For more than 30 years, the framing experts at Grove Pointe Frame & Art have preserved valuable and sentimental items for posterity by encasing them within museum-quality frames. Specialists help to choose from more than 4,000 frames and 300 mat samples to create a border that accents any item, from sports jerseys to cryogenically frozen uncles, and complements existing décor. In addition to framing services, Grove Pointe Frame & Art can create custom signs and banners to help customers to promote their own businesses or join street protests of blank picket signs.
After apprenticing with master framers in Yorkshire and London, Heba Elbanna opened Tresorie, where she designs custom frames that archive cherished memories and reflect her clients' unique tastes. Drawing on nine years of French matting experience, she carefully applies transparent watercolor washes and hand-inked lines around matted works of art. This technique, which first arose in the late 18th century, was nearly quelled by the Industrial Revolution, a time of great societal change when the rise of precise machinery made hands obsolete. Fortunately, 20th-century artists revived the French matting technique, and today Heba often incorporates the classic designs into the framing of modern art pieces as well as contemporary photographs.
When she isn't painting delicate lines, Heba and her staff source frames from Larsen-Juhl and Roma Moulding, which come in styles ranging from slim and minimalistic to wide and ornate. Staffers can protect photographs and prints with simple, clear glass as well as museum quality, UV-resistant glass that reduces glare from grouchy portraits. In addition to cutting single, double, and multi-windowed mats, Heba also displays three-dimensional pieces—such as antique pipes and fans—inside specially designed frames. Customers can view Heba's handiwork on her online gallery and peruse samples of her French matting.
An offshoot of Greenwich House, an institution founded in 1902 to "help individuals lead more fulfilling lives," Greenwich House Pottery has served as an artistic outlet for the community for more than a century. Classes teach students the techniques of crafting pottery by hand or on the wheel, and the Jane Hartsook Gallery's collection of ceramics lets visitors fulfill their cultural appetite without having to eat crumpled-up beat poems. Despite the general laidback atmosphere, the school's program has attracted such accomplished kiln-folk as Peter Voulkos and Margaret Israel as guest teachers throughout the years.
Nestled between Soho and Little Italy, Posteritati’s expansive gallery space invokes the golden age of cinema with more than 9,000 black-and-white and Technicolor movie posters. Petite placards and wall-length signboards span decades and genres that range from the once-popular film noir to the criminally overlooked fettuccini western. Colorful books on cinema arts round out Posteritati's collection and share space on the gallery’s dark hardwood floors with a rotating array of autographed handbills signed by producers, writers, and stars such as Lena Horne. The shop regularly hosts shows and poster exhibitions that revolve around central screen themes such as politics, romance, and actors’ relationships with antagonizing laugh tracks.
The stylists at Le Salon d’ Art embrace the art world as much as they do the hair world—so much so that each month the salon showcases a new artist’s work, from mixed-media paintings to highly stylized photographs. But their dedication to the arts doesn’t stop there. Out on the salon floor, junior and senior stylists can be found cutting, painting, and sculpting strands into modern and classic ’dos.
To create these custom looks, stylists reach for Goldwell products and Coppola keratin treatments, as well as use a variety of advanced techniques, including balayage highlighting and paintball coloring. And while they do all of this, to make each client’s experience enjoyable, they offer complimentary glasses of wine, coffee, and tea.
JMC Custom Framing Inc’s experienced framers serve customers with advice on a variety of custom-framing projects. They provide personal attention to the idea of art and its exhibition, manufacturing frames by hand with 100% American-made materials. They gladly help customers re-create and frame mirrors, prints, or objects with custom jobs.