Settled between an 1839-built Greek Revival building known as the Old Customs House and a just-opened expansion building, the Erie Art Museum displays an expansive collection of American and international art and fosters artistic growth with a series of educational programs and thought-provoking shows. Along with free admission to exhibits, members enjoy invitations to exclusive special events, including a private preview of the 88th Annual Spring Show on Saturday, April 16. Discounted tickets to concerts and performances such as the Contemporary Music Series let membership-wielders explore the nether regions of audible art that allow for bobbing heads, tapping feet, and pumping fists. Members looking to live out dreams of becoming an artist can enjoy reduced tuition for the museum's art classes and workshops. Groupon buyers get a 15% discount off services from the Museum Frame Shop, and a 10% markdown on merchandise in the museum gift shop can help fill the registry for a wedding between an artist and the world's foremost collector of Pennsylvania-theme mugs.
For more than 50 years, Van Tuil Photo and Imaging has specialized in protecting, beautifying, and restoring its customers' sentimental items. Photo experts enlarge prints and digital images to new, high-resolution sizes, and restore aged photos and video to like-new condition. The shop's framers fit pictures of all shapes and sizes in custom frames and a range of colorful mats, completing most jobs in under a week. Van Tuil also specializes in preservation framing for items ranging from photos to vintage sports memorabilia.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
While prices vary depending on finishing quality, customers can display wild-captured moments for as little as $0.25 for a 4''x6'' print. Professionally processed photos and portraits come emblazoned on Kodak Endura Luster paper, starting at $0.45 cents per 4''x6'' print, and going up to $1.49 for each 5''x7'' image. Those seeking larger sized photos to liven up shamelessly bare mantles can enlarge a print to sizes such as 11''x14'' ($7.95) or 24''x30'' ($45), a size well-suited for hiding a hole caused by a rogue wrecking ball.
Pascal's energizes abodes with vibrant, custom painting, collaborating with clients to dress their walls in stylish and classic colour palettes. Dwellers can enlist the lacquer artisans to coat a room up to 12'x12' in luscious General Paint pigments, which enliven fallow living quarters and obscure the knee-level height marks of former elf tenants. The fully insured company flourishes ceilings, trims, walls, and doors in a timely matter, priming residential nooks for feng-shui furniture arrangements and other artistic accents. Pascal's also furnishes interiors with wall coverings and designs such as modern wallpaper, stencil patterns, and modest fig leaves.
Each edition of the award-winning Buffalo Spree magazine delivers a full month of event calendars, local feature stories, and timely articles showcasing art, design, and culture across Buffalo and Western New York. Dining guides highlight the best local eateries, and profiles of the area's movers and shakers introduce notable businesspeople and do-gooders. Shopping guides and reviews of designers and stylists keep readers entertained and up to date on the latest trends. Home and garden coverage bores a peephole into area abodes through photographic tours of residential interiors, exteriors, and laundry rooms.