Photography by Ned Manter
and Walter Greeley
paintings by Charles Sovek, Caribbean colors and
Al Glover's entertaining sculptures make this sunny
guest suite more than fun.
The quintessential Cape Cod Home
is set close to the water with
large windows encouraging the sun and sea breezes to enter.
Its residents love and collect art, yet are usually not inclined
to construct in-home galleries that meet archival standards
for preservation. Our art is part of our enjoyment of every
day life and as such joins us in our home and work environments.
The appropriate display
of art is influenced by the work you wish to
display, other objects in the space, the function
and size of the space.
Walls, windows, even plants and pets need to
be considered in planning the presentation. You may begin
by studying books and periodicals covering the finer points
of displaying art. You may have already started by moving
an assortment of furniture, originals and "stuff" into
the room and then commenced experimenting. Ready to hang
your favorite oil right now?
The most commonly asked
question is: How high should I hang my paintings? Paintings
are most easily enjoyed when the centerline is set at eye
level. Hanging art above eye level requires the eyes to
look up, forcing the neck back and causing a subtle strain
that becomes wearing over time. The eye level is determined
by the height of people in your home and whether they will
be standing or seated when viewing the art.
Once the eye level is determined, measure
the framed height of your painting. Divide by two. Add
that number to the eye level and you know where the top
of the frame is to be positioned. Now measure the distance
from the top of the tensed wire to the top of the frame.
Subtract that number from the point of the top of the frame
and you have the height for your nail hole. Sounds a little
fussy and complicated but it's not. For example, if the
average eye level is 5 feet (60 inches), the framed painting
is 20 inches in height, and the distance from the tensed
wire to the top of the painting is 3 inches, your hanger
should be placed 67 inches from the floor (60 + 10 - 3
= 67). Exceptions are made when art is placed above a high
mantle or furniture
Several pieces evenly spaced along an
extended wall can be quite compelling. Groupings of art
tend to have a more intimate feeling. Similar small works
can become a focal point when hung stacked above
one another. Sculpture and plants enhance the viewer's
involvement with a space. Three-dimensional art, inside
or outside, can be placed to be admired from every angle
and lit so that shadows become a part of the visual impact.