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  • "Best framers in the city, I’ve used and been their client for 25+ years. No job too small or large. ‘Can’t do’ is NOT in their vocabulary. It’s an absolute pleasure doing business with them."



    "Best framers in the city, I’ve used and been their client for 25+ years. No job too small or large. ‘Can’t do’ is NOT in their vocabulary. It’s an absolute pleasure doing business with them."


    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Karen Rapp,  ASID

  • "Esprit Decor delivers perfectly professional service. We have been using them for years for various framing needs and the end product always look wonderful. Most recently they produced a “shadow box” for us with a picture of a grand opening event, some ribbon from the event, along with a pair of scissors and a silver plate with the event details. I appreciate being able to bring in a vague idea and letting them create works of art."

    "Esprit Decor delivers perfectly professional service. We have been using them for years for various framing needs and the end product always look wonderful. Most recently they produced a “shadow box” for us with a picture of a grand opening event, some ribbon from the event, along with a pair of scissors and a silver plate with the event details. I appreciate being able to bring in a vague idea and letting them create works of art."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Amber Ehrlich

  • "Unbelievable service! The work was incredibly fast but remained impressively thorough. They listened to my concerns and understood my goals with the projects I brought them, providing much needed advice and suggestions. Pat, Robert and the rest of your crew, I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful work and amazing service for our fundraiser last week. I will definitely be back!"

    "Unbelievable service! The work was incredibly fast but remained impressively thorough. They listened to my concerns and understood my goals with the projects I brought them, providing much needed advice and suggestions. Pat, Robert and the rest of your crew, I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful work and amazing service for our fundraiser last week. I will definitely be back!"

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Michelle

  • "I have been getting art framed at Esprit Decor for years. Pat and his staff are extremely helpful, visual people who provide excellent suggestions. Our entire office was decorated with Pat’s photographic images and it looks amazing! You cannot go wrong with Esprit Decor."

    "I have been getting art framed at Esprit Decor for years. Pat and his staff are extremely helpful, visual people who provide excellent suggestions. Our entire office was decorated with Pat’s photographic images and it looks amazing! You cannot go wrong with Esprit Decor."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Ed C

When you think of custom framing, most people think of oils, watercolors, prints and the like. True enough, but at Esprit Decor Gallery, we are often asked to frame dimensional objects: rugs, sports jerseys, military medals, pistols, swords, tickets, and other decorative memorabilia.

Here's a case in point. A client brought in an alabaster angel musician that had languished outdoors for a number of years, and upon consideration, she decided to bring it indoors, spruce it up a bit and hang it in a place of honor.

In consultation with Robert, our Gallery Director, she chose a lovely heliotrope ribbed fabric for the angel to float on, complemented by a tasteful and understated dark burgundy oval frame.

Dare I say that it turned out heavenly? Y...

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This is an image from my recent trip to Sydney. What an amazing place! Their rapid transit system is unified and consists of light rail, trains, busses and ferries. You purchase an Opal card that works on everything, and “top it up” as you go, so getting around the city is a breeze. A short half-hour ferry ride from Circular Quay next to the Sydney Opera House brings you to Manly Wharf on the North side of the harbor. This is an image of the wharf, processed as a watercolor. It prints up beautifully, and I laminated it rather than putting glass in front of it. I added a simple charcoal wire brushed frame to work with the weathered elements of the pier, and ended up taking it home, to remind me of all the fun I had on the trip...

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One evening in Paris, I found myself staring transfixed at the full moon and the Eiffel tower. The Iron lady, or "La Dame de Fer" as she is affectionately known across the pond, is one of the most photographed landmarks in the world. Would it even possible to get a unique and creative shot?

Perhaps.

As the full moon rose and sailed silently above the dome of Les Invalides to the east, I could see that its trajectory would take it across the tower itself, but where? Would the combination of moon and tower be compelling? Where was the shot? The clock was ticking...

Soon it became obvious that the moon would pass right through the opening between the first and second floors of the tower. Awesome, except for one small problem: the only place to...

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Dorothea Lange, one of my favorite photographers, once famously said, "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." How true! Photographers are trained to notice details that others might overlook. In the same way a musician's ear hears sound differently than most of us, so too, a photographer looks at the world consciously in terms of light, contrast, composition, tone, rhythm and detail in a way that most of us look at automatically and sometimes unconsciously. Here's a case in point: in the image below, which was taken at the Tres Rios Wetlands (the confluence of Salt, Agua Fria, and Gila Rivers in Maricopa County Arizona) the casual observer might see six or seven great blue herons standing in their n...

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If you've dropped by the gallery, you probaly know that we carry the work of some amazing local artists. Yes, it's true! You probably also know that we've been doing awesome custom framing for our clients for over thirty years. Also true! if you've stopped by you know that we have one of the most comprehensive selections of frames, sourced locally and from around the globe. True as well. But, what you may not know that we are a full-fledged publishing company and have worked with many artists and clients as well as publishing our own artwork for over twenty years. We also do custom Photoshop and Lightroom work for clients, travel photograhy on assignment world-wide, in addition to architectural, real estate, drone photography, and corpor...

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Technology, as we all know and have experieced, never sleeps. Siri, Alexa, Google, self driving cars, Instagram, Whatsap, Twitter, Facebook all seem to be extending and deepening the digital divide. On the one side are the techies, the hipsters, the early adopters, and on the other side are the ludites, AOL'ers, dialup users, etc. To the younger generation, each new advance is eagerly awaited and welcomed with open arms, to the rest of us, well, as they say, "not so much."

In photography, the distinction is quite clean cut: film or digital? Film cameras have almost becoma a curiosity; most of the manufacturers have switched over to digital cameras, and billions of pictures are taken each year with phones. Digital camera manufacturers are ...

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You may not know this about us, but we have been making fine art prints for over twenty years. Color managed workflow, calibrated monitors, fine art 12 ink pigment printers, the finest canvas, matte, luster, gloss and metallic papers, the whole shooting match. We print for ourselves, interior designers, architects, other photographers and fine artists.

Some time ago, a top designer came to us with a challenge. It was a big deal. She had a client who loved one of our Death Valley images, and wated it printed big enough to cover an entire wall, but he also wanted to take it with him when he moved. We solved the problem by printing the huge image (8' x 10') as a triptych, using custom aluminum and wood stretcher bars we had manufactured spec...

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OK, we get it. What could Kachinas possibly have to do with Campbell's soup? Funny you should ask, but today's blog post concerns one of the most famous and enigmatic artists of the 20th Century.

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Andy Warhol, a leading figure in the "Pop Art" movement turned the art world on it's ear figuratively, if not literally...that would have been Vincent Van Gogh. Most people associate him with his iconic paintings of Campbell's soup cans, but he was, in fact, much more prolific. In the 1986, Warhol created a series of ten screen-prints he called the "Cowboys and Indians" suite, comprised of images of John Wayne, Annie Oakley, General Custer, a northwest coast mask, kachina dolls (pictured above), a plains Indian shield, a native American mother and child, the Indian chief, Geronimo, an image of the Indian head nickel, and President Teddy Roosevelt. A client recently brought a pair of these wonderful images in to the gallery for framing. Double 8-ply rag boards and museum glass, complimented by a lovely silver swan profile were chosen to accent the organic shapes in the image.

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I'll be the first to admit that here at Esprit Decor, we're picky. We curate each of the several thousand corner samples we carry. Lots don't make the cut (if you'll pardon the expression) because they're not good enough...for you. That's why we dont carry plastic mouldings, even though they're cheaper, because they are cheaper. They might make it in a hotel room, or at a convention, but not in your home. 1/8" fun-house mirror? No thanks. Regular glass that will let harmful light rays damage your precious artwork? No way. How about regular paper mats that will become acidic and burn that lovely monoprint you picked up on your last trip to Paris? Sorry, but we have to pass. Only 100% rag boards, or pure alphacellulose matboard are good en...

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We love a challenge – it's a chance to flex our mental muscles and ingenuity. When a customer comes in with an unusual request, we're eager to see if we're up to the challenge. Just last week, a client brought in several canvases to frame. One of them was arched on top - something that is rarely done, because stretcher bars are straight, and it takes a lot of engineering to create a domed top. The stretcher bar for that leg has to be cut into small segments and glued together. The angles have to be precise, or it won't work. The stretcher bar isn't seen, so there is some room for error. Not so with the frame, which has to have perfect angles and lengths, or the whole project is a waste of time and materials. There's quite a bit of ...

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