I have to say, I am one lucky gal. Not everyone has the opportunity to be immersed by their passion while making a living. But me? I do! Every day I get to help people enhance and preserve their personal collection with mats, frames and glass. The collections that our customers have are always intriguing and impressive: in the short time that I’ve been with Artists Frame Service I’ve framed serial works that include Chinese folk paintings, early American currency, antique etchings and even Aboriginal bone knives! What inspires me most, not only as a framer but as an artist, is when customers bring in art created by up and coming artists. There is something so refreshing to get to experience pieces hot off the press that have been influenced by what is happening in the living, breathing world around us.
This same feeling is what drives our recently revived program at Artists Frame Service, Local Art Seen Here. It excites us to frame the work of emerging artists so much that we can’t help but make that art accessible to all of our customers. What does this mean? Every couple of months we will feature custom framed art by a different Chicago artist, and, to help further your collection, these pieces are available for purchase at special discounted prices.
The artist to be seen first is illustrator and printmaker Diana Sudyka, whose prints will be highlighted from January until April. Her whimsical scenes of animals paired with delicate line work are true treasures that brighten any wall they hang on. Among these delights are a couple of pieces that are out of print and only available in our showroom. The luck endures!
Now, we invite you to read more about Diana here, then after come to the showroom to make friends with Diana’s creatures and introduce them to your personal collection. Be sure to see what else Diana is up to by visiting her web site: dianasudyka.com and her blog: thetinyaviary.blogspot.com
In April our walls will be adorned with the work of photographer Tracey Capone, and July we will see the colorful world of printmaker Ryan Kapp. Are you an emerging or established artist interested in being a part of Local Art Seen Here? Feel free to drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and some images from your portfolio and we’ll see what we can make happen!
~Nichole. “Legends”, the photo of Marina City, by Tracey Capone.