What You'll Get
It is through art and art only that we can realize our perfection, through frames and frames only that we can shield our art from the sordid perils of actual existence. Today's deal will help Atlanta artists shield their art in fine form. With this Groupon, $30 gets you $100 worth of custom framing services at Ann Jackson Gallery. Located in historic Roswell, this family-owned gallery has long been a local favorite for fulfilling framing needs.
Displaying an exquisite painting without a decent frame around it is like breakdancing without pants on: it doesn't matter how fresh and fly your pikes and G-kicks are, your audience will be horrified. Likewise, if the frame is too ostentatious, it risks overshadowing the painting, like velour wrapping paper giving way to an underwhelming homemade ashtray. Velásquez's brilliant Las Meninas, with its striking commentary on perspective and illusion, went unnoticed for centuries because he had framed it in scimitars sequined with precious gems and a totally rad chrome skull that fired lasers from its eyes at anyone who got too close.
Jackson and her three daughters opt for the golden middle; they'll design and craft a handsome custom frame that perfectly complements your work, be it oil, acrylic, hand-embellished digital, photographic, serigraphic, or otherwise. The rate for your framing will vary depending on your choice of materials (we went with bacon), mat, size, and glass type, with 5x7 frames often falling between $30 and $100 and 16x20 frames between $100 and $500.
During your waiting period, you'll be free to check out the gallery's diverse collection of local, national, and international artists, with special emphasis on the gallery's strong suit: fine oils. Current collections on display include the art of Dr. Seuss and the surrealist cartoonscapes of Markus Pierson. The Ann Jackson Gallery also hosts a free Alive After 5 event every third Thursday of the month, where artists, buyers, and the public can mingle over music, food, and high-minded shop-talk. Mingle with local luminaries, and with this deal, you’ll finally have the perfect pair of pants on if they ask you to bust out your floor rocks—figuratively.
- I enjoyed hearing about the art from the employee almost as much as looking at it. There is definitely a variety; something for everyone. And the hours are people friendly. – Laura L., Citysearch
While waiting for your custom frame to arrive, you might contemplate one of these brainteasers from the popular young adult series Amy Eckers: Alibi Buster. Girl detective and all-around good friend Amy Eckers helps vindicate framed individuals by seeing through every false alibi. Can you?
The Case: Toni Jorgensen, the antique shop owner, is hired to polish Amy’s grandmother’s antique vase, when, according to Jorgensen, the cleaning lady came in and broke it. “I wasn’t even here,” says Jorgensen, a single tear rolling down from the outside of her eye. “I was visiting my sick aunt in the hospital.” How does Amy know she is lying?
The Solution: Toni Jorgensen is Flemish, and therefore a liar by birth. Plus, Jorgensen’s aunt, a locally known hypochondriac, has been denied entrance to the emergency room for all but visible injuries.
The Case: A rock guitarist is coming to town. Everyone is excited. When he arrives, the show is canceled. “I’m sorry,” says the guitarist, applying lotion to his perfectly smooth hands. “But all of this equipment is broken. I need to take it to the next town and fix it.” How does Amy know he is a crook?
Solution: A real rock guitarist doesn’t need working equipment to bring joy to a community. All he needs is the spirit of music. This man is a fraud, and the real guitarist is almost certainly already dead.
The Case: Local bully Chaz Shamwrought has won the town marathon. “It was nothing,” says Chaz, wiping generous sweat from his brow before opening up his half-full water bottle that has been resealed using a lighter. “I just gave it my all. I’m not even in it for the cash prize.” He uncrosses his legs, revealing unchafed thighs. How does Amy know he cheated?
Solution: Amy’s father was also in the race. Amy’s parents met on the running team in high school and it remained their passion for many years, but in recent months, stress at work has caused Amy’s father to become heavier and slower in his movements but quicker to anger. One day, Amy interrupted her mother to tell her that she had a phone call, catching her mom packing a suitcase. When Amy told her father, he became very quiet and began training for the marathon the next day. Amy knows that her father must win because it’s the only way to save her family, and no one, not even Chaz Shamwrought, is more powerful than the bond of family. Everything is going to be okay.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 29, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per order. Valid for custom framing only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Ann Jackson Gallery
Sparks of inspiration can flare into big ideas, as evidenced by Ann Jackson’s zeal for art, which led to her opening a namesake gallery in historic Roswell in 1971. Initially an exhibit space for works from local, national, and international artists, Ann Jackson Gallery today provides a number of interior-decoration services for homes and commercial buildings, such as custom framing and art consultation and restoration. Now helmed by her three daughters, Ann Jackson Gallery maintains a colorful collection of artwork with a specialization in fine oils, including pieces by Ann Jackson herself. The gallery is also one of a few galleries in the world licensed to represent the art of Dr. Seuss, helping customers achieve the American dream of a sneetch on every wall.