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.
Few can say they've walked among fairies and mermaids but Elma does it every day—and she has the pictures to prove it. As the shutterbug behind Enchanted Fairytale Portraits, she outfits children with iridescent wings, gossamer fins, and tri-corner caps so they can transform into fairies, mermaids, and pirates.
Elma also brings enchantment to those on the verge of adulthood. She does this by dressing young ladies with fairy wings and lavish gowns to celebrate their quinceaneras, creating elegant portraits that can be kept as mementos, sent as party invitations, or buried under the garage. During the Christmas season, Elma snaps family photos and she can enhance just about any image with digital stars, sparkles, and fairy dust after photo shoots.
Action Photos sends its pro shutterbugs to capture events of every ilk, from sports events to award ceremonies, and dispatches photo booths so guests can record their own self-portraits. Solo subjects or groups of attendees pile into photo booths at weddings and other soirees, beaming genuine smiles or infusing shots with creativity by imitating famous pieces of architecture. All rentals include unlimited photos and high-quality prints for each guest, and Action Photos also emblazons the bottom of each photo strip with the event name or a corporate logo. A booth attendant ensures the line is moving along and supplies subjects with a variety of props. At the end of the night, booths are whisked away by staffers into the same cloud of purple smoke whence they arrived.