Since 1995, the dexterous framers at Hang It Inc. have been embellishing artwork and other displayables with more than 1,000 first-rate frame varieties culled from around the world. Enclose a photograph or a napkin from a particularly delicious barbecue dinner with a 16”x20" black wood frame ($64), equipped with glass and a mount. Drab dorm rooms are illuminated with a poster encased in a 24”x36" black metal frame ($69), and gold, silver, and ornate borders enable customized constructions. Other combinations may be seen here. Hang It’s unique plasma-TV-framing service adorns wall-hung television sets with a quality picture frame and liner, transforming T.J. Hooker reruns into art. After shopping, customers can peruse the studio's art gallery, Gallery 122, which features a variety of mediums from local artists.
Seasoned artist Malcom Potek calls upon more than two decades of glass-manipulating experience while crafting intricate, multicolored tiles and custom sconces that suit the unique architecture of their intended edifices. Within his shop and gallery, a glossy collection of already made glass portraits, beads, and tiles entices eyes to ogle one-of-a-kind designs instead of Betty Boop–shaped clouds. Visitors inspired by Potek's work can learn the tricks of the trade during a variety of glass-blowing classes that set participants on the path to glass-blowing certification.
Owner and stained-glass enthusiast Judy assembles custom pieces for cabinets, doors, and windows, as well as hanging decorations including address signs, reproductions of drawings, and flower mosaics. In her introductory classes, students create easy-to-follow designs, such as a three-dimensional Moravian star. Judy teaches pupils the basics, from cutting and soldering glass to comforting elderly glass with stories of a promised afterlife as beach sand.
The Photo Booth Group bolsters bashes by delivering and setting up photo booths that fit up to 16 hard-partying subjects. Their open-air style booths—not enclosed by curtains—allow for larger group shots than traditional enclosed booths. Packages come with props, digital files, and unlimited prints that only take 20 seconds to print out, along with an on-site attendant.
Before he could enroll in his first middle school class, Jim Hilgedick already had a portfolio of his own pictures. At the age of 9, Jim began teaching himself film development and printing, and before long, he was documenting graduations, school events, and vacations. His enlistment into the Army in 1985 initiated a 19-year hiatus from photography, which finally ended when he founded JH Portrait Design.
Inspired by the inextinguishable passion he had for photography in his youth, the award-winning photographer specializes in portraits of high school seniors. Jim snaps artful pictures of students in his studio or at locations meaningful to them, from their favorite park in town to their favorite hiding place for their lunch money. After each session, he retouches images to remedy any blemishes or dark circles, and arranges prints into products such as wall portraits, folios, and books.
For Sasha Kvasnik, photography isn't just a hobby—it's the family business. As a third-generation photographer, she melds traditional and contemporary techniques to capture family gatherings, inventive portraits of individuals, and scenes of flora and fauna.