Choosing Print Type & Mount 101

There’s nothing like a monumental photograph hanging on a focal wall in your home or office.  Fine art photography is a very special investment and for most, deciding on print options and how to mount them can be daunting.  Let us help you decide! This article explains a few key words to understand how to buy fine art photography. 

Stephen Ciuccoli's "Genie Series No. 1" Museum Metallic Print mounted on Plexiglass installed in the gallery.

Stephen Ciuccoli's "Genie Series No. 1" Museum Metallic Print mounted on Plexiglass installed in the gallery.

Museum Metallic Prints have clean edges, making them vibrant and sharp in detail. Many people choose to mount these archival prints under flush-mounted plexiglass.  The effect of the print under plexiglass is a clean, contemporary presentation that appears to be floating on the wall.  Plexiglass can also be reflective and non-reflective.  If the buyer wants to place the piece in a room with a lot of lighting they may want to choose a non-reflective finish. 

Museum Metallic Prints mounted on Plexiglass come ready to hang with either a French clear system or with a hook on either side.

Flush Mounted Plexiglass Print

Flush Mounted Plexiglass Print

Kimmerlee Curyl's "Romeo & Juliet" Museum Metallic Print on Plexiglass

Kimmerlee Curyl's "Romeo & Juliet" Museum Metallic Print on Plexiglass

Cotton Rag Prints are more raw and natural looking. The paper is lightly textured, giving it a hand-made look.  Buyers are encouraged to frame a cotton rag print more traditionally by having it placed under museum glass and surrounded by a frame – white, black, or in some cases ornate – depending on the subject matter. Museum Glass provides the viewer amazing clarity and archival protection, blocking UV rays to prevent fading from the sun.

Kimmerlee Curyl's "Freedom Vanishing" Cotton Rag Print framed with Museum Glass in a simple white frame.

Kimmerlee Curyl's "Freedom Vanishing" Cotton Rag Print framed with Museum Glass in a simple white frame.

Kimmerlee Curyl's "Vanishing Grace" Cotton Rag Print under Museum Glass and framed in brushed silver.

Kimmerlee Curyl's "Vanishing Grace" Cotton Rag Print under Museum Glass and framed in brushed silver.

When framing a photograph, a great way to sharpen the edges of the photograph is to add a mat.  This allows for breathing room from the sides of the frame, as well as the glass.

Stephen Ciuccoli's "Elephants" Hahnemühle Photo Luster Print framed in black with a 1/2" inch silver scoop lip and 2" mat.

Stephen Ciuccoli's "Elephants" Hahnemühle Photo Luster Print framed in black with a 1/2" inch silver scoop lip and 2" mat.

Metal Sublimation is a printing process in which several layers of dye are infused onto a pre-treated aluminum surface.  The depth, clarity, and vividness of the work is emanated in a satin finish.  Buyers often choose this approach because of its not a reflective surface. Another way to enhance the metallic feel of a Metal Sublimation print is to frame it in a floater style frame.  

A side view of Kimmerlee Curyl's "Equus (Equal Us)" Metal Sublimation Print.

A side view of Kimmerlee Curyl's "Equus (Equal Us)" Metal Sublimation Print.

A side view of Kimmerlee Curyl's "Equus (Equal Us)" Metal Sublimation Print.

A side view of Kimmerlee Curyl's "Equus (Equal Us)" Metal Sublimation Print.

Kimmerlee Curyl's "Great Divide Two" Metal Sublimation Print framed in a silver floater frame.

Kimmerlee Curyl's "Great Divide Two" Metal Sublimation Print framed in a silver floater frame.

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What's Trending at Sorelle this Week

Simple, clean, white monochromatic and black and white artwork is trending this week at Sorelle Gallery.  

What's Trending - SOLD

Get the look for your home - scroll and click for Sorelle Advisor's similar picks!

ASID Trend: NOCTURNE

As we progress into 2017 a trend has emerged from designers and artists alike: "Nocturne".  Dark, mysterious and full of underlying meaning, "Nocturne" ignites art's inner fire.  Pieces in the realm of this trend lean toward night or evening; a dreamy composition; objects with meaning or thought; darkness with pops of bright color. We've taken the liberty of sharing some inspirational rooms featuring nocturnal art.

For more examples of Nocturne art and interiors visit our Pinterest and Houzz accounts.

Sorelle Supports Near & Far Aid Fundraiser

"Pinewood Mist" by Miranda Girard

"Pinewood Mist" by Miranda Girard

This Friday, March 3, the Near & Far Aid's "Sky's The Limit Spring Gala" will take place at Mitchell's in Westport from 7:00 pm - on.  Mix, mingle and bid to support families struggling to make ends meet in Fairfield County.  

For the third year in a row, Sorelle will be there to support by offering a painting in Near & Far Aid's silent auction. For 2017, Sorelle is offering "Pinewood Mist" by Miranda Girard. Link to the auction here. This neutral winter landscape is oil on canvas and measures 27" x 31" framed in a silver hued floater frame. 

Past donations include Teodora Guererra's St John and Naples.
 
WHAT THEY DO
The Near & Far Aid funds Fairfield County agencies that deliver maximum community impact in areas of emergency services, economic security and educational opportunities for thousands of children and adults.  They do this with a trained group of volunteer Board members who visit and rigorously review every agency requesting a grant each year.
 
They fund agencies with proven outcomes that effect lasting change in the lives of many families.  Their commitment and passion has generated $1 million per year in grants to approximately 100 local agencies.
 
YOU ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION
Join us in the fight.  The need is real and the positive impact we make on our Fairfield County community is meaningful and rewarding.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NEAR & FAR AID PLEASE VISIT THEIR WEBSITE AT WWW.NEARANDFARAID.ORG

Not Your Everyday Gallery


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Step inside Sorelle Gallery and you will find a variety of artwork hanging carefully planned relation to size, space and color for the local passerby to admire on a whim. However, many of these visitors don’t realize the extent of our inventory and relationship to artists both near and far.  American Impressionist Landscapes, Abstract Dreamscapes, impressive driftwood sculptures and ceramic vessels are just the tip of the iceberg.

Grab a seat, we’ll make you some tea and show you what sets us apart… 

Our expertise begins with an art conversation

Are you looking for artwork for a certain room and space? A specific color palette? Do you prefer abstract pieces or something recognizable? After a few questions, we can pull the pieces from our in-gallery storage so you can see the pieces right then and there. 

 

 

 

Want to see these pieces in your home?

No problem. We will fill our Sorelle Gallery van with the pieces you love and bring them to you. Great art not only enhances your home; it lifts your spirit and stirs your soul. Sorelle offers much more than the typical gallery experience, we strive to encourage clients to love and understand art.

To request a complimentary at-home art consultation in Fairfield County, CT and parts of New York, complete our Art Advisory Questionnaire.

If you’re just visiting, we also offer art on approval.  Live with it for a few days and then love it for the rest of your life.

 


Sorelle Gallery: your new destination for improving your art collection!

5 Favorite Art Installations of 2016!

In addition to offering a wide variety of modern and contemporary artists, Sorelle Gallery is also an art advising firm. Our team will guide you through the process of art selection. We will help you set yourself apart through art --- whether it’s your home or office.

It's been a great year at the gallery.  We represent a wonderful group of talented artists, and have a long list of pleased art advisory clients with new art collections they adore. Sorelle is excited ring in a new year and start new projects. But before we begin 2017, here are 5 of our favorite home installations of 2016!


 

 

We love the idea of making a statement right as you walk through the front door.  Jason Young’s “St. Vincent Day Storm” hangs opposite a double window-lit staircase, capturing changing light throughout the day through his urethane and lacquer technique.


 

 

 

“Emerald Latte” by Teodora Guererra mimics the gestures of the ocean to round out this Westport waterside house’s guest bedroom.  Reading a book in a cozy chair underneath inspiring artwork is the ultimate dreamscape.

 

 


 

 

Our client out in horse country (Armonk, NY) finished off her equestrian inspired décor with two of Kimerlee Curyl’s wild horse photographs.  In the living room they framed “Vanishing Grace” to match a previously collected photograph. In the study they chose “Romeo and Juliet” to hang by the dual seating area.

 

 

 

 


 

 

This modern Darien home boasts two large paintings on opposite walls.
Above the fireplace hangs Ned Martin’s “Mind’s Eye” painted with oil on reclaimed aluminum.  Jane Schmidt’s 50 x 50 Abstract Impressionist landscape painting,
“River” hangs above the couch.

 

 

 


 

 

A New Canaan couple chose to bring abstract wide-open spaces to their downtown condo.  Two of Jane Schmidt’s paintings “Southward” and “Southern View II” hang in the common area that serves as dining, living and kitchen areas.  We love the pop of color these paintings bring to this crisp, modern home.


Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy 2017.  We are looking forward to bringing more amazing artwork into your homes!