• Collin van der Sluijs “No Concessions”

    Vertical Gallery in Wicker Park will be holding an exciting solo exhibition on June 2nd through the 23rd. The featured artist is renowned painter and illustrator, Collin van der Sluijs of The Netherlands. Van der Sluijs’ work is a unique combination of realistic surrealism full of beautifully subtle symbolism that makes one feel as though […]

  • Wanderlust and Dreamland, Tripping Through La Habana

    Few artists are as charismatic, friendly and cutting edge as Preston Thomas. He’s certainly a man of many talents. So many in fact, that his October is completely booked. This weekend features his photographic series Through My Lens, A Black Girl’s Magic at the Beverly Art Walk, next week he will be giving a lecture […]

  • Portraits by Michael Roberts

    Michael Roberts is a Chicago South Side based artist, musican and lawyer who began drawing at an early age and even started live figure drawing in grammar school. Art and drawing was his focus throughout his childhood and he eventually majored in Art in college. Changing gears, he dropped out of college and pursued his […]

  • You Are an Art Collector

    You Are a Collector The content of this post is a compilation of comments, opinions, and suggestions gathered why having fun reading about the collecting of art. You are an art collector when you move beyond purchasing art as a random action at any given moment to a more focused long term devoted act. You […]

  • South by Midwest 3rd Friday Exhibition Event

    Allie Klawitter and Alexandria Dravillas are two De Paul University digital photography students with serious vision when it comes to capturing the natural world. Striking, ambitious and highly intelligent in their separate executions, both of these young artists are unafraid to bring “the wild” into their work. Their opening show, South by Midwest, opens on […]

  • Framing 101 – The Mat

    The Mat A mat is a paper based border that is sometimes part of the visual presentation of a framed work of art. In addition to functioning as part of the presentation of your art, it also creates a barrier between the art and glazing (glass or plexiglass). The characteristics of a mat include its […]

  • Paris Farrell

    I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Paris Farrell by telephone. A solo exhibition of his new works opens at the Frame Shop in Bridgeport on Friday, March 17, 2017. During our conversation, Paris shared the following about himself and his work. Time in Chicago Paris is originally from Philadelphia but has lived in […]

  • Too Many Ideas

    The choice of topic for this week’s post presented an unusual challenge — too many ideas were generated from the shortest month of the year, February. I initially thought about addressing Black History Month, which had its beginning as “Negro HIstory Week” conceived by Dr. Carter G. Woodson in 1926. Feburary also gave us the […]

  • Playbills as Souvenirs

    Playbills as KeepSakes A playbill is a show program or booklet typically given to the audience at a live theatrical performance. The printed playbill provides details about the production that include cast biographies and background information about the show. The official Playbill program is recognizable by its iconic black on yellow masthead. After attending a […]

  • Artist Profile: Jessie Whitehead

    The Frame Shop is honored and ecstatic to welcome Jessie Whitehead to the team! Jessie joined our sales staff in December and now she’s ready to show her off work at our next 3rd Friday event on February 17th. We caught up with Jessie long enough to rattle off a few questions about the show, […]