The Collectors Wall Fine Art Gallery, a working gallery and framing venture owned by art enthusiasts Len and Kaye Gionfriddo and helmed by their son Gregg, has paired admirers with art and art with frames for more than a quarter of a century. The gallery experts outline posters and photographs with simple or elaborate frames and matting, and then top art with nonglare or UV glass so that it can be hang beautifully above mantels, in hallways, and off rearview mirrors. Framers also aid patrons in designing shadow boxes for jersey and sports-memorabilia displays and adding elegantly beveled frames to mirrors. In addition, The Collectors Wall sells rare prints, posters, and the brushwork of accomplished artists.
Big Frog transfers custom and premade designs onto everything from garments and golf towels to mouse pads and flags. Jumpstart a stalled imagination machine by consulting sundry design ideas, graphic designers on staff, and a range of clothing styles. Print a picture of your favorite ex-attorney general onto a white cotton T-shirt ($15.99?$18.99 in S-3XL) or colored jersey polo ($20.99?$23.99 in S-3XL), or label identical twins with two colored onesies for infants ($16.99 each). The shop also stocks illustratable knickknacks such as coasters ($23.99/four), 110-piece puzzles ($15.39), and car flags ($16.49, pole included).
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals wants to put photographers on the moon, or at least give them the tools to make it look like they were there. Since 1993, this team of Photoshop enthusiasts, led by renowned Photoshop author Scott Kelby, has focused their passion for photo editing into creating a slew of products that can enhance users' editing skills.
Beginners or seasoned pros can get help from DVDs, videos, online tutorials, books, or the association's online magazine, Photoshop User. The association also imparts helpful tips and techniques to groups large and small during conferences and seminars that are held all around the world since they have not yet mastered the art of public speaking through telepathy.
For more than a decade, John Paul Kindig has snapped portraits, averaging more than 300 assignments annually in recent years. His striking, traditional compositions—for couples, families, and corporate clients—capture minute detail in his subjects and their surroundings. He travels throughout Pinellas County to offer scenic on-location shoots at beaches, parks, and atop abandoned spaceships that have crash-landed on Earth. After shoots wind down, clients can elect to purchase prints or a DVD containing high-definition images.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
Writers at this bimonthly lifestyle magazine sift through the local dining, art, and social scenes to present the gems to readers on glossy, colorful pages. Each entertaining issue carries an expansive dining guide that curates the city's culinary landscape, turning readers on to chic new bistros and hidden gems. Articles and profiles amble through art exhibits, turning the spotlight on local artists and noteworthy openings. Armchairs are transported to far-flung destinations with the travel section, and the local events section sends residents out into their own neighborhoods. Journalists bring the area's political and social scene to life with engaging stories and articles about the people that get things done in Tampa.