Glens Falls Hospital Foundation recently chose Timely Signs to assist them in the development of a donor recognition system for their new Surgical Care Unit. The unit was to be dedicated to the late Dr. Harry M. “Mac” DePan, a Surgeon at Glens Falls Hospital from 1954-1993. Glens Falls Hospital wanted to recognize Dr. DePan for his passionate and skilled service as a surgeon and for his unwavering commitment to healing patients in the region.
There are some projects that we work on that really strike a “chord” for us here. Not only does it invigorate our love of design and the community but also it helps to remind us why we do what we do.
As many know, the music industry lost an icon this year when Levon Helm passed away. This event touched the whole community, international and locally, and also hit us here at Timely Signs. Especially for our President Paul Beichert who was not only a fan of his musical talents but had been working with the Levon Helm Studios on various projects for many years.
We were approached by Barbara O’Brien, manager of the Levon Helm Studios, to come up with a concept that would work in combination with their first fundraising effort, “Keep it Goin’”, to raise money to keep the studio doors open. The idea was to offer a commemorative t-shirt, an digital download of an exclusive recording of Levon Helm’s Song, “Drown in my own Tears”, and have the persons name engraved on a plaque that would be featured on an interior wall of the Levon Helm Studios.
When coming up with the concept, it began to take on more of a life of its own, more than just a simple dedication plaque.
The artist, Sheila Gilday, said about the project: “I was thinking about the concept for the artwork, and I wanted it to reflect who Levon was and how he chose to live his life. I decided to center the artwork on the mandolin, which was one of Levon’s instruments, but make it up individually out of mandolin picks as a mosaic of sorts. The various sizes and colors of the picks help to showcase the mandolin while giving it flow and energy. Then, in the spirit of “Keeping it goin’”, there are bursts of picks making their own individual rhythm, ebbing and flowing into the mandolin throughout multiple panels, giving the piece more power and making it whole. Similar to mandolin picks, we may be individuals but as a team we can make a great music & art together. And that was Levon.”
Paul Beichert plans on donating all the materials, fabrication and installation of the artwork in order to help with the project. “It’s an honor to be able to do this for Levon. I’ve been a fan of his music for the better part of my life. Every time I met Levon he was kind and generous with his time. He loved making music and easily inspired dedicated, life-long fans. We are so pleased that our company could play a small role in continuing his legacy.”
We will keep you updated on the progress of the project, but in the meantime, you can read more about the Keep it Goin’ fundraiser on the Levon Helm website.
This week we are featuring Hudson Valley restaurant Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck’s exterior logo as our Sign of the Week.
The restaurant, if you haven’t been (and you should!), features traditional Mediterranean dishes through the innovative use of ingredients that honor the bounty of local farms and the talents of Hudson Valley food and beverage artisans. I have to admit, the thought of their herb & salted french fries are making me drool just writing about it!
For those that are interested in the specifics, the exterior sign is made out of 1″ thick environmentally friendly Extira backer with 3/4″ thick routed dimensional white overlay made from PVC for the Gigi graphic. The word Trattoria is made from high performance plotter cut vinyl. All the paint finishes where custom matched with our Matthews Paint system.
Now we all have an excuse to go out to dinner tonight! Just tell your significant other that you need to see Gigi’s new sign!
This week we are featuring some custom routed dimensional letters we created for the Animal Emergency Clinic of Kingston!
The Animal Emergency Clinic has provided state of the art emergency and critical care to companion pets for over 20 years. As an office filled with animal lovers (Have you met Molly?) we jumped at the chance to work on this project. We started with a custom logo we designed for a previous installation and routed the letters out of 1/2″ PVC. We then painted the letters a brushed silver to contrast from the dark grey background where the letters were to be installed.
This week we’re happy to feature fiberflame in Saugerties NY as the Sign of the week! fiberflame is a make-your-own mixed-media art studio serving a community of all ages and abilities. At fiberflame you can walk in and print a tote bag, collage a picture frame, paint a pot, mosaic a vase, take a workshop in precious metal clay, throw a party, layer unexpected materials, learn traditional methods with a twist, and break the rules.
They have relocated from a much smaller space, and will open the doors at their new home this week.
What We Did: We created an custom exterior sign of a routed and shaped aluminum face to simulate the look of a piece of paper, and dimensional letters for “fiber flame” to give it depth.The sign welcomes you as you walk up to the front doors.
Also in the works is a brand new monument sign which will be installed in a few weeks!
Congratulations fiberflame on your new location, and best wishes for grand success!