Monday, March 21, 2011

Two of Our Most Popular Paintings

Day of Endless Wonder is always an art show crowd favourite. The original framed soft pastel painting is available for purchase for $5,500. Come see it and our others we will feature in Lake Wales Art Show at Lake Wales, Florida March 26 & 27.

Also available during Lake Wales Art Show are the original framed soft pastel painting of Only You Beside Me for $4,000 as well as a limited Edition Reproduction for $89.

Sometimes it's hard to tell which painting gets the most attention during an art show since each time we exhibit a group, several paintings compete with one another for patrons' most popular. However, we feel that our most popular painting during the Fairhope show this past weekend was Only You Beside Me and most popular painting and picture frame combination was A Day of Endless Wonder.

BEST OF SHOW at Gulf Breeze

We were flabergasted when AB Word was called to receive BEST OF SHOW at the 2011 Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts art show held March 12-13. Judge for the event was the attentive and personable Carol Malt, PhD, a scholar, author, and professor at University of West Florida.
Thank you for admiring our art, Dr. Malt. WOOHOO!

Monday, March 7, 2011


Now that we are on the road touring, we are delighted to present 10 new framed paintings to our spring 2011 art shows. Five of these new ones are part of AB's new series she calls War Portraits, and four of them feature United States Civil War subject matter in honour of our history and the sesquicentennial year of the War beginning. Included herewith are some from the War Portraits series, all copyright 2011 AB Word & Merglenn Studios.

War Portrait #6: Recruit

This artwork features the famous recruiting poster from 1921 in Barrie's frame of steel, weathered oak barnwood with red paint, and brass screws.

War Portraits #4 & # 7 features gold leaf and fumed oak frame with
hand carved columns and ionic order capitals.

This is my favourite image and frame combination and it shows what can be done with leftover pieces of wood. Frame features leopard, padauk, and macassar ebony wood and iron adornment.

War Portrait #5: Sparrows


We are delighted to announce that Barrie will be teaching a picture frame making workshop for the Museum Academy in Huntsville Museum of Art on May 19 & 20. The course is designed to improve student ability to unify the picture frame with the artwork as well as personalize the picture frame so that it better represents the artist's intention.

For more information about the course or to sign up, contact Barrie at (727) 686-3176, or Laura Smith, Museum Academy Director, at (256) 535-4350.

Course Title:

Art + Frame = A Complete Work of Art
Unifying the picture frame with the artwork it contains


Picture frames and artworks go together like couples do with marriage. Creating meaningful relationships between my picture frames and my wife's paintings is my goal. The ultimate compliment is when someone says, "These paintings couldn't be framed any other way. They are complete works of art."

Course Description and Objectives:

Students will become familiar with picture frame history through a lecture and visual aids; they will learn how frames are made and with what materials they are made, such as types of woods, gold leaf techniques, and non-traditional materials such as steel and stained glass; they will consider creating more meaningful and artful picture frames that unify themselves with the artworks they contain; they will use their imaginations to design and draft a unique picture frame on paper and then share the designs through group discussion; and students will take home a gold leaf picture frame that they have embellished with sgraffito design by applying hand made egg tempera (egg yolk + pigment powder) and then removing part of the tempera to reveal the gold leaf underneath.


Come see us at the following art shows and events

  • 5-6 Frisco Art in the Square at Frisco, TX (North Dallas area)
  • 12-13 Gulf Breeze Celebrates the Arts at Gulf Breeze, FL (Pensacola area)
  • 18-20 59th Arts & Crafts Festival at Fairhope, AL (Mobile Bay area)
  • 26-27 Lake Wales Art Show at Lake Wales, FL (Central Florida)


  • 2-3 Renaissance Fine Arts Festival at Ridgeland, MS (North Jackson)
  • 9-10 Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival at Gainesville, FL
  • 15-17 Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Atlanta, GA
  • 30-01 The Love Affair at Tifton, GA


  • 13-15 Artisphere at Greenville, SC
  • 19-20 Huntsville Museum of Art at Huntsville, SC (picture frame making workshop limited to 12 students, so contact Laura Smith, Museum Academy Director, (256) 535-4350, for details and enrollment.)