Sunday, March 28, 2010

Open House at True Custom Framing by Design

It was not too long ago Norm and I were eating at the Stone House Grill when I noticed a frame shop that had opened up 2 doors down.  Of course I had to investigate.  We walked in and met owner Jesse Guardado and his wife and like us he had just started his business not too long ago.

It was a start of a friendship.  We came up with the idea of promoting his framing and our artwork in his store.  Just recently last week Jessie held an open house promoting a 50% discount on on framing an gave us space to feature Norman's art screen.

Here is Jessie below with one of Norm's pieces: Girl with Red Umbrella, in the background showing possible framing of a portrait.

Here I am discussing the benefits of digital painting being echo friendly and the economics of digital painting.

Below is one of Norms paintings that Jessie recently framed. It is painting of our dear friend Jan Dragala's horse. Jan is a designer and artist as well. She worked with us at American Greetings for many years. She now passes on her talents and insights to the students she teaches.

Here Jessie and potential customers look at one of Norm's paintings of a little girl we entitled Precious.
She is the granddaughter of another dear friend Dan Forst who also worked for many years at American Greetings. She graces one of business cards and indeed is precious.


Again there I am below. I have to say it was fun meeting so many people who are interested in the arts.

Again there is Jessie below discussing the limitless possibilities of framing with those that came to the open house. He works with his clients and will customize to his clients needs. He also does a lot of out of the box thinking when it comes to framing the unusual. 

The Art of True Custom Framing by Design is located on 24960 Center Ridge Rd in Westlake, Ohio.

Come check out his shop and prices and support the small business man.  He loves to please his clients.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Completion of the Art as a Privacy Screen

It has been a rather long project of trial an error but mission accomplished. Norm and I came up with the idea of putting a painting in a privacy screen format. You can see a version of this painting called Favorite Path in the gallery.

Here is a shot Norman took of the screen in our solarium. The beauty of it is the painting is also on the reverse. So the painting can been viewed from the outside as well.

I am excited about the possibilities of this new format and what we can do for our customers.