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.
The picture preservers at A Framer's Touch encase beloved paintings, photos, and keepsakes in artfully constructed wall hangings that have garnered numerous awards at regional and international framing competitions. After art is transported to the shop, certified framers embark upon the 10-step framing process by consulting with customers to decide on the piece's materials, design, and ability to hang. A stockade of approximately 2,500 moulding samples proffers ample aesthetic options for frames' outer boundaries, and a variety of mats, glass coverings, and needlework choices allow for mind-bending levels of customization. Though rates vary as much as each piece's framed-in contents, basic prices range from $39.99 for an 8"x10" frame to $139.99 for a 24"x36" frame with a mat. To ensure professional work and eliminate the chances of frames being lost or damaged while catapulted between store and workshop, all framing takes place in A Framer's Touch's art-coddling shop.
Original oil paintings, limited edition prints and lithographs. Realistic, impressionistic, romantic style. Painting for thirty years. Traveling to paint the places I visit. Italy has been a great source of inspiration. I also teach oil painting at my studio gallery. Please call for details. 503-421-1644
Framed Art's experts transform unsheathed artwork, photographic heirlooms, and old family tax returns into custom-trussed adornments worthy of the most exclusive fireplace mantles. An 8"x10" frame ($50+) modestly complements a stairwell gallery of school portraits, while a 22"x28" casing ($100+) could corral a raucous concert poster. Basic framing estimates cover matting, backing, glass, and a plain perimeter of black wood or metal. Larger or more ornate options ensconce the most precious specimens in carved wood, lace mattes, or lasers.
Backspace is Portland's nexus of music, art, community, and food. To ensure your eyes are open wide enough to read the entire menu of organic fare, order a Stumptown Coffee libation right away. A single ($1.75) or double ($2.25) espresso packs a sufficiently perky punch. Chase it with a buildable quesadilla, which pairs Jack cheese with your choice of fillings such as black beans, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, or peppers ($6), or a ready-built vegan hummus plate ($6.50). All salads––including the broccoli goddess ($5 for small/$6.50 for large) and the kalamata-olive-dotted Caesar ($4.50 for small/$6 for large)––are vegan. For a hand-held helping of fresh greenery, order a turkey avocado wrap, which is stuffed with soy turkey, red peppers, onions, and tomatoes ($7). An all-local beer selection is available for coffee-averse non-insomniacs.
As one of the largest glassblowing facilities in Portland, Elements Glass is the hub of the area's glassblowing scene, providing studio space and schooling for local artists and ambitious amateurs. During the introductory class, students learn how to craft a one-of-a-kind glass float, choosing their own colors and breathing life into their beautiful bauble over the course of 30–45 minutes. Those who love art but dislike respiration can skip the studio and head straight to the store, which populated by translucent treasures from a range of local glass gurus.