Behind the scenes: Peter Kuttner

One of the things that excites us most about this blog is being able share some of the behind-the-scenes happenings that make our gallery and frame shop tick.

Of course, we wouldn’t tick at all if we didn’t have the wonderful clientele we have, and the art is what brings a lot of people in, even if it’s just to browse. We’re pleased to present this first installment of a behind-the-scenes look at one of our artist’s processes.

Peter Kuttner’s work is always a breath of fresh air. His use of materials creates his signature aesthetic, and his technique in creating that aesthetic is fascinating. Click through the link below to see how he works:

Interior Decor: Still Life Art

Still life art is not as common as it used to be, but it still works in almost every environment. While the masters of old painted scenes depicting wealth and prosperity , modern still life artists turn everyday objects into masterful compositions. Below are the artists we represent that work in still life painting:

Dean Fisher

Mr. Fisher enjoys the challenge of arranging objects in a way that captures the compositions he sees in his mind’s eye. He uses desaturated color to just give a hint of tone. Even in his pieces with figures, there is often a nod to still life work, as seen in Figure Passing Through a Room below.

John Kelley

Whether it’s apples, teapots, or coffee accessories, John Kelley’s compositions are wonderful. His rich colors and realistic portrayal of objects would be beautiful in a kitchen, dining area, or breakfast nook.

Paul Weber

The works by Paul Weber are deceptively simple. His straight-on perspective and clean lines accentuate his skillful brushwork. These pieces work in any environment, and look excellent on light walls to make the deep, rich colors stand out.

Come by the gallery to see the works of these talented artists in person.

Custom Framing: Plexiglass boxes

We like to say that if you can get it here, we can frame it. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done, but we love a challenge and enjoy exploring framing options with and for our clients.

When it comes to three-dimensional objects, there are a few options for displaying them, including in custom plexiglass boxes. Plexi boxes are the perfect solution to display an object (or set of objects) in a way that showcases the entirety of the piece. Below are a few examples of plexiglass box framing.

If you’re looking to frame a three-dimensional piece for full display, come by the frame counter to see your options. As always, no appointment is necessary, and our frame designers are happy to guide you.

A new chapter for Bennett Galleries

Elizabeth Perkins - The new face of Bennett Galleries Nashville

Elizabeth Perkins - The new face of Bennett Galleries Nashville

Bennett Galleries has been a staple of Green Hills shopping for over forty years, and we’ve recently gone through a big change. Our fearless leader, Bill Bennett, has retired and is now spending his free time on the golf links.

It can be a bit scary to go through such a big adjustment. Luckily, the new owner is more than just a business person, she’s our very own Elizabeth Perkins, manager of Bennett Galleries for over two decades. Her knowledge of the customer base, as well as her experience in the art and framing business, has made what could have been a difficult transition very smooth.

Elizabeth’s boundless energy and can-do attitude are a wonderful compliment to her leadership skills. While much of the business is staying the same, there will be some natural changes that happen as time goes on and we settle in. While we do miss Bill, we’re so pleased he gets to kick back and enjoy retirement.

Come by the gallery and introduce yourself to our new leader, or, if you’re a familiar face, congratulate Elizabeth on her new business venture.