Winter Fest Art Show – Friday the 12th & Saturday the 13th


City of Henderson will be having their, “It’s a Fairy Tale Christmas” this weekend.  We’ll be there with holiday specials and last minute gifts for you to purchase.

WHEN:  Arts & Crafts Show Hours

Friday – December 12th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday – December 13th from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

WHERE: Henderson Convention Center and Events Plaza, 200 Water Street

Admission and activities are free.

All the Festivities

Thursday – December 11th @ 7:00pm – The Henderson Symphony Orchestra will kick off the event with a performance of “Sounds of the Season.”

Friday – December 12th @ 6:00 pm – Tree lighting ceremony with the arrival of Santa.  Plus holiday singing by Coronado High School and Schofield Middle School at 7:30 pm.

Friday – December 12th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Arts & Crafts Fair inside the Convention Center

Saturday – December 13th from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Arts & Crafts Fair inside the Convention Center

Saturday – December 12th @ 5:00 pm – Evening Light Parade with more than 50 entries.

PLUS:  Free Petty Zoo, horse-drawn carriage and train rides. Gingerbread house displays. Giant (8 feet tall and 4 feet wide) holiday card display. Festival of Trees. Food Trucks.

Hope to see you there!
Bert & Gail

Artfully Decorating with Wall Shelves

Dear Gail: We’ve just moved into a new home and have a couple design challenges. First, we have very few pieces of art but lots of wall space. In our last home we had built-in wall units where I displayed my accessories but none in this house and not in the budget to add. And lastly, our little one is now walking so anything within reach is doomed for the trash, so decorating my tables is out at the moment. So I’d love some ideas for wall shelves. Sophia R.

Dear Sophia: Wall shelves are a great solution to your new design challenges; they’ll transform your blank walls and showcase your favorite accessories. They can be added throughout your home and help decorate your walls with the artwork you have. Along with little hands, I like using wall shelves for families that have new puppy tails, active playful kids and clumsy family members. Our homes are made to be lived in and sometimes that means getting our favorite things out of reach and mishaps.

Before I share some ideas there are two things I’d like to stress. First, the shelves should not become storage, that’s what closets are for. Wall shelves are decorative elements on your walls, just like artwork. Second, it is very important that they are properly hung. I can’t stress this enough. The last thing you want is to have them come crashing down and breaking what you have on them. But more importantly injuring someone in your home. They must be anchored into the wall, either by finding a stud or using appropriate wall anchors.

Now I know I just said not to use as storage, but there are two places where I do use them with everyday items, your bathroom and office. In the bathroom I prefer decorate shelves versus a wall cabinet over the toilet. But you still need to make it attractive. Roll towels and use decorative boxes or baskets for your bathroom items. Use low floating shelves for candles and towels next to your bathtub, to help create a spa-like retreat. Just make sure to watch the depth so no one hits their head. If you have a lot of books, you can incorporate them on your shelves with accessories, but no piling.

What I love about wall shelves is that they are so versatile. They come in many shapes, sizes and colors, from country to modern and sleek, and can match any home’s decorating theme. They are great decorating element to display artwork and accessories together. As well as being stand alone works of art.

Here Korrie Bastin, from Red Hen Home, suitcase wall, is an amazing example of transforming shelves into art.   What a great way to re-purpose items from the past into an amazing wall gallery.  I’m still trying to decide what I ‘m going to take down in my own home to do this. I absolutely love it!

Wall Shelves by Korrie-Bastian

Another great shelf I found is this corner shelf by William Feeney. There are many corner shelves out there, but I just think this one is unique. We all have empty corners in our home, so take advantage of them and make them attractive.

Wall Shelves by William Feeney

Wall Shelves by William Feeney

Now let’s look at a couple pictures of wall galleries incorporating shelves, artwork and accessories. This is something I really like to do on large walls. It’s a way to add dimension, interest and transform that blank wall.

You may have seen this colorful wall gallery before in one of my columns; it is my all time favorite. Without the added dimension from the shelves and accessories your eyes wouldn’t know where to focus with just the art. The shelves and accessories create a resting point before going onto the next image.

Wall Gallery by GMJ Interiors

Wall Gallery by GMJ Interiors

For those who like a more minimalist approach, but still have a long wall, spread the gallery out and limit the accessories. As you can tell I like this zigzag shelf. It’s probably why I’m also attracted to Koorie’s and Williams.

West Elm Wall Shelves

West Elm Wall Shelves

A couple things to consider with wall shelves are the depth of the as well as the weight and size of the accessories you’re using on the shelves. Watch the depth whenever hanging shelves in areas where people are sitting below or walking next too. Never place anything on a shelf that is too deep for the shelf. Don’t place anything that is too heavy for the shelf, again properly security the shelf to the wall. But also does use anything that appears too heavy for the shelf itself, especially if using glass shelves. And when hanging shelves up high, the items on the shelf need to be large enough to see.

Wall shelves are stylish solutions to any space. There are all shapes and sizes of shelves: cubes, blocks, zigzag, triangles and very abstract designs so don’t limit yourself.

For more ideas of interesting and unusual shelves, search online by images versus words. This is a huge time saver over spending hours clicking through web sites.   It’s how I found the great shelf ideas here.

By Gail Mayhugh of GMJ Interiors



Ideas on How to Hang Artwork

I get a lot of questions on how to hang artwork.  So much depends on the size of your art, how many pieces and where you’re going to hang it.  So here are a couple ideas that I hope will help.

Winston & Franklin down the Las Vegas Strip

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Stop by and check out my new artwork at Scandals Salon & Day Spa

I just love these new pieces I did for Scandals Salon & Day Spa.  The bright vivid colors pop right off the wall.  Stop by Scandals and check them out.  While you’re there make sure to take advantage of these great specials! # 1   # 2



Time to Banish White Walls

DEAR GAIL: I’m tired of my white walls and ready to take the plunge and add some color in my house. This is a big step for me so I’d like to do it in small doses. Where can I be adventurous with paint and not scare myself? — Laurie-Ann S.

DEAR LAURIE-ANN: I’m glad that you’re ready to take a color step. It’s OK to do it one step at a time; there’s no need to leap.

You’ve probably heard me say many times, “Paint is the least expensive way to make the most dramatic change,” and so I’ll say it again and add, “It’s also the least expensive decorating mistake you can make,” so be bold and daring.

To help select your accent colors, keep in mind that they should coordinate with the colors already in your room. You want the colors to stand out, but not be out of place. The unexpected is good, but don’t paint a niche red if you’re only decorating with gold and green. If you want to bring in a new color, just add a few accessories in that color into your room.

If you’re using bolder colors, remember to take into consideration what you’ll be putting back in the room or on the wall. How much of the color will you even see? I recently painted my girlfriend’s office a very bold yellow. With the room empty it was pretty overwhelming. But when we moved the furniture back in, including her four bookcases, credenza, hutch and lateral files, you only saw a small area and it looked great.

Remember to give yourself a chance to adjust to the color change. Don’t panic and run out and get white paint. Whenever you move from white to any color it will be a change and you might need a couple of days to live with it. Don’t forget, it’s only paint and can be changed.

Start by looking around each room for architectural features you have, such as a fireplace or art niche. If you have a fireplace, paint the area above your mantel. It’s already one of your architectural features in the room so bring it out with color. For art niches, select a color that works with and enhances your art and doesn’t fight or overwhelm it. The accent color is to do just that, accent the piece that you’re displaying.


Do you have any pot shelves or alcoves that could be painted a different color? How about open back bookcases or a TV niche? These are great places to be bold. Again, consider how much you will see once you place everything back.

One of my favorite places to add color is above and below kitchen cabinets. A kitchen is a wonderful place to liven up with color and this area many times is just forgotten. Select your color with your kitchen theme and accessories in mind to make them stand out. In one of my favorite kitchens we selected a bright pumpkin orange. Now orange is not my personal favorite color, but, boy, did her herb and fruit jars, Italian clay pottery and black wire accessories look absolutely fabulous.

You also can do this anywhere you have lower and upper cabinets. Maybe you have linen cabinets or a butler’s pantry that could use a boost of unexpected color.

If you want to be a bit more daring, paint one focal wall. In the bedroom, paint your headboard wall and pull a color from your bedding. Or be different and paint any wall that you turn and face when you’re coming down a hallway. It’s one of my favorite unexpected places for an accent color.

Rooms that are good for accent colors are powder rooms, guest baths and the toilet room. Even though these rooms may be small, we are only in them for a short time, so go all out with color and make a statement.

Is there a color that you love but you’re not bold enough to put it in a main room? Paint your walk-in closet or laundry room instead. Why not?

Since this will be a big change for you, Laurie-Ann, I want you to do some testing first. For each color you’re looking to use, purchase two pieces of white poster board, paint them the colors you’re considering and tack them up. Do not paint directly on the wall. You need to be able to move the color around in your room and you’ll just be creating extra work for yourself with having to prime over the colors.

Life is too short to live with white walls. So grab some paint samples and get painting.

By Gail Mayhugh of GMJ Interiors


Family Wall Galleries

Dear Gail: My husband and I have just gotten married and we both come from very large families. We would like to have family photos around the house, without them taking over. I’ve been collecting picture frames for awhile, but just don’t know the best way to display them or place them out. Do you have any tips? Lorena

Dear Lorena: Family photos are what make a house a home. Everyone loves to see pictures from past goods times to relive favorite memories. But with combing two large families, you don’t want so many pictures out that it looks like the frame department or a family shrine.

First, sort through your pictures and pull out your favorites. Pictures from special days, weddings, birth’s, vacations, family members or friends that have a special place in your life and heart, and ones that just make you smile. These should be pictures that you would like to have out all the time. Ones that you don’t plan on changing out.

With them, create a picture wall. I like to use a nice sized wall in a hallway.   An area where you, and your family and friends will pass by when visiting. A wall in a hallway is better then over a piece of furniture because it lets you stand in front of them at eye level and enjoy.

A good size is 66″ wide by 42″ high and about 36″ from the floor. You don’t want it too high or low, so that you can’t see the pictures on the top and have to stoop to see the ones on the bottom.

A good way to help keep the pictures confined so that they don’t start spreading on the wall is to use molding, like you see here. Place the molding directly on the wall to act as a large picture frame. It is as simple as using straight molding and then corner blocks, so there is no mitering. Believe me, if I can do it, you can. Then depending upon your color scheme and the frame colors, paint the inset a contrasting color to the molding and your wall color.

With the pictures selected, see what frames you already have to use and then go shopping for the rest. Mix the frames sizes and shapes to give the gallery more interest. Again your color scheme and homes’ theme will help direct the color and style of the frames. One of my favorites is to use two colors of frames: silver & gold, black & white, dark & light stains or gloss & matt finishes.

Now the reasons most people don’t do wall galleries, is laying them out and putting them up. Well, I have two easy solutions for you.

The first way is to cut a piece of brown wrapping paper the size of your gallery inset. Place it on the floor and start laying the frames on the paper. Once you have it the way you like it, trace each frame, place a mark where the nail needs to go to hang the frame and most importantly write a description of the photo, so that you remember what frame went where. Now tape the paper onto the wall, nail through each of the nail marks, tear the paper off the wall and hang up the frames.

The second way is to cut a template of each frame and then play with the layout by taping them up on the wall. Once in place, again nail through the paper, remove and hang. I prefer the first option because this way I can see how each picture and frame looks next to each other.

Don’t try and fill every bit of space. Leave anywhere from 1″ to 3″ between the frames. In those areas where you have 3″ add your favorite word or saying: Times To Remember, This Is the Day, Always & Forever, Memories, or Friends Are Family. You can add them with stencils, transfers or hand lettering.

Now take the rest of your pictures and place them in photo albums and scrapbooks. But don’t put them away. Lay them out on your coffee table, in guest rooms or your entry table.

Another quick idea is to also have a living photo calendar. Have one wall where you have a frame for January through December and change it with each month. This is a great way to enjoy a special picture for a while before it is filed away.

By Gail Mayhugh of GMJ Interiors


Art Options for High Walls

Dear GAIL: We have a large wall that is about 20 feet long by 8 feet high which is actually the second story of our home and overhangs the hallway downstairs. You walk underneath it when coming from the family room to the entry and then see it as you walk up the stairs and also from the front door. We were thinking of mirroring the wall, but are really just completely stumped on what to do on it. Dean L.

DEAR DEAN: If I understand you correctly, the wall that you’re stumped on is the outside wall of one of your rooms on your second floor, so when you are walking underneath it, you are actually walking under the floor of this room. Then when you are walking up the stairs, the wall goes from the roof line of your house and down the 8 feet which is the wall height of the room and 20 feet long, which would be the length of the room. So I’m going to make this assumption, plus that you see the wall from the entry door and then as you are walking up the staircase.

First, since you mentioned that you walk underneath this area, I would not want to place anything that is too heavy in visual weight on the wall as it would give an uneasy feel to walk underneath it. With artwork you always want to be able to ground the artwork to the floor with either a piece of furniture, a grouping of plants or floor accessory so that it doesn’t appear to be floating on the wall. So since we are not able to do this, if you placed anything that was visually heavy in weight on the wall, such as a large framed piece of artwork, it would give an uneasy feeling and make some people wonder what would happen if it came crashing down. Whenever we are in a situation with something hanging over our head, we wonder what would happen if it fell down as we were passing by and know it would not be a good thing.

Mirroring the wall would not be something that I would consider for a couple reasons. First, the weight of the mirrors on the wall, mirrors have a very heavy visual weight. Second, what will you be reflecting? Mirrors have a functional value first and then decorative. You always want to consider what a mirror is reflecting as that then is the image you are framing. Since the wall is up so high, I’d have to assume that what you’d be reflecting is another wall or high windows. So if you needed light in the stairway, windows would bring in the reflective light from the mirror, but I’m sure you have lighting going up the stairs to turn on. Then if there is mainly walls, what do you have on them and also do you see the reflective images from downstairs in the entry way? So again, what would you be reflecting and is it an attractive image?

One item you could hang that is attractive and also visually lighter in weight than a framed image is a tapestry. Tapestries come in all sizes, colors and themes. You could hang a larger horizontal one and then place a wall pocket on each side of it filled with airy ivy greens. Place the tapestry on a decorative drapery rod and accent with a pair of wonderful tassels on each end. Even though the greens will be hanging down on the wall, they have a light visual weight and will help soften the wall along with adding some color, texture and dimension to the wall without adding weight.

If you don’t find a larger tapestry, you can also hang three vertical tapestries or one smaller horizontal with a pair of vertical tapestries. Hang the horizontal in the middle of the pair of vertical ones. Hang each one on separate rods. Then for accent, place tassels on each side of the horizontal tapestry connected by cording, so that the cording is swaging on the rod. Then on the side tapestries, place the tassels asymmetrically with the tassel next to the center tapestry at the same height and then place the tassel on the outside of the end tapestries at a longer length. You may be able to find chair tie tassels to use, but depending upon the spread, or length that you need for the cording to go across your rods, you can also make your own with single tassels and coordinating cording that you can attach to the top of the tassel by either sewing or gluing in.

Other light weight options are canvas or how about having a wonderful mural painted on the wall. You can have an image of a large window with open shutters on the walls and then a wonderful and colorful view out the faux window.   If you don’t want something as permanent as a mural, you can have the mural painted on canvas and then have the canvas mounted to the wall and frame it with simple molding painted the color of your walls so that it will just disappear.

Don’t be afraid to decorate this wall, just be careful on your choice to make sure that it is lighter in weight and also large enough to see from the entry below.



By Gail Mayhugh of GMJ Interiors

Gossip – Original Artwork Available for Purchase



This original mixed media piece, titled Gossip, has been on exhibition at the City of Las Vegas’s Celebration of Life Show.  It is titled Gossip because you just know these 5 chicks are checking out the others birds and chatting away, just like us ladies.  Yes, let’s admit it we gossip when together.


This original piece is available for $ 250.00 *


The image size is 11″ h x 13 1/4″ w with a black mat and custom black frame to a finished size of 18″ x 22″.

If you are interesting in purchasing Gossip, please contact me at either 702-335-6350 or click here to email.

* Does not include shipping and handling outside the Greater Las Vegas, Nevada area.

Interview with the Empty Easel

Bert’s interview with Alyice Edrich from the Empty Easel


When Bert Hornbeck was in high school she entered an art competition in which she attempted to paint a soldier. When she couldn’t get the soldier to appear, she swirled the paint, creating one large nose and an eye. With that painting she won an award, and grew the confidence to keep painting.

Today, Bert creates commissioned pieces for art collectors around the world and finds complete and utter joy in knowing that her art is appreciated because it touches the heart of her buyers.

Alyice: Why did you choose oil paints rather than acrylics as your medium?

Bert: Oils always just seemed so natural for me to be able to work with. The medium gives you time to work through different stages of a painting. It gives me the ability to create just the right blend of color and highlight to make the project perfect. It’s important for me to create depth and have the painting speak to you.


Alyice: What do you wish you knew about oils before you got started?

Bert: Perhaps more about paint thinners and poppy seed oils and varnishes that enhance the painting or change the flow of the paint while working on a larger project. It can be difficult sometimes trying to get that perfect flow going on your brush when painting hair and animal fur.

Alyice: What is the best part about working with oils?

Bert: The beauty of oils is getting that right color shading for your subjects and being able to change that one color to so many variations. A good example is how they can vary so much with each subject. The ability to blend and layer colors lets me start with a basic color then add a little of this or that and go from light to having wonderful shadows.

Alyice: How do you choose the subject of your painting?

Bert: Most of my work is commissioned portraits so they choose the subject for me.

I have them send multiple photographs, then I sort through them to select the perfect one. . . one that I feel will bring my subject to life. I always want my paintings to speak to me and my client.

At this time, working with a photo with pets is really the easiest. I have looked in magazines for portrait poses more than actual subjects but when something catches your eye it may end up being a part of what you are trying to create.

I saw a gift card with a dog in a car and ended up doing a 4′ x 3′ oil of three bulldogs in a corvette that I absolutely love.

If I am creating the pose for my subject it has to be a part of their personality. . . the way I see the inner person or pet. It may not really be them, but I definitely add more interest. A sad person vs. a big smile can draw interest, a guitar in ones hand vs. a crossed arm pose says something different.


Alyice: What is your creative process like?

Bert: If I am looking for some special item I want in my paintings, I research the different ways that it may look. The internet is a good place to look for ideas. If I’m looking for a special design that will draw the eye to engage the viewer, I may pick 30 different views of the same item just to see what will draw my interest more. I do not practice techniques each day; I do not have the luxury to do this in my schedule.

Alyice: How has your style changed over the years?

Bert: My style has changed a small bit.

I started with oil paints working on only people portraits. I have continued painting them but really enjoy pet portraits. I have also branched out to oil pastels and love working with them as well. They can be a fun crazy type of painting. A new medium for me is digital drawing. It is fun, much quicker, and can have tons of color with no clean up.

I have grown to have more confidence as time has gone on and do not take the worries of being judged to get in the way of what I am doing. Just seeing the happiness in my client’s face when I deliver their portrait, or those purchasing my art at an event, have given me great confidence.

Alyice: Do you ever experience creative blocks?

Bert: There are times when a subject can be very difficult to come to life. When that happens I stop for a while to regroup or research some new ideas. . . looking for similar projects seems to help me.

Recently I was commissioned to do a black cat. My client specifically wanted him completely black as he did not have any other colors in his fur. This was a bit of a test. I worked on it for weeks and my client was thrilled. Then sometimes you have one you can’t overcome and those canvases go in the closet to be painted over someday or tossed out and set free. They can do nothing but distract you.


Alyice: What do you believe is the key element in creating a good oil painting?

Bert: Besides having good paint and a great subject, I would say it is the photograph of what I am trying to work with.

The more detail I can get and even more photos to work from, the better. Subjects do not have time to pose for a portrait any longer nor will a dog sit for more than 3 seconds to get a picture or let you draw out a quick sketch.