Three years ago Erick and Miguel, two artists with studios in the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center on the Lower East Side, joined forces to create an artist focused framing and canvas stretching business in the building. "We opened our shop with one plan: make quality custom frames and stretchers with the same amount of care and soul that the awesome artist puts into the piece itself".
Erick working with textile artist Orly Cogan (left) and the Art Deliver Van team bringing Victor Rodriguez's painting to Lyle O. Reitzel's gallery on the LES
From this beginning, our client base has grown to include dozens of talented artists, exceptional galleries, and organizations here on the LES, throughout New York City and even internationally. We’ve also expanded to include our delivery and installation service Art Delivery Van, as well as our brand new Frames and Stretchers Factory in the Gowanus / Red Hook area of Brooklyn.
Photographer & environmentalist Shawn Heinrichs reviewing prints (left) and Artist Tscabablala Self in our LES studio
On the occasion of our anniversary here’s a special shout out and thanks to some of our super supportive clients: Ryan McGuinness, Victor Rodriguez, Bookstein Projects, Shawn Heinrichs / Blue Sphere Media, Agnes B Galerie, Colette van den Thillart Design (Toronto), Calicoon Fine Art, Proxyco, Bernarducci Gallery, Orly Cogan, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, Mendes Wood D M, Ken Allen Studios, Lin Felton (QUIK), Lisa LeBofsky, Anastasia Photo, Praxis NY, Thierry Goldberg Gallery, Tschabalala Self, Danielle Richter, Soho Properties, Quint Gallery (San Diego), Ronin Gallery, Clamp Art, Retrospect Galleries (Australia), Grand Street Settlement, ABXY Gallery, Pilar Corrias Gallery (London)...
Erick in the studio with artist Ryan McGinness (left) and team member Stascia floating panels from a Willam Kentridge artwork for Krut Projects
...Turner Duckworth, Williams NY, 1st Dibs, Kezic Gallery (New Orleans), Joanne Artman Gallery, Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, ArtSuite, Ipreciation (Singapore), Art Tuner, Roberto Paradise (San Juan), Frosch & Portmann, Shin Gallery, 1969 Gallery, Eden Gallery, Catinca Tapacaru, Villa del Arte (Barcelona), The Ford Foundation, Tony Hawk Foundation, Cheryl McGinnis Gallery, Luan Gallery (Ireland), Simon Baron Development, Finnish Cultural Institute, Tomorrow Gallery, Loisada Center, Lesley Heller, David Krut Projects, Brian Buckley, Galarie Anne de Villepoix, ArtLabAfrica, Vicki Barranguet, Ariel Shallit, Dor Malka, Antonio Santin, Kenkeleba House, Art D’Aurelle Gallery, Bryant Toth, Wendigo Productions (Rik Rocket), Dorothy Circus Gallery (Rome),Times Square Alliance, Gallery G-77 (Japan), Scherezade Garcia, 212 Arts, Sasha Wolf Pojects, Pinar Du Pre, Lyle O. Reitzel, Manuel Moran, Rodolfo Edwards, Linda Griggs, French Institute Alliance Francaise, Vincent Zambrano, Taittinger Gallery, Jonas Hidalgo, Sussana Coffey, Afro Brazil Arts and Bill Massey among many others.
Thanks to all of you for making it all possible!
- Erick, Miguel and the Frames and Stretchers team
Erick & Miguel with artist Hector Frank at the opening of his latest solo exhibition at Toth Gallery
Three Events This Weekend at The Clemente - 5/19-5/2
We are popping the champagne! Visit us this Friday and Saturday May 19th - 20th to celebrate our second year at The Clemente in the Lower East Side. We will have refreshments and may even have cake!
Friday 05/19 6-9pm
Saturday 05/20 12-6pm
We’ll be having a draw for a $200 framing gift card for one lucky visitor!
Community Talent Showcase - Spring 2017
Join us as we introduce the evocative portrait photography of Richard Cabral. Cabral’s camera captures introspective moments of personal self-discovery in stylish compositions.
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The Clemente Open Studios 2017
The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center is hosting its annual Building-Wide Visual & Performing Arts Open Studios Event on Friday, May 19th, from 6-9pm and Saturday, May 20th, from 2-9pm and will feature performance, dance and musical events. All events are FREE and open to the public.
Frames and Stretchers recently had a fantastic vintage canvas from Brazilian modernist painter Alfredo Volpi in the studio. It arrived with some small condition issues due to age and we were entrusted with re-stretching and re-framing the delicate work. All original vintage materials were used including stretcher bars, frame and even nails. Stascia did a brilliant job giving fresh new life to the mid-twentieth century work.
Framing the Alfredo Volpi painting with vintage materials
Alfredo Volpi was one of the most significant painters of Brazilian modernism. He was born in Italy, but moved with his family to São Paulo with his family at the age of two. He began painting around the age of twelve and moved from a naturalist style through expressionism and was briefly associated with the concretist movement of the 1930s. He eventually developed his own distinctive style using geometric abstract forms and colors. He also traded oils for the ancient traditional medium of tempera.
Details of the canvas before and after re-stretching
In the 1950s he created works based on the façades of houses, but in the 1960s he developed his signature "bandeirinhas" or “small flags” series. The flags are based on those used in Brazil during the annual Festa Junina, a type of Midsummer celebration. He used the stylized flag forms to create vibrant, colorful abstract works. The small reddish geometric form in the painting we worked on identifies this piece as one of the “bandeirinhas” series.
Detail of the painting showing the "bandeirinha" and artist's signature on back
During his career he participated in the second São Paulo Art Biennial and won the Grand Prix for Brazilian painting. More recent twenty first century exhibitions have shown that although he was self-taught he was influenced to some degree by other great modernist painters like Josef Albers. His use of tempera also shows that he had knowledge of historical painting techniques and materials. With works at auction realizing upwards of half a million dollars, Volpi is clearly positioned in history as one of the most important Brazilian painters of his generation and it was an honor to work with his art.
Stascia with the finished framed painting
This great silkscreen work of Clemente Soto Velez by artist Miguel Trelles was framed yesterday. We designed this framing job using all white. The frame is from our Rivington Medium Shadow Boxes Collection. This Italian moulding from Roma is very minimalist but classy. Of course, we used all museum archival materials and UV protection glass to ensure the longevity of this cool piece of art. The collector loved it and now is hanging in his new place in East Harlem!!
Clemente Soto Velez (1905 – April 15, 1993) was a Puerto Rican nationalist, poet, journalist and activist who mentored many generations of artists in Puerto Rico and New York City. Upon his death in 1993, he left a rich legacy that contributed to the cultural, social and economic life of Puerto Ricans in New York and Latinos everywhere.