Monthly Archives: February 2012

When you’re looking for creative solutions for wall art, think outside the frame and use beautiful and unique secondhand treasures. The Studio can help with framing old photographs or sewing projects and installation of vintage signs, mirrors, and clocks. Below is a list of our favorite vintage inspired wall art inspirations that will add personality to any interior.


Vintage Signs and Labels

Like old plywood and metal signs from old manufacturing companies can add an interesting conversation starter to any room. Our favorite element to old vintage signs, the peeling paint and color palettes. These can give any interior a trendy vintage feel. The vibrant colors of vintage fruit and vegetable crate labels make a bold statement when they are grouped together to make a wall art display. Our suggestion is to not take away from the bold color palettes of the graphic labels and framing them in white, this can create a retro feel to any kitchen or room. Mismatched sign letters found at architectural salvage stores and flea markets make stunning displays when grouped together, as well.

Family Photographs

There is nothing more vintage than treasured family photographs in sepia or black and white. Making a display in a variety of image sizes inside weathered or antiqued frames helps give the photographs an older feel as well.

Bird Prints and rustic artwork

Classic bird prints add a trendy vintage appeal to any room. By letting us help you choose mats that will accent the color hues in the prints, these illustrations will make for a very colorful display. Add interest to any room with rustic or vintage artwork from a flea market or garage sale.

Architectural Appeal

This is our favorite. Repurposing old windows, mirrors and doors as wall art can make for a very interesting piece. Peeling paint and distressed mirrors add to the vintage charm. This goes for salvaged shutters as well. These items add a sense of history to any space.

Copper Cookware and Enamelware

It is easy to create a simple wall display by grouping vintage copper pieces or old enamelware together on the wall. Mix the sizes and shapes of pieces.

Vintage Shadowboxes

This is a playful way to display heirlooms on your walls. Framing old clothing, medals, patches and letters will add just the right touch to your decor while preserving it. Turn vintage cross-stitched samplers sewn by your grandmother or mother into a unique display, too.




A vintage map makes the perfect conversation starter. Our suggestion is to mount it on a blank wall in a sitting area (kitchen, dining room, library) for colorful wall art.


Mismatched plates are easy to find at flea markets and garage sales. Gather a collection of dishes in different sizes, themes, and colors, and group them on the wall for an interesting display.


Need help getting your vintage flair inspiration…let us help! Contact us at The Studio.


AM Stockhill, Mixed Media artist, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

AM Stockhill is a contemporary mixed-media painter using elements of acrylic painting, oils and collage in her works, along with a strong use of color theory and textures. “Many of my paintings require twenty to thirty individual glazes of pigment in order to obtain the luminosity and emotional impact that I seek. Applying so many thin layers of paint allows the painting to glow from within and creates a sense of depth that draws the eye….”

Mixed-media work extends into the abstract and non-representational worlds, building upon early samples into series, such as her Earth series and Horse series. Where her Earth series responds both to the peace and the fury of nature, her Horse series presents the essence of the horse’s strength,beauty, passion and power. The mixed media work extends into the abstract world as well.

One innovative technique is the integration of very old books into her paintings. Once her canvas is stretched and sealed, the next step is to apply the pages, using acrylic medium to bind the pages to the canvas. She tries to find books that are at least eighty to one-hundred years old, preferring books that have a Western theme to complement the horses and other animals that she paints. Examples of books used are “The Virginian” by Owen Wister, and Western novels by Zane Grey. The books selected are ones that have lost their intrinsic value due to missing pages or damaged bindings. This way, the artist feels as if she is rescuing these pieces of history to incorporate into her paintings. Illustration is another passion. Illustrations are in a classic style to complement her collection of original children’s stories.

AM is represented by galleries throughout southwest and the west. To see more visit her on the web. 

Maura McGurk, Painter, New York

As most of our followers know, all of us at the Studio have a soft spot for various charities, both locally and nationally. Maura’s work moved us not only because of her artistic talent but because her work promotes love, acceptance and tolerance and supports LGBT youth by taking a stand against the bully epidemic, especially gay bullying. If there was ever a time to believe that art has the power to change the world this would be a start. Maura’s most recent work is the first in a series of four exhibits which is organized by A Purpose for Art, whose goals also include promoting and supporting local artists and further educating the public on bullying and the NY Anti-bullying Act.

Maura’s work demonstrates a magnificent use of color and texture. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and is working on an exhibition for the Museum of Motherhood in New York City. She has exhibited her paintings at various venues in New York, New England, and Italy.  One of Maura’s sketchbooks toured the United States and can be seen as part of the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Art Library.

For more on Maura’s work visit her on the web. 

The Shape of Design is a book about the whys of design by Frank Chimero of Brooklyn.

It’s a field guide for makers, a book for the people who believe that the world is not yet done. It’s a handbook for the emerging skill set: improvising, storytelling, embracing paradox, honoring craft, and delighting audiences.

More than anything, it’s a book of suggestions to how we can make things that help us to live better.

For more on Chimero’s book visit him on the web.

Steven Main, Glass Artist, Loveland, CO

Steven Main’s work in glass reflects his interest in the patterns found in nature. He begins each piece by laying out hand-pulled cane (small glass rods) in a mosaic-like pattern. These are placed onto a sheet of steel, which is heated so that the cane design can be brought closer to the temperature of the glass on the blowpipe. Main then rolls the blowpipe across the hot steel, picking up the design onto a core of colored glass. After several layers of clear glass are gathered from the furnace, he blows out and forms the piece into its final shape.

Artist Statement: My first contact with glassblowing was at Kent State University in the mid-seventies. I have always been interested in texture and pattern, and had been exploring batik and fabric-dyeing techniques. I took my first glassblowing class on a whim, as an elective, and was instantly hooked. I’ve been blowing glass ever since.  My fascination with the intricate patterns of the natural world and my love of color are reflected in my work. I work in a series format that allows my ideas to evolve slowly as I explore the way glass of different colors interacts. Although a specific reference to nature is often intended, I enjoy the fact that people form their own interpretations. What is important is to capture the viewer’s imagination.

For more on Steven’s work visit him on the web at Main Glass Studio or in person at Le KAE Gallery in Scottsdale.

Shelly Porter, Painter, Corpus Christi, Texas

Shelly’s watercolors explore the relationship between color and form. Her gestural brush strokes are expressive of her inner conversations about spirit, life, love, and hope.

Artist Statement:

Being a cancer survivor has had a direct influence on my decision to pursue a career as an artist and gave me a direct and definitive direction for my inspiration. Color, form and pattern have always been dominant aspects of my work and uses of these aspects by the artists Wassily Kandinsky and Gustav Klimt have specifically inspired me. Wassily Kandinsky’s theories regarding color and form appeal to me on a deeply personal level. Kandinsky believed that “color calls forth a vibration from the soul”, and that “form has its own inner sound.” He also stated that, “color possesses spiritual qualities and physical effects”.  In my mind, the colors that I use are voices that express an intangible part of me. Form and pattern are complimentary vessels in making that unspoken place a visual reality. My paintings are tokens or amulets created in hopes of making my thoughts, experiences and intuitions a reality.

While my work is not strictly limited to abstraction, I find it interesting to explore the circular form in a non-objective format because to me, the circle has so many varied meanings of a symbolic and spiritual nature. At one end of the spectrum the circle can represent spirituality, eternity and wholeness, while the opposite extreme can be interpreted to mean emptiness, isolation, containment and closed-mindedness. My current work represents the reconciliation of thoughts, feelings and events in my life on a more subliminal and cellular level. Working in watercolor and seeing the infinite ways it reacts to and dries on the paper feels clean and pure to me and is a perfect way to let my own soul vibrate and to let it’s own inner form take shape. All of these things give me a voice to express the gratitude that I have for each day of my life as well as to express the spiritual connections that I sense and feel.


For more on Shelly’s work visit her on the web.