Voted a Best of Coast frame shop by Independent News, Framery & Gallery houses an expert staff that's capable of embellishing clients' most paper-thin memories with a slew of matting and framing services. Patrons can mount a school diploma ($35–$100) behind a custom beveled mat, or utilize the store’s poster-framing ($75–$200) expertise to capture a favorite action star behind glass without fear of violent reprisal. A large stock of customizable decorative moulding designs ensures that there's a frame to match any item, be it a delicate watercolor painting or a bold pet chameleon.
The 90-minute Taking Better Pictures course teaches aspiring image-catchers the basic principles of composition, exposure, lens selection, and photographic techniques. Knowledge of these basic concepts can immediately and dramatically improve the quality and clarity of an artiste's snapshots, leading to enhanced family photo albums and an appropriately arty online profile pictures for one's pet lobster. Check the online schedule and call ahead to reserve a spot in the on site-classroom. Class does not include $20 photo set for printing.
Working from an in-house frame shop and employing high-quality materials, the master framers at Geana's Art Gallery & Custom Framing prepare virtually any item for permanent display. Selecting from an extensive collection of mouldings, an experienced framesmith encases photographs or World's Greatest Doggy-Paddler certificates behind a protective pane of glass (roughly $125 on average), or tears down and refits previously framed pieces to replace broken glass (roughly $50 on average). Alternatively, framers can mount projects on acid-free foam core or stretch canvases (roughly $299 on average) to properly display paintings and prevent torn cotton ligaments. Though prices vary according to size and difficulty, almost any framing challenge is fair game, from shadowboxes and plasma-TV surrounds to priceless uniforms and custom mirrors, both oversize and enchanted.
Inside the 2,100-square-foot facility, two isolation rooms and a live room accommodate solo artists and string ensembles, whose work is captured by a 48-track digital recording platform. During sets, performers can enhance their recordings with tracks from an extensive sample library and take creative breaks in the lounge or on the patio. Many recording packages also include open bar and catering for those who need drinks or gourmet cupcakes to get the creative juices following.
In addition to music producers, the company also employs a staff of graphic designers who await direction for projects such as media kits and website design. Additionally, the facility houses a video-production suite that is calibrated for all aspects of visual projects, including mapped acoustics and setups for aggressive lighting.
Southern Art & Framing offers much more than its name implies—aside from custom-framing projects and ready-to-hang art, the store also boasts an eclectic gift shop stocked with goods made by local and national artisans. Shoppers can peruse a selection that includes everything from handbags and scented candles to barbecue tools and home decor designed for fans of popular college sports teams. Local artists also host onsite art classes, teaching skills such as impressionist painting and converting your boring sedan into an exciting police cruiser.