Without proper supplies, artists would have to create their masterpieces using neolithic tools such as plant dyes or etch-a-sketches filled with volcanic ash. Stock up on modern art gear with today's Groupon: for $40, you get $100 worth of custom framing at Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing in Nashville.
Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing armors unadorned pieces of art in custom frames crafted with high-quality supplies and acid-free mats. Photographs can rest in an 8"x10" frame, suitable as adornment for walls and mantels or as a hood ornament for a horse-drawn carriage (about $50). Shield diplomas behind protective conservation glass, which wards off 98% of damaging ultraviolet rays (about $110), or safeguard handmade needlepoint masterpieces in a 13"x16" encasing complete with minimal-glare museum glass (about $170). Trained, knowledgeable designers can extend a 24"x36" canvas to fit onto a stretcher bar before enshrouding the creation in a wooden border (about $180). Like a geographer refinishing his living room, Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing imports many of its handcrafted moldings from across the globe.
Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.