FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
Is it a trendy art gallery or a coffee shop? Your eyes might be bewildered, but your taste buds won’t be. Viento y Agua is a home for artists where they can pick up a fresh cup of joe. Viento y Agua decorates its walls with work from local artists that customers can purchase--you could spend hours gazing at the colorful array of artwork. When your eyes are tired, you can shut them and listen to the local bands playing great music on open mic night. You experience all this as you sip Viento y Agua’s delicious coffee and eat their tasty food. At Viento y Agua, you can take home the art you bought along with a cup of coffee.
The Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center is a cornucopia of activities for the local community of Long Beach, California. One of many Jewish Community Centers established in the mid-1800s, this cultural and societal hub does much to enrich the lives of those who frequent it. Some of the most notable activities that can be done here include wellness classes tailored specifically for the different age groups, language learning classes, summer camps, and culture-learning classes. The community center features a heated junior Olympic pool, which hosts swimming classes for people of all ages all year-round.
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The Vault houses a rich collection of classic photographs from Hollywood, music, and sports history. Neil Leifer's photo of Muhammad Ali's KO victory over Sonny Liston appears beside Frank Worth's glamour shots of Marilyn Monroe, printed on archival paper handmade from Frank Sinatra's pocket lint. The Vault shares its collection with the public through periodic gallery exhibitions.
Teale Street plays host to handy hands with a 4,000-square-foot studio encompassing an expansive clay studio, a stone carving yard, and communal workspaces for professional artists and hobbyists alike. Clay-sculpture classes are open to sculptors of all experience levels, as Teale Street's bevy of experienced and accomplished artists serve as studio instructors, helping students hone the basics during intimate, three-hour gatherings. Amateur chiselers start with the fundamentals of traditional figure sculpture to help them become more comfortable with manipulation and instill a basic understanding of anatomy, proportion, structure, and how Abe Lincoln got to be so large and memorialized. Students are then free to mold their clay into an earthen likeness of their choosing, with all clay and tools provided.