Posts Tagged ‘The Frame & I’

  • Prescott Peeps: Ida Kendall

    Mar 31, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, Prescott PeepsNo CommentsRead More »

      How long have you been in Prescott and how did you get involved with The Frame & I and The Art Store? We moved to Prescott in 1980 when I was a kid. I grew up here and went to school here. We spent a few years in Tempe, but almost died because of the heat. The Frame & I was originally owned by Joe and Joanna Hensley. She was an artist and they’d started the shop to support her art. Originally it was one really tiny room. I hired on about eight years into their ownership. I was a college student at the time. Prior to that, I’d been working with my dad as a real estate appraiser. This was back when there was the first big deregulation in the 1990s, so that didn’t work out. I’d always been an artist and creative person, so I decided to look around at picture framing shops and I had a certain amount of woodworking skills from classes in high school and college. Looking back, I was lucky they were looking for someone at the time; people tend to come here and stay for a long time. I wasn’t really thinking about staying long term until about two years into it when I realized how much I enjoyed it. It’s constantly changing, not the same thing every day. You see so

  • The Frame & Her: Francine Hackerott collaborates on Larson-Juhl collection

    Feb 5, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and  Francine Hackerott, framer at The Frame & I, who won the Larson-Juhl’s third annual Design Star: Framing Edition Competition. See her recently released collaborative line with Larson Juhl, “Salon 1789,” at The Frame & I, 229 W. Gurley St., 928-445-5073.] Let’s start with the contest itself, which was at the West Coast Art & Frame trade show in January of 2015. What’s your background and how did you end up entering the Larson-Juhl’s third annual Design Star: Framing Edition Competition? I’ve been doing picture framing for 30 years. I entered a couple of competitions for an art gallery about four years into it through the Professional Picture Framers Association. I’d actually done one for Larson-Juhls, and had done a really, really great one for it. It’s kind of exciting all these years later, after not doing competitions, for this to happen. I had made a comment to Ida (Kendall, owner of the Frame & I), who’s been very, very supportive of this, about wanting to make a tabernacle frame. It’s a style of frame originally created as an altar piece, usually used in churches to hold iconic images. At first, they had doors on them because they traveled from place to place. They were literally portable altars. So I’d made this comment to Ida

  • Chasing the sublime: Russell Johnson learns, relearns, and re-relearns to paint, see

    Oct 2, 15 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio6,380 CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon The route looked safe enough, but it almost killed him. Russell Johnson was hiking the Grand Canyon with a friend in 2001 when he detoured under an overhang. “I took a step and there was this sheer drop off. Rocks went tumbling into the water,” Johnson said. “It was scary. There was nothing beautiful about it in that moment.” But there was a singularity that arrested his attention. He didn’t know it then, but that was something he needed to evoke in his landscape paintings. That moment has since become a touchstone. “It’s close to what’s called ‘the sublime,’” Johnson said. “I’m trying to transport you to an experience or a place in my paintings. Often, those places are beautiful, too, but I’m trying to balance that place and that moment.” Johnson’s paintings are a dynamic, refreshing beacon in an otherwise crowded field of Western landscapes. Refining that style, however, has a been a journey that’s been neither singular nor entirely linear. “For a long time, I wasn’t sure what I was trying to articulate with my artwork,” Johnson said. “I needed some purpose and contextual background for what I was doing. … I needed some help.”   Outside pursuits Growing up in Prescott, a middle child among 10, Johnson had two favorite places — his room and the great outdoors. “I was able to get lost

  • Illustrious, illustrative: Being a consideration of Ida Kendall’s frame of mind

    May 30, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio29 CommentsRead More »

    By Jacques Laliberté Energy. Verve. Motion. Her paintings have all these. They’re emotive and occasionally provocative. Take “Monsoon,” a spare composition brimming with an amazing swirling spiral of feeling, moving quickly the way “a monsoon comes in abruptly and washes it all away” as its painter, Ida Kendall, explains. If Kendall is caught up in it, this monsoon, and if the figure huddled at its center is indeed her own, naked and vulnerable, it doesn’t appear she’s overwhelmed by it or suffering its consequences. You could argue the woman is in her element – perhaps even impelling the elements around her to suit her purpose or whim. A metaphorical ray of sunshine brightens her hair in toasty flames, a stunning focal point to the work’s cooler blue tones. Another giveaway: All is not as it seems. Her arm rests in soft repose across her knee and her hand is naturally relaxed. But we’d be wrong. “For me ‘Monsoon’ exhibits a very dark feeling, showing that change is a part of our lives,” Kendall says. She points out the under painting, whose gestured lines reinforce the rain clouds’ flowing course down a deep crevasse into the earth. Indeed: All is not as it seems.   Wherewith, wherefrom, & whatnot Kendall’s working style hews closely to the illustrators who inspire her. It’s art that says something. The painting “Monsoon” has that book-jacket

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