eMeLe-K “An Afro Latin Thing for Martin Luther King" at LATEA

Posted on January 10, 2019 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers' home base, the Clemente on the Lower East Side is gearing up for eMeLe-K!

MLK Martin Luther King fro-Latinos LES the Clemente LATEA theater

MeLe-K is a yearly project curated by Rodger Taylor and Miguel Trelles, paying cultural homage to Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy.  The weeklong "thing" seeks to provide a forum for Afro-Latinos, African Americans and all who believe in Dr. King's life example and respect his memory.  Artists and audiences are invited to engage in artistic exchanges while celebrating the U.S. Civil Rights movement and the tremendous contributions Afro-Latinos make to society.

The festival includes the following events:

MON / JAN 14 @ 8:00 PM
Duo: Miguel Zenón & Marcus Gilmore

TUES / JAN 15 @ 7:00 PM
Griotic performance with mbira:
“I See the Promised Land” by Arthur Flowers;
Talk: Dr. Ben Jochannan Matta,
By Dr. Georgina Falu;
Moderated by Dr. Arthur Lewin, Baruch College

WED / JAN 16 @ 8:00PM
Open Screen: Afro Latino Fest NYC presents
Selection by Mai-Elka Prado and Amilcar Priestley

THURS /, JAN 17 @ 8:00 PM
Staged Reading: La Greña
Written by Julissa Contreras

FRI / JAN 18 @ 7:00 PM
ArTalk moderated by Alexis Mendoza
8:30 PM Artists Reception: eMeLe-K

SAT / JAN 19 @ 8:00 PM
Concert: Afro Souls Sounds
THABISA and Trio

SUN / JAN 20 @ 11:00 AM
Worship: The Dewitt Reformed Church
Rev. Dr. Michael Edwards, Senior Pastor
280 Rivington Street

MeLE -K runs from January 14 -20. All events to be held at Teatro LATEA (except Sunday, Jan. 20), 2nd Floor, The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey), accessible via J/M/Z and F trains to Essex/Delancey



Posted in Afro- Latino, LES, Martin Luther King, MLK, The Clemente

Outstanding Frames for Abstract Expressionist Master Judith Lindbloom

Posted on December 05, 2018 by Alison Pierz

Judith Lindbloom Abex painter custom framingTwo Judith Lindbloom paintings framed in the Frames and Stretchers studio.

Judith Lindbloom was a prolific painter who worked from the heyday of Abstract Expressionism until shortly before her death in 2016. A collector brought us two very different works of hers from the 1950s and we chose unique elegant options for each. The first piece was a true AbEx composition of oranges, reds, and turquoise. The subtle blending of the abstract paint strokes suggested one of our favorite moldings. Our collection of "raku" inspired gilded wood moldings come in a variety of colors. The moldings are created by gilding the wood surface with copper leaf, then each is treated with a brushed and wiped stain creating a finish that resembles the Japanese ceramic firing technique. We chose a purple shade for this piece to pick up some of the blended areas in the painting. The second work was a black and white drip style sketch of a face. We created a more stark design for this piece with a black mat and one of our best sellers - a closed corner black molding with contrasting maple splines. All of our closed corner frames come with the option of matching or contrasting splines - the wood inserts that offer extra finish and support at the corners. 

custom framing closed corner splinesLeft: detail of the purple raku frame finish, Right: Maple splines on the closed corner black hardwood frame

Judith Lindbloom came to New York City on her 21st birthday to immerse herself in the jazz culture of the period. Lindbloom did not have formal art training but began painting after a chance encounter with a group of works by Franz Kline. She went on to become a fixture of art and jazz circles during that time and was fortunate to find success in the male-dominated mid-century art milieu. She created literally hundreds of jazz album covers for the Roaratorio and Verve labels. In 1979 she moved to San Francisco but continued to have gallery representation on the east coast. At the time of her death, she was represented by Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck, NY. 

Judith Lindbloom AbEx artist
Judith Lindbloom in mid-century courtesy of the Sonny Rollins Bridge Project

We're grateful to the collector who brought these fine specimens in and as always, we were thrilled to have this opportunity to match perfect framing with great art!

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Frames and Stretchers Gets Ready to Rock The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn!

Posted on October 31, 2018 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers is Offering You a Complimentary Ticket to The Other Art Fair!

Frames and Stretchers and Art Delivery Van are very excited to announce our partnership and participation at The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn. We're providing expert packaging, white glove delivery, and museum quality framing for your art fair finds! Take advantage of this complimentary VIP ticket which provides you entry to the fair all weekend, Friday, November 9th - Sunday, November 11th.

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"Dislexia / Geografica" Opens this Year's "BORIMIX" at the Clemente on the LES

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Alison Pierz

Borimix Puerto Rico Fest
Join 30 plus artists this Friday for the opening of "Dislexia Geográfica / Geography of the Edge", an exhibition aiming to strengthen bonds between New York Colombians, Puerto Ricans, and their friends! "Dislexia" is the visual arts component of the 2018 BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest, this year celebrating its 13th edition at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The exhibition is curated by Miguel Trelles along with Maria Elvira Dieppa and Manuela Gonzalez and runs from November 2 - 30. An artists talk will be held on November 29 at 7 pm.

List of participating artists and curators

BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest, is an annual month-long, city-wide festival of Puerto Rican artists working in film, theatre, poetry, dance, music and the visual arts. The event hub is The Clemente at 107 Suffolk Street. This year's festivities kick off this Friday at 6:30 with COLOMBIA ! as a guest country. Highlights include:

- Short opening ceremony at Teatro SEA
- The opening of the exhibition "Dislexia Geografica" (1st and 2nd floor) 
- Live concert & dance at the Flamboyan Theater


The Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center

The Clemente Soto Velez Center is located at:
107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey)
J/M/Z and F trains to Essex/Delancey

Visit the BORIMIX website for further details:

And don't forget tho visit Frames and Stretchers at the Clemente studio 303, for your custom art framing needs!


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Fusing Classic and Contemporary with Christopher Pugliese

Posted on October 25, 2018 by Alison Pierz

Artist Christopher Pugliese hand painted custom frame
Team member Stascia shows off the completed project in our LES studio.

Christopher Pugliese is a contemporary artist with a classical flare. We created the perfect frame design to highlight both vibes! This portrait was done in pencil and gouache and merges his exquisite mastery of rendering with a contemporary sensibility. We chose a clean maple, closed corner hardwood frame molding, then accented it with a beautiful blue handpainted pinstripe and corners to speak to the touch of color in the composition. The artwork was hinged to its archival cotton rag backing board using reversible mulberry paper hinges and our own hand cooked rice paste. Beyond the normal hinging process, we needed to create a window on the reverse side of the frame to highlight the artist's signature, personal message to the collector, and a super cool extra portrait sketch! The window was cut into the Coroplast backing and sealed with an acetate cover.

Closed corner frame custom framing hand painted blue
The handpainted blue details

We're always enthusiastic to work with art from well-known artists. Christopher Pugliese is the child of two modernists and grew up during the heyday of the 1980s SoHo art scene in downtown Manhattan. In typical rebellious fashion, he chose a different creative path from his parents. He studied at the New York Academy of Art under the accomplished draftsmen Ted Jacobs and Tony Ryder. Here he honed his attention to fine detail. Pugliese furthered his education at the Art Students League and at the National Academy of Design in New York City, and later studied privately in France.

Custom framing signature window
Images of the back of the frame showing the signature window

The contemporary art zeitgeist is currently re-embracing the quality of academically trained painters who are able to create works that feel of the moment. Pugliese is benefitting from this trend with numerous group and solo exhibitions in the US and abroad. Some highlights include his solo exhibition at The New Britain Museum of American Art and participation in the 2012 - 2013 exhibition, Contemporary American Realism, which toured throughout China.
Artist Christopher Pugliese
Artist Christopher Pugliese 
(image courtesy of Vincent Zambrano Films)

Whether classical or contemporary, our selection of elegant frames and knowledgeable staff offers countless options for all styles and genres of art. We'd love to see yours and design a unique custom frame to suit your individual art treasure.


Posted in Christopher Pugliese, contemporary art, Custom Framing

Frames and Stretchers is Participating in Gowanus Open Studios This Year!

Posted on October 17, 2018 by Alison Pierz

 Arts Gowanus Open Studios GOS 2018

Gowanus Open Studios, aka GOS, is a free annual weekend event that takes place the weekend of October 20 - 21 from 12-6 pm. Artists in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood (and slightly beyond) open their studio doors and welcome the public to view art, meet the artists, learn about the process of art-making, and get a glimpse of the life of artists.

Artist Erick Sanchez painting Alchemy dragonfly abstract contemporary artA Painting by Erick Sanchez from his series, "The Alchemist" 

This year, Frames and Stretchers Factory will be participating for the first time. Apart from showing off our amazing factory space and showroom at 610 Smith Street, #1M, we will be exhibiting the artwork of our two founding artists Erick Sanchez and Miguel Trelles. Come visit us, check out some great art and enjoy a weekend of arts related events in Gowanus!

Miguel Trelles art
A recent painting by Miguel Trelles from his "Chino-Latino: Zen Con" series

Join us on Friday for the GOS 2018 kick-off party!

When: Friday, October 19, 6-9pm
Where: Hosted by Vanderbilt Republic at Gowanus Loft, 61 9th Street, featuring the massive new work America Now Suite by Dale Williams.

Are you prepared for a fantastic Gowanus Open Studios weekend?

RSVP to attend GOS 2018 on Facebook, and don't forget to check out this year's Gowanus Open Studios Directory of Artists and Venues for a preview of what the weekend holds.

Check out the Tips for Visitors and Curated Studio Selections. Pick up your own map at these locations, (including Frames and Stretchers Factory!) and sign up for a personal touch with our Art Advisor Guided Tours.

visit here for further details:
Eventbrite Frames and Stretchers GOS

Posted in Erick Sanchez, GOS, Gowanus Open Studios, Miguel Trelles Art

Hot Fall Season for Miguel Trelles!

Posted on October 12, 2018 by Alison Pierz

artist Miguell Trelles framed art Convivio exhibition Latin Jewish comic art
Miguel Trelles in the Frames and Stretchers studio with his work for the "Convivio" exhibition.

We're excited to share that one of our founding partner artists Miguel Trelles is gearing up for a busy Fall season with a number of upcoming exhibitions in Connecticut and New York. If you're in the area, we invite you to check out the following events:

October 9 – November 1, 2018
Chino-Latino:  Barbarian Brush
Central Connecticut State University
The CCSU Art Galleries, 2nd floor of the Samuel S. T. Chen Fine Arts Center (Maloney Hall) at the corner of Stanley Street (Rte. 71) Ella Grasso Boulevard.
Opening:  October 15, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

This exhibition features a group of Miguel's paintings and drawings selected by New Haven gallerist Gabriel Da Silva and Spanish Professor Dr. Lourdes Casas.  The work reflects a 10 year production span in which Trelles has continued to address the Chinese painting tradition, enriching it with Mesoamerican elements.  On October 15 he will be giving a lecture about his work at the S.T. Chen Fine Arts Building at CCSU.

Miguel Trelles Chino Latino art contemporary paintingOne of the paintings in the "Barbarian Brush" exhibition

November 10 - December 9
"Chino-Latino: Zen con Son”. 
Da Silva Gallery
899 Whalley Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515
Opening:  Saturday, November 10, 6 – 8 p.m.

After taking Miguel Trelles' work to Art Fair Málaga (2017), DaSilva Gallery now complements the CCSU "Barbarian Brush" exhibition by presenting Trelles'
2017/2018 Chino-Latino paintings.  In "Zen con Son" Mesoamerican figurative elements emerge from the austere but vibrant serenity Trelles has crafted out of Chinese dynastic sources.

October 20 -  November 16, 2018
"Convivio; Jews, Hispanics and the Comics"
Repair the World
808 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY. 11216
Opening Saturday, October 20, 6-9 pm

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the exhibition Convivio (Spanish for “living together,” “coexisting”) features Hispanic and/or Jewish creators who contradict existing stereotypes and combat mainstream cultural norms and prejudicial constraints. 

Chinese Seal Barbarian Brush

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