Friday, December 30, 2016

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Why the New Year is the Most Janusian Time of the Year

As one year winds to a close and people turn their attention to the upcoming one, the ancient Roman Janus gets a little love from social and traditional media. For those of us who haven't been near a junior high school history class in more years than we want to admit, Janus is the god of beginnings, transitions, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, one looking to the future and the other to the past.

We chose Janus as inspiration for our company name -- Janusian Gallery -- because one of our co-founders was at a career crossroads at the time we founded it. We also liked the concept of "Janusian thinking", where seemingly contradictory ideas are simultaneously held in mind to inspire new, creative solutions. It's a REALLY big name to live up to, especially at this time of year.

So what is it about the start of a new year that gets so many of us thinking about our pasts and futures? Why does the single-day transition from December 31 to January 1 seem to be so much more meaningful than say, the change from March 18th to March 19th? Perhaps it's that we see the changing of the calendar as a defining point, a chance to break away from the past and to try something different and wonderful. (Ironically, in craving change and new experiences, we're actually carrying on a long-standing custom: at the start of each year, the ancient Babylonians reportedly made promises to their gods that they would return objects they borrowed and pay off money they owed.)

2016 is the first calendar year that Janusian Gallery has been in existence for a full 12 months. From our start in 2015 as a hobby, we grew exponentially. Today, we operate online storefronts on Zazzle, RedBubble, Society 6, FineArtAmerica, Curioos, Crated, and Amazon. We have a strong social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Flickr... you get the picture. We also started a spinoff company, ThinkJanusian, which offers social marketing services to businesses of all sizes. We are extremely grateful to our customers, affiliates, manufacturers, social media followers, and everyone else who continues to support us.

Finally, while it's laudable for persons and organizations to annually assess how things are going for themselves, it's just as important to pay attention to -- and care about -- how things are going for others. So in 2017, you'll see us doing more pro bono work and supporting the community around us. These aren't mere "resolutions," they're our word and bond.

Happy New Year from all of us at Janusian Gallery.

-Lynne Guimond Sabean

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Monday, December 26, 2016

New Curioos Exclusive: Christmas Bows Mandalas

Most people take photos of family and loved ones at the holiday season. Then there's us. We crawl under our Christmas tree to take photos of interesting light patterns or watch the sunlight bounce off metallic bows. Then we turn those source photos into intricate mandalas:
These twonew designs are available ***exclusively*** at our Curioos store as regular prints, canvas prints, aluminum prints, etc. We also think they look amazing as round disk prints. We recently started putting our work exclusively on one or another of our stores because we don't think you should have to bounce from site to site to see who's having a sale (and consequently whose prices are best that particular week).

Meet Lynne and view images from our "Love in the Digital Age" series on Feb 3

Can't get enough of the "Love in the Digital Age" binary code series by Lynne Guimond Sabean? Two of the images will be shown and made available for sale as hand-signed small works at McGowan Fine Art (Concord, NH), as part of the gallery's annual "Love, Lust and Desire" juried community show.

The show runs from January 31 – February 14, 2017. There's an opening reception on February 3, 2017 from 5 – 7 PM and we're planning on being there. (And trust us: you'll ***really*** like the prices.)

We typically make our work available for sale through our online galleries, so we're really looking forward to being displayed in a bricks-and-mortar gallery and meeting area arts lovers at the reception. We hope to see you there!

Friday, December 2, 2016

How to Buy Art Your Child Won't Outgrow

One of the best gifts you can buy your offspring is art that grows along with him or her. Here's are some tips for selecting pieces that won't look too "childish" in a few years and can survive the rigors of active childhood:

  • Choose "mature" colors: While pastels are lovely for a nursery, they often need updating in a few years. "Big boy"/"big girl" colors have greater longevity.
  • You can't go wrong with neutrals: Colors that work for either gender means that your nursery will still work for Baby #2, 3, 4 (or your grandkids).
  • Avoid "baby" themes: As he or she grows, your child will have ideas of his or her own on how their room should look. Select something simple that still works when your kid's tastes change.
  • Select timeless subject matters: These can be incorporated into a nursery now, a bedroom later on, and perhaps even a dorm room or first apartment when your child is grown.
  • Consider emerging artists: the artist's reputation and the value of the artwork may very well grow right along with your child.
  • Think beyond the wall: Sculpture, mobiles, quilts, and pottery can all work for kids of all ages. Just be careful of placement when your child is young.
  • Don't forget durability: There may be grape juice spills, crayon "enhancements", etc. Can it be cleaned if need be?

Investing in quality pieces is a great way to instill in your children an appreciation of the visual arts. It can also be a piece of you that they'll have long after they leave the nest.

-Lynne Guimond Sabean is co-founder and creative director of Janusian Gallery

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