Nestled in Kansas City?s quaint West Plaza Area, Hook Gallery & Framing premieres local and regional artists by hosting their photographs, paintings, and mixed-media pieces, ranging from sculpture to large-scale installations. In addition to displaying work from up-and-coming artists, they preserve treasured photographs and paint-by-numbers portraits with custom framing services boasting more than 500 frame and mat options. The framers also rent out their charming venue for small-scale social events, such as anniversary celebrations and birthday parties.
Josie Kern, Artistic Photography's experienced shutterbug, harnesses her years of snapping photos at fashion shows and special events to expertly capture client portraits in her hometown, chalet-style studio. Single models or groups of up to eight people can strike visually pleasing poses in a prompted 60-minute photo session, as Josie immortalizes group hugs, catwalk stances, and yarn-chasing prowess. After the photo shoot, clients sit down with Josie to choose their favorite frame and receive the selected image on an 8"x10" print, with additional prints available for $10 apiece. Josie's attention to detail, eye for powerful imagery, and ability to juggle five flaming cameras has gained her work both locally and abroad, including gracing the cover of Yoga Magazine.
Modern Canvas’s printing specialists transform photographs into personalized, one-of-a-kind works of art. Customers send high-resolution photographs to Modern Canvas via email or FTP, and in 5–10 business days, they receive their image printed onto a professional-quality canvas. Printers can augment canvases with special techniques such as the Warhol effect, which renders photographs in the pop-art style of the 1960s icon or replaces smiles with cans of soup. Canvases are available in sizes ranging from 10"x10" to 96"x96".
Chelsea Alderman is an artistic jill-of-all-trades. In her spare time, she writes and directs comedy thrillers, relying on her talent for making "people pretty for a living." That sense of insouciant charm carries over into her wedding photography where macroshots of bouquets fit right in with candid photos of flower girls sitting on a church stoop during their state-mandated 15-minute break. Like her photos of nuptials, her portraits use almost impossibly vibrant colors and unexpected images, such as a young woman wrapped in Christmas lights, to dive beneath the surface and evoke a subject's personality.