Bryant Art Gallery is committed to bringing one-of-a-kind art and splendid aesthetic displays to Birmingham’s creative cognoscenti. With a collection spanning the pigment-and-canvas styles of the old masters through sculpture, mixed media, and screaming performance artists, Bryant’s friendly staff stands eager to assist patrons in finding the perfect complement for home décor. Selections from a series of 8'x10' oil paintings start at $45.
The bright, multihued confines boast well-organized shelves, a wide variety of top-brand products, and a personable, welcoming staff who delight memory lovers with a dizzying array of nostalgia accoutrements. Generate craft buzz with Sketches for Scrapbooking Volume 6 ($16.99), or score the latest edition of Magnolia Ink magazine chock full of whimsical cards, step-by-step tutorials on whipping up your own greeting square art, and inspiration from two-dimensional Mother's Day rose petals ($11.99). The Best of Card Creations book bursts forth with more than 500 designs of aesthetically pleasing cardboard salutations for occasions ranging from holidays to plant birthdays ($18.99). Youthful illustrators will pass countless hours with the artistic activities and bird-hosted paper tea parties detailed in the little girl kit ($14.99).
For more than three decades, the framing specialists at The Framin' Shoppe have preserved memories behind glass. They build custom frames for flat items such as diplomas or photographs and build shadow boxes to contain three-dimensional items such as quilts or football jerseys with the athletes still wearing them. The shop also purveys DIY framing materials; posters; prints commemorating Alabama, Auburn, and other SEC football teams; and a wide selection of mirrors. Conveniently, the company operates at four Birmingham locations.
Dedicated to a next-day turnaround for many assignments, Thompson's encases everything from diplomas to completed jigsaw puzzles within the ornate borders of more than 2,000 customizable frames. Guests can also peruse a collection of 300 ready-made frames that will fit snugly around standard-size pictures, or commission custom tabletop frames to showcase unconventionally sized posters. More than 100 framed, beveled mirrors further populate the store, silently reflecting the reversed T-shirt graphics and snarky grins of each shopper's personal doppelgänger. Frames and mirrors are complemented by a collection of original oil paintings, which help homeowners adorn their walls with a colorful still life, a muted landscape, or an unflinchingly honest portrayal of the human condition.
Southern Quick Print is a printing paradise equipped with tools, machines, and manpower working together to provide services ranging from offset and large-format printing to more-specialized jobs such as die-cutting and embossing. The copycat robots in the shop will make a standard 8.5"x11" black-and-white copy for a dime and will make a bulk order of 500 copies for $25. You can also collaborate with the friendly experts to produce eye-catching full-color banners ($7 per square foot, includes basic design) or brain-catching business cards (starting at $35 for 250).