Everyone has a different vision of how their living space should look, which is why ART on 5th fills its three-level, 6,000-square-foot gallery with art to suit all tastes. Works by notable names such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Theodor Seuss Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—rub shoulders with rotating collections from some 60 lesser-known artists.
In addition to displaying fine paintings, ART on 5th offers custom-framing services, and backs each of its frames with a lifetime guarantee. The store’s artisans meticulously choose a flattering frame for each piece from more than 3,000 styles—helping artwork mesh stylistically with its destination, be it a living-room wall or an endless hall of mirrors. They eschew colored, paper mats in favor of neutral-toned, hand-wrapped linen mats, leaving some wiggle room between art and frame and imbuing each piece with richness and depth. Each frame is hung with kevlar, a bulletproof material that prevents damage caused by rusted hanging wires and showboating ’80s action-movie stars.
At Quality Frames & Art, meticulous staff members gingerly unfurl customers' art before smoothing it into place inside a custom-made frame or eco-friendly molding from Larson-Juhl. Interior-design power teams of mats and frames transform posters into easy-to-hang art, and sleek modern or decadent baroque molding convinces mirrors to gleam brighter than a comet after a dental appointment. The team can preserve memories by encasing jewelry, instruments, and other collectibles in striking shadowboxes for vintage flair. In addition to matting and mounting photos, staff members can repair clients' damaged frames and cracked glass. For patrons robing their walls from scratch, the shop also stocks paintings by more than a dozen local artists, including landscapes, portraits, and still-life scenes.
Sometimes it's not the price of a piece of art that makes it valuable, so much as the sentiment attached to it. Nobody knows this better than the team of framers at Fastframe, who've designed custom frames for everything from children's artwork to signed sports equipment and everything in-between. With a staff that includes two certified picture framers and a stock that includes 3D shadow boxes as well as museum-quality mats and moldings, the shop is well equipped to handle any framing need, whether you're looking to protect a piece of fine art from acid and UV-damage or simply want to show off a nearly complete crossword puzzle in a decorative frame. What's more, Fastframe backs all of its work with a lifetime guarantee on craftsmanship and a 30-day guarantee on design, to ensure your prized possessions are preserved to your satisfaction.
Naomi Worley knows a real smile when she sees one. As the shutterbug behind Pitter Patter Photos, she aims for candid grins and authentic laughter in every shot she takes. She began to explore photography when her first child was born and turned her passion into a business after the birth of her second. This former pre-K teacher loves working with children and is continually impressed by their curiosity, excitement, and ability to lift 100 times their bodyweight. Though she often works out of her in-home studio, she loves taking her camera to grassy fields and old brick buildings spray-painted with saturated hues.
In near-alchemical feats, Big Frog's staff transforms customers' images, designs, or slogans into custom-printed apparel and accessories blanketed in a satisfaction guarantee. Patrons submit art digitally or in person, which staffers then scan and send along to graphic artists who tinker over designs in need of tweaking at no extra cost. Images can be emblazoned upon T-shirts and tank tops for adults and kids, or accessories such as mousepads, puzzles, and tote bags. Most items come to fruition within 24 hours, where they await their new owners for in-store pickup or shoot off into the wild blue yonder with international delivery.