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Over the weekend, at the suggestion of an illustrator friend, I visited a warehouse sale at an old factory that once made wooden frames.  This cache of handmade frames had been sitting for almost a hundred years, and now the new owners of the building needed them to go, so some new modern enterprise might grow there.  And so, they held a rummage sale of sorts.


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These frames were of all shapes and sizes, most of them ovals and oblongs and other semi-circular shapes, and there were thousands upon thousands upon THOUSANDS of them.  It was overwhelming.  I chose a few, with an eye for tiny frames that might be put to service in Ginger Small’s Tiny Art For Tiny Spaces gallery

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…and some perfectly circular shaped ones which I will use as portals into my watery work going on in studio.  One frame in particular is quite large and I’m excited to create a canvas made just for it.

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Having sat so long forgotten in a warehouse, these frames need a bit of tidying up, but I have found that with some sanding a bit of gilding, one can make something of them after all.



Bogard_Amy_Murmuration (Once We Flew)


(above:  Murmuration (Once We Flew), 2014, 4.5″X6.5″, Oil on Paper & found objects)

This sale will happen again, Sunday February 16, 1-3 pm at the Mohawk Building, 2145 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45214.  If you are around and want a bit of an adventure, you should go!

And in the spirit of ‘frames’, here is an old favorite of mine by The Frames…


2 thoughts on “Portals”

  1. Dearest Amy – What treasures to find in an old warehouse!I love the new direction of your art and the frame sets off the painting perfectly. xxx

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