Painters, graphic artists, and architects have found the tools of their trade at the one-stop Top Notch Art Centre since 1971. A floor-to-ceiling picture window beckons passersby on Craig Street, where shade trees shelter a block of historic buildings and small businesses, including a rare bookshop and a cobbler for broken dreams. Inside, the staff leads 2-D artists toward the right brush for watercolor or oil from their selection of Winsor Newtons, or printmaking papers from Arches Cover and BFK Rives lines. The store also makes an effort to seek out artisanal brands, such as Gamblin Artists Oils and Mt. Vision Handmade Pastels. Bookbinders can pick up screw posts and glue, and drafters can run their fingers over delicate, smooth vellum and curl them around the curves and angles of nine types of stylus guides. Past the tall, narrow aisles, a framing shop encases completed works of art in glass and caution tape to prepare them for display.
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.
A baby shows off her blue butterfly wings and a cherubic smile. Two big dogs mug for the camera. Family members decked out in elf ears and Santa hats gather around a toddler in a sleigh. These are just a few of the many personable shots captured by the photography pros at The Photo Depot.?
Here, clients can gather for a customized photo shoot that commemorates a holiday, a soon-to-be-born baby, or an almost-graduate. They can even opt to?have their kids take a special Easter photo with a live bunny, a process designed to elicit a smile, much like showing kids the tax rebate they got that year.
Clients also head to the tech department to restore vintage photographs or convert VHS recordings of home videos into DVDs.
The professionally trained photographers at Snap Photo Studio capture timeless family moments with in-studio portraiture. During each session, they capture personalities through creative and dynamic lens-work, while getting to know each family through jokes and smiles. Within cleanly designed, modern studio spaces, staff members encourage children to take candid, classic poses, as well as dynamic action shots. The studio also handles more pragmatic photography needs, such as passport pictures, available at select locations.
Tied for third in the category of Best Art Gallery in the Oakville Beaver's Readers Choice awards, Glen Abbey Framing & Fine Art Gallery specializes in keeping safe your keepsakes. Issuing a stern rebuke to the ravages of time and light damage, Glen Abbey encases everything from artwork to sports jerseys in acid-free materials and regular or conservation glass. Memorialize baby's first PhD in an 8"x10" single 2-inch mat with regular glass and your choice of wood frame ($100), or honour past glories with a 32"x40" double mat, wood-framed chess-team jersey under regular glass ($450). All custom framing is done on-site, where patrons, like modern day Vincenzo Peruggias, can take inspiration from the art gallery. Friendly framers have myriad materials at their disposal, ensuring that each frame will peacefully coexist with the existing design scheme of your house, tree house, or nineteenth-century submarine house.