Artist at the shutter


March 14, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Think some of your snapshots are pure works of art? OK, Ansel. Perhaps some are.

If you'd like to turn any old (or new) photograph into a real piece of artwork, you should check out The company, whose tagline is "Where Your Photos Become Art," can transform any photo into an original work of art.

Visit to browse the 40 design choices, which range from Andy Warhol-inspired Four-Panel Pop (pictured below) to Double Photo Montage (top right) to Interpretations (middle right) to Old-Fashioned Comic (lower right), and place your order. Mail the photo (or photos) to, and let graphic designers work their magic, creating colorful designs on canvas or semi-glossy paper, ranging in size from 11 inches by 14 inches to four feet by five feet. You'll receive your finished product within two weeks.

The company also restores damaged and faded photos. And all works can be reproduced on T-shirts, mugs, cards, plaques, invitations, pillows, ceramic tiles, canvas bags and more.

Prints range in price from $100 to $900. Other items range in price from $14.95 to $139. Visit the Web site or call 800-453-9333.

Helping the hands

Without a doubt, housecleaning is a chore. And according to 72 percent of Americans, wearing household cleaning gloves is a chore, too. In fact, they just won't do it. The Vileda brand of cleaning products recently conducted a survey that determined just 28 percent of us wear gloves while cleaning. The reason for not wearing? Gloves make the hands sweat, they're too bulky, and they hinder the sensitivity needed for cleaning.

Vileda has just introduced three new household gloves: Fresh Comfort ($2.09 per pair), which are foam-lined, absorb sweat and keep hands dry, Sensitive Plus ($1.59 per pair), which are unlined for sensitivity and dexterity, and Soft & Care Disposables ($2.19 for 10), which moisturize and are disposable.

The new Vileda gloves are available at Giant, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and other retailers. Call 800-543-8105 or visit

A window opportunity

Window shades are supposed to be functional. But white vinyl and nondescript, too? Definitely not. Gone are the days of the boring white vinyl window shades. Just take a look at the new RoomAccents by Levolor line with its stylish textured fabrics.

The three decorative patterns include Malta, a tan shade with white pinstripes; Seville, a white shade with white pinstripes; and Sahara (below), a woven tan shade with the look of natural reeds and bamboo. The styles are available in various sizes to fit most windows. Each is simple to install and looks appropriate hanging alone or underneath draperies.

The shades sell for $19.99-$39.99 exclusively at Target. Visit or call 800- LEVOLOR.


* Tim Hitchcock's acrylic paintings (right) are on exhibit through March 30 at ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis. The exhibit Just Flowers features new paintings of sunflowers, roses, orchids, lilies, geraniums and gla-dioluses. Call 410-990-4540 for hours.

* See paintings and sculptures by Hayes Bowie through Saturday at Galerie Francoise et Ses Freres, 2360 W. Joppa Road, Lutherville. Hours are noon-4 p.m. today, noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Call 410-337-2787.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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