When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
Modern Studio's team of experienced photographers has wrangled fleeting memories into permanent portrait form since 1952. Portrait subjects choose between a timeless studio sitting or an on-location shoot at a home, park, or hard-won parking space before photographers let fly with well-trained shutters. Photographers produce each 10"x13" family portrait within an on-site photo lab, leaving each photo dry mounted and ready for vertical application on walls or the backs of unsuspecting prank targets.
An open studio for artists of all skill levels, The Glass Fuser welcomes guests to drop in and create fused glass art anytime during open hours. No experience is necessary. Resident artists lead a series of courses that – starting with a beginner class – build on skills and explore different techniques, such as three-layer plates and glass cutting.
As a Bullseye Resource Center, The Glass Fuser also vends a wide selection of sheet and accessory glass. Artists may opt to purchase their own glass, create their own projects, and pay a firing fee. All-inclusive project packages are also available.
At the Oregon Photography School, a duo of skilled shutterbugs with a combined 27 years of experience imparts the secrets of snapping and manipulating artistic images to pupils of all stripes. Vernon T. Williams has conveyed the dignity of famous subjects, including two presidential candidates and a Nobel Prize winner, and his work has appeared in The Economist and other national magazines. Jon Christopher Meyers boasts an eclectic commercial-work portfolio, with recent work including the Eugene Ballet Company's midair athleticism and hawks flying midair from the Cascades Raptor Center.
The school draws on Williams's and Meyers's rich backgrounds to inform intensive workshops on everything from the basics of film- and digital-camera manipulation to portrait photography's finer techniques, such as hypnotizing a subject with nothing but a piece of string tied to a lens cap. After an in-studio or on-location class, an online student/instructor-review tool continues the relationship, letting students post their shots for ongoing feedback and for inspirational haikus from their instructor and fellow photographers.
As a husband-and-wife team, Brad Johnson and Jo Cain cover both halves of Digitizing-Memories' skill set. Brad Johnson brings more than 18 years of computer-networking experience, during which he ensured the safety and security of precious data. Jo Cain has been a hobbyist photographer since the age of 15, which, combined with more than 30 years of customer-service experience, perfectly suits the needs of media preservation. Together, Johnson and Cain archive precious memories and important documents, clearing video tapes and pictures from choked storage spaces and opening them up for the storage of DVD jewel cases and broken PC towers. Whether scanning vacation slides or converting film reels into usable digital files, the pair extends the life of memories far past the physical limits of celluloid and paper.
Whenever she begins a boudoir-photography session, Sherrlyn Borkgren teaches her subjects how to pose and flirt with the camera. If they lack confidence, she’ll help them open up and express their sensual side—a process that includes aiding the hairstyle- and lingerie-selection process. Sherrlyn doesn’t limit her talents to intimate photography—she’s also put others at ease snapping photos for People magazine and European photo studios as well as during photography workshops. In these hands-on lessons, she throws students directly into a project that requires them to apply the basics—such as manipulating manual settings and using natural light—as they learn.