As the recession deepened, Metro Art & Frame owner Bo Okuyan found that demand never slackened for one market of art collectors: parents. Mr. Okuyan's business savvy caught the attention of the New York Times' Michael Winerip in 2010, who noted that a steady supply of finger paintings and crafts had caused Bo to rethink his definition of art. “All kids are artists, that’s how we look at it now,” he said. Whether upgrading fridge-hung stick-figure portraits to a permanent gallery or framing a more traditionally priceless painting, Mr. Okuyan and his staff begin with a complimentary consultation, tailoring each project to fit home or office aesthetics and personal style. Metro Art & Frame's acid-free mats center photographs, oil paintings, or post-modern puddles of spilled milk in an ornate, gold-leafed frame or elegant black one. Five types of glass and two flavors of plexiglass guard sensitive paintings from light damage with UV protection, and the shop's selection of contemporary and classic prints lets patrons fill in the gaps in their home galleries.
A gallery and framing shop, Arielle's Gallery promotes art appreciation and protects clients' paintings, pictures, and posters. With more than 2,000 options, choices range from budget-friendly to high-end. In-house services include museum quality, conservation framing, archival, acid-free mats, art and museum glass.
In the gallery, guests can explore exhibits that span jewelry, fine art, pottery, and glass art. The framing shop stocks exotic woods and miscellaneous mats to customize pictures.
Bradford Rowley's manually finished portraiture evokes the classic regality of a time when the paintbrush was mightier than the Polaroid. Each personally appointed opus begins life as a photograph in the artist's controlled studio environment. Individual subjects can regale the camera eye with defining aspects of their personality or hobbies, augmenting poses with props such as a violin, a horse-riding crop, or a high-school-mascot costume. After that, clients select a single shot to serve as the base of the future masterpiece. Up to eight layers of paint ensconce this initial image in the trappings of old Europe during the ensuing three-month artistic process. Bradford's team of classical crafters employs digital processes only when absolutely necessary, discreetly expunging unsightly bits of lint or the ghost of Warren G. Harding.
Julia Juliati inherited a fine camera sense from her father, a photographer, and honed it over a decade of portrait shooting. Juliati helps women unwind and showcase their sensuality in a contemporary studio, producing photos and albums to give to significant others or presidential biographers. Juliati Photography has certain props—such as masks and feathers—available for use during photo shoots, but customers must bring their own outfits and uncopyrighted facial expressions.
Rockwell Art and Framing has been involved in the community since 1987. In 2002, Stephen Rockwell Desloge acquired multiple art galleries and framing stores, consolidating them into one entity at multiple locations.
Among the paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works of art displayed at each gallery, professional staffers perform a variety of services, such as custom framing and restoration. They're also happy to provide in-home consultations, picture hanging, personalized portraits, art appraisal, or custom commissions. Three Rockwell shops are home to galleries that display rotating exhibits from featured artists. These exhibits range from paintings and photography to museum-quality documents and artifacts, such as an 1842 edition of the Declaration of Independence. Rockwell Art and Framing also actively supports the local community and beyond. Among other things, the shop has collected hundreds of donated art for a charity sale that raised over $25,000 for Save the Children, an organization that has helped thousands of families recover after the earthquake in Haiti.
Washington Square Art Gallery's precision framers preserve diplomas, sports memorabilia, and prints with custom frames, acid-free backing boards, and UV-protective and plexiglas that prevents keepsakes from fading. Specializing in custom framing, picture professionals craft plastic, wood, metal, and stone squares that average around $200 a project, depending on size, materials, and framed objects' ticklishness. Replace novelty kitten posters with a diploma framed in wood ($150–$225), and including a double matte, dry mounting and plexiglas. In addition to fencing in renegade memories, Washington Square Art Gallery will happily restore wilted photographs to their former glory. The helpful staff also delivers and hangs wall decorations at no additional cost, and on-site parking provides visitors with a safe place to leave their car or saddled ostrich.