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Art imitating Life imitating Art! 

Frank and Carol are posing in front of their doppelgangers (painted portraits) at longtime friend Valentin Popov's opening night exhibition last week.  You can check out the show, aptly titled Face: Portraits by Valentin Popov at the de Saisset Museum in Santa Clara until June 30th.  See how fast you can spot the Blow Up Lab’s owners in the sea of faces!

More details about the show here: http://www.scu.edu/desaisset/exhibitions/Popov.cfm , and an article in the Examiner about the show can be found here: http://www.examiner.com/article/work-of-valentin-popov-comes-to-desaisset-museum

Our new custom color profiling technology is garnering rave reviews by our clients.  Perceptive painter Rebecca Holland (http://www.rebeccaholland.com), pictured here with her original painting and print remarked that this technology, “…is a game changer.”  She was astonished at the amazing detail and color likeness the print had to the original giclée  painting, as we are able to make nearly perfect reproductions of original artwork.  Success and happiness all around! 

Our new custom color profiling technology is garnering rave reviews by our clients.  Perceptive painter Rebecca Holland (http://www.rebeccaholland.com), pictured here with her original painting and print remarked that this technology, “…is a game changer.”  She was astonished at the amazing detail and color likeness the print had to the original giclée  painting, as we are able to make nearly perfect reproductions of original artwork.  Success and happiness all around! 

American Ginseng Prints

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Frank recently worked with artist and curator Sophie Leu to create over 50 works for “The History of American Ginseng” exhibit at the American Ginseng Museum in San Francisco.  Each piece was printed on transparent film and then mounted on clear acrylic for display.  Leu was impressed with the beautiful prints that allow for the beautiful afternoon light to stream through them in the window (pictured above).

The museum is located at 210 Post St in downtown SF and celebrates the rich history of the ginger plant in America and elsewhere.  For more information visit the website here: http://americanginsengmuseum.com/.  

Mario Tolentino’s Pop-Up Restaurant Project:

We had so much fun working with Chopped chef winner Mario Tolentino this week.  He initially brought in his Instagrammed photos from his travels to South East Asia unsure if we could blow them up without greatly degrading the already tiny file sizes.  With careful tinkering/sharpening-up of the photos on our end, we were able to blow up the photos to 60” by 60”!  To his delight, the photos looked bold, clear, and beautifully saturated.  Examples of the photos can be seen here, as well as at Mario’s pop-up restaurant event at Stable Cafe March 15th.  Be sure to check out this talented artist’s food and notice the lovely decor Blow Up Lab helped create!

For details about the event, and to find out where/when you can next find Mario check out his web-site:  http://www.cancookcuisines.com/

Carol Wins Award!

Our very own Carol Covington has won an award!

ArtTable, a national organization of more than 1300 women leaders in the visual arts, has distinguished Carol with the ArtTable Award for Service to the Visual Arts.  The award was bestowed in honor of her 30-year long career as a gallerist and independent curator, for her leadership role in establishing the ArtTable Oral History Project, and highlighted her current position as partner and art manager at the Blow Up Lab.

Carol also received a Certificate of Honor from Mayor Ed Lee for her exemplary contributions to the city of San Francisco’s art community.

We’re all very proud of Carol, and are excited to see what the new year will bring us.

(Check out ArtTable at www.arttable.org)


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