Sunday, October 31, 2010

Interior Design Trends: Red and Gold

By Olan, October 30, 2010 from - thought you'd enjoy this!

Interior Design Trends: Red and Gold
Red and gold are quiet a unique combination to me. They seem like a color combination that fits well with Christmas. I know Halloween is just around the corner but you can not help but think about Christmas when commercials are already reminding us that it is soon approaching. So, here are some Red and Gold accessories to thwart any dawdling in putting your home in a festive mood for this holiday season.

Thanks Olan for the great blog article!

For those of you looking for orginal paintings in vibrant shades of red, call us for a free consultation: 888-440-9260 x710 and enjoy!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

IFMA Trade Show a Great Success

Lisa Powell (L) and Artist Ronda Waiksnis (R)

Thousands of Facility Managers from the US and abroad attended the show in Atlanta, where exhibitors showed their sustainable products, processes and efficiencies.  Art Rent and Lease featured Peachtree City, GA artist Ronda Waiksnis and her beautiful original oil paintings at the booth, and look forward to working with the dozens of prospective clients that need artwork in their facilities!  We rent, sell and lease art to corporate, healthcare and hospitalit clients in the US and provide consulting, design, framing, installation and management services - a one-stop shop!

Congratulations to Steve Krupka of Virginia for winning the Apple iPad giveaway at our booth, and thanks to the hundreds of people that stopped by to learn more about original artwork!  Many thanks to Sephanie Weber of Artful Decor Gallery, located at the International Market Square Design Center in Minneapolis, for helping at the booth and for working with us to provide beautiful prints, framing and original works for clients.

Looking forward to IFMA in Phoenix in 2011 - see you there!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Help! I need Art, Furniture & a Rug NOW

Help!  A new client called and needed artwork, furniture and an area rug in their building lobby for the grand opening - in two weeks, O.K., and the budget wasn't huge - $250 per month.  Here's the result:
Thanks to our fabulous designer and art consultant Betsy Ingram and our fantastic suppliers, we were able to provide and install beautiful Italian leather oversized chairs, an oval wood and glass coffee table, three framed paintings and a stunning contemporary wool rug below budget and within the time frame needed.

If your space needs a facelift, re-framing, to fill empty walls or if you have an event coming up, let us know.  Our designers and consultants are located throughout the US and can help you with budget, selection, delivery & installation quickly and inexpensively.  Free initial consultation, call us at (888) 440-9260 x710.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Promoting Sustainable Artwork at IFMA in Atlanta - Come Join Us!

Join us October 27 & 28th, 2010 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for the International Facility Management's World Workplace Conference & Expo.

Art Rent and Lease will be exhibiting sustainable artwork by local artist Ronda Waiksnis, offering art rental and art leasing solutions to building and facility managers in the US - rentals are tax-deducitble and expensed out of an operating budget, saving valuable capital for other business expenditures.

Monthly payments start as low as $25 - and can create a beautiful lobby, conference room or meeting space.  Why have empty walls when we can help you budget, select and manage your artwork.  For a free consultation please call us at (888) 440-9260 x710.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Picasso's Birthday & International Artist Day

October 25, 2010 has been selected to honor artists and their contributions to humanity as International Artist Day, and it's also Picasso's birthday.

From their website:
Art is the backbone of everything we use and see that is man made yet the artist behind the scenes is seldom recognized. Cultures are defined by their art, yet we take for granted these unsung divas of art.  Everyone can participate on this day in many ways:

1.Visit a gallery and explain why you're there.

2.Purchase a piece of art to support an artist.

3.Visit an artist studio.

4.Take an artist to lunch and explore their world.

5. Contact us about an art rental, art lease or how we can help you bring the beauty of fine art into your space!

Art Rent and Lease provides artwork for facility and building managers, corporate and real estate offices, medical, dental and hospital facilities, short-term photo shoots and movie sets, home and building staging, with rental prices starting at just $25 per month.  Ask about a free initial consultation! (888) 440-9260 x710 for more details.

Enjoy the day!
Lisa Powell

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Artexpo Artist Challenge - Please Vote for Francine's "Joy"

The Artexpo Artist Challenge is on Phase Two, the public Vote, through November 8th!  Please vote for one of our Art Rent & Lease artists:  Francine Kohn's work "Joy" - you can vote once per day, and help Francine win free exhibit space at artexpo in New York!

Here's the link:

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fab Artist Liron Featured!

Liron's oil paintings have been featured in shows in New York City and throughout the country and have won multiple awards. Her works are in institutional collections and in over 100 private collections in the US and abroad. Liron's artwork was the subject of a 40 minute television interview. Liron is an elected Fellow of The American Artists professional League. She is listed in Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, and Who's Who of American Women.

Liron's beautiful work is available for rent, lease or sale!  Business clients can expense the monthly payments and save vaulable working us for more information: 888-440-9260 x710 or visit our website at

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Art Cure - Beautiful & Inexpensive Art for a Cause

Breast cancer survivors paint art, artists donate art, 100% of sales are donated to The Susan G. Komen for the Cure and to the Young Survival Coalition.  Take a look, make a bid - make a difference, thank you!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fusion + Fashion

Art meets fashion - Check out Artful Decor Fusion + Fashion on youtube:

Fantastic use of recycled acrylic artwork into fashion - congratulations to Stephanie Weber and Artful Decor on your win at IIDA!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

International Artist Day

October 25th is International Artist Day!

Visit the site to see articles, archives and events being held throughout the world....celebrate the artist, embrace art and enjoy the day,

Monday, October 18, 2010

What's Your Color Emotion?

Visit website - they're conducting an internet survey of reactions to colours.  Take a brief colour survey and then compare to the other 21,000 + participants.....interesting!  What colour do you link to love, anger, fear, hatred?  Take the survey and find out!

Colors are an important part of our lives, especially when it comes to artwork and the feelings it creates.  For information on art for your home or office, visit our website at

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Art is......Hard Currency!

The art is not in making money, but in keeping it ~ proverb

Shown is "Hard Currency" by artist Gregory Coates, available for sale, rent or lease.  Original mixed media utilizing recycled products representing hard currency.  A series of 8, each is 12" x 12" x 3" renting for $85 each or $399 for the complete series.

An art rental is tax-deductible as a business expense - bring the beauty of fine art into your space!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Passion Meets Casual Photography

Art Rent and Lease loves to share great new ideas relating to all types of art!

iPhone App Turns Photos into Social Works of Art
Mashable October 12th, 2010

This post is part of Mashable’s Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups. The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark.

Name:  Instagram

Quick Pitch:  Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.

Genius Idea: Instagram speaks to the secret photographer inside us all by providing a nearly foolproof way to snap remarkable photos and share them with the world.

The iPhone application is free to use and is deceivingly simple in purpose and function — snap a photo, select a photo-enhancing filter and upload. It sounds like an install-it-and-forget-it application, but that couldn’t be further from the truth; Instagram nails the social aspect and engineers an ego-driven, must-revisit experience as compelling as Twitter’s.

You can read all the details at:

BizSpark is a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.

And for information on renting art, an art lease or anything else art related please visit our website at: - thanks for viewing our blog!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

What's an Aerograph?

If you're in Atlanta this month, head over to NBAA to see John Stemp's vintage aviation photography (aerographs) - pilots and those that love aviation photos can see them at Atlantic Aviation's offices!

Need paintings, photographs or sculpture for your space?  Call us for a free consultation at (888) 440-9260 x710 or email for information.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Sports Photography Can Be a Fan Favorite with Your Customers and Employees

Sports talk is a universal language. Frequently the hot topic of conversation either at a social event or the office water cooler is a recent sporting event. So just think what a piece of sports memorabilia might do to change the emotion in an office. And it makes a personal statement about the people who work in an office about their hobbies and the teams they love to follow.

Winning. Teamwork. Nostalgia. Achievement. These are all qualities that sports memorabilia speak to. People love to feel good and what better way than to be reminded of a great moment of defining success. Many people relate even to a level of recalling where they watched a certain game or how they felt when a certain play transpired.

In certain office settings, sports memorabilia is highly appropriate in the lobby or front office. In eating and entertainment establishments, sports memorabilia is very popular. Another place to consider sports memorabilia is in work spaces where employees can be motivated by the pinnacle of success memorialized in the memorabilia.

Are you unsure what pieces should be used and where in your business? Your art consultant can work with you to find the right pieces of sports memorabilia and structure the business details of procuring such artwork in a financial structure that meets your business objectives.

Art Rent and Lease has art consultants and artists throughout the US who will work with you to find the perfect artwork for your space.  Contact us for a complimentary consultation at: (888) 440-9260 x710 or

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Textiles - A Fabulous Art Form

Facility and building managers, corporate, executive and healthcare offices might want to consider textiles to decorate the office lobby or work spaces. There are unique qualities to woven cloth decoration that should be considered as part of the overall art strategy including aesthetics and sound mitigation.

When talking about textiles, I am referring to use of fabrics such as tapestries for wall coverings, window coverings, upholstery for furniture, or floor coverings. When used as part of the overall effect of a lobby or workspace, the use of woven textiles has certain distinct characteristics. Textiles can help to maintain a traditional look and feel while bringing softness. They can inspire strength and stability while bringing color and creativity to a floor when used with or instead of carpet. Textiles can even be placed in such a way to create a sense of chic.

Every culture has textiles as part of its art heritage. Woven into the textiles is much about the climate, geography and even the hearts and minds of those who share that culture. How the textiles are constructed, the colors and choice of images tells stories where words fail.

Do textiles fit into your overall plan for the decor of your office lobby or work area? Working with your art consultant, you will find the right style of art to speak the message of your business. She will guide you through the investment and business aspects or leasing, renting or purchasing art that makes your office the very place where people want to come to work and transact business, whatever business you are involved with. Contact us for a free consultation: (888) 440-9260 or

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lease or Rent Metal Artwork to Bring Balance and Inspiration

Let's face it. The work that often takes place in an office building is very necessary but also can be boring. Placing art work such as sculpture in the work office or lobby can bring balance and inspiration to those who spend their days attending meetings and generating reports.

Metal work is an emerging media that, increasingly, is "drawing outside" its own lines. New processes are allowing Metal artists to express their point of view on society and culture like never before.

Traditionally, metal work was relegated to standard designs such as wrought iron. Today, metal work can be most anything, including unexpected uses of everyday materials. Computer chips, Ethernet cable, wire rope, drink cans, or items from the landfill can be woven into the story that is told by a piece of metal.

Metal work is expressive and brings out thought and emotion. Therefore, carefully consider the art work. Is it the right piece in the right location to convey the message that is sought? The price range of metal work also ranges widely and is available for rent or lease. You may be pleasantly surprised at the affordability and flexibility to bring that perfect piece for your work place or lobby.

Work with your art consultant to find local metal artists whose work will resonate with and inspire customers, employees and others who visit your office in the price range that meets your budget.

For a free initial consultation, contact us at (888) 440-9260 x710 or