Monday, February 8, 2016

What's so special about my walls? How do I use picture frames?

Custom framing tips from the best!

The next few blog posts will contain tips from industry experts on how to handle custom framing. They'll range from hanging art to grouping custom frames and everything in between. Our friends at Larson Juhl have worked with Eddie Ross to create some great tips. 

Ross, celebrity blogger, interior designer and lifestyle guru is a great friend of Larson-Juhl and has worked on many projects featuring custom framing and the versatility of frames and the impact they can have on home decor. Recently, Eddie Ross hosted an art and framing workshop at Larson-Juhl's Atlanta Support Center for anyone interested in interior design, wall decor and learning more about the art of custom framing. Ross' presentation was caught on camera and is now available for all to see and learn from. Over the next few weeks, I'll post links to those video files from the art & framing presentation. Click on the video titles to learn Eddie's thoughts on how art and custom framing can be used and beautifully displayed throughout a home as well as helpful tips on how to achieve some of these designer looks in your own spaces:

These are neat tips to get you started, for more ideas and information, check out this page from our website, and don't ever hesitate to call or come in to discuss these or any others questions you may have. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Gallery Happenings: Fran Speight Show Opening Reception 8/14/15

Last Friday evening, Hampton House Gallery hosted an opening reception for artist Fran Speight's show, which is hanging here though September 4th. We had quite a crowd come out to see Fran's beautiful paintings! 

Did you miss the reception? Don't worry, there's still time to come and see the show. Stop on by! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Fran Speight Art Show

We are excited to have Fran Speight's art displayed August 10th- September 4th here at Hampton House Gallery! We will be having an opening reception on the evening of Friday, August 14th from 5:30-7:30 pm.

 "Fran Speight's pastels depict familiar scenes of rural landscapes and nature which invoke the special beauty of the everyday views around us. Fran has been involved with visual arts since she began experimenting with oils in the 1960's. Her work has evolved through several mediums through the years, including watercolor and pen and ink. Pastoral line drawings were her focus in the 1980's when she won the Landmark Series from the Stokes County Arts Council. She even delved into the large-scale, creating the sets for the Stokes County Theater. Recently, she has turned her focus to pastels and her work has risen to a new level. Fran says "this is the most difficult and rewarding medium I've used...the pastels give me a richness of color and control of light I've not experienced before."

"Fran's own creations were a part-time endeavor before she retired in 2006. During her professional career she spent 30 years as an art framer working for several high-end galleries in the Piedmont Triad area. Fran has literally framed thousands of works of arts for private residences as well as corporations, hospitals, and small businesses. Retirement from the gallery business has given Fran time to focus on her work and study with masters such as Christine Sagart, Frank Roland, Jack Perdue, and Debra Parris. Fran divides her time between her Stokes County home and Emerald Isle, where she is inspired by the endless array of landscapes which are forever changing with the seasons."

You'll definitely want to stop by and have a look at some of these beautiful paintings. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hampton House Art & Framing

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Events and Happenings

We’re only two days into summer, and it’s already way too hot! Get your mind off of the heat by reading all about the latest events and happenings here at Hampton House.

One of the exciting things we have going on here is that we are currently working on our BRAND NEW WEBSITE. Mark is doing the finishing touches now, and we can’t wait to share it with you! It won’t be long!

Also, for any fans of artist Fran Speight out there, we will be having a show displaying her beautiful paintings in August, the week of the 10th-17th right here at the gallery. If you’ve never heard of Fran Speight, you can view her work on our website by clicking here:

Fran Speight is a very talented artist, and you’ll definitely not want to miss out on her show in August!

You can stay updated on all of our news, events, and happenings by “liking” us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter (@hamptonhouseart).We update our blog regularly to keep you in the know on all things art and framing.

Stay cool out there!

Hampton House Art & Framing

Monday, June 1, 2015

"Alexis Lavine Watercolors" Closing Reception

Saturday afternoon was the closing reception for the Alexis Lavine Watercolor Show that has been here at Hampton House Gallery throughout the month of May. So many people have enjoyed seeing these fantastic and beautiful watercolors. 

It goes without saying, but Alexis Lavine is quite a talented artist, and we were honored to have her paintings hang at the gallery this month! 

If you haven't had a chance to see her work in person, it will be here at the gallery until tomorrow, so stop by and take a look! 

 (You can look through some pictures from the reception Saturday afternoon below.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

You Are Invited!

"Alexis Lavine Watercolors" is the name of a solo exhibition of paintings by National Watercolor Society artist Alexis lavine that we will have going on here at Hampton House May 5th- May 30th. The opening reception will be held on the evening of May 7th from 5:30- 7:30 p.m., and you are invited!

Alexis Lavine is an artist who has devoted the last two decades of her life to watercolor painting. Her watercolors' are full of luminous color, rich shadows, and beautifully drawn shapes. With meticulous attention to composition, she crafts paintings that are descriptive and yet expressive, realistic, and yet abstract. Her award winning paintings have been included in numerous juried and gallery exhibitions, and they hang in private and corporate collections throughout the country, as well as overseas. She lives and paints right here in North Carolina.

A couple of her paintings are on display right now at major exhibitions across the country, such as:

 "Red Hat Ladies Share a Secret"

This painting is on its way to the Springfield Art Museum in Springfield, Missouri, where it will be part of an important survey of American Watercolors called "Watercolor USA 2015." This exhibition is held at the museum every year, and is made up of paintings from all over the country, juried from hundreds of submitted entries. This is Alexis' fifth year in a row of having her art displayed.

"At the Crossing"

This painting is at the American Watercolor Society show, in New York City, this month. This is the most prestigious watercolor exhibition in the country every year.

If all of that doesn't make you excited to come see this artist's work, I don't know what will!

So tell your friends, tell your family, and mark your calendars because you won't want to miss this!

See you soon!
Hampton House Art & Framing

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Art Show!

If you like Alexis Lavine's artwork (and who doesn't?!!) then you'll definitely want to be ready for an art show in the spring, showcasing her work. As soon as we have an official date nailed down, we'll share it with you! But in the meantime, you'll just have to be satisfied with looking at pictures of her art...or you could just come in and see the pieces we have here!

See you soon!

Hampton House Art & Framing

    "Southern Comfort"

"Gardner's Overlook"

 "Sunset Cafe"

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Featured Artist: Kristina Miller

Our featured artist this month is Katrina Miller, and her piece Daisy Trio (see below) is simply stunning, don't you agree?

Come and see more lovely pieces we have available by Kristina Miller. It may be just the thing to cure your winter blues, and besides, it would make being snowed in a lot more colorful!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Hampton House Art & Framing

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Gallery Events & Happenings

Do you ever wonder what to do on a cold, winter day? We may have some ideas...

How about stopping by Hampton House Art & Framing to see some special and interesting exhibits that we have going on right now!

One of the exhibits we have includes art by painter, Robert Dance. Dance was one of the very first artists that we represented upon opening in April of 1977! He has a beautiful shell collection available to view that will take you straight to the coast, as well as plenty more originals and reproductions. Here's my personal favorite:

It's an original of one of only five acrylic paintings that he's ever done!

John D. Gall is another artist that we represent. John taught printmaking at Guilford College, and has a fascinating and fun botanical series here at the gallery.  They are all original, one of a kind works on paper, and are created using pen and ink, ink washes, watercolor washes, tinted gesso, and prismacolor pencils.

John also has a couple of his pieces available to view at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh right now. ( You can check that out here: )

Come escape from the cold, and surround yourself with wonderful art. Who knows? You may just end up with some of these beautiful pieces on your own walls...!

See you soon!

Hampton House Art & Framing

PS. Be sure and check out the websites of these wonderful artists while you're at it...

John Gall's website:

Robert Dance's website:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Products From Larson Juhl to Kick Off the Year!

Wouldn't it be wonderful to finally frame all of the special and beautiful art that you have, and make that room pop?

We're here to help you see that through! And not just with any frames, but custom ones. We mostly use Larson Juhl frames for all of your framing needs, and to kick off the year, they have come out with some great new products!


Made in Italy, this faux leather collection showcases the look of time-worn vintage beauty.











Drawing inspiration from the world of aviation,
this collection reflects the clean, modern look of
industrial machinery.

Jepara II

Jepara II expands this elegant collection with a new deep shadowbox profile and a new Champagne finish.


Drawing inspiration from the 

famous art school in Germany, 

this collection pairs simplicity 

with functionality.

Can't you just see your art in these beautiful frames? We look forward to seeing you soon, and helping you with your framing needs! 
Happy framing,
Hampton House Art & Framing