Visit Gallery 510 in Downtown Decatur
Due to the global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19), Gallery 510 is closed until further notice.
Gallery 510 Art & Framing is a 501(c)(3) organization.
A portion of all sales goes directly to help fund our programs.
Member Artwork For Purchase
Find original art, prints, cards, jewelry, unframed work and other items created by members & guests.
Member Artwork for Purchase
Find original art, prints, cards, jewelry, unframed work and other items created by our members & guests.
Artist of the Month
Jim Hill is our featured artist for the month of March. Jim’s transfer house photo was a winner at a recent October National.
Student Artist of the Month
Our Student Artist of the Month for March is Tristan Fox. Mr. Ryan Stripens, the art teacher at Monticello High School, chose Tristan’s work to represent their school. On display for the month is a self-portrait linoleum print. He brought the dog portrait to First Friday that’s shown in this picture. This is a pastel and is so realistic you want to pet the dog.
The Gallery Frame Shop
You just bought a new watercolor painting at the Art Fair and you take it to the Frame Shop. After you choose the frame and mat, they ask, “What kind of glass would you like?” Well, glass is glass, right? No, not really. Regular glass is good for many projects but this one is going to be in a sunny room. For this you should consider conservation clear glass. Gallery 510 Art & Framing carries TruVue conservation clear glass that blocks up to 99% of UV rays. This protects your artwork from fading over time due to the sun’s rays. In some locations light will reflect off the glass making the actual painting difficult to see. In this case you should consider reflection control glass. However, most artists prefer clear glass so the image is more sharp. RC glass tends to make the edges of things look fuzzy. Another solution is to use Museum Glass that has reflection control and UV protection. This is the best product but more expensive.
If you plan to ship this painting, I would suggest you use artist grade acrylic. This comes in clear or reflection control as well as museum grade and is available with 99% UV protection. The advantage to acrylic is that it is lightweight and doesn’t easily break. Since this painting is a full sheet watercolor with 4″ mat border, I would suggest you consider the acrylic for the weight alone.
If you are wondering how to frame your painting or what glass is best, ask Gallery 510 Art & Framing. We can help you select the right treatment for you project.
Become a Member
Member artists pay dues annually and receive a solo show at Gallery 510, opportunities to exhibit at other venues about town that Gallery organizes, smaller commission paid on sales at the Gallery, discounts on purchases in the Gallery, discounts on framing supplies, fees waived for entering our shows, a voice at the Board of Directors meetings, and networking opportunities with the other artists. We also offer Emerging Artist and Student Artist Membership Levels.