For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Most Popular Service: Custom picture framing
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Be patient. It takes times to design a frame that enhances a piece of artwork and suits your taste.
What began as a children's portrait studio in 1985 has evolved into Fotographia—an independently owned photography studio where veteran shutterbug Bob Grichuhin captures images of the whole family. Grichuhin has earned certification as a master photographer through the Professional Photographers of America. His work has been recognized by institutions such as the Maryland Professional Photographers Association, and he has served as a judge for a print competition held by the Delaware Professional Photographers organization.
In addition to family portraits and wedding photography, Grichuhin memorializes the smiles of high-school seniors. He snaps his way through both in-studio and outdoor sessions, traveling to a variety of locations or using the natural lighting in his own portrait park—a garden more floral and inviting than a welcome mat painted with Monet's Water Lilies.
The artwork armorists of Framing Palace safeguard masterpieces and mementos with high-quality, custom frames. Master framers meticulously mat a favorite portrait, landscape, or cousin between comfortable backings and glass coatings bound by mouldings culled from a huge selection of colors and materials. Archival matting, conservation clear glass, and acid-free backing protect prized possessions from destructive elements and deconstructive critics. Additionally, tiered frames, multiple matting options, specialty shadow boxes, and canvas-stretching services add three-dimensional character to otherwise existentially barren walls. The experienced art ambassadors tread gently when handling cherished objects, carefully securing artifacts, sports memorabilia, and high-end masterpieces in their decorative denizens.
With your Groupon casting natural light onto your face, travel to her studio or have Tamela Kemp travel to your home or an aesthetically pleasant location of your choosing. Over the course of 30 minutes, you'll be posed and captured from every imaginable angle. Make two wardrobe changes to aptly demonstrate your dualistic nature, a facet also reflected in Tamela Kemp's mix of black-and-white and color images. After the shots have been snapped and digitally flaired, you'll receive an electronic file of the best 25 images to preserve or print as many times as your second Time Lord heart desires. This session is an excellent way to obtain professional headshots, a necessary element in the careers of actors, dancers, comedians, burlesque performers, and medical test subjects, as well as an ideal way to commemorate an engagement, graduation, or the purchase of a new horseless carriage.
Though Matt stepped up to lead his family's screen-printing venture in 2003, he actually gave his father the original idea for it in 1980, when he was thrilled over a printing lesson at a childhood art camp. Some of Matt's proudest works are the apple-themed T-shirts he prints for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure—a job sweetened by his wife's own triumph over breast cancer. One recent customer, an elementary-school student, took a celebratory run outside in the 95-degree heat to show off his navy, gold, and white spirit-week sweatshirt. Matt also coaches (and, naturally, designs uniforms for) the Fallston High School Cougars boys' lacrosse team.