• 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 show in Chicago, New York or other cities, hold onto your playbill as a souvenir. The minimalist design of playbills for plays such as Hamilton, Les Miserables, and the Lion King are memorable eye catching works of art.

    I combined my playbill, ticket stub, and autographed poster from the Lion King as an attractively framed keepsake!

    In addition to playbills from personally attended performances, consider collecting other playbills. Your collection can be eclectic or narrowed to focus on for example, specific directors, performers, time periods, or vintage show programs. If you have not done so, start your visual album of playbill keepsakes.

    Happy Collecting!

  • 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, her relief prints and who inspires her most.

    Are you originally from Chicago?

    No, I am not from Chicago. I relocated here in September 2013 from Connecticut.

    And where did you pick up relief printmaking?

    I have worked with relief printmaking for over 25 years. I was introduced to printmaking during my undergraduate study. I continued to work with the various printmaking techniques while obtaining my MFA in printmaking.


    Who are some artists that inspire you?

    The two artists that immediately come to mind are Charles Wilbert White and Howardena Pindell. Charles White was a very early inspiration. I was (and still am) moved by his subject matter, style and media. Howardena Pindell’s process, and the political and social content of her art inspires my work. I am also inspired by local artist David Anthony Geary, and my cousin, Joseph Pearson.

    Where did you develop skills as a framer? How does knowledge of framing enter into your vision of presentation?

    I initially learned framing decades ago from a friend in Mississippi who owned her own framing business. My knowledge and experience has enhanced since moving to Chicago. Framing has taught me to be mindful of the possibilities when preparing my work for display.

    How does your family enter into or support your work as an artist?

    My family never questioned my decision to pursue art degrees. Their encouragement has been and continues to be significant to me as an artist. I proudly share with them any new work created. In addition to their emotional support, they support me with their presence when my work is exhibited in their region.

    What tools do you absolutely need in order to work?

    The main thing I like to have is music. If I do not have music, I want quietness. I do not require stimulants such as coffee or soda.

    If you could have lunch with anybody living or dead, who would it be and where would you go?

    The choice of person requires some pondering. There are a few people I would like to have lunch with…I, however, narrowed it down to the former first lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama. We would dine at either my family’s home, a restaurant on the Mississipi Gulf Coast or a restaurant in New Orleans.

    Join us for our 3rd Friday Reception at The Frame Shop, 3520 S Morgan Street on February, 17th from 7pm-9pm.

  • Campaign Posters as Collectible Art

    Campaign Posters as Collectible Art

    The 2016 United States presidential race!

    Rest easy – slowly inhale, slowly exhale. This post is not about the election; it looks at the campaign poster in USA presidential elections. Even with the strong use of technology and social media, the printed poster still plays a vital role in campaign advertising. As early as the 19 th century, candidates used the poster as a major campaign marketing tool. Posters created in this time period incorporated more detailed imagery compared to today’s campaign art. An example of 19 th century political art is the woodcut relief printed 1860 campaign poster for Abraham Lincoln.

    During the 20 th century, design schemes changed to use of a black and white photograph with capitalized large text. An example of this design is a 1960 campaign poster for John F. Kennedy. The Atlantic Magazine gives some interesting thoughts about the evolution of the campaign poster. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2011/08/the-evolution-of-the-campaign-poster/243381/

    A 21 st century shift in design for political art was Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” poster for the Barak Obama 2008 political campaign. A red, white, and blue color scheme with clearly defined overlapped shapes of color created an image of the then candidate that captured the viewer’s attention. The impact of this design can be seen in official and unofficial posters created during the 2016 campaign.

    The visual language of these contemporary campaign posters, as well as those from previous centuries make them unique historical pieces of art. Become a campaign art enthusiast, bring your collection to the Frame Shop and allow us to enhance and protect your pieces of history.