The experts at Art & Frame Express help customers tweak the colors and textures of each custom-framed project until it’s ready. This helps clients make informed decisions among the store’s simple and ornate frames before the professionals transform an oil painting, tapestry, or diploma into a wall-ready masterpiece. In addition to outlining artwork, the staff uses digital printing to generate archival-quality giclées, design photo collages, and restore photographs taken during the days when cameras ran on coal. They also pair homeowners with artwork and snap passport photos before international flights.
The winner of seven consecutive Best Custom Framing awards from CityVoter users, Masterpieces Fine Art & Custom Framing stocks more than 2,300 frames, including work by industry mainstay Larson-Juhl. Its skilled framers meld function and aesthetic form to secure works of art in everything from American hardwood to 22-karat-gold-leafing frames to metal handcuffs. Aside from framing, the staff also restores faded or creased photos to their original vivid states and brings photos to life by converting them into imitation oil paintings or watercolors that look like they were born from hours of meticulous brushstrokes.
Countless trees fly by under your feet as you soar hundreds of feet above the ground. Suddenly, the forest floor below opens up into a gorge. At Red River Gorge Zipline, riders witness this incredible sight on regular canopy tours set amid the picturesque wilderness of Daniel Boone National Forest. The system's ziplines span more than 4,000 feet above the forest canopy, with the longest reaching about 1,900 feet in length. At the end of the tour, dual racing ziplines send riders charging down from more than 200 feet above the ground, and reaching speeds exceeding 50 mph. All of Red River Gorge Zipline's guests are strapped into harnesses for the duration of their tours, while helmet cams document their adventure.
The photographers at Casual Candids Photography rely on photojournalistic techniques to capture candid, visually striking images that tell a story. They specialize in capturing the lifetime events that draw a family closer together?a wedding, an engagement, a bar or bat mitzvah, and an unveiling of the sibling who's been living in the attic. These events can be more formally commemorated in Casual Candids' art books, which are built on the studio's templates and individually personalized.
Cuban-born Liliana Perez is as an accomplished artist who first caught the creative bug at the age of 6. Since then, she's had solo exhibitions across Chicago and New York, racked up a slew of awards, taught extensively, and adorned schools with her murals. She's even worked as a scenic artist at Steppenwolf, the Lyric Opera, and other top-tier theaters.
But Liliana knows that not everyone boasts that same extensive artistic background, and she knows that some people feel intimidated to pick up a paintbrush or pencil. That's why she offers relaxed BYOB painting lessons for small groups. During these sessions, she works to bring out the natural creativity in her students, who pick up technical skills while learning to trust their own artistic voices.