Easy as A-B-C, the artists behind Life in Letters craft custom photographic gifts available both in their shop and online. Over the years, they've amassed a vast collection of black-and-white photos of common objects and sights that resemble letters—such as arches, golf balls, fences, and palm trees—which they assemble into meaningful words, such as love, laugh, family, and nihilism. Once customers have chosen their word and selected each letter, they can have their piece matted and framed to suit their own decor or that of a loved one. The photographers also share their skills with aspiring shutterbugs during regular introductory photography classes.
Artistic pursuits eat up most of Janné Peterson’s time each week. That’s because she’s an elementary art teacher with a master’s degree in graphic arts, fine arts, and art education; a specially trained portrait artist belonging to the Professional Photographers of Ohio; and the founding photographer of Janné Photographics. Janné snaps family portraits with a contemporary style, capturing loved ones linked arm-and-arm against the rich colors of scenic outdoor expanses where many of her on-location shoots take place. In studio, Janné makes use of colored backdrops, lighting setups, and talcum powder-scented air fresheners that cater towards baby photo sessions.
Since 1976, Keith and Betty Ketring have been combining their interests in woodworking and fine-art prints by preserving their clientele’s artworks and heirlooms with custom frames. Their inventory of framing materials includes a spectrum of moulding styles—from stark black to ornately carved and gilded—as well as conservation glass and a multitude of colorful mats.
The brainchild of a painter and a photographer, Pop Revolution Gallery zeroes in on the relationship between art and modern society with exhibits that showcase work from local artists. In addition to displaying artwork, the creative minds behind the gallery also outline it: with nearly 20 years of experience, they can handle any custom framing project. Artists themselves, the experts can assist with helpful suggestions as patrons browse more than 2,000 mouldings that add flair to paintings, complement sports jerseys, or give an air of authority to fraudulent tax returns.
Keeping up with the latest technology, Pop Revolution Gallery recently extended its endeavors with PRG Fine Art Printing, which generates digital prints on high-quality papers and canvas gallery wraps. The staff also fosters creativity with art classes that teach pupils of all ages to make everything from basic sketches and watercolors to sculptures crafted with wire instead of cement and their little sister.:m]]
The seed that grew into Heirloom Framing Company was planted when Andy Stuckert took a cherished football jersey to his local framing shop. Dismayed at what he considered an overblown price estimate, Andy nearly toppled over in frustration when the framers took three weeks to finish the job and did it incorrectly. Needless to say, he thought he could do a better job.
Andy was right about that. Today, he specializes in framing sports memorabilia, but he can also frame anything else—including family heirlooms, photographs, and artwork—with quality matting and glass with 99% UV protection. He’s been known to safeguard a display of VIP concert tickets with museum glass, which has minimal glare, and has even created a shadow box to forever preserve a Scrabble board and its tiles.
His skill and attention to detail earned him City Beat’s Best of Cincinnati award in 2012. Among the readers who voted for him in that poll, there might have been some famous names—after all, Andy counts professional athletes from the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds among his clientele.
For over 40 years, family-owned Row House Gallery and Custom Framing's highly-experienced staff has hosted art, prints, and a wide variety of framing services. Customers can peruse original works or seek out preservation framing—a house specialty—for things such as family photos, diplomas, or even wedding dresses. All told, the gallery and frame shop boasts over 1,500 types of frame moulding.