Frameworks Gallery and Frame Design, Inc.’s owners, Charles and Carolyn, operate by a simple philosophy: “Frame it once, frame it right, and frame it forever.” For more than 30 years, the custom frame shop and art gallery has matched museum-quality frames with portraits, memorabilia, and portraits of memorabilia, earning repeated recognition from loyal customers and local publications such as Metro Magazine. Customers can peruse a selection of ready-to-hang frames or collaborate with helpful staff members to create a one-of-a-kind picture home, with a variety of framing materials, mats, and glass to choose from. On its walls, the family-operated store proudly displays work by local and regional
artists interspersed with flawless Sunday crossword puzzles completed entirely in ink.
Since 1968, Jerry’s Artarama has assisted artists through every phase of the creative process, including furnishing their studios with art supplies and finishing off their completed artwork with custom-framing services. They stock their shelves with student- and professional-grade supplies, including Winsor & Newton’s high-value Winton line of beginners’ oil colors and Williamsburg handmade paints. The framing department, meanwhile, keeps a wide range of mats, moulding, and glass on hand to create lavish homes for fine artwork or simple enclosures for family photos and important receipts.
Affordable Creative Framer & Art's professional staff protects paintings, photos, and memorabilia against damage with expertly cut mats and elegant molding. The store?s vast selection of frames features designs from Larson-Juhl that range from slim black moldings to baroque patterns of stained wood or gold. All frames are cut to size onsite and can be assembled around artwork within a day to quickly conceal holes caused by impromptu shot-put tournaments in the parlor. A collection of pre-framed d?cor available for purchase includes music posters, photos, and printed canvases.
LeadHead's sketch artist finds the power of the pencil to be boundless. She wields this power adeptly, using only lead-headed tools to craft hand-drawn black-and-white portraits rendered from photos. To ensure the ideal portrait, the artist consults with clients and offers advice on which kinds of photos translate best to penciled likenesses. Then the drawing commences, yielding portraits in sizes ranging between 8"x10" and 18"x24".
In Kim Crenshaw Photography?s onsite garden, a swing hangs from a jasmine-wreathed arbor, frog-inhabited lily pads carpet a pond, and a 1946 Chevrolet Stylemaster waits for models to lean against its fenders. The garden abuts the old farmhouse that houses Crenshaw?s equally scenic studio, with a wall of antique stained-glass panels and a design that captures streams of sunlight throughout the day. Crenshaw devoted her first decade behind the camera to natural-light photography, and custom renovated her current studio-garden complex to ensure she could still practice her specialty.
Now a 25-year veteran of the photography scene, Crenshaw continues to draw on the fundamentals she learned when earning her BFA in graphic design and photography. This fine-arts background deters her from trendy shots of subjects spelling out the day's headlines in semaphore signals; instead, she strives to capture timeless beauty in her portraits of families, kids, and bridal parties. Subjects can discuss options and expectations with Crenshaw during free preshoot consultations, and select their favorite shots during postshoot slideshow viewings. The studio?s frame shop can border prints?or painted portraits modeled after prints?in a diverse array of frames.