Post Road Art Center
Marlborough – Looking to frame that candid baby photo or an original piece of artwork? Post Road Art Center, located at 1 Boston Post Road, can complement any display piece with thousands of custom framing and matting options. Commonly known as the purple house with the handpainted Mona Lisa on the front door, Post Road Art Center also features an in-house art gallery and an extensive product line of art supplies and unique gifts.
With over 20 years in custom framing experience, owner Randi Isaacson began with a love for visual arts, which drew her to art school, where she earned a bachelor's degree and then went to work in an art gallery.
"When I was working at the gallery, I was going to school to get my master's degree in engineering … I just realized I love working in a gallery and I should open my own," Randi said.
While Randi features handpainted originals in the gallery, she is most often found in the full-service frame shop, handpainting mats or cutting custom moldings to create perfect frames. Dedicated to quality, Randi and her team of framers use only the highest quality products like acidfree mat boards and linen tape.
"We frame anything from kids' artwork to antique collectables," she said. "Through framing, we preserve what is given to us so it will always be in the condition that it was brought to us in …. I love working with customers to help them preserve what is sometimes financially but most often sentimentally valuable to them."
Realizing that the process of framing can be overwhelming, her staff works closely with customers, walking through each step of the process. Randi said she likes the frame to suit the art, but she also wants to complement the decor of the room it will be hung in.
"Framing makes all the diff erence … but people are nervous about pricing," Randi said. "Yes, it can be very expensive, especially when you pick a 22-carat goldplated frame, but it does not have to be. I try to pick what I think might be the best design and if it costs too much we begin to scale back. With framing, there is no one way that looks the best."
With a long list of regulars including artists, art collectors and interior designers, Randi has broken into the commercial world of framing, working with companies to choose the appropriate art to enhance their work environment.
"My knowledge and years of experience generate confidence in my customers," she said. "I work really hard, but it is a lot of fun and does not feel like work."
With an in-house gallery, Post Road Art Center off ers regular art shows judged by outside judges, as well as variety of guest lectures and presentations.
"Artists need a place to show their art," she said. "… We get a great response for our shows from both artists and admirers."
Randi is currently closing up the gallery's annual "Show of Hearts," with all of the proceeds going to support breast cancer research, and accepting submissions for the next show, which opens Thursday March 5 and runs to the end of the month.
For more information, stop by the store, call 508-485-2580 or visit www.postroadartcenter.com.
Editor's Note: the preceding is not an endorsement and is presented for informational purposes only.
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