Now that you've finished celebrating New Year's in Paris, you'll need a way to preserve all that art you "borrowed" from the Louvre. Today's Groupon gets you $100 worth of custom framing at Fastframe for $40. Fastframe will frame pretty much anything, having once framed a 13-foot anaconda skin—use up to three Groupons per order if you need to frame larger items such as Soviet-era propaganda murals, conceptual art installations, and annoying little brothers.
On a 10-acre swatch of picturesque land, experienced photographer Rolland Krueger plans, poses, and snaps pictures, capturing key moments for couples and families. With nearly 50 years of experience as a portrait ace, Krueger wields his camera confidently, assuring subjects that if they do not enjoy the photographs, he will either take more at no extra charge or turn himself into a monkey's uncle. Each one-hour photography session at the indoor-outdoor studio is preceded by a planning session, during which an unlimited number of smiley subjects can discuss wardrobe and style preferences. Following shoots, Krueger lightly retouches photographs to prepare them for printing. Subjects choose the photographs they'd like to receive in hardcopy ($125 for first 8"x10" or smaller; $89 for duplicates of same pose) and represent them in Congress.
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.