Fine Art & Custom Framing
Irish Roadkill is what she named her badly mangled black and gold Guinness Beer Can found along the road -- a bit of fine Irish luck for her!
Whether you're capturing a great memory from your world travels, like Diane did with her whimsically framed beer can from County Cork, or wherever...or simply want to protect a new acquisition from the Krasl Art Fair...Waterfront Framing and Fine Art in downtown St. Joseph is ready to take on the job.
Partners Sheila Knight-Day and Diane Wollenslegel have been matting and framing art of all kinds for more than six years now since opening their shop on the northern end of St. Joseph's Central Business District.
One thing the two love is their close proximity to the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center, because it draws a steady stream of visitors throughout the year.
Waterfront Framing & Fine Art was born at the end of April back in 2001. As custom framers they can literally handle any size or scale of project imaginable. Using computer driven lazer cutters, they can produce specialty matting of all kinds and shapes. They can do everthing from a tiny watercolor to large three-dimensional objects set into deep frames for collectibles and the like.
The shop carries a stunning array of metal frames and all of their wooden frames are real wood...no composite materials are used. Additionally they can frame with regular glass, framing quality acrylics, conservation glass or museum glass with very low reflection rates.
They also sell art prints and limited editions on both canvas and paper, as well as photographs from local and international artists, which they are happen to frame.
Between the two of them, Sheila and Diane have more than 35-years of experience in the framing business. They have framed everything from golf balls from memorable holes-in-one, Civil War objects, Korean Baptismal jackets and football jerseys to full sized flags and even a piece of the Berlin Wall.
Occasionally they are called upon to create diarama types of pieces as in the case of one job where they framed actual boards taken from a basketball court along with team photos, track & field medals, newspaper articles, uniforms and more. They use archival supplies to assure safekeeping of the objects being framed and never harm the articles, assuring that all of their processes are reversible, and artifacts can be removed safely.
Waterfront Framing can frame art prints, photos, oils, acrylics, etchings, pastels, charcoal drawing, pen and ink drawings, pencil sketches, original artwork, your own artwork, documents, wedding materials and more. For graduates they can frame senior photos along with the mortar board tassle, graduation announcements and the diploma all together in a single piece.
Everything that the ladies do with your art and artifacts is done on site, nothing ever leaves the premises, and most work can be done easily in 10-days to 2-weeks or less, although they've been known to handle very short turnarounds and emergency work as well.
If you would like your office decorated, but aren't savvy enough to determine the best layout, they work corporate sales situations routinely. From banks and hospitals to homes and offices, the Waterfront Framing & Fine Art team will even make "House Calls," to help determine the best decor for your situation. They'll even help to arrange and hang the art for you.
The shop is increasingly getting new Michigan artists involved in selling art through the store. Additionally, they work very closely with Photo Restoration Expert Laurie Draper.
Diane and Sheila clearly love their work because there's always something new happening, and most of the work they perform is for happy occasions. Having said that, even when they are working on pieces for funerals and memorials, they find the work to be uplifting. The two have made many good friends over the years, and they love meeting new artists and introducing the artists to their clients, as well.
When it comes to their personal favorite styles, Diane enjoys anything involving children and their parents, as well as Italian countrysides and courtyards.
Sheila leans toward photography and anything that reflects a sense of humor, or a play on words or a play on the visual aspects.
The shop also carries a variety of table-top sculptures for sale, and can help you find other pieces that might reflect your pesonal tastes.
Waterfront Framing & Fine Art is a colorful, efficient, and eclectic shop. For a limited time they are offering 20% off all in house art and framing in celebration of their 6th Anniversary in business.
Check them out at 606 Ship Street in downtown St. Joseph.