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.
Wood You, a member of the Unfinished Furniture Association, and its staff of timber traders have been selling real wood furniture since 1986. All of the customizable natural-wood furniture displayed in the 8,000-square-foot showroom can be stained, painted, or covered in Grey Poupon to suit any space. Occasional tables ($44–$179) add arboreal flair to living rooms, and dining chairs ($52–$99) support eating endeavors. Personalize your workstation with computer modular groupings or shield your TV from an aggressive animated DVD collection with an entertainment center ($199–$699). Information about lumber, stains, and finishing techniques are available for perusal on Wood You’s website.
The furniture arrangers at Family Furniture Leather Gallery stock all 12,000 square feet of their showroom with more than 100 different colors and styles of furniture spanning from contemporary leather sofas to traditional end tables. Casual end tables ($129+) accompany leather sofas ($999+) and leather chairs and ottomans ($599+), while lamps reveal walking obstacles such as a lurking roller skate or a discarded turkey sandwich ($69+). In-stock items such as leather reclining chairs ($599+) and leather sleeper sofas ($1,399+), both crafted with top-quality leather, are delivered within 72 business hours after purchasing. For the same price, customers are also able to design their own furniture items if in-stock items don’t cradle or envelope their bodies in the right fashion.
Clay Glaze Fire equips visitors with a selection of more than 250 ceramic, mosaic, and fused-glass pieces to design and paint over three consecutive months of unlimited studio sessions. Choose from a wide variety of colors and glazes to decorate a personalized ceramic piece such as a handprint birthday plate ($12) to give as a gift or display on the mantle to shame underachieving feet. Those who like to compose one piece at a time can assemble a mosaic peace sign ($19) with the studio's eclectic collection of bases, glasses, and tiles. A diverse assortment of glass and frit gives crafters the opportunity to fuse glass into a vibrant, 10-inch glass fusion cross ($41) or a misleading bathroom mirror.
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.
Thought it was opened just in 2012, the Harn Museum of Art's 26,000-square foot David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing has quite a bit of history on its hands. There are nearly 700 works on display, all chosen from the museum's collection of more than 2,000 pieces. Dating from the Neolithic period to today, the pieces hail from countries such as India, Persia, Vietnam, and Japan.
Asian art makes up a quarter of the Harn's more than 10,000 works, which, along with travelling exhibitions, fill 32,800 square feet of gallery space. You’ll walk past African wooden masks, metalwork, and ceramics, as well as almost 1,000 modern prints, drawings, and paintings—including canvases by Claude Monet.
Breaking the tradition of many art museums’ “Do not touch” signs, the Bishop Study Center has exhibit-related objects that can be gently touched, though you are not allowed to break apart any sculptures in search of hidden treasure maps. Beyond exhibits, the Harn hosts frequent events including lectures, film screenings, live performances, and interactive programs for students and families.