time and pretend like its not going to happen.

We haven’t had the time to curate a whole new collection to show you, but we do have a few new things in store. We’ve coordinated our event with Kevin Duris at Duris Studios who is having a reception next door. He will be showcasing great new jewelry that celebrates pearls. So that got us thinking. A pearl starts out as a bit of grit yet turns into something glamourous…and our show idea was born!

Blink’s owner, and resident photographer, Alexander Nesbitt has a penchant for traveling to some extremely gritty locales. So we’re going to dust off some of the badass (excuse our language) images from places you’d probably be afraid to go, just for your viewing pleasure.

For the glamour? Think of it more in terms of presentation. If you came to our last event, or have visited the gallery in the last few months you may have seen the dye sublimation metal prints. Well, we’ve added to the collection with two of Sandy’s best-selling Newport images. If you haven’t seen a dye-sub print yet – it’s basically like looking at a photograph in hi-definition, it puts your television to shame. A glittering and glamourous image presentation, you have to see it to believe it!

Along the way, we have discovered there is a magical intersection of grit and glamour that exists in some of Sandy’s images, like the one above. So let’s also celebrate that magic – to grit and glamour!

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Framed or Unframed?

It used to be that when you bought photography you generally had two choices. “Would you like that framed, or unframed?” Unframed was generally matted and sold in a clear sleeve. The framing part was then completely up to the customer. While this still seems to be pretty much the standard, we can’t help but notice that additional presentation options are growing in popularity.

Most people have seen stretched canvas photo prints in galleries or available on online photo sites. You may be saying “yeah, yeah…canvas prints are old news by now.” And you’d be right, but they are still a great and popular option. Especially for customers who are looking for a large image. As once you have anything larger than a standard piece of mat board, framing becomes infinitely more difficult.

And what about wood, or metal?

A few years ago we started selling small photo prints adhered to fine-quality wood. Each one is made by hand, but thats not the point here. The point is people really like them. Its hard to pin down exactly what feature they respond to so well. Is it the clarity of the image, the novelty of a wooden block, the choice to hang on a wall or sit on a shelf, or is it because it needs no framing?

On the horizon is the rising popularity of metal prints. We’ve made some in-house prints on aluminum and they look pretty cool. But there are companies able to produce incredible prints on metal using a different process. (Trust us, its cool…we’ll be selling these soon.)

I guess at the end of this post we are left with curiosity. Is “framed or unframed” a question answered by practicality? Are you buying a photo in a gold frame because that’s what matches your existing art collection? Is it a choice influenced only by your taste?

. . . Or is it more philosophical, is the migration towards unframed pieces a response to modern technology implementing further change on a traditional art medium – much like the conversion to digital photography changed the landscape of expectations of what photography is?

We’d love to hear your feedback. What guides your choices when buying photography?

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Photo Block Options

Blink Gallery’s photo blocks are handmade by Newport, Rhode Island based photographer Alexander Nesbitt. The process has been perfected over the last two years, and involves a really big printer (printing awesome photos), a super cool glue machine, the finest quality baltic birch plywood, and a finish coat of lacquer applied by hand. Of course, its much more technical than that…the point is, these are little mini art objects. Its explained with a little more finesse on our photo block page.

What the block page doesn’t completely explain are the size options! As with most things, one size doesn’t fit all. So we expanded the line to give you more options. Regular, Large, Jumbo, Panoramic…all fitting together pretty well due to a carefully calculated size ratio.

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A few block combos, showing panoramic, large and regular sized blocks
How big are photo blocks?

Regular: 5″ x 8″

Large: 8″ x 12″

Panoramic: 15.75″ x 5.25″

Jumbo : 15.75″ x 11.75″ (not pictured)

It important to note that not all of the pictures can be cropped to panoramic. Some images just don’t work that way…or they won’t look good. If you have an idea, and you don’t see it listed as an option its best just to ask. We’ll tell you if we think it will work or not!

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Best Gallery?! Thank you!

Last night we went to a fabulous party…where we got an award!

You’ve voted for us – again. We’re so ecstatic, and humbled. Blink Gallery has been chosen as the “Best Gallery” by the readers of Newport Life Magazine for the second year in a row. Whether it was 10 votes, or 10,000 we don’t care. THANK YOU. We work hard at keeping this small business alive, and recognition like this goes further than you will ever know. So pat yourselves on the back, your vote keeps a shop open in the community, artists and others working, and a legacy growing.

Our promise to you is that we will continue to bring to you the work of creators. We will produce and select the best. And we hope you’ll think of us when you want to treat yourself to something nice to adorn your walls, give to others, or just smile. We’re sending positive vibes your way. Cheers! best gallery

So again, THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Sandy & Nichole

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Choosing The Right Size for Artwork

Deciding on the size of artwork

A size toolkit for filling the empty space above your bed, couch, mantle…

We have all experienced the times after moving to a new house, apartment or condo when we have unpacked all of our things and felt satisfied with what we have accomplished. But then we realize…the walls are bare! We endeavor to find just the right thing to hang in that space, but the task seems unreasonably difficult. What size is the right size to hang there??

At our photography studio, we have heard this question come up quite often. So we decided to help you out by creating this chart.

choosing the right artwork size for your space

You can download the PDF here – Viewing Distance chart

If it still seems complicated, try thinking the same way you would when you buy a television. How close will you be? Do you want to have to squint? If you’re very close will you be able to see the middle and edges at the same time?

Now that you’re armed with information – good luck with your search for the perfectly sized piece!

 

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How it’s made: photo and canvas prints

There seems to be a general sense of confusion around photography when its for sale. People don’t know what it is they are getting. Is it a digital image? How is it printed? Are millions of them made? What’s does that word giclĂ©e mean that people use?

Let’s try to clear up a little of the confusion for you.

GiclĂ©e is a word that was used in the 90’s to refer to high quality ink-jet prints. With the rise of digital photography, basically all fine art photos would be called giclĂ©es by that definition and therefore the term is more now more commonly used when talking about ink jet reproductions of paintings or other types of 2-D media (drawings, pastels, watercolors, etc that have been photographed or scanned and then printed).

With the exception of a few images from our archives that we sell sporadically (silver prints, chromolithographs, etc), all photos sold at Blink Gallery are prints made from digital photo files. They are signed by the photographer, and numbered if they are part of a limited edition (all images 8×10 and larger are limited edition). The images are printed, matted, and framed at photographer Alexander Nesbitt’s studio in Newport, RI. Its a small business producing high-quality images prepared at the highest standard.

You may have also seen large photos printed on canvas, and wondered how that works. Its simple – the same large format printer that prints on paper also prints on canvas (or metal, or other materials)! Canvas prints are then coated with a thin layer of laquer to make them water and fade resistant. They are still limited edition fine art prints, just prepared in a slightly different way. Our canvas prints are also made at Nesbitt’s studio, each one stretched by hand.

For more general information about what sizes of prints we make and sell please visit the INFO: Photo blocks, framing, and print sizes page.

Anything else you want explained? Leave a comment and let us know!

 

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Newport photos online

Alexander Nesbitt’s stunning collection of images from around Newport, Rhode Island are up and running on our new shop site.  We have rewritten the captions on all the Newport photos, added a few new images, and cleaned out a few old ones.  Check it out an let us know what you think!

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Newport Harbor from Goat Island
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New Paintings!

A selection of the new work available by Tom McAleer. All shown are 16″x20″.

Last week I took a trip to Jamestown, to visit painter Tom McAleer and re-stock/re-invigorate our selection of his work at Blink. Tom never paints a place just once. He lets it become an obsession and then he goes to paint it almost daily until he feels he has captured it to his satisfaction. Our new batch of works include a current obsession, fishermen, and a former (but never tiresome) obsession, Beavertail. Its hard not to feel the movement of the water, and the punch of invigorating color when you looks at Tom’s ocean scenes. We also picked up a few small beautiful landscapes that still utilize color in a vibrant way, but have a much calmer presence.

Our selection of Tom’s paintings are priced really reasonably ($295 – $950), come on in and maybe you’ll get caught up in the vigor of the brushstroke and sensation of the ever moving ocean too!

Enjoy!

Nichole

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New Website on the Way!!

If you’ve seen our store, or have met us (Sandy and/or Nichole) you may know that we’re the type of people who love a good project. We’re problem-solvers, active creators, and diligent workers. It was brought to our attention by someone who works as a web designer that our site was terribly outdated. “Forms!? You’re still using forms?, she said.” So the time for change is upon us. Please bear with us as we learn, create, and activate this new website bit by bit. It will be worth it in the end. Our goals are to streamline our e-commerce ability, and be able to more effectively communicate to you who we are, what we sell, where we are, and what we can do.

Cheers!

Sandy and Nichole

Now shh, we’re working!