Today's Groupon gets you $80 worth of custom framing services for $40 at Art & Framing at Stapleton. This locally owned and operated gallery is a local favorite for fulfilling framing needs because of its huge selection and friendly, art-expert staff.
Choose from Art & Framing at Stapleton's 700 frame designs; its friendly staff can help you find a frame to fit any oil, acrylic, photographic, or inflatable artwork. The rate for framing will vary depending on your choice of materials, mat, size, and glass type, but $80 would get you a 19" x 19" black wood frame with conservation grade mat and glass. If you don't have a family portrait, poster, or Thomas Kinkaid watercolor to frame and hang, Art & Framing can help adorn your abode with works from up-and-coming Denver artists; check out its Gallery of Artists or go to the fourth annual artists show November 6 through November 14 during Denver Arts Week.
Displaying an exquisite painting without a decent frame is like breakdancing without pants on: the art is lost to the awfulness of the display. Velásquez's energetic breakdance, Las Meninas (the most widely analyzed breakdance in Western painting), went unnoticed for centuries because he had worn pants sewn by scimitars from sequins, precious gems, and a chrome skull that fired lasers from its eyes at anyone who got too close. Art & Framing at Stapleton is open seven days a week.
The Rocky Mountain News thinks Art & Framing is picture-perfect:
- The wall of frames in the back is an artwork unto itself. Whether you're hoping to class up a simple poster or you're an artist with a painting you're darn proud of, owner Lin Clark will handle your masterpiece as carefully as she would a Rembrandt. – Maria Cote, Rocky Mountain News
The gallery got a second-place vote on ABC 7's A-List:
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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