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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Wellington Art Society Features Jack Rosen And Richard Mauseth of CJR Fine Arts & Frame At March Meeting

The Wellington Art Society will feature member Jack Rosen and Richard Mauseth, Master Framer of CJR Fine Arts & Frame. They will speak about and demonstrate the importance of framing to enhance a piece of art and elevate it to a cherished heirloom. The meeting will be held on March 8, 2017.   The Free meeting is open to all members and guests. A “Meet and Greet” is followed by a member spotlight and brief meeting. The evening will conclude with Jack and Richard’s demo and a wonderful raffle.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks. This is an opportunity for art lovers to meet and network with artists!








Jack Rosen & Richard Mauseth


CJR Fine Arts & Frame



March 8th

6:30 pm

Free and Open to The Public


Wellington Community Center    

12150 Forest Hill Boulevard     Wellington, FL





Jack was born in the Bronx and took a circuitous route to art beginning with music and rock bands, scuba diving, sales and aircraft mechanics. After meeting his wife, Claire, the two of them worked for a world wide marketing company where he learned how to approach sales.




Eventually he and Claire moved to Florida where he worked at a computer manufacturing parts business. His brother who owned a market research company and was an avid art patron persuaded him to buy signed and numbered prints by Moshe Givati from eBay at $1 apiece. He resold two of them immediately and made a profit! He did this at night, but finally sold his internet business and focused on buying and selling art work. He bought art at auctions and sold it on ebay for a year, always putting his profits back into the business. Over the years he studied and learned more about art and developed an educated eye. Through networking, Jack established relationships with art publishers and began distributing artworks to galleries and dealers. He became the main supplier for Princess Cruise Line art auctions.



A little over a year ago he and Claire opened CJR Fine Arts and Frame in Royal Palm Beach and began selling directly to the public. Everyone can buy art and have it framed professionally at one location. They frame two and three dimensional objects as well as mirrors and sell one of a kind art pieces of art glass, sculpture, animation art vintage posters, books and sports memorabilia.  Jack and Richard pride themselves on their personalized customer service as their reputation is on the line!


For more information about CJR Fine Arts & Frame:

514 North State Rd 7
 Royal Palm Beach FL 33411






The Wellington Art Society is a non-profit charitable organization in its 36th year. It is open to artists of all mediums and patrons of the arts, allowing both local and regional artists to display their art work in local galleries, interact with other artists and serve the community through their art.

For further information please visit




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“The Frame is the Reward of the Artist” (Edgar Degas)

The Rickie Report enjoys sharing information about artwork and the artists who create it.  In this column, we will look at the elements of framing, to not only showcase the artwork but protect it as well. Framing is truly a craft unto itself.  Evelyn Ortiz Smykla of OSGS|Gallery Studio at 500 Northwood Rd. West Palm Beach answers our questions.



OSGS | Gallery Studio


Ortiz Smykla | Gallery Studio offers custom framing services.  We spoke with Evelyn Ortiz Smykla to answer some frequently asked questions and explain more about this aspect of art ownership.


Evelyn shares, “Picture frames date back to Roman times but examples of the craft is extremely rare in that period. It’s believed that they were probably rare then as well. Not until the Renaissance period when artists, patrons and craftsmen began working together to produce what exist even today as a tribute to man’s capabilities did frames begin to take the stage. The importance the great masters placed on the integrity of a properly finished work and the value the patrons of those artists had in the image they were portraying influenced in no small way the direction and inspiration of the artisan/craftsman picture framer.  Since then the craft blossomed.”


She explains, “We at OSGS (Ortiz|Smykla|Gallery|Studio) Works of Art and Custom Framing strive for the same professional approach to all the framing opportunities that come our way.  We have interned and trained with professional framers and attended advanced framing classes.  We pride ourselves in keeping up with the newest techniques, design styles and conservation methods available.”

TRR:  What is the advantage of custom framing?


So why custom framing instead of ready-made frames or frames from large franchises or art supply stores?  Attention to detail and the needs of our customer are foremost.  We work directly with the customer; ask their preferences, their décor and color schemes, life and value (price versus emotional connection to…) of the piece or item to be framed.


TRR:  Most people think of a “frame” and consider how it looks facing us.


There are 4 major components to a custom frame:  the backing for support, the mat board(s), glass, and the frame itself. There are several methods and materials used to protect special items and memorabilia.  Making sure the materials used are acid free is the first step and keeping those precious items out of drafty or damp locations is the second.  Choice of glass can preserve or destroy a fine piece of art.  Fortunately the cost of these materials has gone down with the increased interest in the ‘greening’ of the globe and our environment.


 TRR: The choices of different types of glass can be very confusing.


Here are examples of the different types of glass available for your framing needs and reasons for their use.

MUSEUM GLASS ® Anti-reflective technology with UV blocking properties

CONSERVATION PERFECT VUE, Proprietary technology improves transmission and clarity;

CONSERVATION REFLECTION CONTROL ® Single-sided etched non-glare

CONSERVATION CLEAR ® Essential for conservation framing.

Perhaps you have a very bright room in which you will display your artwork, or you intend to hang the piece opposite a window or lamp. Anytime you think reflection may become a distraction from the enjoyment of your artwork, you may want to ask for Conservation Reflection Control® Glass. (This “soft focus” actually enhances some images such as portrait photography and impressionist landscapes, where an atmospheric effort is desirable.)  The best way to preserve your art is to protect it from exposure to UV light from the outset.  Museum Glass effectively blocks a minimum of 98% of the dangerous UV light – protecting your artwork without affecting the visible light spectrum so your colors show truly as nice in a year as they do the first day you frame them.


If you are concerned about keeping costs down,  glass is one way to do this.  Keep in mind if you do not care to preserve your items or worry about glare then regular glass may be the route you prefer to take.  We strongly urge anyone interested in preserving any item to consider conservation glass.   You will  want to take into account the size of your piece, where it is to be hung, amount of light and humidity in the room, and with whom you may want to share it generations to come.

TRR:  What about using plexiglass?


Plexiglas, a light transparent weather resistant thermoplastic is an alternative to glass.  It is best to use plexiglas when the item to be framed is oversized to reduce the weight, therefore making it easier to hang and move from one location to another.  It is also used many times over posters or prints of  that size.  The only drawback to this material may be the need to take special care in using only ‘plexiglas’ specific cleaning agents so not to discolor or create a film over the surface.  Plexiglas is not necessarily a less costly alternative to using regular or conservation glass so we recommend the customer always inquire and ask for price comparisons.


TRR:  We’ve seen some family heirlooms framed in dramatic ways.


Three dimensional items can be framed in what is referred to as shadow boxes; they are referred to as such due to the depth of the box not because it necessarily allows for shadows or shadowing. Objects such as vintage clothing, eye-glasses, guitars, etc., are all candidates for framing.  Using the correct materials, these frames will help to preserve the item and keep it free from dust mites, mold spores, and fading depending on the glass chosen.

TRR: Tell us more about staying on a budget.


There are many ways one can keep costs down.  The first step to defray cost is to communicate with the framer by letting us know what kind of budget you’re working with.  Do you want to keep an old frame, does it matter to you whether museum quality glass versus regular or anti-glare glass matters to you?  Where is the piece going to hang?  If your piece is going to be the focal point of your living space then you might want to spend more on your frame but perhaps choose less expensive options for your mat.  Perhaps one strong mat rather than two or three will do the trick.  If in a dark room, then no need for non-glare glass. 


Floating objects, pictures, etc., in a frame is also another less expensive approach to framing multiple items in a frame without the use of cut outs.  There are so many ways we can work with the customer and still give them a beautifully finished piece. 



TRR: Do you recommend that the frames in one room all match?


Not all frames in a room or mat colors need to match, but through consulting efforts of a professional custom framer a collection of different frames and mat color choices can be made to work well within any room or décor.


TRR: How does someone become a trained framer?


The only special training required to become a custom framer is the desire to create and please others. Of course it helps to have some knowledge of color, texture, and design.  And, most important, custom framing also requires math skills; just 1/8 of an inch can make a difference on the ability to bring all components of an entire job together.


Fortunately today there are several framing schools available throughout the country whereby one can go for training and/or certification.   Framing4Yourself, ABCFrames, The Frame Shop, PPFA (27 Chapters throughout the US) are just a few locations that offer training.  Like many others these schools offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced training techniques from introduction of materials and equipment, hands on training from measuring and cutting mat boards, glass, and frames (chops) to professionally finishing a frame request.  Some schools also offer business training and advice as well as marketing tools to assist with promoting one’s business.  The desire to learn is your best advocate and determination to excel is your best teaching tool.


The Rickie Report knows that the proper framing not only serves to preserve artwork, photos, or three dimensional objects. From our experience, the right mat and frame can help enhance that art piece.  We hope our readers will take the time to consider all of the elements Evelyn shared with us.  Buying a piece of artwork is only the first step to enjoying it.


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

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Jeff Rosenthal, Ph.D (Picture hanging. Delivery with a Masters in Mirrors)

The Rickie Report knows how challenging it can be to hang art work and photos.  Jeff Rosenthal offers a unique service for a client base that stretches from Miami and West Palm Beach as far as New Orleans, New York City and Washington, DC.  He has installed art in homes, yachts, and in airport Admiral’s Clubs.


After Jeff Rosenthal moved to FL, he changed careers.  Previously working in advertising, he accepted a position at an art gallery and was trained in installing art in homes and offices.  In his eighth year of business, Jeff clearly has a following!  The Rickie Report interviewed Jeff because we know from previous experience  that hanging a picture and especially a grouping is a challenge!  We also liked his sense of humor.


TRR: What are your most important tools?

JR:  A creative mind and good math skills.  A hammer and a level.  With that combination, I can create a beautiful layout for an unlimited amount of family photos in a collage configuration, all evenly spaced and looking spectacular.  I am quite conscientious about pleasing my customers beyond what they ever expected.


TRR:  How do people find you?

JR:  I get calls from designers, decorators, frame shops and individual customers.  My business has grown through word-of-mouth.   People seem surprised that I show up on time and I never rush .  In fact, I may sit on the client’s floor and take in my surroundings while petting the family dog.  It is all about relationship for me.


TRR: In a sense, the way artwork is displayed is all about relationship as well.  Do you have any advice for do-it-yourself folks?

JR:  My professional picture hanging advice to husbands who want to keep their marriage intact: Don’t try this at home.  Call a picture hanging professional, preferably, me.  For example, not having an emotional tie to family photos makes it easier for me to configure a family gallery.

TRR: How do you determine how much to charge a client?

JR:  I need to see the space as well as the art work. I cannot quote a price over the phone because I need to see what I am working with. I love what I do and want to make my services as affordable as possible. There are other factors that determine the price. If I am hanging a heavy mirror, it requires certain hardware to insure a safe installment.  I make sure the mirror is hanging flush on the wall and there is no fear of it ever falling. I often say that if the house falls, the mirror will still be on the wall!  Most important to me is being affordable and having the client be happy with the result.


TRR:  What other services do you offer?

JR:  I particularly enjoy selecting and designing the framing of the art or pictures for my clients.  I am happy to show them samples but often, my current clients trust my creativity and are thrilled with the results.

TRR: Can you share a story about your work?

JR: Most of the time the art I hang is your “every day” art as far as expense is concerned.  But one time, after hanging a Picasso in the sales office of an art gallery on Fisher Island, I was paid to attend the opening party to “mingle, but keep one eye on the Picasso” because the client trusted me more than the professional security guards!

My most surreal experience was when Ethel Kennedy called me to hang 100 family photographs at her Palm Beach residence.  I say “surreal” because I was holding in my hands the personal photographs of Bobby and John F. Kennedy.  I worked from 9 am until 11 pm and was invited to join Mrs. Kennedy for lunch and dinner as well.  About sixty of those photographs ended up as a collage on one wall.  Her housekeeper later informed me that Mrs. Kennedy loved what I did so much that she told all of her guests  about the project.  I cherish the experience and that relationship.

TRR:  Any regrets?

JR:  That I didn’t take more photographs of my finished work!

TRR note:  Jeff had to ask some of his clients to take photos of his work for this article.  Please note these are not professional photos. Our readers should notice the magnitude of these wall collages as well as the overall sense of place each picture or art piece has among the others. We find his style of hanging artwork at various levels appealing to the eye and engaging.

To contact Jeff Rosenthal please call him at : 754-367-0432.


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How the Right Frame and Matting Enhance Artwork

The Rickie Report is a big fan of making sure each piece of artwork is framed and matted in a way that enhances the artwork we fell in love with in the first place.  In fact, before moving to FL, there were times that you would find me in a local frame shop behind the counter, changing out mats and frame corners as if I were in my own little world.  Maggie Milstead, in Delray Beach is a master framer who takes the same care as I would.  Check out her selection and her SALE!!


Now is a good time to check the pieces of artwork you have already had framed.  Make sure the matting has not yellowed or dropped within the frame itself.  Use acid free matting to protect the longevity of your favorite picture or curio. Remember that three dimensional items can be framed to make an exquisite statement and be protected from the elements at the same time.  And if you have been meaning to change the frame that you never really liked, this is a good time to do it!

Frame corner samples

Maggie has worked in the Boca Raton area since 1980. ” I had a frame shop / gallery in downtown Boca from 1980-1992, then converted my garage & moved shop home while raising twin girls. I worked with So. Florida Art Services through the 90’s who did all the framing for The Gallery Center, The Boca Museum of Art, and Flagler Museum in Palm Beach,” Maggie tells us. “Since 2001 I’ve been the framer for Cacace Fine Art. Sometimes people like to meet there to choose framing, which is fine, however my shop in Boca is even better since I keep all materials there”.

She comes highly recommended from artists themselves.  While Maggie has been framing primarily for artists Vincent Cacace, James Kerr, Valerie Vescovi, Jean Hutchinson, Genia Howard, Pati Maguire, Melissa Pope-Scott, Jerry Glickman and Pat Boldizar. And just as we would want to be cared for by a diploma certified physician, all consumers should be aware that the Professional Picture Framers Association certifies qualifications in that field.  Maggie is a CPF (certified picture framer).

Dramatically framed painting in Cacace Gallery



The Rickie Report would like to note that too often, artists are thrifty when it comes to investing in framing their pieces.  If a client likes their artwork but not the frame, issues can arise.  While it is easier to leave the frame choice to the client after the piece has been sold, art looks finished and is given a more polished presentation when it is framed.




We love to have choices, don’t we?  For us it is a matter of not only seeing a frame corner or a mat sample. We urge you to try several combinations of different mats and frames before choosing.  In the accompanying photo, you can see that Maggie does the same thing. What does a double mat vs. a single mat do for the picture?  Does the mat color draw your eye into the picture or do you only notice the frame? While you may have thought this particular piece might hang well in a hallway, if you change your mind ( and we hope you move your art pieces around much like any museum or gallery does), you no longer want to have matting that “matches” that wallpaper.  Because there are so many little decisions , it is reassuring to have a professional to rely on for suggestions.


Notice the number of choices Maggie is testing as she measures for the matting





Maggie’s standard discount to artists of 25% of 1-3 pieces; 30% off 4-6 pieces; 35% off 7-9 pieces and 40% off 10 or more pieces framed with the same materials.  She even allows you to combine with friends so you can get the best deal!  Maggie also picks up and delivers and offers hanging and consultation services.  You can call or email her with questions and she will gladly give you an estimate for your framing needs.  Maggie Walker Milstead, CPF can be reached at:  561-716-7709 or



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