Ray Street Custom Framing owner Michelle Robinson stuffs her store with one-of-a-kind picture holders. Cosset a canvas in Peruvian-leather or hand-forged metal mouldings ($40–$100/foot), or opt for a basic black-wood frame ($10/foot) to shelter a particularly eye-catching parking ticket. Prices vary, but $100 can usually get a basic 11”x14” frame with a single mat and glass, a 16”x20” frame with glass but no mat, or an imaginary frame with a zillion invisible mats. A trained artist herself, Robinson hosts a stop on the Ray at Night Art Walk on the second Saturday of every month, showcasing work by local artists that she has custom-framed.
The Art of Framing's skilled craftspeople protect and prolong the life of treasured paintings, photographs, and three-dimensional artifacts by encasing them behind thousands of frame designs. Outside of their standard framing services, technicians also stretch mats and fabrics; heat-mount delicate documents; and mend scratched, chipped, and shrink-rayed framework. More than merely preserving personal collections of photos and posters, The Art of Framing promotes the area's thriving art community, hosting a show once a year as well as selling local artists' work in the gift shop.
The talented photographers at Aquario Studio artfully capture treasured memories in the cozy confines of the beautiful, naturally lit Point Loma studio. During a 45-minute, in-studio session, models can feel free to test out newly trademarked poses or simply allow the professional shutterbugs to pose brand-new babies, graduating high-school seniors, or favorite four-legged friends. After shoots, clients return to the studio about 10 days later for a private viewing premier, in which they can select the most glamorous image and use the included discount to have it framed, canvas-wrapped, or sent to the DMV via carrier pigeon.