Walkotten & Scherbinski Photography Exhibit 2017

Our first gallery exhibit of 2017!

Frames Unlimited Grand Rapids South is honored to exhibit the works of Kelly Walkotten and Steven Scherbinski in our gallery space February 1 through March 26, 2017. Join us at the artists’ reception February 10th from 5-8 pm at our 28th St. SE location. Both photographers are local West Michigan artists who capture beautiful moments in time of the natural world we live in.

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About Kelly Walkotten
Kelly combines her passions of photography and writing to bring the wonders of nature to others. Through her travels, she captures images for publication. Then, through research, writing, and presentation, she brings nature to an audience and teaches them about the habitat and behavior of unique creatures from around the world. She is an avid scuba diver, whose images, articles, and blogs have brought the undersea world to readers of the PSA Journal and Fem Worldview.com. These publications have featured articles by Kelly that include photos from diving the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Indo-Pacific. Her favorite destination is Indonesia, where she has spent fourteen weeks above and below the sea. She has been published in many other print and web publications. Through her extensive use and familiarity with photo editing software, she has developed lessons and enjoys teaching Adobe Suite products of Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom. Kelly lives in the greater Grand Rapids area and her images have been exhibited in many venues around West Michigan including ArtPrize and Festival of the Arts.

About Steven Scherbinski
Living in West Michigan, with easy access to the lakeshore, urban areas and open spaces tuned Steven Scherbinski’s eye to a large range of subjects. His artistic viewpoint focuses on the things that most people pass by. The small or overlooked but beautiful things. He also captures the gorgeous light that falls in the West Michigan landscape. Scherbinski is a diversified photographer using both a modern digital camera as well as a 50 year old film camera. He also prints his own photographic prints. Using historical processes, some 100+ years old, the artist finds it gives the photographs a unique, one-of-a-kind essence. For older processes, such as Cyanotypes, Van Dyke Brown and Platinum, he uses fine art papers and hand coats them, ensuring that each one is different from the previous print. Steven Scherbinski exhibits his work in the Saugatuck Artists Collective at 403 Water St., Saugatuck, MI

Custom framing shows off an impressive career

So what do you do with a cache of awards and photos too precious to tuck away?

We caught up with Emily Taylor at her home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio to view her daughter’s, Felice, trophy room. It has been years in the making and quite an impressive accomplishment. Felice has been a competitive rower since 2007, winning multiple awards in the World Rowing Championships, and most recently in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Since the collection spans years and different types of objects (photos, posters, certificates and medals), each frame was chosen to compliment the item it holds. The result is an eclectic mix that is tied together by the theme of Felice’s rowing career. Careful arrangement guides the eye around the room. The variety of design also helps each item to stand on its own in a sea of awards.

We are so honored to creatively contribute to this remarkable display’s growth! If you have been considering a large collage in your home or office, let any of our designers help piece your story together in a cohesive display. Find your Frames Unlimited creative team here.

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We frame through Christmas Eve!

Did you know the framing team at Frames Unlimited can frame your art, shadowbox, needlework, memorabilia and more through Christmas Eve for gift-giving?

Every year we strive to provide custom and ready-made framing for you right up to the last minute! We have been picture framing since 1971 and have the knowledge, talent and experience to craft your framing project and make a memorable gift that will last more then a lifetime.

What are you waiting for? Come in and create a special framing project with one of our talented designers today. Find your nearest location here.

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Giving Back to our local communities

Frames Unlimited supports and gives blueribbonback to our communities. We often donate fine framing, gift certificates and matboard materials for art programs to local schools, charities and art-related organizations. Recently we donated custom framing to a local  school for their 2016 Blue Ribbon School achievement.

Congratulations to Lakeside Elementary in East Grand Rapids, MI!

Other organizations we wholeheartedly support with auction donations are: JDRF MI Great Lakes, Epilepsy Association, New Horizon Rehabilitation Services, MI Water Color Society, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Howard Hanna Children Free Care Fund, Eton Academy, Kentwood Parks & Recreation Dept., North Oakland Headwaters Land Conservancy, Angela Hospice, On My Own of Michigan, Drew’s Home of Clarkston, Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, American Heart Association, Autism Support of Kent County, Chippewa Watershed Conservancy, Humane Society of West Michigan, March of Dimes Cleveland, Boys & Girls Club of Troy and Lowell Arts.

postPRIZE Artists Reception 2016

Every fall we celebrate and support Artprize with our postPRIZE exhibition and reception at our Grand Rapids 28th St. location. This year we had 50 artists who participated! That is eight more then 2015. The artists reception was held on Friday October 21, 2016. Hundreds of people attended to meet the artists and view all of the amazing talent on display in our gallery.

We sincerely thank all of the following talented artists who participated:
Andrea Thorsen, Bill Chardon, Carol Nutter, Colleen O’Rourke, Delilah Smith, Dirk Hughes, Doug Schwentor, Gilbert (Chick) Powers, Ilene Curts, Jake Wood, Jennifer Miller, Jon Hunter, Judith Tummino, Karen Johnson, Kathleen Kalinowski, Kathy Ford, Katy Batdorff, Kelly Walkotten, Laurel J. Prafke, Lynne O’Rourke, Michael Ingle, Michele Gort, Nancy Breznau, Nancy Kronenberg, Paula Bowers, Peter Warburton, Rae Bruce & Terry Rowe, Randal Huiskens, Richard Deming Jr., Rosanne Coty, Sheila Grant, Steve Howland, Susan Ellison, William Alexander, Ron Pickering, Amber Richter, Arturo Morales Romero, Autumn Johnson, Bill Heyd, Holly Sturges, Jim Rich, Margaret Farratell, Randy Brewer, Dorothy Dorney, Emily Hope Boyer, Jeff Needham, Nicole Ethen, Rebecca Zeiss, Tamara Draper, Dawn Hollister and Devin DuMond.

We look forward to the 2017 show and celebratory reception!

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Celebrating ARTPRIZE Artists

Every year we extend an invitation to Art-prize artists to share their artworks in our gallery. This year we had 50 Artists exhibiting their pieces at our Frames Unlimited location on 28th Street in Kentwood, MI from October 19 – November 27, 2016. Eighteen Art-prize venues are represented in the show. Thank you to all of the talented artists for participating. We sincerely appreciate you sharing your creative works.

We look forward to doing it once again next year!

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Hand-crafted Husar picture frames

Amazing Product Made in the USA

Frames Unlimited provides the ultimate custom, high quality experience with this frame option in our stores. The frame itself is a piece of art!

Husar picture frames offer exceptional handcrafted and hand-finished custom frames. Each frame is given personal attention and made one at a time (watch the video below). These high quality frames exude a timeless look. Husar frames are perfect for traditional period pieces, as well as contemporary looks. Frame styles range from classic museum (Louis’, Barbizons, Florentines) to cleaner lines in elegant leaf finishes. Hundreds of variations over gold and silver metal leaf are customized to perfectly fit your masterpiece.

Customization For Your Artwork

When you visit our locations and view our Husar frame collection, please be aware that many of the profiles you see are not only available in interchangeable finishes, but also in different widths and depths. You can customize with rounded corners, vary the ornamentation or choose from a variety of hand-painted panels. Due to the custom craftsmanship of these frames, please allow 4 to 6 weeks for your masterpiece to be complete.

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Gifting With Picture Framing

Framing as a Gift

Don’t leave once-in-a-lifetime memories hidden away in a box! You can gift and remember those special moments with custom framing.

Picture framing is the perfect gift for yourself or for the special people in your life. It preserves and commemorates the special moments in ones lifetime that will be cherished for years to come. Here are some recent framing projects (with customer testimonials) that celebrate special events with unique custom framing. Creatively designed and crafted by our exceptional team in Bloomfield, MI.

Framing Design and Customer Testimonials

Design 1

“I received a very unique wedding invitation and ultimately gave it as a cherished wedding gift to my family member. The creativity and fresh approach was delightful – artful – and very experiential.
Thank you.  ~Sandra

Wedding Invitation Framed

Framing design elements include: Suede matting with an antique silver fillet floated above the wedding invitation. Shadow box lining was built around the frame interior to create more depth and interest. Acid free matting and 99% UV protective glass is used to preserve the invitation.

Design 2

“These place cards were made by our grandson for our Passover Seder 2016. It is very special to us! The creative team at Frames Unlimited in Bloomfield, MI were very helpful and full of creative suggestions.” ~J.

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Framing design elements include: Place cards are float-mounted at an angle on acid-free matting. A blue french line was hand drawn around the place card grouping to visually pull the design together and add another complimentary color. 99% UV protective glass is used to preserve the artwork.

Cavaliers NBA Championship Framing

PROJECT

Our Woodmere, OH store finished this project a couple weeks ago. The customer and her husband went to game 7 of the NBA finals this year out in Oakland, CA. They had the front page from the Cleveland Plain Dealer for the day after the game and the day the Cavaliers flew back into Cleveland, but they also brought in the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle which was REALLY cool for us to see!

DESIGN

The customer set everything down on the counter and asked our team in Ohio to make something creative for her, which is always a fun challenge! She gave the staff a basic idea of what she wanted and our talented framers got to work. They cut a reverse fillet around the front pages and “floated” them to make it the main focal point. After the papers, the second highest floated objects were the customer’s personal items, which were the tickets from game 7 and photos of the couple in Cavaliers gear during the finals. As a backdrop, the staff used other pieces from the original newspaper and made a collage. For the shadowbox lining they used headlines from the papers.

PROCESS

Our knowledgeable employees mounted objects on acid free materials, treated the newspapers with acid neutralizing spray and used UV protective glass, all necessary to keep newsprint intact for longevity.  The customer was so excited to finally pick this up. She jumped up and down and gave Sarah (their Frames Unlimited designer) a hug when she saw it. Thank you for entrusting Frames Unlimited with all of your valuable sports memorabilia. We thoroughly enjoy preserving these special memories for a lifetime.

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Preserving family photos

Preserve & Protect
Family photos with portrait picture framing

From our new feature line of Larson Juhl frames, the Lille Moulding perfectly compliments this portrait from Visage Photography in Rocky River,OH.

A hand-wrapped suede fabric mat with flexible fillet and gold fillet were chosen to accent photo details and frame.  Family photos are a great starting point when looking for new art for the home.Acid-free matboard and backing structure surround the photograph while UV protective glass blocks out 99% light that fades images over time.

Expertly framed at our Westlake, OH Frames Unlimited store.

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Custom Framing is Special

WHY THIS IS SPECIAL

“My sweetheart was a championship oarsman at Cornell University and competed in the 1967 Henley Royal Regatta in England, winning its cup. Rowing has been perhaps his proudest accomplishment and he has remained close to his teammates over the years. I wanted to surprise him- a collection of memorabilia from those events that he could enjoy everyday. A wall of photos, paintings, and of course, the medal and victory cup.”

MY EXPERIENCE AT FRAMES UNLIMITED

“I could never have imagined how each piece alone (and special in its own right) could be assembled and coordinated into such a wonderful and moving collection. The staff helped me select for each a unique and different treatment that not only celebrated his university colors, but when placed together are spectacular. Thank you Audra, Cameron, Jennifer, Bridget and Danielle at my Frames Unlimited Bloomfield, MI for making this surprise so special. It brought tears to his eyes.”  Mary K.

The caring staff at our Bloomfield, MI store took the time to display and hang all of the pieces in their gallery for Mary’s surprise to her sweetheart.  Thank you Mary, for giving us the opportunity and honor in framing these special memories.

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30th Annual Associate’s Art Show

We recently held our 30th Annual Associate’s Art Show at our Okemos, MI location.  All the art in the show is work done by Associates that work for Frames Unlimited; the show gives them a chance to show their talents and to share their work with our customers and others within the Frames Unlimited Family.

There were over 90 amazing works of art this year from over 40 Associates.  An opening reception was held for our customers and our Associates that included food, drinks and great conversations.  You can see more images from the show on our Facebook page here.

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A Map of Memories

Sometimes we frame artwork because it is pleasing to the eye, but quite often we frame something that has specific meaning and stories for our customers…

This project for Diane at our Bloomfield, MI store is a map of Cuba. Here is the story behind the map: “My father was born in Cuba in 1929 and came to the US in 1940. He passed away in 2012 never being able to return to Havana. My husband and I went to Cuba in March. Upon return, I found this map among my father’s paperwork and thought it would be great to frame it as a memento of our trip and my dad’s childhood.”

The map looks great framed with generous mat proportions, two French lines and a fillet for depth…but the memories and stories that will be shared when family members, friends and guests see the framed map go well beyond!

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