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
Frames and Stretchers has been enjoying the pleasure of stretching and framing a number of works by artists who are represented by Bryant Toth Fine Art, a Manhattan gallery specializing in Cuban art. Among the recent works is this dream-like composition by painter Jesus Nodarse, featuring a mysterious interaction between a woman and jester.
Stascia in the studio with Jesus Nodarse's stretched painting
This work is typically representative of the artist’s oeuvre. His paintings are populated by female figures who are often naked, and numerous characters such as fishermen or mythological creatures like the Minotaur or mermaids. In describing his work Nodarse says, “As a Cuban painter, I'm inspired by the real woman, the woman that suffers and is happy at the same time. The woman that fights during the day and is a peacemaker during the night.” * He describes the women and the characters around them as coming from both his reality and his fantasy life.
Detail of the work we stretched and another of Nodarse's paintings (image courtesy of Bryant Toth Fine Art)
Nodarse is a native of Sagua la Grande and lives and works in Old Havana. He studied at the National Academy of Fine Arts, San Alejandro and graduated in 1996. After graduating he became a professor at the National Academy. He has exhibited in Chicago, Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, and Beirut where he spent two years working full time for a gallery in Lebanon. He is fortunate to be supported by renowned Cuban Art collectors in places like Tennessee, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Dallas.
Jesus Nodarse at work in his studio in Cuba (photo credit, Juventude Rebelde)
Frames and Stretchers has an ongoing relationship with Bryant Toth and we are so pleased to have the opportunity to experience the work of many artists who might otherwise remain isolated in their country. Toth has a real passion for Cuba and it’s culture stemming from his first visit to the country. He explains, “The nation’s isolation from many of its neighbors has fueled Cubans’ need for developing a strong self-identity.” *
Check back here to see more work from Toth’s line up of exceptional talent.
Manuel Moran is a major force in puppet theater and the Latino art community and we’re fortunate to share with him an affiliation with the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center here on the Lower East Side. He recently brought us a great framing project. Moran’s latest film is a documentary called “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” about the origins of puppet theater in the Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It provides a unique insight into the work of many prominent pioneers and puppet companies from the two countries. We framed his poster for the movie with our usual high-standard museum board and glass along with black hardwood moldings.
The framed poster for Titeres en el Hispano
A native of Puerto Rico, Moran is an actor, director, producer and puppeteer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of SEA, Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. with offices in Puerto Rico, Florida and New York City. SEA is the first Puerto Rican organization dedicated to the arts in education with simultaneous operations in Puerto Rico and the United States. Its objective is to offer a real entertainment alternative, with cultural value and educational quality for kids, youth and adults through bilingual educational programs like workshops, seminars, theater and other cultural and artistic events. Moran is the recipient of numerous awards and his positions and affiliations include being the Vice-President of UNIMA (Union Internacionale de la Marionnette), the oldest international theater organization in the world and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clemente. He lives and divides his time between New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Puppeteer, actor and director Manuel Moran
BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest is a month long, city-wide festival of Puerto Rican artists working in film, theatre, poetry, dance, music and the visual arts in New York City. “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” had its US debut at Teatro SEA during the BORIMIX festival here at the Clemente last November. We look forward to working more with this super talented man!
Poster for the film from its premier
Two of the prints we framed for A2IM
The 2017 A2IM Indie Week independent music conference is being held this week at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center and Frames and Stretchers is proud to have framed several works being exhibited as part of the event. A2IM Indie Week 2017 is an international conference and networking event aimed at maximizing the global impact of Independent music. 2017’s Indie Week is the largest to date, and includes interactive panels, workshops, keynote speeches by Independent music luminaries, and one-on-one discussions. Miguel Trelles is a long time resident artist at the Clemente as well as a partner here at Frames and Stretchers. His work was chosen to grace the walls of the Teatro LATEA space on the second floor where the “One-on–One” networking sessions are taking place during the conference.
Trelles's work installed in the One-on-One room at the conference
Miguel Trelles is a painter/printmaker with a Latin American sensibility that incorporates a passion for his Cuban and Puerto Rican roots, a fascination with pre-Columbian cultures and a keen awareness of Latin American and Latino history. Trelles is known for his on-going Chino-Latino painting series, which blends a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic with references to Chinese sources and imagery. His paintings are included in several permanent collections including: Fundación Gabarrón (Spain), Deutsche Bank (New York), and the Museo de Arte de Ponce (Puerto Rico). His work has been addressed in various art publications such as “Arte al Día”, “Art in America”, “Art Nexus” and “YISHU: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art”.
Miguel Trelles in his studio at the Clemente
If you find yourself on the Lower East Side please come visit Miguel Trelles studio and Frames and Stretchers and see Miguel’s work for yourself!