The specialists at Mr. Frame It take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their physical embodiments—from artworks and photographs to prized sports souvenirs. They draw on more than 1,000 samples from brands such as Larson-Juhl to create custom frames that either serve as focal points or blend in with room decor. In addition to encasing children’s artwork and family portraits, the staff stretches canvases, mounts mirrors, and builds shadow boxes to house awards and first-edition time-share brochures.
For more than 25 years, the experienced art and design consultants at Framing Establishment and Fairfax Gallery have been guiding customers as they select from a collection of more than 5,000 frames. Hand-carved, leafed, and metal picture huggers come customized to fit any image or memento, all of which the gallery picks up, delivers, and installs for free throughout the continental United States. Customers can give cherished images the treatment they deserve with custom mouldings from a variety of manufacturers, plus trimmings such as gold and wooden frames, mat accents, and foam-core backings.
Visiting customers can peruse the store’s gallery of local and Florida artists, gorging eyes on a feast of contemporary and traditional landscapes, still-life works, and sculptures. Artists can also be commissioned to craft custom artwork, helping gussy up a drab wall or take the place of a broken windshield.
The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach houses free art exhibitions, lectures, and events for the edification of the local public, and membership in its hallowed halls allows a household reduced prices on classes, retail discounts, and invitations to openings and events. Seven-week classes and one-time workshops for kids (member prices $72–$120) and adults (member prices $65–$260) instruct the artistically inclined in electives such as acrylic and oil painting, watercolor, and digital imaging. For those who prefer to work in a fleshier medium, yoga and dance classes whittle muscles into works of art worthy of permanently encasing in glass or spandex.
As a child, Courtney Whitehurst kicked off her camera career in front of the lens as her mother took countless photos. Today, with a decade of experience, the skilled and friendly photographer captures and preserves moments within mantel-worthy kodachromes taken on location. The skilled shutterbug tailors each shoot by incorporating personal items, such as baby's first bottle rocket, or suggesting themes to help subjects ease into their memory-making session. Whitehurst spends at least five hours meticulously editing all photos from a shoot and places no limits on the amount of frames she snaps. She feels passionately about giving back to her community, and when she's not crafting crisp, personal images, she's volunteering with a number of local nonprofits.
Naturally Photography owner and photo sensei Gary Denman is a graduate of both the School of Naval Photography and the Art Institute of Seattle who, for the past 15 years, has specialized in shooting indoor and outdoor destination weddings as well as lifestyle portraits. His school introduces aspiring frame-grabbers to the photography craft as an art, hobby, and profession through four 1.5-hour class periods.
Home Video Studio audio-visual wizard Miguel Salas preserves homegrown memories by salvaging footage from decay-prone VHS or camcorder film and transferring it to an archival DVD. Converted discs guard against age more effectively than older magnetic-tape preservation, and Miguel transfers each frame from VHS, VHS-C, Betamax, 8mm, Hi8 tape, MiniDV, and MiniDVD formats into easy-to-store digital glory. Chapter markers are automatically inserted at breaks in filming, allowing discerning viewers to skip through their siblings' break-dance recitals and get straight to the cold-case evidence of a murdered 11th-birthday piñata.