Much like a butterfly collection or a loose transdimensional tesseract, a family portrait is best kept secured behind a protective pane of glass. Entrap a memory with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of framing services and original Chicago-based paintings at Art De Triumph & Artful Framer Studios in Lakeview.
Art De Triumph's host of framing services can be called upon for already-owned pieces or one from its selection of original paintings and giclée prints of Chicago, Italy, and other international cities, which includes artwork from renowned painter and framer Nancie King Mertz. Nancie and store manager Marcy Baumgartner are tasked with building frames that vary in terms of glass, canvas, mountings, spacers, and melting point, ensuring each piece complements the artwork and space it will occupy. Ready-made, 16"x20" frames provide a no-frills presentation ($45), and a custom design saves pieces of artwork from feeling embarrassed for wearing the same outfit (starting at $100; molding and canvas stretching factor into price, which is on average 50–60% below big-box retail prices).
Those with fewer memories to frame can find new ones inside the store, where owner Ron Mertz specializes in making high-resolution giclée prints of Nancie King Mertz’s artwork, making painstaking adjustments until the prints match the original. And paintbrush obsessives can chat with the painter herself at the Art De Triumph store, at which she spends nearly all week painting, crafting specialty frames, and solving stolen-bike mysteries.
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Art De Triumph & Artful Framer Studios
At Art de Triumph, local artist Nancie King Mertz showcases her original paintings and pastels and outfits clients' masterpieces in custom frames. Much like the courtroom artist at Rod Blagojevich's trial, Mertz often draws inspiration from iconic Chicagoan figures, rendering portraits including The Bean (also known as Cloud Gate) and the Wrigley Building. The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau named Mertz the Artist of the Year from 2005 through 2007, acknowledging her expertise with watercolor, oil, and pastel. In addition to ready-wear wall art, Art de Triumph deals in custom frames, helping clients select and customize matting and framing for photos, posters, and other important memorabilia such as the CTA card used to travel to the studio.
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