The Gilt Complex Offers Free Art Talk On May 16. Learn About Framing, Art Restoration, Conservation Services. See Diverse Mat And Frame Selections Beyond Your Expectations!

Artists, students, and art enthusiasts are invited to an Art Talk: “Best Practices In Storing, Matting, and Framing Art” on Thursday, May 16 at The Gilt Complex.  This free event includes a prize drawing and will cover topics such as affordable framing options, tips on protecting and storing your art, styles & trends in displaying art, and photography frames that have a WOW impact!  The Gilt Complex will offer an Art Talk each third Thursday of the month.  We interview Duncan Hurd about this intriguing art resourceThe Rickie Report shares the details and a few sneak peeks.



608 Colorado Avenue  Stuart, FL  34944


Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 to 5 






P R E S E N T S :




Art Talk:

“Best Practices In Storing, Matting, and Framing Art”



Thursday, May 16

5:30  –  8  pm



Free admission          Free parking

Free refreshments         Free prize drawing







The Rickie Report knows that art is all around us – and we just have to stop and notice!  I was checking out what was happening along Colorado Avenue, known as the “artbeart” of Stuart,  and came across a frame shop called The Gilt Complex. Intrigued, I went inside and had a fascinating conversation with Duncan Hurd, the owner.



TRR:  So, what’s with the name?


Our business was founded by a gilder and art restorer in New Jersey in 1982. He has a great sense of humor and rather than call his business something like “Ye Olde Frame Shop,” he decided to have a little fun and call it “The Gilt Complex.” We took over after he retired a couple years ago, and we just love the quirkiness of the name. If nothing else, it’s a conversation starter.



An example of art restoration: You can see the more vibrant colors (left side) after this piece of artwork has been cleaned.



TRR:  Tell our readers more about your business.


The Gilt Complex is a custom framing and art restoration business.  We frame everything from original art painted by the masters to your child’s masterpiece. In our restoration service, we mostly remove dirt and blemishes from the painting’s surface and repair minor damage.  Although we have been known to reline and restore significantly damaged historical works of art. 




TRR:  I’m in love with all your frames!


Thanks.  We have what we consider to be one of the most diverse collections of frames in the area.  From historical reproduction 22-karat gold leaf finished corner frames to modern unfinished corner frames.  In order to avoid mass confusion, we organize our samples by style, with room between each frame so you can distinguish one from the other.  We have traditional, ornate gold and silver, wood veneer, contemporary and eclectic, and rustic styles, among others.  We even have a bright and colorful Coastal Collection.  



The thin black liner inside the mat opening on “Blue footed Boobies” by Katie Gianni, heightens the space and distinction between the artwork and the matting. It gives the eye a space to rest and appreciate the artwork, without being too crowded.  This frame further intensifies the feather of the subject matter, while the frame’s corners capture the look of webbed feet.






TRR:  What’s unique about your business?  What sets you apart?


Three words: selection, service and smiles!  We have well over 2,000 frame samples in our showroom.  Beyond that, we will never compromise on quality.  We only use acid-free mats and papers, and all our glass is UV protected.  We are very careful about how we handle your art, and we take the time to fit your frame the right way.  That doesn’t mean that everything we do is expensive.  Quite the contrary.  We’re happy to work within any budget, but the quality of our work will be consistent no matter what you pay.  

TRR:  And smiles?


We have a lot of fun doing what we do.  Our customers often comment about what a happy place this is.  It’s much more rewarding to establish relationships than to squeeze every nickel out of every sale.  So, we talk to you and laugh with you.  Life is too short not to enjoy what you do, and we like to share the fun we have doing it.  Thus, the smiles!



The dark mat took attention away from the art itself and the orange-toned frame was a distraction.

Now, the artwork is the main focus, bringing the blue from the art piece into the mat lining.  Look at how much brighter this piece seems!





TRR:  Who else works with you?


My wife Pam is an engineer and she does everything in our workshop.  She operates our computerized mat cutter, cuts the glass, assembles the frames and puts it all together.  What I love about her approach is that she spends as much time on all the little things you will never see as she does on what’s in front of you.  Katie Gianni is an accomplished artist who brings that level of creativity to designing the ideal frame for your art, whether it’s an original or a print.  Finding the perfect marriage between the art and the frame is what Katie and I most enjoy.  



TRR:  You said you’ve been around since 1982, but I didn’t even know you were here.


For about a dozen years we were tucked away in a strip mall on South Dixie Highway near Port Salerno.  Last year in February we moved the store to Colorado Avenue.  We love, love, love being in downtown Stuart in what is rapidly becoming known as the arts and entertainment district.  Someone recently called it “the artbeat of Stuart.”  More and more people are finding us every day due to our more centralized location.  Just like you did!





TRR:  How else can people find you?


Probably the best place is through the internet.  Our website tells our story pretty well at  We are a big supporter of the Arts Council of Martin County and you can see our ad in their magazine, as well as in the Lyric Theatre’s magazine.  One of the great rewards of owning a small business is becoming an integral part of the community.  In addition to the Arts Council, we are active members of the Stuart/Martin Chamber of Commerce.  It’s hard to go anywhere without recognizing someone, and we think that’s wonderful.  

Note the red line incised around the middle of the frame and how this accentuates the outlines in the artwork.  This and the color of the frame itself offer subtle touches that enhance the artwork. 





TRR:  What framing advice can you offer our readers?


An expression I often repeat when choosing a frame is, “What does the art want?”  In other words, what frame will best compliment the art and draw your attention to the painting or print?  The advantage of custom framing is having many options available to you – not only the frames, but also mats, liners and all the other components that go into creating beautiful artwork.  You can almost always find something appropriate within your budget.  But if your decision is driven by price alone, you may not even give yourself the opportunity to consider the best design solution.  



TRR:  Do you have any concluding thoughts?


If you surround yourself with art, every day will be filled with joy!








For more information:

The Gilt Complex

608 Colorado Avenue    Stuart, FL 34994



Instagram:  @thegiltcomplex




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OSGS Grand Opening Features Multitude of Artists! Meet the Owners

Jonathon Ortiz- Smykla and Evelyn Ortiz-Smykla chose the Northwood Village as the home of their new art gallery and frame shop.  This is a vibrant area with small shops, galleries and restaurants, known as “Historically Hip”.  The Rickie Report met this mother/son team just as the space was being painted and looks forward to their Grand Opening this week! This feature not only tells their story, but those of the artists who will help debut OSGS at the next Promenade Night of the Northwood neighborhood. See YOU at OSGS  Ortiz Smykla/Gallery-Studio February 22nd!


(561) 833-2223 /
500 Northwood Rd., West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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 OSGS | Gallery Studio

Grand Opening

Friday February 22, 2013

6 – 9 pm

OSGS Ortiz-Smykla|Gallery-Studio invites you to their Grand Opening on Friday February 22nd from 6 – 9 pm.   It coincides with Northwood Villages’ Award Winning Art & Wine Promenade, a free event open to the public.  Details about Northwood Village’s events follow in this feature story.  The Rickie Report interviewed Jonathon and Evelyn to explore their backgrounds and their agenda for their new venture.  Also included are photographs of works by artists in their Grand Opening Exhibit.

Welcome to OSGS

Welcome to OSGS!

TRR: Please tell  our readers about each of your artistic backgrounds.


Into The Blue By Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

Into The Blue By Jonathon Ortiz-Smykla

I grew up with art appreciation through my family’s influence.  I was exposed to other cultures and the arts at a young age which also helped shape my desire and appreciation for creating art.  I earned a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture, Design and Construction.

Widespread Panic Silk Screen by Jonathon

Widespread Panic Silk Screen by Jonathon

The foundation for design and spatial relationships I learned through that process has helped me further my understanding and experimentation within my own design and artwork projects.

Temple of Emperor; Photography by Jonathon

Temple of Emperor; Photography by Jonathon

My efforts in a broad range of mediums allowed me to exhibit work in a variety of galleries and juried exhibitions.

Paddle Surf Buddha by Jonathon

Paddle Surf Buddha by Jonathon

I now look forward to continuing those efforts as well as provide a space for others here at OSGS to gain exposure and further their artistic paths.


Untitled Charcoal Drawing by Evelyn

Untitled Charcoal Drawing by Evelyn Ortiz-Smykla

I hold an undergraduate degree in Art History and Fine Arts and a graduate degree in Library Studies focusing on archives and conservation with an emphasis on humanities and the arts.  I worked directly with Books Art faculty and interned at both the Bryant Museum and the Hoole Library (Private Collections, archives and conservation) at the University of Alabama.

Untitled Acrylic by Evelyn

Untitled Acrylic by Evelyn

I have painted acrylic abstract landscapes, created photographic images in black and white, and am a weaver.  As a fiber artist I have exhibited my work at the Kentuck Museum in Northport, AL where I showed my mohair, silk, linen, and cotton beaded shawls (crystals, rhinestones, and pearls) scarves, place mats and napkins.

Silk and Linen Handwoven Spanish Shawl by Evelyn

Silk and Linen Handwoven Spanish Shawl by Evelyn

After completing my graduate degree my goal was to continue as an artist and open my own gallery, but, life and other responsibilities got in the way of my personal dreams and passion for the arts. My art took a back seat to life’s other demands and adventures.

Untitled Graphite Drawing by Evelyn

Untitled Graphite Drawing by Evelyn

TRR: Why did you decide to open a gallery and how did you choose Northwood Village?

The two of us started talking about opening an art gallery, studio, and custom framing business a few years ago as Evelyn got closer to retirement as a federal law librarian and Jonathon gained experience with the south Florida art scene.

Steve Wallace's "Upcycled Table"

Steve Wallace’s “Upcycled Table”

We watched local art galleries develop and grow and Jonathon was receiving important feedback from other artists and gallery owners that helped him grow as an artist.

"Sandhill Cranes" Oil/Acrylic by Ann Lawtey (Palm Beach, FL)

“Sandhill Cranes” Oil/Acrylic by Ann Lawtey (Palm Beach, FL)

Historic Northwood Village offered us what we had been looking for. The Old Northwood Historic District, the first in the city of West Palm Beach, is one of the most beautiful and friendly neighborhoods in West Palm Beach.  Its distinguished architecture, eclectic mix of residents, and friendly neighborhoods caught our imagination and entrepreneurial spirit.

"Food Chain Protocol" by Richard Halterman (,FL)Photography

“Food Chain Protocol” by Richard Halterman (Palm Beach ,FL)Abstract Digital Fine Art

The more we visited and talked with other gallery and shop owners the more we felt they supported one another.  The City’s commitment to support the monthly Art & Wine Promenade speaks volumes as to the growth in the District’s future and what that means for us as gallery owners. What more could we ask for!

"Diehard Cupie" Oil by Gillespie (Palm Beach)

“Diehard Cupie” Oil by Gillespie (Palm Beach)

The corner property we found , although it needed a lot of work,was a blessing.  Lots of elbow grease, muscle, and late nights paid off.  Residents, artists, and patrons who visit us remark on the transformation.

"Florida Girl" Glass by Irene Jalowayski (Palm Beach, FL)

“Florida Girl” Glass by Irene Jalowayski (Palm Beach, FL)

Thanks to our parallel love of art and career choices everything came together at exactly the perfect time.  So here at OSGS (Ortiz | Smykla | Gallery | StudioWorks of Art and Custom Framing) in Historic Northwood Village we share our passion for the arts and meet incredibly talented and generous artists.

"Garden" by John Rachell (Palm Beach)

“Garden” by John Rachell (Palm Beach)

TRR: What types of artwork are you showing?  

OSGS is currently showing a range of art that includes paintings (figurative and abstract), sculpture, jewelry, glass art, pottery, and prints.  We do not want to limit the type of work we exhibit.

Ceramic Pot by Ian Levinson (Delray Beach, FL)

Ceramic Pot by Ian Levinson (Delray Beach, FL)

Instead we are after quality – keep the overall body of work strong and within an intimate, open gallery setting.  We want our patrons to come in and enjoy not only the quality of work we exhibit but also the space in which it is being exhibited.

"Afterglow" Oil by Manon Sander (Palm Beach, FL)

“Afterglow” Oil by Manon Sander (Palm Beach, FL)

TRR: Will the Gallery be interested in offering SOLO exhibits?  

The Gallery will be available for Solo exhibits as well as shows directed at specific areas such as figurative, landscapes, photos, 3 dimensional art, fiber arts, etc.

Claudia Bloch (New York, NY) Jewelry

Claudia Bloch (New York, NY) Jewelry

We are also planning juried shows and exhibits to encourage new expression.

"Lady Liberty" Emmanuel Gonzalez's  Oil Pastels/Watercolor (Palm Beach, FL)

“Lady Liberty” Emmanuel Gonzalez’s Oil Pastels/Watercolor (Palm Beach, FL)

Unlike some galleries we ask each artist to commit to staying with us for a 3 month period in order that we get to know them and they get to know us.

"Ruby" by Sher

“Ruby” by Sheri DuBois (Palm Beach, FL)

During this time we feel we can properly promote each artist’s talents and work through our website, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as give them the opportunity to participate in the monthly Art & Wine Promenade here in the Village and Friday Night Strolls.

"Don Quixote" Sculpture by Lew Mayer (Palm Beach, FL)

“Don Quixote” Sculpture by Lew Mayer (Palm Beach, FL)

TRR: How does an artist contact you to show and sell their art?

We prefer to be contacted by email ( with a brief description of the artist and their work.  Email is a great tool to show us samples of art by attaching photos or providing their personal web addresses.

"Flotsam" Mixed media by Molly Aubry (Palm Beach, FL)

“Flotsam” Mixed media by Molly Aubry (Palm Beach, FL)

The next step is to speak in person, preferably by appointment at the Gallery with samples of their work in hand.  Not only do we get to meet, but the artist can see our space, what we have available, and experience Northwood firsthand if they have never done so.

"In Due Time" Ceramic by Gail Erickson

“In Due Time” Ceramic by Gail Erickson

TRR: How do you imagine using your gallery space to reach out to the community?  

Our Gallery is available for charitable events and private special functions.  We support individual charities of our choice and have for many years; as a result we realize the importance of having the right space for such events.

"Deep Roots in Blue" Oil/Acrylic by Julie Roberts (Palm Beach, FL)

“Deep Roots in Blue” Oil/Acrylic by Julie Roberts (Palm Beach, FL)

TRR: Are you offering classes?

We plan to offer classes but not at this time.  It is an option we have thought about since we both engage in diverse art mediums.

Glass Plates by Sheree Blum (Palm Beach, FL)

Glass Plates by Sheree Blum (Palm Beach, FL)

Teaching helps to keep your skills honed and your creativity growing and emerging.  Working with others is an incredible service that brings a great deal of gratification for both the student and instructor.

"Confirmation No. 13" Mixed Media by Jeff Green (Nashville, TN)

“Confirmation No. 13” Mixed Media by Jeff Green (Nashville, TN)

TRR: Tell us more about your custom framing offerings…will you frame a diploma? Only fine art?

Cutting a Frame

Cutting a Frame

Custom framing was an idea born from the need we discovered that artists and the general public have here in the Village.  A creative venture in its own right, it was just the right fit for us.

What is great about custom framing is the ability to see a variety of items that people bring in that need to be preserved.  We are available to frame just about any item.  The process of framing is an art form which most people do not realize.

Other Mat Options

Mat Options

The design and thought that happens between framers and their clients are what help create and enhance the unframed product.  Photography, prints, posters, certificates, memorabilia, and antiquities are just samples of what we hope to enhance through our framing services.

Custom Mat Being Cut

Custom Mat Being Cut

As a special service to our customers we are also available to go to their homes and look at their décor, color scheme and room where the item or art work will be hanging to better customize their choices.

"Joy2" by Dr. Wiggls, Juan Plaza, Ink

“Joy2” by Dr. Wiggls, Juan Plaza, Ink (Palm Beach, FL)

TRR: OSGS means that this will also be a studio – will Jonathon be painting here?

Yes, Jonathon plans on creating works of art in our studio space.  He recently used the studio to create a painting commissioned by a client in Coco Beach.

"Warhead" Mixed Media by Molly Potter

“Warhead” Mixed Media by Molly Potter

Presently he is working to have his screen printing materials in place to produce flat stock art prints and to further poster commissions.

TRR: Anything I didn’t ask that you want our readers to know?

We are artists and understand the constraints and demands of such a career choice.  Networking, mentoring, and assisting one another is what we are here for.  We want our artists to get plenty of exposure and help them wherever and whenever we can.

Digital Ceramics by Tammy Frand (Parkland, FL)

Digital Ceramics by Tammy Frand (Parkland, FL)

We also want to make ourselves available to those who want to learn the business of gallery owner and/or custom framer by recruiting volunteers and interns from the community colleges, universities, and private art classes.

Northwood Village Art and Wine Promenade:  On the last Friday of every month from 6-9 pm their streets are filled with people enjoying the art scene that abounds around the galleries.  It is free and open to the public. There will be over 30 street-side artist trunk shows, live bands, entertainment, complimentary wine tastings and more.  The shops will offer special discounts and this week you can stroll by and meet Mo & Sally from Kool 105.5 and much more!  There are three locations of live entertainment with a new main center stage performance area on the corner of Spruce and Northwood Road.

For more information call the Art & Wine Promenade Event Hotline at (561)822-1551. Don’t miss this FREE event! Northwood Village is located one mile north of Palm Beach Lakes Blvd on Dixie Hwy. Free and valet parking available. event parking located on 24th street, 25th street, lot on 23rd street and throughout the village!  Free Rides! Catch the Village Bus to & from the Downtown Library from 5:30-10:00pm.


For more information about OSGS|Studio Gallery call  561-833-2223 or email and visit   Find us on Facebook at

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