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Custom Framed Arrowhead Shadow Box

What is an “Anthology”? Simply put it is a collection. Here at Anthology Fine Art we love collections and the challenge and creativity it takes to preserve and display them. Several years ago we had the opportunity to make a large, multi opening, custom frame of a collection of vintage cards for a client.  They were collected by the husband’s father and serve as a beautiful family tribute.  The same Denver family recently came to us with another family heirloom project, this time a collection of arrowheads, stone tools, and beaded jewelry, from the wife’s grandfather.  The grandfather had created an DIY display in a hand made box that had been in her family for years.  Time had taken its toll on the box and the collection was in need of an update so that it could be preserved and displayed for further generations.

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Her grandfather had meticulously documented what each item was, as well as where they were found, and created a hand written key with corresponding numbers for each item.  The client wanted to retain the original layout, key, and the numbers. She also wanted to double the size and rather than being displayed by laying on a table the way the original had, with the arrowheads pressed between cotton and glass, she wanted the arrowheads to “float”and hang on the wall in their new home.

We started with the idea to make the overall size bigger without getting too large or distracting.  Individual oval windows were cut in order to display each piece. Rather than two mats stacked, we created a custom cotton canvas mat that gives the impression of being embossed that made for a subtle, yet elegant way to display each individual item.

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The collection included multiple arrowheads of different size and shape, stone scrapers and tools, as well as two pieces of beaded work. Each piece was individually mounted to the canvas and the had written numbers from the original display were reused.

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Finally, to tie the two family pieces together, we used the same frame as the vintage cards. The result was a beautiful new display for a lovely collection, that will now be proudly displayed and cherished by this wonderful family for generations to come!

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Over the years we have had the pleasure of framing a lot of different collections for our clients. From Arrowheads and Vintage Cigarette cards to Military items and Woodworking Tools. We cherish the opportunity to preserve and display these items. We would love to see what sort of fun and interesting collections you have. We encourage you to see what Anthology Fine Art can do in order to preserve, protect, and display your collection. Consultations and quotes are always free and encouraged. Don’t allow these wonderful bits of history and conversation starters to continue to collect dust in a box or on a shelf come and see how we can help you create a display that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Moms, Dads and Grads.

Mother’s Day is Sunday and so begins a time of celebrating Mothers, Fathers and Graduates in our lives.  If you’re an adult, the idea of finding a gift for someone that has seemingly everything is a difficult task.  We’ve done the work for you and have put together some of the most unique ideas we’ve used for our family over the years. 

1.  Custom Framed Jewelry Boxes:  You’ve done the jewelry thing before, give her a way to show off her favorite necklaces and keep them organized at the same time.

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2.  Frame a family photo:  You’ve only got three more days!  Luckily, we have pre-made Photo Frames to fit a 4×6, 5×7 or 8×10.  Keep it simple, or let one of the kids embellish the mat with their own style and sentiment.

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3.  Anthology Gift Cards:  Has mom or grandma been hinting they’d like an updated family photo?  Want the college graduate to frame that really expensive piece of paper?  We have gift cards in any amount that require zero planning.  You can even call us at 303-534-1331 and we’ll take care of everything.  

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4.   A nice pen and a conversation piece:  We have a selection of handmade pens by Conner Woodworks that make the perfect gift for a parent or graduate.  

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5.  Make a memory they can keep forever:  Preservation is the hallmark of custom framing.  Maybe it’s band poster your husband has had for years or the last concert you attend at Red Rocks before your grad heads off to college, make sure it will last a lifetime.  BlueFrame

Anthology feature on Houzz.

Anthology was recently consulted for an article on Custom Framing for Houzz.  Houzz has quickly grown in to the web's premier site for home design enthusiasts to connect with design and construction professionals as well as a social site to find the latest trends and inspiration.  

it’s never “just” a t-shirt

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In the custom framing world, you always remember your first.  Your first project for a client that is.  We’ve worked closely with Align Lifestyle Management over the last year on some unique custom framing projects.  They are a truly likeminded business and take amazing care in curating their client’s homes and offices.  

The first piece Nicole brought to us was this t-shirt that had been cut off by EMT’s after a serious accident.  Her client wanted to have it framed because of the impact the accident had on his life’s trajectory.  Apparently, it was a big hit with his kids as well, as they requested to have a meaningful shirt of their own framed.

Because the shirts are much smaller than his, we treated the framing a little differently, but used the exact same care of building an acid free insert for each to give shape and then hand stitching the shirts to conservation mat board.

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For his daughter’s favorite restaurant shirt, we found a beautiful, rustic yellow moulding that complimented the text perfectly.  The blue Crescent mat was selected to accent colors already in her bedroom.

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The idea of attending MineCon would make the head explode of most kids we know.  Having the shirt framed from his son’s trip was a great way to commemorate the experience.  As you can see from the photo above, we looked at several mat colors and ultimately decided on the bright red to compliment the frame.  The mat also helped to keep the almost midieval looking frame playful and appropriate for a kids room.  To anyone familiar with MineCraft, the Larson Juhl frame was a perfect fit.

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Custom frame your family history.

Shadow box frames can be some of the most challenging and the most rewarding custom framing projects.  We had a long time client come to us before the holidays with a significant family project.  When her father was 9, he won a Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Race.  His father (her grandfather) had helped him with the car and afterward made a wonderful display for the derby car and award.  Her father always kept it and eventually gave it to her “little brother”.  Fortunately, after 50+ years it was still in great shape and they had some wonderful photos of the winner and his siblings.

Our client knew it was important to her brother and wanted to ensure it would stand the test of time.  She also wanted to make it something that he’d be able to look at everyday, while keeping all the elements together.   She brought us the car and award display along with the photos and his ribbon.  The award display that her grandfather made really needed to stay as it was with the car, making the depth of the box over 3 inches. We had to “stack” two mouldings in order to achieve the depth but it worked out flawlessly!  We were able to recess the heavy wood plaque into a fabric Crescent mat, cut windows for the photographs and mount his ribbon.  The project was enclosed in a Larson Juhl custom shadow box frame in a similar wood tone as the car and award display.  The sides of the custom shadow box were lined with the same mat.  TruVue glass was used to protect everything from fading and to keep the inside sealed and clean.

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We custom frame a lot of art in Denver, some of it rather pricey.  But sometimes the truly priceless pieces aren’t those worth a ton of cash but the memories that are represented in everyday things. Let us be your framer and we can preserve your memories too!

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Our client was kind enough to send a photo of her father and brother with the finished piece.  We hope he enjoys it for years to come!

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It’s just a poster framing sale!

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At least once a week someone walks through the door and starts the conversation with…”it’s just a poster, but”.  We get it and you don’t need to explain.  Posters might not have a substantial monetary value, but their emotional value can be priceless.  A favorite movie or band, the city you grew up in or an artist whose original work may be unattainable.  Growing up it was a Michael Jordan Air poster for Zack, Kendra had tacked an NKOTB poster to her wall and her favorite Mucha poster remains hanging in the house 12 years after framing it.  We still buy posters, especially for our 6-year-old Gunnison’s room.  People bring in posters with several sets of tack holes in the corners for each time they’ve moved, clearly it’s a permanent fixture.  By custom framing a prized poster, you’ll be able to dress up the fact that it’s just a poster and make it art for any room in the house.

So take the tacks out and bring in your favorite poster.  Through the end of February, all poster framing is 20% off.  Prices start as low as $85 for a drymount, laminate and basic custom frame.  Give us a call or stop in for a quote.

 

 

Part of the Family

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Pet portrait sessions have been among my favorites this past year.  For a couple with no “human” kids to a family whose dog has become the oldest sibling, a pet is a central figure in the dynamics of any household.  Whatever role they play in your family, celebrate this member with their own portrait photography session or accompanied by the rest.

 

 

 

Your life, on your walls.

We recently had the pleasure of working with a new client who was updating her home in Cherry Creek.  She had many pieces that took the majority of the afternoon to work through. Each piece had a great story behind it and a lot of time was spent laughing and exchanging stories back and forth.   It was a great collection of art including originals that had hung in her parents’ home, two photos of her finishing the New York City Marathon, and posters she’d collected while studying abroad.

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Wedding Season!

I have nothing against gift registries, everyone needs new towels and dishes when they get married. However, the $60 wooden spoon from William Sonoma might not express the way you truly feel about the new couple. May we suggest having that beautiful and sometimes very expensive invitation or announcement framed. It is the perfect gift on so many levels:

1. People usually don’t expect it so its a huge surprise.

2. The bride, who has usually been the person who put so much effort into every little detail, will be blown away that you noticed.

3. The groom will have a framed, visual reminder of the anniversary date.

4. It will stay fashionable and last longer than the decorative zebra pillow set.

5. Its also a great idea for baby announcements, house warming, and wedding anniversaries to name a few.

A Real Fan.

It’s March, and with it comes some of the best sports drama the U.S. has to offer. People are frantically filling out their NCAA tournament brackets all over the country. The NBA trade deadline is here and teams are making their final push to earn a spot in the playoffs. I am a huge basketball fan but I do not compare to Andy Smith.

I grew up in a small, rural hamlet in the western mountains of Colorado. There was a lot for a kid to do in the summers growing up like Tom Sawyer, bare foot and with all of nature  practically out your back door. However, sports was the one thing that every kid I knew was obsessed with. For me it was basketball, my dad bolted a hoop and backboard to the garage in the back of our house and I spent countless hours imagining I was Michael Jordan, dribbling awkwardly  in the gravel alley. I progressed this way for years working on my shot and ball handling until I was in Middle School and could actually play on a team and then later, High School, which seemed no less than the NBA at the time. My freshman year of basketball was a nerve racking experience. I hadn’t really grown into myself  (like most 15 year olds) and was tall, skinny and awkward.

Andy Smith was a senior, and the starting  point guard, for the varsity team. He was good, real good. He was fast, a proficient ball handler, and could drive the lane like nobodies business. I knew Andy of course from summer pick up games at the park and the church camp his parents ran, that I attended every year. I didn’t really think that Andy liked me, so during our first practice when Andy and I where paired up to run drills together I was nervous. He was faster than me, stronger than me, but I was determined to keep up, what ever it took. Durring conditioning Andy would always be the first to cross the line every time we ran the lung busting pyramid drills. I made it a point to try and beat him. When the Varsity would scrimmage the Junior Varsity, I always wanted to guard him. He pushed me and I hope I pushed him. In the end I won his respect and friendship as well as a bench warming spot on the Varsity team.

On the long bus rides to the other small towns in our 1A division we would talk about basketball of course. I was huge Michael Jordan fan and he was a huge Scotty Pippen fan. I would tell him that Michael Jordan was the best player to ever play the game and he would argue that Michael wouldn’t be nearly as good if weren’t for Scotty Pippen, and that Pippen was the most underrated superstar to ever play the game. This was how Andy was ever since I was snotty nosed kid trying to get in the game at church camp with the older kids. Everyone else was, of course, singing about how they’d “wanna’ be like Mike” while Andy would shake his head and say “Nah’ Pippen is the man.”

Throughout that year, and afterward, we kept in touch and when he was back home from college we would play ball at the park and hang out. These times became less and less frequent until all of a sudden it had been the better part of a decade since we had seen one another. I reconnected with Andy not long ago and he invited me over to his place in Southwest Denver to watch some basketball. We sat in his Chicago Bulls themed “man cave” and watched his Bulls play and then my Nuggets play. It was great hanging out just talking basketball and Andy was just as passionate a fan as ever. He told me he had bought some tickets and and was going to travel to Chicago to watch his first Bulls game at the United Center. He was pumped, and had every right to be.

I got a text from Andy early one morning when I was getting my son ready for school: “Pippen signed my jersey and I got to shoot lay-ups during a time out at the game!!!”

People in Chicago go to countless games and don’t get that lucky. I believe it was the basketball gods rewarding an ardent, lifelong, Bulls fan with a chance to meet his hero and step on that hallowed court where his one and only favorite team played. How awesome it must have felt to take a run at the basket and watch a ball, that just left his hand, run through the net just like all those amazing shots that had made him stand up and cheer for all those years.

Needless to say I framed the jersey for him and I hope he likes it!

I am a junkie for sports, and sports drama in general. If you have some sports memorabilia bring it to me and I will frame it for you. Its one of my favorite things to do at work, and I have done a lot in ten years. While you’re here we can exchange stories and talk about sports.  Visit our website for more samples:  anthologyfineart.com

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Denver Custom Framing

Zach and Kendra Custer have been custom framing for a combined 30 years in the Denver area. In addition to offering picture framing and portrait photography, their large gallery features local, emerging artists. Whether you're looking for affordable custom framing with superior customer service, a family portrait or a new piece of art, Anthology Fine Art is your one stop shop.

3419 S Lincoln St. Englewood, CO 80113

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Sunday and Monday by Appointmen

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