Local gallery, custom framing store celebrates 34 years in SL

Monday, January 28, 2013
Frame'n Art Shoppe, now in its 34th year of business in Storm Lake, is now offering gallery-wrapped canvas prints in a variety of styles and sizes, including this eagle piece.

As a downtown Storm Lake gallery and custom framing store celebrates its 34th year of business, its owner has taken time to reflect on present and past artwork and framing trends.

"We're selling more decorator pieces," Frame'n Art Shoppe Owner Terri Haakinson said.

Compared to traditional prints, decorator pieces are not limited and are typically less expensive.

Brightly-colored gallery-wrapped canvas prints are a newer trend, and are available in various sizes. Subjects range from nature scenes to animals.

"They are becoming more popular and are more reasonably priced than traditional prints," Haakinson explained.

For customers seeking more traditional artwork, Frame'n Art offers popular American artist Terry Redlin's outdoor and wildlife prints in addition to photos shot by Storm Lake photographer Hugh Perry.

Custom framing remains a major portion of Haakinson's business, but over the years, style has transitioned from molding, oak and hardwoods to jet black.

With gray a vogue choice for home interiors, black frames coupled with mirrors or vibrant artwork can provide contrast or a pop of color.

Consultations are available for individuals requesting custom matting or framing services. Haakinson will review colors, molding, mattes, where the artwork will be hung in a home and how it coordinates with the rest of the room.

"I want to get an idea of what they have in their mind," she said.

Conservation-grade matting is available to protect items from fading, yellowing and damage.

In past years, Haakinson has seen some unique pieces come in for framing.

While special orders for photo collages, athletic jerseys and shadow boxes for high school memorabilia or wedding keepsakes are most common, Haakinson once framed a petite woman's wedding dress at its full length in a five foot tall frame and an antique feather fan reportedly once used by Mary Todd Lincoln.