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You may have noticed things have been a little quiet on curate1k for the past month.  While it pained me not to update my site regularly, I was excited to be preparing for the launch another art project I’ve been involved with since last year…

Depict is a visual marketplace for high quality digital art. Users browse the gallery from the web, an iPad, or their smartphones. If you’re just getting your feet wet, you might subscribe to a rotating curated collection, or if you’re ready to take the plunge, you can buy a digital limited edition. Using Chromecast or Airplay, your purchased art can be displayed on your TV or other devices with just one click. Bright, bold, and beautiful.

As a curator for the site, the task of seeking out cutting-edge digital artists has allowed me to stretch my art-finding muscles in the very best way. I admit, when I started this journey, I wasn’t entirely sure what digital art was. Now, I’m thrilled to be a part of this growing economy - giving digital artists the exposure they deserve and giving you an opportunity to own a piece (or an entire collection!) of their work.

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Depict is still in a private beta phase, but you can request an invitation here. Be sure to check out curate1k this week for a sneak peek of some of my favorite pieces.  Enjoy!

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Every week, when I plan out a “1k collection,” I open up InDesign and cut and paste potential artworks until coming up with the perfect arrangement. As a visual person, I want to see the pieces next to one another. I need to reorder them, move them around, and make sure the colors are going to compliment each other, not clash.

Artfully Walls, a new online gallery featuring open edition prints, provides this exact functionality through their website. In my opinion, it’s a tool that every collector, curator, designer, decor-dreamer needs. Their “Design Your Wall” feature allows you to play with and arrange all of the prints and canvases in their inventory. You can swap out sizes and try on frames and mats. On top of that, you can choose a paint color to match your existing walls or experiment with something totally new. Through their mobile app, you can even arrange the art on a photo of your very own wall. The process is effortless and so much fun. Seriously, go check it out right now. Then be sure to come back and admire a “1k collection” guest curated by Artfully Walls co-founder, Shira Galili-Berman.  Six (big!) beautiful pieces - one of them already framed - for under $1000! 

The theme of Shira’s collection is “Contemporary Breeze,” which she describes as “[creating] light, ease and interest, this collection combines shades of green, golden yellow and pink with the linear and elliptical.” See it here. Enjoy!

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About Artfully Walls:

Artfully Walls is new website that breaks the mold of traditional art collecting with innovative new methodology. By showcasing beautifully styled gallery walls, Artfully Walls has succeeded in combining technology with thoughtful, expert design. 

While on the site, users will notice that hand selected pieces are served as ready-made collections that they can quickly recreate on their own walls. The site’s décor and design experts offer suggestions for complimentary wall colors, as well as recommendations for furniture and accessory pairings that match each of the individual collections. Budget conscious art lovers will appreciate that some prints start as low as $20.

With an innovative Design Your Wall tool, customers can also put together their own dream team of art prints, and choose every detail from the wall color, arrangement, matting and frames - anything goes.

Additionally, the company’s easy-to-use Try on Your Wall iPhone app is still another way the company is working to streamline the sometimes-overwhelming art buying process. Based on cutting-edge augmented reality technology, users can now experiment digitally with the art, placing pieces on t heir own walls to see how they will look in their own space. A unique rearrange feature also lets users play around and move art to find the perfect fit—no nails or hammer necessary. 

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Love, love, love these collage and gouache originals by California artist Elizabeth Amento. Magical, mysterious swirls of color surrounding unassuming individuals going about their daily business? Yes, please!

See my favorite piece by Amento in this week’s curate 1k collection!

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Wow! I’m still on cloud nine about having the opportunity to bring curate 1k to life! Collaborating with the lovely Julia Reynolds of The Shop in East Liberty and highlighting some of the most recent original work of one of my favorite artists, Britt Bass, was too good to be true!

The debut of the curate 1k collection at The Shop in East Liberty took place September 28 in conjunction with the one-year anniversary of The Shop.  As much as I love bringing you affordable art from the comfort of my PJs, you can’t beat a real-life event!

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imageimageThe amazing Britt Bass created six new originals and an exclusive limited edition print - seriously you guys, there’s only 25 and I’ve already claimed mine! - specifically for the curate 1k collection.  How amazing is that? Unwrapping them upon their arrival in Pittsburgh was like being a little kid on Christmas morning. Each was more beautiful than the last.

I’ll be featuring four of the paintings, along with the exclusive print (pictured above) over on curate 1k this week. I hope you enjoy the collection as much as I do!

xo

| The photos above are from the curate 1k collection’s debut at The Shop. It was a divine evening all around, full of delicious food from The Livermore, beautiful art, good friends, and happy collectors. |

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Two years ago, I quietly started a Tumblr blog showcasing all of my favorite, affordable online art. Beautiful walls for every budget certainly struck a chord and the project has grown in ways I would have never imagined. 

So, I’m crazy excited to announce the very first physical curate 1k collection! Debuting at The Shop in East Liberty on Saturday, September 28, the collection features new work and an exclusive limited edition print by the lovely and talented Britt Bass

Learn all about this dream collaboration here and stay tuned for opening event info and online ordering details!

xo

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These stunningly gorgeous paintings by artist Joanna Goss inspired this week’s "1k" collection of abstract watercolors.  Each piece is a little unexpected, reminding me how contemporary and bold this medium can be. Enjoy!

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This week’s "1k" collection theme is quite unexpected, but sort fell into my lap as I was browsing the Young Artists Show on BSDA (if you haven’t already seen it, go check it out now!) I was immediately drawn to the work of Theresia Zimmermann.  The color palette was a little unusual for me, but I couldn’t get over the soft, squishy, almost Dr. Seuss-like organic forms. I loved the artist’s description of her work being like “secret gardens observed through a microscope.” I wondered if other artists were working on this cellular level. A quick Etsy search showed there most definitely are, and I’m loving so much of what’s out there. I hope you do, too. Enjoy!

| The intricate, lacy work above is by Wednesday’s featured artist, Maria Doering. Browse her Etsy shop here. |

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These large-scale oil paintings by John A. Sargent III reminded me of Sabastiaan Bremer’s photographs… some of my all-time favorites.  After stumbling upon them on Saatchi Online, I decided to build a "1k" collection around one of his lovely speckled sunsets.  Enjoy!

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I’m packing up house and moving once again… but this time it’s to our very first home! Yes, we bought a house!

I have packed way too often over the last five years, and I’m really looking forward to finally being settled for a while. I feel like half of my life is in piles right now, but none of it looks nearly as pretty as Marisa Swangha’s stacked book photographs above.  So lovely and simple.

Be sure to check out my “1k” collections to watch my moving progress.  This week: chaos and mess.  Next week: something a little closer to home.  Enjoy!

| Find prints of Marisa’s photos in her Etsy shop. |

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Have I ever told you how absolutely in love with Pittsburgh I am?  You may remember my move here last fall; sparked by a yearning for a more vibrant and affordable city.  The cost of living in Pittsburgh is low enough that creative people can actually afford to be creative!  It may sound silly, but the proof is in the pudding.  I am surrounded by inspiring movers-and-shakers all doing amazing projects, many of which center around the creation, promotion, and/or appreciation of art and design.  It’s like heaven for me.

Soon after arriving, I met Christine and Melissa of Treading Art.  Transplants from California, they too recognized something special in Pittsburgh.  Just like me, they jumped ship and arrived in the Steel City with ambitions to make their idea for Treading Art a reality.

Here’s Christine and Melissa…

Treading Art is Pittsburgh’s premier cultural resource and public programming developer. We host regular content on the website that highlights Pittsburgh’s creative community and the city’s urban resurgence. Additionally, Treading Art is hired to assist organizations develop their public programming and exposure needs. 

Our collection for curate 1k is made up of many talents found within this rust belt city. We attend their openings, shop their racks, befriend their owners, and support the artists by spreading the good word. Treading Art is lucky to be in this great city during it’s cultural renaissance.   

See their “1k” collection here.  Enjoy!

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