The seasoned craftsmen and designers at Santa Barbara Frame Shop & Gallery take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their forms?from artworks and diplomas to posters and dog-eared time-share brochures. They draw on a selection of hundreds of frames, selecting one to match your keepsake before enhancing it with a precision-cut mat and non-glare glass. As a testament to the framers? acumen, walls throughout the shop showcase local artists' paintings, serigraphs, and photos, each fitted within its own regal frame.
Growing up in the communist bloc of Poland, Danuta Bennett was surrounded by homogeneity. The same artwork and furniture that decorated her own home cropped up in her neighbors’ living spaces as well. This suffocating sameness stoked the fires of Danuta’s burgeoning artistic career and spurred her lifelong dedication to filling the world with unique forms of expression. Upon relocating to the United States from Poland in 1999, Danuta coalesced her two passions—art and science—into a career in ecology and an on-the-side hobby of selling her oil paintings, photographs, and drawings. Since then, Danuta’s body of work has grown exponentially, and she continues to expand her artistic repertoire to include digital images that blur the line between painting and photograph. From the weather-worn facade of an adobe building to the glistening beads of tail sweat on a hyper-alert squirrel, Danuta’s evocative art relies on simple lines and crisp color to invite deeper viewer reflection.
Released biannually, Touring & Tasting has been keeping its readers up-to-date on news and features related to both big-name and family-owned vineyards and wineries since 1995. Though it focuses mainly on American mainstays including California and Oregon, the magazine has also highlighted suggested touring routes in France and lesser-known domestic winemaking locales such as Virginia and Illinois. In addition to the periodicals, the magazine posts useful of information on its website, which includes a wine store and an extensive list of recipes with suggested pairings.
The Touring & Tasting store serves up an assortment of high-quality wines, wine-club memberships and wine gifts from around the world, They work to stock dozens of hard-to-find wines at affordable prices, and will replace a customer's wine free of charge if they're unsatisfied with their purchase.
Professionally trained as both a photographer and psychologist, Joseph Braun uses both skills to put his subjects at ease so that he can capture candid moments of joy and curiosity. He churns out authentic black-and-white and color images for couples on their special day.
FastFrame outlines photographs and wall-worthy art with more than 1,000 frames in styles ranging from baroque gold trims to funky, contemporary schemes. Dedicated to craftsmanship and creativity, professional framers help select matting hues to complement a diploma or the original Bill of Rights banning knuckle cracking. All projects are completed onsite, ensuring that no materials get dented or lost by clumsy carrier pigeons, and clients can return any custom designs for complete retooling within 30 days if they don't match homes' d?cor.
Barbara Alessandra has photography in her blood. Though she didn't know this when she first discovered the pastime in junior high, her Peruvian grandfather shared the same photographic passion, pioneering new frontiers of photography throughout the '20s, '30s, and '40s. Alessandra has done him proud, bringing her candid photographic style to countless weddings, boudoir photo shoots, and even the pages of local and national publications, such as wedding magazine The Knot, Coastal Woman Magazine, and Wedding Celebrations.
What sets her portfolio apart is her softened use of color and impeccable sense of timing. She attributes her eye for spotting shots to her passion for getting to know her clients on a personal level. By knowing their likes, dislikes, and history, she feels she builds a connection with her subjects, which in turn inspire emotional photographs and moving mental pictures to share with psychic friends.