Meet the fabulous framers of Highland Park.
Anne - Framing Consultant
Anne gains inspiration from her appreciation of the beauty of nature when creating her own art and when helping her customers choose framing.
Her childhood fascination with the robins hopping around her front lawn has developed into a full-fledged preoccupation with all things bird. Anne's art creations primarily have birds as the subject matter.
When not framing, birding, or painting, Anne spends her free time working in her perennial gardens, coaxing a colorful palette from the ground.
Hiep - Framing Consultant
Hiep came to Chicago via central Illinois, where he studied photography and ceramics.
Always a tinkerer, he not only enjoys designing framing, but also carrying the projects through the assembly phase. His specialty is intricate pieces including three-dimensional memorabilia.
An interesting Zen-like side pursuit spanning years is his photographic portfolio of a stretch of the Lake Michigan beach in his neighborhood. He has documented the many phases from peaceful sunrises to nasty blizzards—and everything in between.
Rick - Framing Consultant
Following the yellow brick road led Rick right to the magical land of picture framing which builds perfectly on his background as an illustrator.
Since the late 90's, Rick has created artwork for numerous children's educational books. He has a special interest in the art of the iconic movie The Wizard of Oz. In 2011 he was awarded the Golden Halo Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Association in Excellence in Illustration for a series of drawings relating to the film. Rick has attended many Oz-related festivals and has even known several original cast members.
As a hobby, Rick collects and restores vintage chalkware statuary. The oldest and most prized piece in his collection is a Yogi Bear from the mid 60's.
Michele - Manager
Michele has been framing for so long that her devoted customers have gone from framing their children's finger paintings to framing their children's college diplomas and wedding photos.
Michele grew up on the northwest side of Chicago and now calls the charming suburb of Glenview home. She studied Interior Architecture at NIU, where she earned her BFA.
When not working, she likes searching for treasure at antiques shops and flea markets. Somehow she can never resist adding "just one more" to her collection of vintage mason jars. She also loves cooking, eating, or talking about food.