After noticing a dearth of affordable art supplies in his Long Island community, Jerry Goldstein flung open the doors of his first art supplies store in 1968, and has since kept artists nationwide stocked with paints and frames through his mail order and online catalogs. Jerry's sons David and Ira have been part of the Artarama business since their early teens, and over the years have helped their dad launch 15 discount stores in the Northeast, South, Texas, and Colorado. The family's dedication to artists and local communities is evident in the myriad workshops and store events at its locations, where staff members help customers navigate the store's shelves of rotating products and floors that switch places with the ceiling each week.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
Art runs in the veins of gallery curators Evelyn and Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla. And their studio, OSGS, is the embodiment of their love of art, and for sharing the work of talented artists. On any given day, a visit to their gallery sends guests crossing paths with a variety of works in many mediums that include modern-art paintings, sculptures, and home wares. But the team also does their own creating inside the studio: custom framing is available with a large number of options for materials, glass, matting, and mounting. The gallery also brings in guest speakers for the Bring Your Own Chair lecture series, whose dates are published on the gallery’s Facebook page.
The pictorial preservationists at Magic Image have served the photography- and digital-imaging needs of amateurs and professionals for more than 20 years. Their shoebox-scanning service can transfer a lifetime of pictures, ranging from wallets to 8" x 10"s, onto a convenient digital medium, allowing for easier sharing and safer keeping. Shoeboxes must be no larger than 12" x 7" x 5", and photos must be free of tape, glue, staples, tears, and staged shots of friends high-fiving.
Bradford Rowley's manually finished portraiture evokes the classic regality of a time when the paintbrush was mightier than the Polaroid. Each personally appointed opus begins life as a photograph in the artist's controlled studio environment. Individual subjects can regale the camera eye with defining aspects of their personality or hobbies, augmenting poses with props such as a violin, a horse-riding crop, or a high-school-mascot costume. After that, clients select a single shot to serve as the base of the future masterpiece. Up to eight layers of paint ensconce this initial image in the trappings of old Europe during the ensuing three-month artistic process. Bradford's team of classical crafters employs digital processes only when absolutely necessary, discreetly expunging unsightly bits of lint or the ghost of Warren G. Harding.
PureCanvas doesn't just specialize in printing photos and fine-art reproductions onto canvases. In fact, printing is actually one of the final steps in the company's rigorous process. First, the original image is "purified," or retouched. Depending on the customer's preferences, that can mean anything from stripping away the unsightly redeye and concealing blemishes to restoring damaged images and removing entire unfashionable sweaters from the frame. The team can also enhance snapshots with effects, turning color tableaux into black-and-white ones or transforming a single shot into Andy Warhol–style pop-art diptych.
After colors are amped up and images sharpened, pictures are printed—using PureCanvas's signature, high-quality process—onto a pure-white poly-cotton canvas blend. Even then, though, the print isn't finished. Each print, which can be stretched onto a custom frame, is finished with UV laminate, which protects it from water stains, scratches, and sun damage. Finally ready to decorate a wall for years to come, it's packaged and mailed off in a box stocked with every tool necessary to hang it.