Meet Our Lincoln Park Framers
Hiram - Framing Consultant
An early devotee of charcoal and colored pencils, Hiram spent hours as a youngster sharpening his art-making skills drawing cartoon and comic book characters like Spider Man and the Peanuts gang.
More recently, after a survey of various printmaking methods, he discovered his favorite way of art making - the mezzotint - which he has been patiently perfecting for the past ten years.
Hiram is also a sporting gentleman. Down time is spent pursuing a passion for bowling. He’s very modest, but bring your art to him for framing and he’ll bowl you a strike.
Dave - Framing Consultant
Dave was born and raised in Iowa but soon after college was drawn to Chicago's 80s art scene. With his Czech heritage, living in Pilsen made Dave feel like a true bohemian.
Dave is ever curious and loves to experiment with art that combines a variety of materials and media. He admits to being a PBS and NPR geek and “armchair Renaissance man”.
He has recently discovered joy in making his own preserves, pickles and limoncello. “It’s the Iowa in me coming out, except for the limoncello.”
Kristin - Framing Consultant
She’s a framing rock star and our very own Girl Friday. Kristin is vintage Artists Frame material, beginning her career with us in 1997.
She took a break in 2002 to focus on her fine art career. Kristin is an abstract painter working in many mediums. Her work is contemporary and colorful and can be appreciated in our gallery upstairs, if you are so inclined.
Returning to us in 2009, Kristin has been doing a bit of whatever needs doing around here and she does it all well. She combines a great eye for detail with a rock-n-roll aesthetic. Ask her about framing for Billy Corgan or how her date with Kid Rock went.
Josh - Framing Consultant
Josh is a staunch believer in the three "R's": reading, writing and rock & roll.
His framing experience goes all the way back to childhood watching his father craft picture frames out of the converted garage behind their house in small town Ithaca, Michigan.
He considers the combination of illustrations and words, otherwise known as comic books, to be high art. He especially enjoys the pioneering work of Will Eisner, the raw imagination of Jack "King" Kirby and the future-scapes of Jean "Moebius" Giraud.
Josh is a self described "pizzatarian", avid movie-goer, aspiring writer and an experimental music maker.
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.
Becka - Framing Consultant
Becka hails from lovely Long Island, however the accent only slips out every now and then.
After studying both Art and Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon, she was overtaken by a magnetic pull to Chicago.
When not designing great framing, she enjoys conducting kitchen experiments from the city's plethora of ethnic groceries and makes regular trips to the Field Museum.
Becka wrote a thesis on the science of color and has dabbled in such varied arts as glassblowing, pickling, welding, crochet and making jerky at home.
Carla - Account Manager
Carla is a native Chicagoan and is proud to have done framing over the years for some of the city’s biggest icons. Feel free to ask her about that time she almost ran into Studs Terkel... literally.
She has a background in painting, printmaking and photography. One day she had the revelation that gypsy jazz would be a lot of fun and now studies guitar.
When not practicing “Froggy Went A-Courtin’,” Carla can be found painting at her studio in the Bridgeport Arts Center, where her dynamic view of our fair city is a constant inspiration.
Nellie - Sales & Design Manager
Nellie grew up in a tiny pink house in a one-horse town in Kentucky. She has never ridden a horse or been to the Kentucky derby. Being raised by artists in this idyllic, yet insular, community inspired her to expand her horizons through creativity and instilled a robust appetite for travel abroad.
Her degree in theater scenic design helps her set the stage for dynamic frame design creations.
Nellie speaks the language of framing and has visited frame shops in over a dozen countries. (A terrible job, right? But somebody has to do it.) She uses this experience and knowledge to ensure that our store offers the best the world has to offer.
Isaac - Showroom Manager
Isaac is a recent convert to the world of custom framing. He's building on a solid foundation after managing for various art supply retailers in the city and beyond.
Besides being fluent in all types of art mediums and traditional art practices, Isaac is a painter, lithographer and general all around dabbler in the arts.
Michigan raised and schooled in Baltimore, Isaac is happiest here in Chicago flipping through bins of 80's punk records and building up his collection of vintage amplifiers.