Meet Our River North Framers


Colleen - Framing Consultant

Colleen was born in Florida but discovered her love of cold weather and art while living in Boston.

While in art school, she experimented with everything from sculpture to screen printing. Colleen moved to Chicago in 2016 and has been in love with the Windy City ever since.

When she isn't framing, you can find her illustrating or baking up a storm in her cozy kitchen. Her favorite spots in Chicago include the Garfield Park Conservatory and Intuit Art Museum.


Lara - Framing Consultant

The only reason Lara could find to leave Chicago ever was to go to Pittsburgh to get the same art education as Andy Warhol. Upon her return, she immersed herself in the local gallery scene. Lara has handled sales of masterpieces for some of Chicago's best contemporary art companies.

Audio books keep her company while she works in her art studio. Although painting is her standby, she is adventurous and has tried her hand at many things like welding, woodworking, jewelry fabrication and glass blowing. 

Innovative vegetarian recipes, exploring new neighborhoods by bike and feeling the breeze off the lake are three things that really float her boat. 


Alex - Showroom Manager

Alex moved to Chicago from Dallas, where he attended an arts magnet high school, in 2007 to study painting and drawing at the School Of The Art Institute. With a minor in film and video, he loves watching movies both old and new and can almost always remember that one actor’s name from that movie you can’t think of.

Though he’s been a full-time custom framer for over eight years, Alex still makes time to work on commissioned illustrations. 

When not immersed in the world of art and framing, he and his girlfriend enjoy long walks with their dog Mojo, making cut paper collages on the weekends and attending midnight horror-movie screenings at Logan theater. 


Meet the friendly folks at our Lincoln Park and Highland Park locations.