At Jerry’s Artarama, resident artists draw on personal experience and channel the shop's four decades in business to help create works in nearly any medium. Shelves bravely bear the weight of multitudinous tubes of paint ranging from traditional oil paints made from 150-year-old processes, to easy-to-use acrylic pigments. Artists can wield a Mejillo TruColor palette to serve as a launching pad for paints, or take up PrismaColor colored pencils to add vivid pigmentation to sketches. For more specialized projects, customers can stock up on the store's street-art supplies and screen-printing kits.
Meanwhile, the framing professionals at Jerry’s Artarama navigate a bounty of glass, mats, mounting, and moulding options to personalize the framing of photos, watercolor landscapes, and napping bats. Frame options include the warm whorls of wooden frames as well as silver, black, or gold aluminum frames to complement any work's color scheme.
In 1975, Jay Kogan's parents opened up a store that was literally a hall of frames—just a small store stacked with thousands of frames. At the time, they had no idea that that tiny corridor would expand to 12 locations throughout the greater Phoenix area, all still run by the Kogan family. Today, their shops have more than 4,500 custom frame options along with mats of all colors and textures, as well as seven glazing choices and expert assembly. They can answer framing questions and frame everything from documents and artwork to posters and small 3-D objects such as sports memorabilia and very still grandmothers.
When they custom-produce frames, the family cuts their mats exactly, miters frame corners precisely, and installs flawless glass. Or, since the stores' walls are lined with ready-made frames, customers can walk in and find what they're looking for quickly. Since installing framed art is an art unto itself, they also offer hanging services with an eye for placement and ability to install in difficult spaces.
Filled with insightful reporting and eye-catching photography, the glossy pages of Phoenix Magazine broadcasts the latest in Valley news and trends to more than 385,000 readers. Armed with monthly print issues or digital access, subscribers zero in on new places to shop or dine out, the best place to buy a house, or top-rated health professionals to ask about that spot on their elbow that looks weirdly like their late grandmother Ethel. Annual Best of the Valley issues crown the area's best-loved sushi restaurants, Indian buffets, live music venues, and bands, as well as local celebrities.
Phoenix Magazine also publishes several themed supplements throughout the year. The special Medical Directory compiles information on over 7,000 different physicians, helping readers take charge of their health, while the yearly Arizona Travel Guide helps to plan vacations with features on destinations such as the Grand Canyon or Tubac.
Roam the 5,000-square-foot gallery at Think Art and you'll see hundreds of original pieces of artwork by more than 75 artists, from oil paintings to metal wall sculptures. To many that sounds enticing, but to some, the vast selection may be intimidating. Fortunately, customers can enlist experts from the gallery to come by to evaluate their home or office space and help them decide which pieces would look best there. Think Art can then deliver and install the pieces the customer selects during these art consultations. If the client needs a large space decorated, the gallery can even arrange for an artist to produce a mural of a scenic desert or a stunning replica of a blank wall.
Of course, if a client already owns a piece and simply needs to frame it, Think Art can handle that as well.
At first, Connie and Steve's courtship involved talking on the phone into the wee hours of the morning. But unlike most lovebirds, they'd talk about photography and photo-editing programs. This shared passion eventually led them to open CWLIFE Photography, allowing them to team up to photograph everything from weddings to business headshots to pet portraits. During photo sessions, Connie and Steve blend their own unique styles to produce images from multiple angles and a variety of perspectives. The pair snaps images on location or in their 800-square-foot private studio with artistic open beams. Though they still stay up into the wee hours of the morning talking about photography, the Nikon-toting duo continues to evolve their photo-taking abilities by attending educational workshops at least once a year.
Gallery owner Jeph DeLorme and his shutter-savvy team believe different photography genres deserve distinctive styles and approaches. The team divides its shoots into nine categories, which range from family portraits to boudoir shoots, creating a house style to match the mood of each.
Perhaps the most traditional, family portraits choreograph action, props, and settings to reflect each subject's personality. Other styles daringly use props and photo editing to create hyper-stylized images that seem to draw influence from film, comic books, fashion magazines, and the dreams of Nostradamus. "Not-so-retro" pinups, for example, mingle old-style pinup fashions such as garters and cascading curls with dramatic backgrounds or sexy props that exude modern confidence.