An interior designer by education, Mary Beth Flynn knows how to capture the majestic awning or deft shingling that makes your home truly yours with a few artful brush strokes. After talking with you about the painting and how to make it match your home, Mary Beth will use a photograph of your home or pet as a reference while her hands transform its image into a watercolor (or pen-and-ink drawing) that captures the character of the subject, be it rich architectural detail or the unmistakable bloodlust for squirrel. Every portrait takes about six to eight weeks from the date you hand over the photograph. Afterward, you can pick up your portrait at Mary Beth's studio.
The St. Louis Cartridge World is one of the region's biggest ink and toner retailers. Roy G. Biv-ify your printer or copier with ink for most major brands, including HP, Dell, Canon, Lexmark, and Epson. Prices range from less than $10 to more than $100, but many cost less than $25. Inkjet cartridges can be refilled an average of four to five times, usually with no wait time, and the Cartridge World experts are happy to field all questions within the bounds of the cartridge universe.
It’s hard to miss Artmart: Pollock-esque splatters of paint cover its bright-red exterior. Inside, its just as striking. Artists of all disciplines draw from the art superstore’s wealth of supplies and skills to further their next projects. Thousands of colors of paints, pencils, and sculpting materials are in stock here, as well as brushes, easels, canvas and a vast paper selection.
As a locally owned creative marketplace, Artmart has a number of divisions in its store depending on your artistic needs: you can immortalize your pieces and prints at the Framing Center, or stock up on colorful cards, stationery, and decorative paper at the paper boutique. Children as young as three can sign up for the store’s small-group classes, which cover various media including painting, sketching, and sculpting skills. You can be inspired at their Studio which boasts a host of events from fine art adult classes to craft workshops to creative birthday parties.
Over his 20-year career, photographer Tom Warwick has clicked the shutter at thousands of high school seniors, more than 1,000 weddings, and hundreds of families, children, and babies. He understands the importance of getting shots just right. To that end, he speaks with clients before each photography session to discuss their visions of the shoot. With this information in mind, he arranges sessions to create a photojournalistic story of natural moments and images. He and his team of personally trained photographers can meet up with you and your subjects on location where the team sets up artful lighting. Warwick’s photographers can even travel to a client’s home to snap maternity photos and test out the ball pit in your new rumpus room.
Studio Altius’s owner, photographer David J. Cerven, drew on his background in theater to create a new approach to portraiture. Like directors and actors, or producers and theater critics who owe them a favor, Cerven’s photographers and clients work collaboratively to create defining moments. Along with fellow photographer Shawna Ventimiglia's background in fashion design, Cerven creates personal, compelling images of children and families, high-school seniors, brides, and couples, as well as professional headshots and sexy boudoir images. Clients can pose in either his 3,000-square-foot studio or outside the studio in a picturesque outdoor setting. In addition to working with clients, Cerven teaches his methods to other photographers in portraiture workshops and classes, and maintains an on-site art gallery.
Pastel hues suffuse Jessica Ahlborn's photography studio in the form of striped throws on a plush couch and light-lilac armchairs with rhinestone buttons. The comfortable, boutique vibe sets subjects at ease as she snaps senior portraits or family photos brimming with personality. Jessica also realizes striking, editorial fashion photographs, filling models' portfolios with eye-catching images to replace the customary piles of glitter and photocopies of their foreheads.
Eleven Fourteen Photography's crew pours its passion for boudoir photography into each meticulously composed shot. Photographer Chaz Murphy collaborates with his clients for sultry photo shoots that exude their distinct personalities. His shots skew toward the sexy, but he's happy to stray outside the conventional strictures of boudoir photography. In addition to shots of subjects in lingerie, he also captures flirtatious images of them in bathing suits, wedding dresses, or everyday outfits, depending on their preferences.