• The Holiday List

    The Holiday List

    It’s less than a week before Christmas, there’s people you still need gifts for but you want something DIFFERENT this year. What do you get the person who has enough candles, scarves, and pajama pants.

    Don’t worry! The Frame Shop has you covered! Take a look at some of the items available at the store RIGHT NOW! Images are framed, jerseys are signed, and they are here waiting for you!

    Laser Cut Vinyl Records: $145

    Limited Edition Framed Posters: $145

    Framed Posters: $100

  • 5 Holiday Gift Ideas at the Frame Shop

    5 Holiday Gift Ideas at the Frame Shop

    It’s crunch time and your last minute gift ideas from the Frame Shop are here! Here’s our top five ideas:

    5. A Chicago Skyline Photograph Framed by our expert framers!

    Chicago has one of the best skylines by far! At Art and Company, we carry 25 unique photographs of this beloved view. Printed and framed in three different sizes, this is the perfect gift for your Chicago native or friend new to this great city!

    4. A framed sports jersey!

    A jersey with the name of your favorite sports player is a piece of memorabilia that never gets old. It’s a classic gift for any sports fan. At the Frame Shop, we give your jerseys the love and attention they need to hang proudly on your wall! Mounted in a shadowbox frame with a mat whose color suits your team, you show your pride.

    3. Laser Cut Records in the shape of your favorite characters!

    For the family member who seems to have everything- why not have them unwrap this unique and one of a kind gift idea? LP Records are cut into the shape of Michael Jackson, Kermit the Frog, and even the Chicago skyline! Framed and ready for proud display, you can see the records offered in store at our Bridgeport location!

    2. A banner of your favorite sports team

    Have a College Football team your family member or best friend reps all year round? Why not gift them a classic piece of sport memorabilia?! We carry a full line of banners for College Football, NHL, MLB, NBA, and NFL teams. For $90 we will frame it and have it ready for display on your wall!

    1. A framed poster of your favorite comic book!

    A classic gift for anyone on your list. We all have our favorite movie, musician, and even comic character. Why not gift your bestie a framed copy of that iconic comic book cover? Or the movie poster of your first date with your significant other? A perfect addition to any wall reminding your friend of their favorite memories!

  • Meet the Photographer: Krista Weber!

    A picture is worth a thousand words. That’s why hiring a professional photographer for special moments is so important. Whether it is a wedding, an engagement, or honoring the birth of a newborn, the photography of Krista Weber captures all the important, and sometimes overlooked, moments. Krista is a local photographer who feeds off the energy of her sitters. She wouldn’t mind photographing Jennifer Lawrence but finds her clients and their families far more interesting. The Frame Shop interviewed Krista to get to know more about her, her photography, and her favorite moments behind the camera.

    When did you first become interested in photography?

    I never had one of those “ahh ha!” moments when I realized I wanted to be a photographer. I felt like it was always there. I watched my dad collect a ton of old Kodak cameras growing up. Once digital became more popular, I remember wanting to take a darkroom class in high school to see how things used to be done. I kept wanting to learn more and more, and majoring in photography in college seemed like the way to go.

    How long have you lived in Chicago?

    I was born and raised in the western suburbs. I just recently moved farther south but still very close to the city. I don’t think I would be where I am today without having the opportunities Chicago has given me within the art world.

    What type of camera do you shoot with?

    I shoot with a couple different Nikon cameras. Calm down all you Canon people. They are both good cameras. It’s not like the Cubs and the Sox where one is obviously better than the other. But most photographers will tell you, it’s all about the lenses. Different lenses allow us to focus in on one itty bitty eyelash on a newborn baby, or the entire skyline of the city.

    What are some of your favorite moments during a photography shoot?

    I did a wedding once in the late spring that had an outdoor ceremony. We had been fighting the rain all day but it seemed to clear up just in time for the ceremony. We were almost finished and the officiant was 10 seconds away from saying “I now pronounce you…” and it started to pour. Everyone ran inside the reception hall where we finished it up. I was able to capture a silhouette of them kissing. It was a ceremony photo that I never planned on ever getting, but it is one of my favorites.

    At another wedding, I was going around taking group shots of everyone. I came up to this one group that was using a selfie stick. They had no interest in me and my big fancy camera. So I just took a picture of them, taking a picture of themselves with the selfie stick.

    Where is your favorite place to photograph?

    I love going to forest preserves and farms. There’s a particular one down in Tinley Park that has so many different photo opportunities that I could spend hours there and never get bored.

    What is your favorite age to document children?

    Newborns, 9 months, and 3 years old are my favorite times. Newborns are so peaceful when they are sleeping. 9 month olds who are not quite walking yet are adorable. They fall on their butts so often it reminds me of a good lesson in life- Get up and try again. 3 years olds are at the age where everything is an adventure. I like letting their curiosity run wild. Grab a pile of leaves and throw them in the air!

    So far, what is the coolest job you’ve done so far?

    I assisted for a photographer friend of mine last year who booked a wedding inside the Willis Tower. We were let inside like special VIPs and didn’t have to go through the metal detectors or give them our IDs. The velvet rope was just pushed aside and up we went. It wasn’t a huge wedding which made it seem even more glamorous. There were windows on all three sides of the room looking out over the city at night. I couldn’t resist taking a selfie. At the end of the night, we got our car from the valet; they helped us in and put out bags in too. We felt like we were the most important photographers in the world!

    What inspires your photographic creativity?

    Unlike painters, drawers, and sculptors, I cannot pull a photograph out of thin air. My creativity is drawn out of me by the people I photograph. Without their personality, identity, or emotions I feel as though I would have a blank canvas.

    If you could photograph anyone famous, who would it be?

    I’m glad you asked this question because there really isn’t anyone. I enjoy working with average families with kids and brides who have such a special day to remember. I want to give them memories that will hopefully last a life time. However, if I did have to choose someone, it would be Jennifer Lawrence. We would probably not get any decent pictures, with our two personalities we would be joking the entire time. But I would be okay with that.

    Are you doing any promotions for the holidays? What are they?

    The holiday photo rush is pretty much done for me at this point. Most families use photos for holiday cards that are sent out by this time. But I would happily give out a pack of complimentary prints for anyone who books a session with me in the upcoming winter months if they mention The Frame Shop Blog!

  • Last Night: at David Weinberg gallery

    Typically, an amuse-bouche is offered at the beginning of your meal. It prepares the palette for complexity so you can more fully enjoy the range of tastes and sensitivities provided. At David Weinberg gallery last night, the luscious preparer was served at the end of your journey through aesthetics, color, and exploration. Amuse LaBouche, a Chicago artist who specializes in your art and entertainment pleasure, set up shop in the back gallery. Alongside a collaborative installation with Sofia Moreno and with the help of two lovely bartenders, their installation catered to your visual and oral needs.

    Like a scene stolen from the Little Mermaid, the collaborative installation by Sofia and Amuse surrounded the BitchEz Drinking Project bar with glamour and intensity. Neon and spot lights directed your eye to and from the throne and cocktail shaker. Mirrors threw you back into the thick of the sea scene. A viewer felt both at home in a childhood dream while also disappointed that their vision didn’t age as well as they had hoped it would. That didn’t matter as much because the artists themselves were as beautiful as ever. Decked in white fur and negligées they sauntered in a way that reminded you dreams can come true.

    Amuse LaBouche and the BitchEz Drinking Project are the reminder that you didn’t have to be cold this Chicago winter season. Plenty of side eye and a string of pearls in tow, he creates a cocktail that is sweet and comforting. With lavender and bitters, the gin based cocktail went down smooth and warm. The rest of the gallery was filled with beautiful objects that took the form of photographs, sculpture, performers and patrons alike. Images and videos personified how exciting it is to express the body through the ability to adorn. What better way to accessorize that with a drink made with love and attention?

  • Meet the artist: Robert Lococo

    Meet the artist: Robert Lococo

    Robert Lococo is a painter whose studio is located in the Bridgeport Art Center. I encountered Lococo at his open studio event last Friday. A patron of the Frame Shop, I was excited to see our frames accenting such strong painting panels. His work ranges from abstract, dark landscapes to portraits of parrots, to swift strokes of color evoking movement. Lococo graduated from the School of the Art Institute here in Chicago. I asked him a couple of questions to get to know him and his work a little more.​

    Where are you from? Has your background influenced your choice to become a painter?

    I spent my earliest years in New Mexico, many in Colorado, and the last seven here in Illinois. I believe my proximity to the outdoors and frequent hiking and camping has absolutely influenced my choice to be a painter. it gave me more opportunity to absorb the sublimity of the natural world.

    How long have you been a painter?

    I don’t know how long I have been a painter because I don’t know when “being a painter “started. However, I knew that I HAD to pursue painting as a career the summer before I left for college.

    What first got you interested in painting?

    A man I looked up to, named Herman Raymond, a truly inspiring artist that was my mentor, told me that I should never give it up. It meant the world to me.

    I saw you went to SAIC. How was your experience studying at one of the most prominent art schools in the US?

    Studying at the SAIC was an eye opening experience. It was a world of art and thought that I had not seen before. It encouraged experimentation and honesty. Honesty especially- it was learned that criticism is the best thing for an artist.

    Whose work do you look up to?

    My absolute favorite artist is Winslow Homer- his water colors are just so… natural… and potent. But his piece: “The herring net” is the most inspirational. It is dynamic and the colors are just so real.

    Where is your dream location to show your artwork.

    I have humble aspirations for an artist. I dream that my art will find its place in the homes of people that can relate to and appreciate my art.

    I met your dog while at the studio. How long have you had him? Is she a good studio buddy?

    Chieko, my canine buddy, has been with me for two years. She is a great studio buddy. She will wait patiently while I create, but is sure to let me know when it’s time to take a break.

    For me, your darker work is reminiscent of Caravaggio’s dark backgrounds and strokes. Is he an influence for you? Did you intend to have your imagery call back to an earlier time in painting?

    Caravaggio’s art is a very interesting comparison. His art has a very different feel. Like an angst or a depression. This is the opposite of what I am trying to pursue. I look to endorse happy or sublime or simply awe. BUT yes! The drama of his art is amazing and in that sense does exactly what I am trying to do. The black that you disappear into compliments the light that brings you back. Am I calling back to an earlier time in painting? That’s an interesting idea that I will have to think longer on. It makes sense in the sense that I refer to the older artists when lost on my own process.

    Your studio is located in the Bridgeport Arts Center. Has that location been beneficial to you?

    The Bridgeport Art Center has been very good to me. It has a community that keeps me relevant and many artists who look out for the younger infant artists like me. I have not resided in any other studio building other than the school studios, but I like it- and that’s good enough for me.

  • What are those heads in Millennium Park?

    So what’s with those heads in Millennium Park?

    Living in Chicago, we are lucky to be surrounded by great public artworks. They are perfect for selfies, making memories, and even sneaking a touch. But have you ever wondered what those objects are titled? Have you looked up who the artist is or why the objects are there? I began to ask myself these questions so I did some research on two works specifically- those fountains and giants heads in Millennium Park.

    It turns out that the four face sculptures and the two fountains in Millennium Park are all artworks done by the same artist. His name is Jaume Plensa and he hails from Spain. Installed ten years apart, both works are inspired by poetry, music, and dreams. Engagement with the pieces play a large role as the artist wants you to reflect emotionally while interacting with each sculptures’ structure.

    The two large glass fountains are titled Crown Fountain and arrived in Millennium Park in July of 2004. The fountain is made of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet tall and use LEDs to display digital videos on their inward faces. Crown Fountain caused some controversy when it arrived. Some felt the sculpture’s height battled the overall aesthetic tradition of the park. This was smoothed over and the artworks were then installed. After construction, surveillance cameras were installed on the top of each glass structure. These were quickly removed after public outcry demanded they come down.

    The videos of faces that appear on the fountains rotate over the hundreds of people from Chicago Plensa documented for the project. Faheem Majeed, a locate artist, found his face on the sculpture recently, almost 12 years after he sat for the documentation.

    Near to the fountain sit four heads- three brown in color, the last is white. The larger white sculpture of an elongated face is titled Looking Into My Dreams, Awilda. Awilda is 39 feet tall and made of marble and resin. It arrived from Spain in 15 separate pieces which were then bolted together. “She is real,” Plensa has said. “She was a young girl when I made this, maybe 9. She is from the Dominican Republic. She came to Spain with her mother and now is officially Spanish. She is one of the women I have collected.” The eyes are closed “because we keep beauty inside ourselves, and one day we all need to look inside.”

    While doing this research I also found a terse conversation had between the artist and a visitor. It read:

    “Are you the artist?” she asked Plensa.

    “I am,” he said, “and I did the Crown Fountain too.”

    “You did!” she declared.

    “I did,” he said.

    “Such lovely work,” she said.

    “Chicago,” Plensa whispered once the woman left. “Chicago, it has been very nice to me.”

  • Meet the framer: Colleen

    I’m grilling, well, myself this week! I am a framer at the Morgan street location. New to the team, I have a background in fine art framing, photography, and design. Below are the answer to questions I sent to other framers in our group as well as an “artist’s statement” generated online and edited to be suitable for framing.

    How long have you been a framer?

    I worked at a frame shop in Philadelphia for four years. I joined The Frame Shop last month.

    What is your favorite aspect of being a framer?

    I love seeing the artwork or sentimental works that clients bring into the shop. They always have a story, tell me of an organization I’m not familiar with, or tell me about the special person they are gifting to. I learn a lot about people from what they hold dear.

    How long have you lived in Chicago?

    I have lived here for 3 ½ years.

    Who is your favorite artist?

    There are too many to choose from but some key favorites of mine are Nan Goldin, Louise Bourgeois, Walker Evans. I’m a photographer so the first and last are people I really look to for inspiration and perseverance. Bourgeois had the strongest will I’ve ever encountered in the arts. Here work makes me laugh, feel at home, and be proud to be a woman all at the same time.

    What is your favorite thing to frame?

    I love framing old family photographs. I love seeing fashion and hairstyles through the ages.

    Where is your favorite place in the world to be?

    At the kitchen table with my parents and friends. Sometimes we try our hardest to make each other laugh. Other times my parents tell stories of old New York and life at the time.

    If you weren’t framing, what would you be doing?

    Teaching. I’m also an adjunct Professor of Art.

    Which do you prefer- Cats or Dogs?

    Dogs. I’m very allergic to cats. These two below are two of my favorites.

    Wine or Beer?

    Depends on the time of year. When it gets cold, red wine is my go to. In the summer, I prefer beer.

    Cubs or White Sox?

    Neither Philadelphia Phillies all the way.

    Colleen Keihm (°1985, Levittown) is an artist who works in framing. By investigating language Keihm works with clarity of content and an uncompromising attitude towards conceptual and minimal framing. The results are aloof and systematic and a cool and neutral framing is used.

    Her framing styles is an investigation of concepts such as authenticity and objectivity by using an encyclopaedic approach and quasi-scientific precision and by referencing documentaries, ‘fact-fiction’ and popular scientific equivalents. She makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The framing tries to express this with the help of physics and technology, but not by telling a story or creating a metaphor.

    Her practice provides a useful set of allegorical tools for maneuvering with a pseudo-minimalist approach in the world of framing: these meticulously planned works resound and resonate with images culled from the fantastical realm of imagination. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, she considers framing a craft which is executed using clear formal rules and which should always refer to social reality.

  • Did you know? Whistler was a Framer

    Did you know? James Abbott McNeill Whistler was a framer

    Famously known for the painting of his mother, James Abbott McNeill Whistler was an American expatriate painting and living in London in the late 19 th century. He was working within an environment where Islamic and Moorish designs were becoming prevalent and the Industrial Revolution was making many long for a return to nature. As a result, Whistler began to make frames with a harmony of design and a balance of natural ornament.

    He was attracted to the way color emerged from gold leaf when placed directly onto wood. Skipping the layer of gesso commonly applied first, this direct application allowed for greens and reds of the frame’s structure to pass through the luminescent gilded layer.

    Typically, a frame serves a practical function as well as an artistic one. It highlights the image it surrounds but also separates it from the wall it hangs upon. It is commonly meant to visually fall away. For Whistler, however, this was not the case. Working with the artist Dante Gabriel Rosetti, he designed frames that became an integral part of the artwork.

    He used clean, undecorated lines that referenced both the history of the Pre-Raphaelites and Moorish design. Reeded carving revealed the subtle grain texture inherent to the wood. The build up and layering of gold manipulated the frame’s coloring. Works framed with Whistler designs found harmony with the frames that surrounded them.

    Images:

    1. James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1, Portrait of the Artist’s Mother, Oil on canvas, 1871. 144.3×162.5cm.. In the collection of the Musee d’Orsay, Paris.
    2. James McNeill Whistler, Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl, 1862, oil on canvas, Harris Whittemore Collection.
    3. Corner detail of a reeded Whistler frame.
    4. James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Gray and Gold , Westminster Bridge , c. 1871-1874
    5. James McNeill Whistler, Painting by the sea

  • Meet your Framer: Cole Glassner

    Cole Glassner, co-owner of the Frame Shop with father Donald Glassner, takes the spotlight this week. Believing that every great artist needs an equally great support system behind them, Cole can often be found at the Frame Shop on Morgan Street in Bridgeport or delivering artwork to clients. With an eye for design and business intuition, he has been aiding local artists in advancing their careers through presentation for years. We asked Cole a few questions for our blog to help visitors get to know him a little better.

    How did you enter the art selling/frame selling business?

    I have been in the business my entire life. Not entirely of my choice because of my parents but after working on Wall St for a couple years after school, I decided I really liked it and wanted to come back.

    Who is your favorite visual artist?

    Mark Rothko because of the complexity in such simple pieces.

    Favorite sports player?

    My least favorite is Tom Brady

    Favorite scotch?

    An Irish Whiskey by the name of Green Spot.

    Favorite TV show?

    Currently a show called “you’re the worst”

    Favorite actor?

    I don’t think I have one. Maybe Vin Desiel, I love the Fast and the Furious movies

    What other Chicago business(es) do you admire?

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    The general manager of the Cubs.

    What is your fondest Chicago memory?

    There are far too many to recount but I have many great nights that started out at Wrigley field.

    What is one thing you would tell 16 year old you?

    Don’t be afraid to wear a button down shirt occasionally

    What is your favorite story to tell about Don?

    My favorite story to tell is when I learned that my father loved me. I was about 10 years old. It was a Saturday morning and the Chicago Bulls were playing the New York Knicks in the playoffs that afternoon. My father had a friend who worked for the team, so he called him up to see if we could get some tickets. We show up to the arena and pick up our tickets at will call. It turns out they are fifth row off the court. Scalpers were offering three to four thousand dollars per ticket. We ended up keeping the tickets and watched Michael Jordan scored 50 pts.

    Cubs, Blackhawks, or Bulls?

    I support all Chicago teams. 🙂

  • Meet your framer: Don Glassner

    Donald Glassner, owner of Art and Company, is in the spotlight this week. In 2005, Don opened Art and Company with his son Cole and Angie McClanahan. Through selling artwork, doing custom framing, and design work, he has helped create a company that holds value high and quality even higher. We asked Don a few questions for our blog to help visitors get to know him a little better.

    How did you enter the art selling/frame selling business?

    Thirty five years ago I was at a New Year’s Eve party with high school friends. One of my friends had graduated from art school and had a job making lacquer in a factory. I gave him $250 to buy paint, canvases and brushes and asked him to paint several paintings. I was the Formica salesman at the time and had a customer that made frames. He made a lot of frames incorrectly sized. I would buy those frames and use them on my friend’s paintings. I took them to people’s homes, where they would invite friends over and I would sell them framed paintings.

    Who is your favorite visual artist?

    I certainly don’t have a favorite. I remain in the art business because of its uniqueness. To choose something from that would be to diminish the whole.

    Favorite sports player?

    Scotty Pippin

    Favorite scotch?

    The next one I open.

    Favorite TV show?

    Favorite all time, Miami Vice. What can I say. It was glamorous and exciting. Current favorite House of Cards.

    Favorite actor?

    Kevin Spacey. If he’s in it I’m watching it.

    What other Chicago business(es) do you admire?

    I’m a foodie so I absolutely love the niche places like Pleasant House in Bridgeport. On a larger scale Goose Island is a great example of the American Dream.

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    Baseball Player from 5-15 U.S. President from 16-25

    What is your fondest Chicago memory?

    My son Cole & daughter-in -law Maria’s Wedding. It was outstanding. The church was St Mikes in the Old Town area. St. Mikes is one of Chicago’s prettiest churches in the city. The reception was held at the Westin hotel overlooking Michigan Ave. and the Water Tower. This was the same hotel my wife and I spent our honeymoon at 34 years ago. We actually stayed in the same room we did 34 years earlier. It was very romantic.

    What is one thing you would tell 16 year old you?

    Learn to dance.

    What is your favorite story to tell about Cole?

    Our family loves to travel. We feel that travel is the best form of education. You can read about cities, mountains, rivers and deserts but when you actually see them it instills a sense of ownership and understanding. So we always played a game we made up called the State and Country game. Someone would say the name of a state or country and the next person would have to name a state or country that began with the first or last letter of the country or state named. You could also challenge the naming person if you thought they may not know geographically where the state or country was on the map. On Cole’s first day of 5th grade the teacher told everyone where she had traveled over the summer. She pulled down a map and asked if anyone knew where her vacation spot was. After a short silence Cole raised his hand and told the teacher where she could find her vacation destination. Impressed she challenged Cole over and over until, she gave up. That evening we received a call from the teacher about his performance. She thought they had placed him in the wrong grade level.

    Cubs, Blackhawks, or Bulls?

    None of the above. The White Sox are customers of ours. Enough said!

    To learn more about Don, and his son, listen to this podcast !