With this 24 by 36 inch oil painting Alfredo tackles the innumerable challenges of depicting this “couple” of manatees in their underwater environment at Blue Springs. We went to observe them this past winter and were so fascinated to see these “Gentle Giants” of Florida in their peaceful and colorful natural world. Alfredo expressed his intention of doing a painting of these wonderful creatures in this tropical paradise environment. As soon as he finished it, I decided to put a nice frame on it and put it outside the shop on an easel for everyone to see. So many people were taken with it and expressed their admiration for the marvelous colors and textures of this underwater scene. A few days ago, a lovely couple walked in asking about the painting and bought it as a present for their niece who is a marine biologist. Mr. and Mrs. Benito Torres of Deltona certainly have given their marine biologist niece a very special present where art and nature form a perfect union.
One of the wonderful things that happens around Framing 508 is that customers not only get their framing needs met but also have custom made art. Just a couple of weeks ago Susan, a lovely lady and longtime Framing 508 client, decided to commission our very own “In House Artist” Alfredo Mujica (very well known around town for his spontaneously funny caricatures and his colorful, futuristic original paintings) to paint a couple of portraits of her prized pets MAXIE (a cute little Chihuahua) and MICKEY (a handsome black and white cat). Susan volunteered a few snapshots of the pets for Alfredo to work from but he, preferring to work from his own photographs, did a free photo-session of the pets at Susan’s cozy home. Maxie was a total ham for the camera and fine pictures were quickly had but Mickey, the big, handsome cat would have nothing of photo shoots. After Susan and Alfredo trying every trick in the book, Alfredo smiled saying to Susan “we got him.” A few days later Susan came to the shop to view her pet’s portraits. Alfredo was present with his art supplies because he has a money back guarantee for any client who does not absolutely love his work and is willing to make any changes the customer desires. Susan came through the door and her big smile said it all as she contemplated the stunningly life-like works of art that she was now a proud owner of. Alfredo said “Well Susan, is there anything you’d like changed, anything I can… fix?”, Susan walked slowly towards Alfredo and smilingly kissed him on the cheek. “They are wonderful Alfredo” she exclaimed. Recently Susan took the portraits of Maxie and Mickey to church to show her friends and they too were amazed at not only the beauty of the art but also surprised at the affordability of such work by a fine artist like Alfredo.
A dear friend of mine, Jim Rucquoi has taken on a mission for our Mother Earth and therefore needs our help. You may already be lucky enough to know him and his wonderful wife, Adele. He is a very creative photographer, writer and is taking an active role to raise awareness and funding by participating in his second tour in the Climate Ride. Jim, in his seventies, is going to attempt this amazing challenge again. This is not a small feat considering the trip is 300 miles on bicycle and must be completed in 5 days! The three beneficiary groups are Rails to Trails Conservancy , 1Sky Climate Precinct Campaign and Green Awareness Climate Action Program. Each rider must raise $2500. just to register for the ride. Please understand that the funds raised don’t go to Jim or the riders. They invest their own time, sweat and expense to make this Climate Ride a success.
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The card is sold by school and fund raising organizations for $20 and it provides the consumer with discounts and great deals at local restaurants, retail shops and more. At Framing 508 Gallery, when you use your CFL Card you will receive 15% off your purchase. The added benefit to using your CFL Card is that it keeps track of your purchases so once you’ve used a coupon you will store up rewards points! Not only will your coupons for your favorite merchants be electronically downloaded onto your each month, you will receive additional free items and savings when you use your rewards points! You will find more information by going to their website at: http://www.mycflcard.com . While you’re there, click on, ‘Oviedo Chicks Talk Show” and watch several different videos from businesses, wonderful cafe’s and restaurants in the area talk about what they do. This will give you a chance to know them before you visit. That’s what makes this program a wonderful concept and you can use the card knowing you are helping organizations reach their fund-raising goals. Of course, yours truly, your “Rae-of-Sunshine” has a video clip there about Framing 508 Gallery for your viewing pleasure. Click here for the show! www.oviedochicks.com
In between designing some beautiful frames for all my wonderful customers and diligently getting the frame orders completed, I’ve created new items from the leftover frame material. It’s that creative ‘recycle and re-use’ syndrome.
A dear friend of mine gave me the idea of making trivets. I looked at my extra stock and decided what would work well for the designs. Another friend of mine had a large collection of wine corks and donated a bag of them. Everything came together to create these exceptional trivets, surely to add elegance to your dining table.
While wandering through a craft store, I found cans of chalkboard paint, not only in black but in a variety of colors. Creative wheels started turning again. I’ve started with this design using a Shaker-style frame in a cherry wood. There is a nice little ledge for the chalk to sit and the eraser can rest on the hooks. Another idea would be to attach the eraser with a ribbon to a hook so you can use the hooks for your keys or your furry companion’s leash. Wait till you see what I have in mind for a child’s chalkboard.
All of these items are at the Gallery but you can also check out what is available at my Etsy Shop online at: raemariegallery.etsy.com
Once there, you’ll find framed prints, originals and accessories for sale.
As the artist and Owner, I look forward to meeting you in person at the Gallery or sharing some creative ideas here.
I have a wonderful collection of original artwork, jewelry, prints and accessories for your home or office made from the leftover materials. I take recycling to a new creative level!
What you will find here is a collection of ideas and creative solutions, not only for your custom framing needs, but hopefully to find inspiration for your art as well.