At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Larry Rubino focuses 25 years of professional experience through his camera lense as he snaps planned and candid portraits that reveal each subject's uniqueness. During 60-minute photo shoots, up to 10 models can strike poses together at a memorable location of choice, such as the site of a family reunion or the spontaneous combustion of an uncle. Larry then deftly edits each snapshot before hosting perfected portraits on a private online gallery, and clients recieve three larger prints to decorate blank walls or mantels and eight wallet-size prints to adorn pocket billfolds. Larry Rubino has captured the likeness of many celebrities throughout his nine-year tenure at New York's Friar Club, as well as high-profile commercial superstars such as Johnson & Johnson, BMW, and Duff Beer.
The friendly staff at Statewide Lighting helps visitors illuminate their dark domiciles with a showroom that unveils a beaming variety of decorative and functional lighting accouterments. People can line the hallways of their homes with stylish ceramic wall sconces ($21 each) or grant their kitchens the gift of light with dangling mini pendants ($59.50 each). The elegantly shaped Tiffany lamp ($174.90) can be used to accent a side table or to shoo away loitering shadow puppets, and the cast-iron coach light ($51.50) offers a clear view of the outdoors during nighttime hours. Any of Statewide Lighting’s fixtures can be installed by one of their industrious illuminators at an additional charge.
Roam the 5,000-square-foot gallery at Think Art and you'll see hundreds of original pieces of artwork by more than 75 artists, from oil paintings to metal wall sculptures. To many that sounds enticing, but to some, the vast selection may be intimidating. Fortunately, customers can enlist experts from the gallery to come by to evaluate their home or office space and help them decide which pieces would look best there. Think Art can then deliver and install the pieces the customer selects during these art consultations. If the client needs a large space decorated, the gallery can even arrange for an artist to produce a mural of a scenic desert or a stunning replica of a blank wall.
Of course, if a client already owns a piece and simply needs to frame it, Think Art can handle that as well.