All That Glitters © 2013 Claudia Danforth Ward SOLD
Last November, Peter and I entertained my father's wife for Thanksgiving. She still lives in Chatham on the Cape, so it's an easy five hour trip including three ferries - door-to-door. Leslie was not only my father's wife but is a good friend of mine. She also happens to be two weeks younger than I am, but I'm hijacking my story already.
During Leslie's stay with us, a fortuitous question arose ... "What would you like for Christmas", she asked. To which I responded, "Buy some of my photographs." And she did.
Redesigning her bedroom, she ordered three 16" x 16" flower photos which were sent to her directly from my SmugMug Galleries. She had those framed at a local framing store in Chatham, called Framer's Framer. Then, when she saw the Narcissistic Serpent wave photograph this spring she ordered a print and again took it to Leelee at Framer's Framer for framing.
Narcissistic Serpent © 2013 Claudia Danforth Ward
Leelee liked the image so much she wanted one or maybe more, so we decided I should meet her. Leslie introduced us during our visit to the Cape in June and we hit it off right away. Our collective enthusiasm when we met could hardly be contained.
Framer's Framer is located in the small post office shopping center in Chatham and is made up of three sizable rooms - one for showing and selling frames, one for framing, and the other is a gallery - one that had a 6' x 10' empty wall that Leelee said she wanted to fill with prints of my wave photographs. I'd like to say I was speechless but I wasn't - neither of us was. We chattered on about the images I was showing her on my laptop, and how we could structure this fledgling partnership. At the end of our hour-long meeting, we both were elated about our prospects.
In the weeks that followed, Leelee selected thirteen images that she wanted at the start and I worked with my good friends at Hamptons Photo Arts in Bridgehampton on having them printed - the largest of which would be 18" x 36"! When they were ready, Peter and I hand delivered them to Leelee in her shop in Chatham. Leelee would now frame and hang them, which she did in only ten days time. As she was getting ready to hang the images, one of her customers inquired about what was happening in the gallery and Leelee showed her the pieces that were framed. That customer liked the 18" x 36" All That Glitters so much that she bought it before it was even hung. Needless to say, Leelee and I are over-the-moon happy and feel nothing short of optimistic about our partnership.
Please, if you're in Chatham, check out the gallery at Framer's Framer at 25 Post Office Square. I hope you enjoy the wave photographs but Leelee has lots more to see.