From art restoration to custom-made frames and gift-able artwork, the framing artisans at Framer's Edge and Gallery consider it all their expertise. Fabricating frames on-site, technicians draw from a collection of more than 5,000 mold samples to create fully customized dwellings for works of art and exceptional report cards. Additionally, the gallery hangs works from local artists and photographers available for purchase, as well as jewelry, pottery, and blown glass.
When it relocated in 2011 to Grand Rapids from Grand Haven, its home of more than 25 years, Gallery of Frames brought with it a huge selection of conservation materials. Its team of framers encloses artworks and heirlooms with custom-cut combinations of moulding, mat, and glass. Examples of these skillfully designed frames can be found surrounding pictures of athletes at local Brann's locations, or actual athletes if they’ll just sit still for a minute.
EZ E-Prints is a family-owned, professional photo-finishing and printing center, specializing in providing high-quality personalized products designed by the customer and refined by a highly skilled technician. By downloading EZ E-Prints' free software customers can combine their cherished digital photos with easy-to-follow templates to design meaningful calendars ($30), single-fold cards ($1.30+ each), business cards ($0.15–$0.35 each), posters ($2.50–$3.75), canvas wraps ($64.99+), and more. Customers have the flexibility to choose their preferred photo finish, color, and font type before entrusting the quality of the final product to a professional finisher who will use his expertise to decipher which red eyes should be removed and which are the natural result of years of selective breeding. Shipping is free for all orders over $20, and all card orders include envelopes to keep your intimate messages safe in the claws of your favorite carrier pigeon or most-trusted taloned mailman. Check out the helpful tutorials to guide you through the design process, and start crafting your personalized prints today.
Joseph, the award-winning photographer behind Derby Photography, draws upon a range of aesthetic styles when taking pictures, from the realistic bent of photojournalism to the pristine composition of classic European portraiture and fine art. For more than 20 years, Joseph has captured high-school seniors, kids, families, and engaged couples in of-the-moment poses that represent his subjects’ personalities. Clients can flash a grin at a location of their choosing, or opt for the expansive confines of Derby Photography’s studio or Derby Portrait Park’s more than 3 acres of land. In addition to portrait sessions, Joseph also extends his services to weddings, modeling portfolios, headshots, and professional events such as auctions and charity benefits.
At Pictures Plus, teams of framing technicians help preserve and display customers’ precious artwork and images with mounting and framing services. The walls of the studio beckon to visitors with rows of leather, pewter, and enamel frames for protecting art and family photos. They can also peruse shadow boxes, good for preserving and presenting medals, seashells, and collections of celebrity toenail clippings. The shop’s Urban Ashes collection allows framing experts to preserve Michigan's precious natural resources through the use of locally salvaged materials and scrap ash wood.
The 5,100-square-foot studio at Photo Studio Group is a blank canvas upon which a community of visiting and member artists stages their craft. For an hourly rate, photographers can click their shutters at a professional studio backdrop and use lights, backgrounds, and grip equipment on a first-come, first-served basis. A series of workshops bring the ins and outs of the industry into focus, including a class on studio techniques that covers set design, hair and makeup collaboration, and teaching mannequins to hold a pose. Photo foundations workshops focus on topics such as camera equipment and composition, and Photoshop workshops introduce students to the image-enhancing software and other Creative Suite applications. Photo Studio Group also hosts a pro lecture series, where esteemed photographers and designers chat about their techniques in a casual setting.