Artful gifts are gender free!

Let’s assume men love gifts as much as women do! Now let’s think about the occasions where men deserve gifts:  Father’s Day, of course; birthdays; retirements; anniversaries; maybe just plain ‘thank yous’! With that in mind, let’s introduce the idea of breaking the gender-biased rule that men need manly things as gifts! (I’m referring to the power tool, craft beer, … Read More

Your Personalized Senior Picture Strategy

Whether it’s from high school or college, graduation is a momentous time!  Parents memorialize this milestone in a variety of ways, and the most common is to frame some favorite photos.  Here are tips for great personalized results without breaking the bank: Working with a professional photographer?   You don’t have to opt for the 11 X 14 portrait on heavy mounting … Read More

You won when Pam went to Vegas!

Creating client satisfaction — no, client delight — was the focus of my learning during the annual convention of the Professional Picture Framers’ Association.  Held in Las Vegas, due to the size of the partnering trade show, this event was FULL of opportunities and resources to help me help YOU!  Some specific examples: If you are a business or corporation, … Read More

“I need a gift!”

Nearly every day, one or more visitors to the gallery come in and say, “I need a gift, and I know I’ll find the right thing here.” They may add that it needs to be unbreakable, or packable, or under a certain dollar amount, but they rarely have a specific wishlist. And 99% of the time, we help them feel … Read More

The Gift of Custom Framing Lasts a Lifetime

‘What to give!?!’  It’s a challenge that faces all of us at some time, and custom framing might be the perfect solution!  Anniversaries, graduations, weddings, retirements, special milestones — even times of grief — are all occasions that people mention when they come into the gallery with a treasure to be framed. A custom-framed gift will be treasured for a … Read More

Gallery Moments

LJ Gallery Moments is a “sky’s the limit’  service now offered at Art & Frame on Main! Essentially, it allows customers to transform a digital image on their smart phone or digital camera into EXCLUSIVE ART for your walls. Nothing new, you say! True, you can do this at your local discount pharmacy, or big box place, or with dozens … Read More

“Fall Frenzy”

“Fall Frenzy” was almost called ‘Three-Day Flurry of Phenomenally Fun Finds for Art-Loving Friends” but that is a bit overboard! So what, really, will be happening here at Art & Frame on Main during October 23 through 25? First, visitors will find some wonderful ‘orphaned art’ on display and up for bid in a 3-day silent auction. Pictured above is … Read More

“Art After Hours” October 19, 2017

With the theme “Art for Body & Abode” this after-hours event features jeweler Barbara Judkins, Melbourne, IA, and photographer Michael Rickhard, Traer, IA.  Both will be on hand to share their stories (and secrets) Thursday, October 19th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm. If you missed Barbara Judkins at the 2017 Linn Creek Arts Festival, now is a great time to … Read More

Try out Today’s Design Trends with Original Art

Are you an HGTV addict, like me? Maybe not, but if you’re on this blog, you have some interest in design, right? As a graduate of interior design (ISU, never mind the year) I try to stay tuned to trends. Trends are the themes that today’s top manufacturers are showing in their catalogs and on-line. And, yes, they are meant … Read More

FIVE smart reasons to REFRAME

It’s likely that most of us have something in our home or office that could benefit from reframing – even those of us who do this professionally! Maybe the item was inherited or perhaps it’s an art festival treasure in a ready-made frame.  It could simply have been framed long ago.  See if any of these five reasons to reframe … Read More