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Gallery Wrapped Canvases: Why We Love Them

Oil painting of a Jekyll Island Georgia sunset

What is the difference between a canvas and a gallery wrapped canvas? You might see this term used to describe art for sale and wonder what exactly it’s describing.

A gallery wrapped canvas is one in which the canvas is stretched around the sides of the frame and stapled onto the back. The edges are often painted white, black, or a color that compliments the painting. Some artists tape the edges so they remain clean and unpainted. Almost all artists gallery wrap their canvases. We love gallery wraps because they may be hung immediately without need of framing. 

Stretched canvas usually refers to a painting where the canvas is secured to the sides of the stretcher frame, requiring a frame to cover the edges. You may see antique paintings that are secured like this.

A fad that we have seen lately is to sell canvases that are not stretched at all. Artwork is painted on loose canvas, just like a piece of fabric. Some pieces like this are painted on stretched canvas, then removed from the frame for an industrial look. 

Right now, all of Embrace Gallery’s paintings that are on canvas are gallery wrapped canvases. If one isn’t, we will let you know in its description. As always, we are happy to answer your questions about any piece that interests you. We can take additional photos, have the artist video chat with you and show you the painting, or if you are local we can arrange for you to see the art in person. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at!

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Love Conveyance? Handmade vs Mass Production

The Japanese Footbridge painting by Claude Monet

In June, Susanna and I started Embrace Gallery because we know the value of original works of art. We have experienced the joy of owning one-of-a-kind paintings and sculptures. We know that this art, though sometimes more expensive, is much more valuable than any factory-made reproductions for sale at the big box stores. We live in a world of fast fashion where price is very important in the purchase decision and things are designed to be thrown away instead of repaired. There are many costs to this kind of consumerism that are not reflected in the price tag. Instead of focusing on the costs, I thought it would be more enlightening to list some of the benefits of buying handmade originals.


No one in the world will have exactly the same painting. You will not see it in your neighbor’s house. Your selection makes you unique and your home unique. Each piece has its own story, the story of the artist and the inspiration behind the piece. As the owner of a piece of original art, you become part of the story.

Supporting artists and their communities

Buying an original piece of art allows an artist to spend time creating works of art that make our spaces more pleasant to inhabit.  Mass-produced art is made by companies who are responsible to their stockholders, and therefore use the cheapest possible workforce. Give your money to the artist and it stays within the community.

Breaking the consumer-to-trash-bin cycle

An artist would never spend days creating a painting with low-quality paints on a low-quality canvas. One-of-a-kind pieces are quality items that you will cherish and hand down to the next generation. In the age of fast fashion, mass-produced goods don’t have to be quality, they just have to be on trend and inexpensive. Keep your purchase out of the landfill and reduce your carbon footprint by carefully selecting art that will last.

Love Conveyance

In a study I read comparing handmade goods to mass-produced goods, the authors explain that the love in love conveyance is the producer’s love for his or her work making handmade products. Love is evident in the years of work developing his/her skill, the planning and inspiration that went into the creation of each item. 

According to the literature, this love is transferred from the creator to the user. This explains the indescribable difference between the feeling of viewing original art versus a print. I remember the first time I went to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and viewed The Japanese Footbridge by Claude Monet. I had seen many prints, but to actually see the blobs of paint on the canvas–indescribable! 

You may not be able to afford a Monet, but there are lots of works of art you can afford that will bring you more joy in their original form than you can get from a mass-produced print of a Monet. The Love Conveyance seems to be lost in translation.

Hsu, Yi & Ngoc, Nguyen Anh (2016). The Handmade Effect: What is Special about Buying Handmade. International Review of Management and Business Research, 5(2), 594-609.

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Art Fairs & Festivals October 2021

Woman browsing a fine art fair.

Due to increased COVID numbers, some festivals may be canceled or postponed. Please check follow the links (teal text) to festival websites for current information and festival hours. This is obviously not an exhaustive list. If you would like, add the url of your favorite southeastern art fair that takes place this October in the comments.


October 16-17

River Clay, Decatur, AL

The River Clay Fine Arts Festival artist market features artists from all over the country selling their creations. Come spend a day in beautiful downtown Decatur shopping for art. In addition, patrons and festival goers will enjoy live music, children’s activities, student art exhibits, chalk art, food trucks and more!

Kentuck Festival of the Arts, 3401 5th Street, Northport, AL

TICKETS: $10 single day pass, $15 weekend pass, kids 12 & under get in free. The two-day festival has its roots in folk art and features 260+ artists, live music, spoken word, activities for children, folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, food trucks, and local craft brews. Kentuck has been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Southern Living, American Style Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler. I

33rd Annual Jubilee Festival of Arts, Lott Park, on Main Street in Olde Towne Daphne, AL. 

Art, music & local cuisine meet southern charm at this annual festival set along the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. Find the very best in jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture, wood, mixed media, functional & decorative items. Olde Towne Daphne’s picturesque bay views are an inspiration to artists from across the country. The Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts the Jubilee Festival of Arts each year to support tourism and the arts & spotlight the beauty and fun of Olde Towne Daphne.


October 23-24

Estero Open Air Fine Art Show, JetBlue Park, Fort Myers, Florida

Become immersed in an exclusive collection of high-quality art from a carefully selected elite group of unique, professional artists at the Estero Fine Art Show. Come join us and see for yourself why the Estero Fine Art Show is voted as one of the Top 100 art shows in America!

Ocala Arts Festival, Ocala, Florida 

The Ocala Arts Festival has been voted as one of the most loved events in our community. Artists are chosen by an independent panel of four judges. There will be 150+ artists from all over the United States bringing their beautiful pieces to downtown Ocala, Florida. The Art Festival is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 25,000 visitors each year. Artists compete for $22,000 worth of award money presented to the winners which are selected by two prestigious judges.


October 2-3

Norcross Art Splash Festival, Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross, GA

Ninety artists from across the country will show off their talents with folk art, ceramics, paintings, photography, mixed media, fiber art, metalwork, and of course, jewelry…lots of sparkly bling! Bring the kids for an interactive Kidz Zone with face painting, sand art and inflatable rides. Of course, we’ll have lots of festival food and drink.

October 9-10

Festival on Ponce, 1451 Ponce De Leon Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30307

The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic park, Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous landscape designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr. along with over 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and “outsider art”. In addition to the fine arts, there will be a children’s area and local food and beverage. Attendance is Free.

The Arts Festival of Carrollton, Carrollton Center for the Arts, 251 Alabama St., Carrollton, GA

On the 2nd weekend in October, a tent city miraculously appears around the Center for the Arts, where you will find exceptional art, entertainment, and children’s activities.

Fall Arts in the Park, City Park, Blue Ridge, GA 30513

Located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the Arts in the Park festival series draws in excess of 20,000 attendees annually and a wide array of artists and food vendors.  With over 170+ artists, exhibitors, and vendors booths, our visitors enjoy a variety of fine arts and fine crafts, demonstrations, food, and much more during the Arts in the Park festivals.  

October 16-17

Magnolia Fine Arts Festival, Drake Field, 155 Willowbend Rd, Peachtree City, GA 30269

Plan to Play! Juried fine arts market, student art exhibit, great food, kids’ corner, and demonstrations with live performances all weekend! Admission is FREE!

Johns Creek Arts Festival, 1930 Bobby Jones Dr., Johns Creek, GA 30097

The serene green space across from The Atlanta Athletic Club will come alive with 130 whimsical and fun artisans from around the country.

North Carolina

October 2, 9, 16

Asheville Arts in the Park, Asehville, North Carolina

Asheville Art in the Park will once again be providing access to some of the finest artists in the region with it’s market series now in its second decade. The event takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local.

Blowing Rock Art in the Park, Blowing Rock, North Carolina

October 2

Artists are jury-selected and each show features a different set of artists, curated to present a wide variety of mediums. Find gifts and works for personal collections, functional beauties like furniture and cutlery, and wearable art like handcrafted jewelry and textiles. Artists’ tents line Park Avenue right in downtown Blowing Rock so attendees can enjoy proximity to other shopping, as well as dining options and local parks. Make a weekend of it, and stay for the outdoor Concert in the Park that follows each Art in the Park on Sundays!

Festifall Arts Market, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

  • October 15th Henderson Street
  • October 23 140 West Plaza
  • October 30 West Franklin Parking Lot

Festifall is an annual celebration that brings the community together around a diverse array of arts experiences.

11th Annual Kings Drive Art Walk, Charlotte, North Carolina

October 30-31 (Rescheduled from July)

Since the fall of 1964, Festival in the Park has brought Charlotteans from all walks of life together to enjoy arts, crafts, music and family entertainment.  With the mission of bringing the community together by celebrating the arts.

We invite you to participate in our event which will be held along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, a reclaimed natural waterway between East Morehead Street and Pearle Park Way Bridge along Kings Drive. With a focus on fine and emerging artists, our festival on this beautiful and easily accessible venue is an annual fine arts outing!

South Carolina

October 13-24

South Carolina State Fair, Columbia, SC

October 15-17

Greenville Antiques, Fine Art & Design Weekend, Greenville, South Carolina

Admission is $10, good for all three days of the event. Fun and inspiring, AFAD weekend features 18 dealers from across the country exhibiting the best antiques, fine art, and design in the Southeast.

October 17

Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood FestivalArt on the Street 

Bluffton, South Carolina

Part of a weeklong festival. Stroll Old Town Bluffton and see our state designated cultural district come alive! POP UP ART on gallery lawns on gallery porches and in Martin Family Park – temporary art displays join the many galleries to highlight the artistic and cultural side of Bluffton. A celebration of exceptional handmade, original local art including oil and acrylic paintings, pottery and much, much more.


October 23-24

River Arts Festival, Renasant Convention Center, Memphis, TN

The RiverArtsFest Artist Market is dedicated to providing a vibrant marketplace for original handcrafted works of fine art produced by local, regional, and nationally recognized artisans. Last year, we received more than 450 applications from artisans across the nation and here in Memphis.


October 16-17

Artoberfest, Galveston, Texas

Artful, interesting and activity-oriented — that’s Galveston’s ARToberFEST. It’s our premier juried art festival, showcasing the works of over 120 U.S. artists and presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House.


October 3rd

MPArtfest, McLean Park, McLean, Virginia

MPAartfest transforms McLean Park into an outdoor art studio and community-wide celebration of the visual arts. The festival features contemporary art plus music, food, children’s activities, and more. Free admission; 10:00 – 4:00.

October 22–24


One of the only outdoor art shows produced by an accredited museum. The Boardwalk Art Show strives to have the highest caliber fine art in the relaxing setting of the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. Ranked as a top 15 Fine Art Show of the Decade by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this three-day festival welcomes nearly 200 artists from around the country featuring fine art across several mediums including ceramics, photography, sculpture, and glassworks.

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Art Fairs and Festivals- September 2021

Father and his baby girl at an art festival

Due to increased COVID numbers, some festivals may be canceled or postponed. Please check follow the links (teal text) to festival websites for current information and festival hours. This is obviously not an exhaustive list. If you would like, add the url of your favorite southeastern art fair that takes place this September in the comments.

September 4-6, 2021

Marietta Art in the Park -Glover Park on the Marietta Square, Marietta, GA

“Known best for its fine art offerings, Marietta Art in the Park gives individuals and families the chance to have all kinds of outdoor fun during Labor Day weekend. The festival began 35 years ago and has become one of the premier fine art shows in Atlanta, and the only one in Cobb County. This fine art extravaganza features the Artist Market, representing the best in fine handcrafted works by 175 artists from all over the country. Art displayed during the festival includes paintings, photography, pottery, graphic arts, sculptures, jewelry, woodworking and much more.”

September 10-11, 2021

Aiken’s Makin’-Parkways of downtown Aiken, SC

“Aiken’s Makin’ is an arts and crafts show which showcases fine arts, glassworks, woodworks, ceramics, fabric and much more.”

September 11-12, 2021

Big Four Arts Festival-Big Four Bridge Lawn, Louisville, KY

“The Big Four Arts Festival has been the most attended (40,000) two-day Event ever held in Louisville at Waterfront Park on the Big Four Bridge Lawn. The weekend following Labor Day, the 5th annual festival, September 11 & 12, will be held on the lawn which consist of four acres of tree lined walks overlooking the Ohio River, located at the Big 4 Walking Bridge. The Big 4 Walking Bridge has 25,000 people strolling it each weekend. The Festival is a two-minute drive from downtown Louisville and draws patrons from Southern Indiana as well as Louisville.”

September 17-19, 2021

Arts in the Heart of Augusta-Broad Street in the Augusta Common, Augusta, GA

“Since we cannot include all the features of the Arts in the Heart Festival due to a crazy pandemic, we are working on a smaller festival experience called ArtsCity Festival. Advance Tickets Now Available!”

September 18, 2021

Sidewalk Fall Art Market-Main Street, Travelers Rest, SC

“Inspired by an old-fashioned sidewalk sale. Travelers Rest shop owners and curated artists setup in town. The Browse & Stroll Sidewalk Art Market is the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. You’ll find great sale merchandise, “just-in” items, and carefully curated fine arts and crafts in a relaxed, outdoor format for a safe shopping experience. Included in the vision for the event is a focus on artists whose works are handmade with an environmental consciousness that encourages an appreciation of healthy living.”

September 18-19, 2021

Buckhead Fine Arts Festival-Buckhead Village, Atlanta, GA

“The Buckhead Fine Arts Festival is a two-day fine arts outdoor festival, located in Buckhead, Atlanta, this neighborhood is rich in tradition and has one of the highest and richest demographics in metro-Atlanta. Featuring approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more! The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations and live acoustic music.”

West Columbia Fall Arts and Crafts Market-West Columbia, SC

“West Columbia Fall Arts and Crafts Market will will host over 100 local crafters, artisans and vendors from all over the South Carolina. You will find handbags, woodworking, handmade jewelry, pottery, artwork, ornaments, photography, children’s clothing and accessories, home decor, wreaths, baked goods, jams, jellies, pickles and much more.”

Arts Festival at Rose Lawn– Roselawn Museum, Cartersville, GA

“An outstanding arts and crafts festival with small town friendliness. On the grounds of Rose Lawn House.”

Father and his baby girl at an art festival