The Art of Framing's skilled craftspeople protect and prolong the life of treasured paintings, photographs, and three-dimensional artifacts by encasing them behind thousands of frame designs. Outside of their standard framing services, technicians also stretch mats and fabrics; heat-mount delicate documents; and mend scratched, chipped, and shrink-rayed framework. More than merely preserving personal collections of photos and posters, The Art of Framing promotes the area's thriving art community, hosting a show once a year as well as selling local artists' work in the gift shop.
The craftspeople at Art & Framing by Munro Gallery draw on more than 45 years of experience as they frame cherished items and curate fine arts and crafts. With skillful hands, they swaddle artwork, diplomas, memorabilia, and photos using elements plucked from an arsenal of more than 2,500 mouldings and 1,000 mat samples. When they aren't adorning pictures with princely garb, they stock their shelves with paintings, sculptures, and jewelry that give residences and outfits more personality than Elton John’s herd of peacocks.
Aztec Graphics has adorned keepsakes and decorated bare walls with stylish prints for more than a quarter of a century. Preserve cherished memories behind the glass of a ready-made frame, in sizes ranging from 4"x6" to 30"x40" and styles from ornamental to classic black ($5–$38). Bring in a favorite football jersey, an artistic tapestry, or a pillow with a particularly expressive drool mark and let the expert framers guide you through a myriad of custom framing options, including hundreds of moulding, mat, and glass varieties ($29.95+). Those with empty walls and no memories prior to two seconds ago can search through an array of posters to find an image to claim as their past ($5+). More than 4,000 images of tropical beaches, musicians, movies, and art reproductions will provide ample inspiration for decoration schemes, and a smattering of work from local artists will provoke thoughtful conversations between your walls and your load-bearing maypole.
The talented photographers at Aquario Studio artfully capture treasured memories in the cozy confines of the beautiful, naturally lit Point Loma studio. During a 45-minute, in-studio session, models can feel free to test out newly trademarked poses or simply allow the professional shutterbugs to pose brand-new babies, graduating high-school seniors, or favorite four-legged friends. After shoots, clients return to the studio about 10 days later for a private viewing premier, in which they can select the most glamorous image and use the included discount to have it framed, canvas-wrapped, or sent to the DMV via carrier pigeon.
Until the invention of photography and mirrors last month, people had no way of knowing what they looked like. Today's Groupon will let you know how you look at your best with an hour-long photo shoot from e a brown studio photography for $70 (a $275 value). Choose your favorite San Diego location within this travel area to serve as your backdrop and Edward Allen Brown will be there to snap shots and provide you with valuable modeling advice (face toward the camera; smile with your face, not your elbows), as well as shiny digital copies of all your pictures on one convenient disc.