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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

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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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

Picasso started somewhere

A Starbucks in south Denver selects artwork from a local elementary school to be displayed for a time in their coffee shop.  A client’s child was selected and it became a frequent stop for them while it was hanging, because the girl was just so excited.  Fortunately, her mother recognized and seized the opportunity to surprise her daughter by framing the piece along with her entry card after it was taken down.

Kristen Quintana, Second Grade

“Aye-aye” mixed media

With school budgets being cut, art class is always the first on the chopping block.  I was in preschool the day that I was first complimented on my use of symmetry.  I had colored a butterfly the same way on both sides, big deal.  But, I will never forget the sense of pride I had taking that butterfly home, giving it to my mom and it making it’s fateful final resting place on the refrigerator.  I grew up in a small town, with no custom framing business or Starbucks.  I have no doubt that if my mom had the framing eduction she has now, she would have had the butterfly framed and it would still hang in her bedroom next to my hand print.  Instead it went to the fridge, then under the fridge and ultimately in the the trash.

Custom framing anything is an investment.  We always recommend conservation framing, even for kids art.  The reality is that a limited edition print you bought from your favorite artist is more replaceable than the first dinosaur that your child drew independently, spent hours coloring just the right way and signed proudly.  Whether or not you’re an artist or if your child ever aspires to be, the confidence you can give them by taking enough pride in their work to hang it prominently in your home will last a lifetime.  Not to mention what it will give you to have that brief moment preserved for a lifetime.

We’re honored to be hosting Dora Moore Elementary for the second year this coming April.  Their art teacher, Julie Weir, teaches preschool through 8th grade and ensures that every child she teaches will have something displayed here for their friends, family and the public to view.  All art will be on display for the April First Friday Art Walk and all day Saturday, April 7th.  100% of the proceeds from the art sold will benefit the children themselves and a small portion is used for their art program.

She sells sea shells….

Most people have to buy sand dollars to have one this beautiful.  A client did actually find this and decided to frame it to commemorate the vacation and the incredible luck.  It’s a small piece, for extra pop and to make sure no reflections would distract, Tru Vue Museum Glass was used.  Through an anti-reflection glazing, Museum Glass provides a nearly invisible finish and is ideal for preserving one-of-kind items or shadowboxes like this one where the art is set back.

John’s Garage

John had the fortunate experience of running the Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland, and all he got was this lousy t-shirt.  He decided to hang it in his man cave (aka garage) and asked us to do something fun.  He didn’t have any photos of the trip but with a little help from Google we were able to track down the course map.  The shirt was first stitched to foam core for shape and then further stitched to a Red Hot Crescent Select mat.  We floated the map and stitched it to the t-shirt so that should the marathon itch need scratching, John could wear this shirt again.  The black angled frame is from Omega Moulding and the glass is Tru Vue Conservation Clear to ensure no fading of the mat, shirt or map.

Herstory

A collection of great-grandma’s handmade purses and gloves along with wedding photos.  We used a custom shadowbox frame from Larson Juhl.  The raised custom mat was cut courtesy of our Wizard computerized mat cutter.  Custom framing should be done to last, so everything we do is archival.  Acid free mats, uv-glass and the least invasive mounting possible.  As with the majority of shadowboxes we frame, all the objects here were hand stitched and the photos were hinged with linen tape and backed with acid free foam.

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

Tuesday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-5

Sunday and Monday by Appointmen

kendra@anthologyfineart.com

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