It’s probably one of the most eye-catching and hard to miss buildings in town. Directly across from the Cranford train station, it looks like a piece of architectural candy with light purple walls accented with bright yellow trim. The Artist Framer carries frames in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and textures. It also carries art from a variety of artists, and offers custom and do-it-yourself framing. They can happily assist with any framing job put before them. (See my video interview with owner Stephanie Lalor here… An Interview with The Artist Framers)
And now everyone can go to the Artist Framer and own a (reproduced) piece of Cranford’s history! In 2010, the old Roosevelt School on Orange Avenue was demolished. As the process was taking place, workers discovered some wonderful animal tiles covered with paint surrounding what had been the kindergarten room. The HPAB (Historical Preservation Advisory Board of Cranford) saved the tiles, and has reproduced six of the designs on 6X6 inch trivet tiles – a mountain goat, a bear, a rabbit, a parrot, a snail, and a donkey. On Sunday, June 24, these reproductions can be puchased at the Artist Framer at 17 North Avenue East . The price is $15 each, or $25 for 2. Proceeds from the sales will go to help fund Cranford HPAB projects including a remake of the 1989 video “Tour Through Cranford’s Historic Architecture”, publishing self-guided walking tours of Cranford’s historic sites. Sales will also help fund the potential placement of the Roosevelt School fireplace in the Community Center. How cool would these be as a functional conversation starter in your home?