Artify It helps art enthusiasts patronize local artists even if they’re not packing a cash-filled endowment. Customers select and rent a few pieces of original art, which Artify It’s technicians deliver and install in homes and offices for a monthly fee. When it’s time for a change, techs also switch out the artwork with new pieces, keeping each customer’s collection as fresh and vibrant as a modern museum. Contemporary paintings, collages, and photography establish stunning focal points in rooms, and space-specific installations create 3D art with colors and shapes that reach beyond the wall. The watercolor Aqueduct Los Angeles displays a burst of turquoise, and Midsummer Afternoon reflects a series of cacti with inverted colors and sharp spikes.
The experts at Back to the Picture preserve artwork and keepsakes in both readymade and custom frames. For the latter, technicians create cut-to-fit mouldings and mats for your treasured photo, painting, or self-portrait in macaroni before placing it behind glass with antireflective or nonglare technology. An 11"x14" piece of art with a basic wood frame, regular mat and regular glass typically starts around $150. Helpful staff members can also help visitors pick out the perfect frame.
FastFrame first germinated in Europe before spreading to Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. A trained local helms each of the 300 locations, and guarantees every design for 30 days and the craftsmanship for a lifetime. Artisans crown original works of art and prints with ornate mouldings. They also store historical artifacts and three-dimensional memorabilia in shadow boxes. FastFrame’s team has even been known to frame sports equipment, plasma-screen televisions, and childhood homes.
Since its inception in the early 1980s, Underglass Framing has crafted custom frames that have housed pictures, paintings, and even flags. Made up of artists and experienced framers alike, Underglass's staff uses their expert judgment to accent any artwork with custom woodwork, conservation acrylics, or museum-quality frames. Underglass makes decisions easy with mat-board samples and a wide selection of framed examples, and they strive to integrate the work of art into each client's home design, whether it's art deco or an art-deco-giraffe-print fusion.
The licensed and insured technicians from San Francisco Bay Window Cleaning make panes sparkle inside and out using a careful, multistep cleaning process. First, crewmembers loosen dirt and clingy next-door neighbors using a mix of water and biodegradable glass cleaners. Next, stubborn spots are sloughed away with steel wool and professional scrapers before the techs squeegee windows with clean water to make sure all streaks are squelched. Finally, they finish by wiping down windows with microfiber cloths and cleaning frames and sills. In addition to windows, San Francisco Bay Window Cleaning can also apply its dirt-ridding expertise to other domestic areas by dusting screens, cleansing skylights and mirrors, or pressure-washing home exteriors, decks, and sticky children.
Isla Studio's professional photographers expresses the world and its people through richly colored fine-art images. Whether dealing with landscapes, buildings, portraits, or UFOs, the team waits for a moment to reveal itself, combining the timing of photojournalism with a carefully considered emotional resonance. They also expand the shutter-snapping community with small classes that explore the ins and outs of digital photography.
Root Division is an organization of Bay Area artists working for a livable existence in an arts and arts education community.
Root Division's mission is to improve appreciation and access to the visual arts by connecting personal inspiration and community participation.