Eat Your Heart Out, Gertrude
BY AARON STELLA For newly aspiring and veteran artists looking to frame their pieces, Art Salon in Northern Liberties has frames in spades and extra art supplies to spare. The frames themselves range from classic to contemporary: Byzantine, Florentine, Roman, simple steel and bamboo wood, many frames are finished by artisans from across the seas. Proprietor Ryan John saw an opportunity to support greener methods of frame manufacturing when he opened his salon. John only purchases from suppliers who use leftover materials to create more frames instead of dumping the excess in landfills. In addition to the frames, Art Salon stocks basic art supplies: acrylics, oils, charcoal, brushes and canvasses. John plans to use his salon as an art gallery in the very near future. As an artist himself, John knows that there can never be too many venues, or competing art supply stores, for that matter. So to encourage the overall production of art, and the artists who create, John discounts all on site art supplies.
Aaron Stella is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Philly Broadcaster. After graduating Temple University with a degree in Literature, Aaron has written for several publications in the city, including the Philly Gay News, Phawker, City Paper and AOL’s City’s Best. While a writer by trade, Aaron has devoted his talents toward developing the careers of writers and artists in the city in hopes that one day Philadelphia is regarded not just as an arts mecca, but as a city of artists with business acumen who can compete in the new economic landscape.