• 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.