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FRAMEMASTER

The team at FrameMaster are masters in the art industry. Tim Francis, the owner, has talent in framing artwork exquisitely and the store carries a variety of works from well-known artists.

“We frame to the customer’s style. The frame should match the piece,” said Tim, who is a nationally Certified Picture Framer and has been in the industry since 1981.

Submerged in the art world, the gallery offers framing of watercolors, acrylic, tapestry, oils and etchings to name a few. Conservation framing is FrameMasters specialty where conservation glass, mats, and backing are used on everything from historical documents to items of clothing to shadowboxes. An early 1900’s American immigrants’ scarf was recently framed.

“We tackle unusual jobs that other shops don’t do.” Examples are a computer screen frame or a Flat-screen TV framed into a wall. Frame moulding may be used for custom mantels bed coronas. Closed corner frames (no seams) made of 23 carat gold are available, perfect for family heirlooms. Hand wrapped mats from a variety of silks, suedes and linens give pieces an extra special touch.

The store opened in 1987 and the original owner, Ken Beck, was well respected. Tim purchased the store two and a half years ago and carries on Ken’s tradition of bringing in renowned artists, rotating artwork and promoting local talent. “It’s amazing to see what talent there is locally,” said Tim’s wife April who works with him. “We try to give local artists an opportunity.”

FrameMaster offers a large selection of artwork as well. Original, limited edition, and open edition canvas and paper works are available by a number of internationally and locally known artists. Sculptures are on hand and art searches can be done. The gallery offers some free services such as in-home consultation and installation of any pieces they frame.

Exclusive to Frame Masters (in Oklahoma) are artists Martin Driscoll, Dmitri Danish , and Scott Mattlin. Martin Driscoll gives the buoyant feel of Ireland in many of his paintings. Dmitri Danish, a Ukrainian artist, paints with a European sentiment. Scott Mattlin captures the female image in various everyday situations giving his pieces a sense of tranquility.

Beginning June 9th, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum hosts the invitational Prix de West, featuring many of the worlds’ finest Western artists. Reservations are required. Martin Grelle, who won the 2005 Prix de West Purchase Award, currently on display at FrameMaster, visited the gallery last June.

Another Prix de West artist, Pino Dangelico, will be at the FrameMaster’s newly expanded gallery on June 10th, from 11 to 1. This 67-year-old artist from Italy is entertaining and personable. “He enjoys discussing the background behind his pieces,” said April. Books and limited editions will be available for Pino to personalize.

To view G. Harvey to Daniel Gerhartz and many other artists, visit FrameMaster on 3226 S. Boulevard in Edmond. The phone number is 341-7211. Email framemaster@coxinet.net


GENTLE CARE ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Dr. Chris Rispoli, owner of the new Gentle Care Animal Hospital, takes care of his patients as if they were his own pets. The Animal Hospital is located on May and between NW 164th and NW 178th. It is modern, fashionably stylish, a state of the art facility.

Dr. Chris was born in Colorado but as an Air Force brat traveled many places. “Most of my formative years were spent in Connecticut, ” Dr. Chris said. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout as a teenager, was a commissioned officer in the Army Reserves, and holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration. “Ever since I can remember, I wanted to do something with animals,” Dr. Chris finally got to study what he loved when he attended Oklahoma State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He graduated in 1997.

After practicing 5 years in Florida, Dr. Chris moved back to Oklahoma after September 11, 2001, “I reevaluated my life and decided I wanted to go back where I was happiest.”

Dr. Chris worked at Woodlake Animal Hospital for four years until Dr. Brian Rean and he opened Gentle Care Animal Hospital. He also worked every other weekend for the past four years at the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Hospital on Memorial. He is a member of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp and a part time employee of FEMA on the VMAT 5 Team. These teams are sent out during disasters to help the affected animal population. Last year Dr. Chris spent two weeks in New Orleans taking care of injured and displaced animals after hurricane Katrina.

Gentle Care Animal Hospital cares for dogs, cats, and exotic animals. Dr. Chris has treated rabbits, ferrets, turtles, snakes, chinchillas, rats and gerbils to name a few. The clinic offers overnight boarding, full blood machines on premises, surgery, radiology and emergency care. There are flexible appointments available daily, evenings and Saturdays.

Oscar, a beautiful longhaired domestic cat, is Gentle Care’s mascot. You’ll see him lounging in the lobby or the front desk as you walk into the hospital. Adopted from the May Avenue Emergency Clinic, Oscar is interested in meeting everyone who walks in the door. Dr. Chris’ other cat, Lili, lives at his home, which is a half-mile from the clinic. He also has three dogs: an eleven-year-old Great Dane named Nessy, and two Jack Russel Terriers, Chelsea and Avery.

“I always follow up on cases,” Dr. Chris said. “So much that I probably harass my clients. I need to make sure the patient is doing well once returning home. I have to sleep at night so I always call back.”

Dr. Chris’ philosophy is simple, “I base my life’s work on affordable compassionate care while treating every animal as if he or she were one of my own.”

Gentle Care Animal Hospital is located at 17200 N May Avenue, Suite 900, across from Rose Creek Golf Course. The hospital’s phone number is 405-285-WOOF (9663). Or you can email Dr. Chris at gentlecareanimalhospital@coxinet.net.

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