3646 Grand Ave
Elida's Show #1
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We have NEW HOURS OF OPERATION. Starting November 17, 2014 we will begin closing on Mondays. I will be using that day to bathe Misty, have my bouffant  teased and lacquered and pump iron in preparation for the Senior Women's Muscle Marathon in August. 


Mention the word "hairspray" on your next visit to the shop and get a free antique botanical print, (suitable for framing).


Seriously, please call ahead if you would like to set up a time to design your framing project on a Monday or another day but never on Sunday.


Are you looking for a special Christmas gift for your favorite "Italophile" or a piece of classical history to hang on your own wall? Growing up Catholic came with lots of pictures of Rome, and the Vatican in particular, but I never dreamed I would see, much less purchase a set of the original 1690 engravings by Papal Architects and Artists Alessandro Specchi, Hieronomus Frezza and  Philippo Bonnani. 

These deep, crisp intaglios are rendered in black ink on 9 1/2 X 14" white laid paper. We should all look so good at 320 years of age. 


You may recognize the facades but the cross section and elevation sheets provide an MRI-like look into these familiar Roman landmarks. Some even have espresso splashes from the cup of Michelangelo.  Not really. You know he was gay, right?

My Dirty Little Secret  

Oh how I love your battered heirlooms. The compressor that powers our tools and the frame clinic share the small "sanding room" in our shop. The walls are hung with frames in the process of being doctored up. With tiny scraps of 23K gold leaf I can touch up the 100 years of bumps and bruises on your Grandmother's Regence frame, add patina, and merge the patches with the original gold finish. 


For this resurrection, four lengths of wood were routed, joined, carved, slathered with gesso (rabbit skin glue and ground up marble). When the gesso was partially dry it was incised with a pointed stylus to create the classic design you see here. What fun!


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Elida Scola
Galleria Scola