Treating Powder Post Beetles in Picture Frames

Many things come to mind when thinking about possible damage to artwork: drops, spills, moisture, cracks, and the like. Bugs are just one of the many potential enemies to works on paper that can destroy precious artwork and photos even after a new frame job. Powder post beetles are a common pest known to leave tiny holes in picture frames as well as beams, furniture, toys, and more. The powder post beetle is a kind of wood-boring insect that lives inside of a wooden structure and eats its way through until adulthood. While powder post beetle damage doesn’t happen frequently, we see it from time to time, whether it’s a frame corner that suddenly has wood dust beneath it, or a picture frame sporting fresh holes, like the one you’ll read about below.

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We Are Relocating!

After two wonderful years serving the community at our Woodcroft location we are relocating to a new office at 6015 Fayetteville Road Ste. 112 Durham, NC 27713. This space features expanded room for our art classes and workshops, and more efficient space to fulfill our clients’ custom framing, picture repair, and printing needs. Fine art and supplies will still be available to our customers in store and online.

What else is new? Our hours of operation. We will remain open an additional 30 minutes throughout the week: 9am-6pm Mon-Fri. Saturdays are now by appointment only. If you’d like to have an art class, custom framing, or printing session on a Saturday, just let us know and we’ll be more than happy to assist you!

These are just a few of the exciting changes we think you’ll enjoy as we enter the next stage of our business. Below are directions to our new office and a moving promotion, featuring 20% OFF custom framing or giclee printing and 1 FREE hour of art instruction with the purchase of 3 art classes. Hurry in, the offer lasts until July 29th!

Moving-Direct-Mail_EmailIf you have questions about any of our services give us a call at 919-401-4510 or send an e-mail to customer.service@howzeart.com. Howze Art opens on Fayetteville Road Monday July 20th. We look forward to seeing you there!

Wrestling Champ’s 105 Year Old Diploma Unearthed at Howze Art

Last week, I made an amazing discovery while repairing a customer’s latest thrift store find. Behind the art print was a high school diploma from 1910, which belonged to a former Big Ten wrestling champ whose life was quite incredible to uncover. Follow the link below to see who he was and find out more about our rare find. Sometimes finding a hidden treasure is all in a day’s work.

Wrestling Champ’s 105 Year Old Diploma Unearthed at Howze Art

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Creating A Place For Art

Gallery FrontThis summer Howze Art will have a new home—in the Woodcroft Shopping Center in Durham, NC. For the past 7 years Howze Art sold paintings at fine arts festivals, where I had the opportunity to travel and meet interesting people. While I enjoyed my experiences on the road, this location gives me the ability to interact with people daily.

I am excited about creating an environment for people who want and need more art and its services. Most of all, this shop is about serving the customer. It’s about selling artwork, and preserving art, prints and other items that are dear. It’s about creating a place where one can inquire about creative services, receive art instruction, and get personal attention for their unique needs.

Outside of the many services we will offer, my goal is to inspire joy in the hearts of a customer that comes to Howze Art. An artist may paint from many emotions, but at the end of the day we still enjoy art and hopefully that is what each person will feel when he or she comes into the gallery.

Pant Can and LadderSetting up the shop has been very exciting mixed with a lot of nerves. It’s a similar feeling when you go away to school for the first time and you just don’t know what to expect. You have an idea of what you want to do, but reality says you can’t do it all because your budget is tight. You have to look for unique ways to be inventive and still accomplish your goals.

Laying flooringIf I were an octopus I could reach out and do everything at once. However, these challenges are for the good. You learn what you can do, what you can’t do, and what you’re not going to do. You don’t learn these things without the experience. Experiencing something you’ve never done before is key to becoming good at what you want to do.

In the end, it’s really about courage and taking a leap of faith to fulfill a dream. I am having so much fun working on this dream, and I hope it inspires you to do the same.

Sweet Dreams! From Vision to Series

I woke up one morning with a vision of a lady in a red dress ballroom dancing across the floor. I slipped my feet into my slippers, darted into my studio, grabbed my sketch book and pencil to draw what my subconscious had just presented to me. My initial thought was “this is going to be a challenge” because you never know if you can capture the true vision of your imagination. ballroom no.1 sketchBut, there it was! The sketch. I did it! At least to a certain degree. I had a sketch of what woke me upon my bed. Now, all I needed to do was paint it. But how should it look? Will I paint it in watercolor, oil or acrylic? And on what surface? Because of the playful nature of the picture that filled my mind, I chose watercolor on Aquabord. The dress was vibrant and I could display it in many ways. I drew the image onto my surface and began to paint. After a few hours–I got it! That’s it! I had accomplished capturing a vision upon my bed and now it was on my chosen canvas–Aquabord. I was ecstatic! I had a dream in my hand: A vision crystal clear. I probably stared at this work for hours taking breaks here and there. I know it sounds a little silly, but this was a personal accomplishment. I had reproduced a midnights dream, which became a series of unique little paintings I could paint forever and that literally tickle me every time I create one. ballroom no.1This one vision turned into a group of fun and exciting works, each painting having its own unique dance and drama that has entertained even the distant art lover. Who ever dreamed up the phrase “Sweet Dreams” – Thank you!