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Top 5 Art Maintenance Tips for Summer

This summer's been no joke. With 100 degree days and intense humidity levels, we're all suffering. If you haven't looked at your art collection in a while, take them off the wall and inspect them. Here are some key tips to making sure that your wall pieces stay healthy and intact in the summer heat. 1. Check all works on paper for foxing, light brown or reddish dots on the outer edges. This is actually mold attacking your paper and needs attention immediatley. With intense sunlight and high humidity this is a common cause of longterm damage. Call your local conservator (we recommend one if you're in the Ann Arbor area - The Art Conservation Laboratory). They'll be able to stabilize the mold and stop it from continuing. Never try to tackle this delicate task on your own!

2. Is your oil, watercolor, etching in direct sunlight? If so, consider having it framed under museum glass which protects it from the sun's rays. Long term effects of UV damage include fading, cracking in paint and deterioration of the paint itself. If you'd rather not spend the money to do so, consider hanging the piece in a different spot...

3. But not in a spot under the air conditioning vent. Just as humidity and sunlight can hurt your art, as can intense cold temperature which could cause paint to crack or photo paper to become needlessly brittle and fragile.

4. Does your oil painting seem a bit duller than you remembered when you bought it? Summer's a great time to take your paintings in for a good cleaning. Only conservationists know how to clean a painting so leave it to the pros. Even what you believe to be a "light dusting" can hurt the integrity of the paint.

5. Check the backs of all your art work. If the lining on the back of the frame seems rippled or has unsealed itself from the edges due to humidity, take it in to the framer to make sure no condensation is forming on the interior of the piece.

These simple steps will ensure your art work can be enjoyed for years (and many sweltering summers) to come! And if you have further questions, feel free to shoot me an email.

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Giving Thanks

Tomorrow on Thanksgiving, Chin-Azzaro will officially mark the company's one month anniversary. It seems like much longer because we've met so many incredible people. We want to thank: The talented art conservator, Celina at The Art Conservation Laboratory of Michigan, for your encouragement and partnership.

All the talented and friendly framer's we've met: Randy at Parrish, Becky at Format, Scott at Pictures Plus.

And a special thank you to Marsana and Loretta at Jordan Lovell Picture Framing for the wonderful and informative visit.

Adrienne and all the talented artists at WSG Gallery for your warm welcome.

Mary at Found Gallery for sharing your time and expertise. We can't wait to see what you have in store for December!

Ben at Photo Studio Group for taking the time to show us around the incredible space - what a resource unlike any other.

Sadashi and Melanie for being such gracious hosts and encouraging friends.

Meghan Reynard for creating such an inspiring piece at the A&D All Student Exhibit. We're still talking about it.

Betty, John, Kate, Ed - we can't thank you enough for the support and people you keep sending our way!

To the Maskells, our dinner together gave us hope that we'll make it happen too. Thank you for believing in us.

DuWaine and the entire committee, for giving us a reason to conversate about art and all that goes with it.

826Michigan for their delightful and inspiring evening of children and adult writers working together to build a vision.

Three Chairs Co. for their wall space and collaboration.

Insanely-talented Anne-Marie at Genui Forma for your continued and unwavering love and support.

Susan at The Arts Alliance for the wonderful coffee meetings and exchange of ideas.

Our new (old) friend Ebru at Ayse's Cafe for your willing ear and enthusiastic outlook on life!

Lastly, we wouldn't be able to do what we do if we didn't have the support of our amazing friends, family and the new clients and friends we've met in the last month. You're a constant source of inspiration to us and we can't wait to share more of our crazy ideas with you. We wish everyone a very safe, healthy and Happy Thanksgiving with full bellies and many laughs. Cheers, everyone! See you Friday.

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