Thursday, May 14, 2009

Recycle your used art materials at BINDERS!

We’ll donate them to local charities for you and give you 50% OFF one item*.

Let BINDERS recycle those old art materials
that you no longer use -- paints, canvas, paper, brushes, pens, easels, frames, whatever. It’s an easy way to donate to local charities. And you’ll receive 50% OFF one item as our thank you!

Please donate items that are still in usable condition. Check with your tax preparer to see if your donation is tax deductible.

*This offer is valid on one item only per visit and the discount will be taken off of BINDERS list price at time of purchase. This offer does not apply to previous purchases, Old Holland or Williamsburg paint, Fredrix Select Canvas, clearance items, Epson products, Pantone products, custom framing, some stationery, books and selected children’s items. Other exceptions may apply. This coupon cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid for one use on in store purchases only. Not valid on web orders. Offer ends May 31, 2009.

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What? You’re Not a Preferred Customer Yet?

Are you paying more than you could for art materials? Well, join the club!

That is, join our FREE Preferred Customer Program and get the best pricing available at BINDERS.*

At our stores you’ll notice that we always display three prices on all items to graphically show how much you can save:
• The regular List Price,
• Our everyday Discount Price, and

• Our super-low Preferred Customer Price.

Clearly, we’ve stacked the numbers in favor of customers like you.

And, as a Preferred Customer, you’ll also earn points toward BINDERS Credit Vouchers. Every dollar spent earns 1 point and at 500 points you receive a $10 BINDERS store credit.

It’s FREE and easy to become a BINDERS Preferred Customer. You can sign up online OR give your contact information to a cashier at the register.

The program includes occasional emails about store happenings, sales and products, but you can unsubscribe at any time.

* Please note: Schools and art leagues receive BINDERS preferred pricing. No further discounts apply.

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Not Your Typical Impressionist

Strictly for laughs, here’s one of our favorite artists, as seen during Impressionist Week #2 on the David Letterman Show.

Thanks Rob Magnotti, David Letterman, YouTube and CBS.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The 8th Most Expensive Painting in the World

When offered at Sotheby’s New York in May 2006, the pre-auction estimate for this Picasso painting was pegged at a mere $50 million. But when it sold for $95,200,000 it attained at that time the second-highest price ever paid for a painting. On our list of the Top Ten Most Expensive Paintings, today it stands at Number 8.

8. “Dora Maar au Chat” by Pablo Picasso, sold in 2006 for $95.2 million. Inflation-adjusted price $101.8 million.
“Dora Maar with Cat” owes its allure to the relationship of the artist and the woman he pictured. Painted in France, in 1941 by Pablo Picasso, the controversial portrait is sometimes described as an unflattering depiction of Maar, his mistress for over ten years. An artist/photographer of Croatian descent, Picasso was fond of calling Maar his "private muse.”

Picasso depicts Maar seated on a chair with a small, black cat perched on her shoulder. The canvas is 50 by 37 inches (128 cm by 95 cm).

Picasso painted many other portraits of Maar in evidence of the extraordinary love affair, which made her famous forever. Twenty-five years his junior, her real name was Henriette Theodora Markovitch.

Previous Top 10 Listings:

9. “Portrait of Joseph Roulin” by Vincent van Gogh, sold in 1989 for
$58 million. Inflation-adjusted price $100.5 million. Read more >

10. “Portrait de l’Artiste sans Barbe” by Vincent van Gogh, sold in 1998 for
$71.5 million. Inflation-adjusted price $94.6 million. Read more >

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

To Select The Perfect Frame, First Take A Picture

A beautiful painting deserves a beautiful frame. But with so many styles, colors, and sizes to consider, choosing the perfect frame can be a daunting task for anyone.

So before you spend lots of time and money on a custom-made, ready-made or do-it-yourself frame for your artwork, follow this easy professional tip:

Grab your camera, hang the artwork without a frame on the wall where you plan to display it, and take a few photographs of it.

Print your photos 8x10” or larger, either on your home printer or make large photo copies at Kinko's. When you’re ready to shop for a frame be sure bring the photos and your artwork with you to the frame shop.

By considering the colors of the wall or paneling behind the artwork, as well as the style and color of the room’s furniture and drapery, you’ll find it so much easier to zero-in on the ideal frame for your particular setting.

The Frame Shop at BINDERS can answer any questions you have about expert custom framing and ready-made frames. They offer a huge selection of frame and mats so you’re sure to find the perfect frame for your artwork. And their experienced advice is free.

SPECIAL 50% OFF FRAMING THROUGH MAY 31, 2009. Act now to take advantage of this opportunity to save big on framing at BINDERS.
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