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
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.
Images of the back of the frame showing the signature window
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.
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.
A 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!
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.
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Eventbrite Frames and Stretchers GOS
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.
One 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.
Leah Yerpe's drawing framed and ready to head off to her "Soliloquies" exhibition
Leah Yerpe's extraordinary drawings warrant extraordinary framing and we're excited to have this opportunity! The Brooklyn based artist is known for her intricate charcoal drawings of tumbling figures, often rendered on a large scale. For her current exhibition, Soliloquies, at the Anna Zorina Gallery in Chelsea, we created an elegant presentation for one of these pieces. We were approached by Anna, the gallery owner, to find a way to float this very large work on paper and present it behind glazing. The job involved first creating one of our custom interlocking stretchers, then stretching a gesso primed canvas over that. The artwork itself, a charcoal drawing, was affixed to the canvas using Japanese mulberry paper hinges. The "floated" artwork was then secured in a beautiful hardwood maple frame and protected behind UV protective acrylic glazing.
The team on our Brooklyn factory attaching the artwork to canvas and fitting it in the frame
Leah Yerpe works in a variety of two-dimensional media, but the majority of her works are hyperrealistic charcoal drawings of figures moving and tumbling in space. Her figures are drawn from models whom she does not pose but allows to move freely on their own. They are purposefully rendered without context, but her titles often refer to her interest in the mythological. Yerpe is a native of New York state and received her MFA in drawing and painting from Pratt Institute. She has shown extensively in the New York area and Soliloquies is her second solo exhibition with Anna Zorina gallery.
Gallerist Anna Zorina, artist Leah Yerpe and Frames and Stretchers' Erick Rios at the exhibition opening
The Anna Zorina Gallery is located in New York's Chelsea art district. Since it's inception in 2013, the gallery has focussed its mission on showing contemporary American and international artists who embrace the "powerful positive image" as opposed to those who "attack and reject". Yerpe's images celebrate individual humans and life. We're hopeful that this project was only the beginning of an ongoing collaboration with the gallery and we look forward to framing more of Leah's work!
Leah Yerpe: Soliloquies is on view through October 6 at Anna Zorina Gallery, 533 West 23rd Street, NYC 10011
Katherine Bernhardt's bright, graphic style sits perfectly in this custom handpainted frame! We obtained one of her recent Puerto Rico inspired pieces from the Roberto Paradise gallery in San Juan and set to work designing just the right presentation. We designed a white maple hardwood frame with contrasting blue splines and pinstripe detail and produced it in conjunction with our partners at Cedar Owl Frames. The art was floated on an archival mat board using Japanese paper hinges and fully reversible, archival rice paste. Finally, it was set back from the glazing with spacers and protected behind UV protective, non-glare Museum Glass.
Erick shows off the Katherine Bernhardt painting in its new frame
Katherine Bernhardt is a Missouri native, currently based in Brooklyn, who received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Her early works were figurative, inspired by fashion and celebrity photos from magazines. A trip to Morocco in 2008 introduced her to the rich traditions of African weaving and she began creating more abstracted works based on patterns. This piece, featuring pizza slices, watermelon and smileys is part of her recent body of work based on simple vernacular objects and forms. Many of the pieces in this group include flora and fauna of Puerto Rico. These compositions morph her figurative and abstract patterned styles. The artist describes her vision, “They’re just good colors and shapes. Look at a sock: it’s got really good colors, white with red and blue stripes. Toilet paper is a squarish oval,"....“A cigarette is a line. A dorsal fin is a triangle, and so is a Dorito.” *
Details of the contrasting corner splines and pinstripe
Bernhardt is among the many outstanding contemporary artists whose work we have the pleasure of custom framing. Although some artworks are served best by clean, white or natural hardwood gallery style frames, some pieces cry out for a uniquely tailored look all their own. The contrasting splines on this frame are actually a structural feature highlighted to become a design feature. If you're thinking outside the box for your next framing project, stop by and visit us and see what we can create together!
Katherine Bernhardt in her Brooklyn studio image courtesy of Emily Johnston for "Artsy"
When a big project comes along we spring into action! Our client needed a massive fifty-four foot by eight-foot stretcher built, installed and stretched with canvas within a week. We fabricated one of our custom "Legacy" interlocking stretchers in five sections for transportation, then assembled it on site using metal brackets to attach the different sections. We used two horizontal crossbars and a grand total of 20! vertical crossbars to lend support to the structure.
Out team assembling the stretcher on site
While on site we stretched a gesso primed canvas on the structure and installed it so that graphic artist and designer Timothy Goodman could set to work creating an original mural in just two days! Goodman is a popular graphic designer, illustrator, and author who uses text as his primary form of imagery. His art is manifested in myriad ways, from corporate projects for the likes of Starbucks and Airbnb to murals like the one created for the Ace Hotel in NYC. He's authored the well-known books 40 Days of Dating and Sharpie Art Workshop and his work is featured on a clothing line for Uniqlo. Goodman creates original content for his Instagram account under the title, Memories of a Girl I Never Knew. It was an honor to create this surface for him to work on.
The canvas being stretched after assembly
The Frames and Stretchers team always welcomes design challenges whether it's framing fine art or producing the stretched canvas foundation for someone's unique original creation. Our factory at 610 Smith Street on the border of Gowanus and Red Hook in Brooklyn is the heart of our stretcher making business. We can produce any custom size you need or multiples for your upcoming exhibition. Stop by for a visit and see what we can make for you!
Artist Timothy Goodman creating one of his Sharpie murals (image courtesy of the artist)