The experts at Ocala Art and Frame believe in the beauty of choice. They invite their customers to choose from more than 1,000 frame styles and dozens of mat textures and colors. Browsers can ask the staff’s board-certified framer to help determine if a needlework masterpiece should be outfitted with a mahogany, oak, or pine outline or if a watercolor should be safely ensconced behind UV-protective glass or a clear Jello mold. Those looking to purchase pieces to decorate their walls can peruse the gallery of more than 10,000 prints, lithographs, and posters, as well as original sculptures. The selection of artwork focuses on equine subjects because of Ocala's designation as the Horse Capital of the World.
Armed with more than 20 years of framing experience and a lifelong passion for preserving artistic works, Héctor Puig personally helps customers select the perfect display methods for their pieces. Together, they sift through the gallery's selection, which includes wooden and metal frames with matte black, cherry, and antique gold finishes, to name a few. In addition to aesthetically completing a picture or a diploma's presentation, these frames, along with other materials, come in archival varieties for customers who value conservation above all else.
For inspiration, visitors can peruse the gallery's eclectic displays of paintings and sculptures by regional, national, and intergalactic artists. Héctor explained his motivation for continually seeking out these works to the Gainesville Sun in 2005, saying, "I want people to feel like they can come in and see what real art is about, as opposed to feeling like it's something they can't understand." Among these works are pieces from Héctor's personal collection of hand-carved santos de palo figures, which come from his native Puerto Rico and occasionally appear in domestic and international museums, according to Gainesville Magazine in 2006.
Pearls & Pumps' photographer, Britt, and hair and makeup specialist, Jenna, strive to set subjects at ease as they snap tasteful, intimate boudoir photos. Before each photo package, a professional readies each subject for the camera’s gaze by styling her hair and painting her visage with makeup. Custom printing services beautifully display sensual snapshots within shadow boxes, on stretched canvases, or over local billboards. Pearls & Pumps has also partnered with Diva Dolls to host boudoir parties, during which instructors teach pole, chair, or burlesque dancing as photographers snap alluring images.
One of the most awarded portrait photographers in Florida, Tim Kelly brings more than 40 years of experience to each master-crafted image he creates. With today's deal, customers get a 30-minute session with the man himself, capturing their visages for posterity and proving to future generations that at one time mustaches only grew on faces. Guests are free to express themselves in a variety of styles, with up to eight subjects per portrait: capture your Napoleonic boardroom bravado with an executive profile, dress your brood in their finest matching corduroy jumpsuits for a family vignette, or rage against the impermanence of youth with a memory-grasping child portrait.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
Midway through the process of framing a vintage Woodstock ticket and corresponding newspaper article for a customer, owner Brian Smith realized that his original design didn't suit the customer's taste and started over, finally arriving at a striking image that delighted the client. With an artist's intuition, Mr. Smith makes sure that each piece he creates suits each client's style, whether he's framing a sports jersey or a very loyal Roomba. He and his dexterous staff employ handpicked tools, such as float mounting, deckled edges, and high-definition framing, to preserve each piece and help it stand out from its surroundings. Eco-friendly framing options ensure that customers can rest easy, knowing that their wooden frame came directly from a sustainable forest and not a plastic mine.