Meet our Framing Experts

One of the biggest things that sets apart in the Custom Framing business is wounderful team of framing experts – they know how to get the job done right and are the ones who bring your piece to life, designing it with you and piecing it together by hand. Learn a little bit about our framing team below with some silly get-to-know-you questions. 


ALEX

Prairie Gardens Custom Framer, Champaign IL

Prairie Gardens Custom Framer, Champaign IL

WE ASKED ALEX....

How long have you been framing?

3 years

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation

What's your favorite thing you've ever framed?

A beautiful antique watercolor painting done in a floating frame.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?

My dad.

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Humble, Nice, Optimistic

If you had to be an animal, what would you be?

A dog, everyone loves dogs!

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Rice & beans

Any Hobbies or interests we don't know about?

Basketball!


Benji, Prairie Gardens Custom Framer, Champaign IL

Benji, Prairie Gardens Custom Framer, Champaign IL

WE ASKED BENJI....

How long have you been framing?

1 year.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

The ability to talk to cats.

What's your favorite thing you've ever framed?

It's too hard to choose! Anything antique.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?

My family.

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Outgoing, creative, percise

If you had to be an animal, what would you be?

A cat.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Donuts

Any Hobbies or interests we don't know about?

I am really good at cutting hair!


Al puts all the finishing touches on each and everyone of our frames after they are pieced together. 

Al puts all the finishing touches on each and everyone of our frames after they are pieced together. 

WE ASKED AL....

How long have you been on the framing team?

Over 8 years.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

To be able to stop people from hurting one another.

What's your favorite thing you've ever framed?

A restoration of a 100 year old U of I portrait frame.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?

The woman I have loved for some 25 years.

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Old dancing nut.

If you had to be an animal, what would you be?

Lab or great dane - best behaviors of man or animal. 

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Filet Mignon.

Any Hobbies or interests we don't know about?

Dancing


Travis cuts each and every wood molding and pieces the frame together. 

Travis cuts each and every wood molding and pieces the frame together. 

WE ASKED TRAVIS....

How long have you been on the framing team?

I've been at Prairie Gardens for 10 years and on the framing team for 7.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Ivisibility

What's your favorite thing you've ever framed?

A frame that was made into an "I" for "Illini." It was fun and challenging to make.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?

Lucille Ball

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Creative, Team Player, Hardworking

If you had to be an animal, what would you be?

Tiger, they are both beautiful and fierce.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Pizza

Any Hobbies or interests we don't know about?

Love being outdoors, either gardening or taking long walks enjoying nature


Fran cuts each and every one our mats for our Custom Frame Orders. 

Fran cuts each and every one our mats for our Custom Frame Orders. 

WE ASKED FRAN...

How long have you been on the framing team?

I started with Prairie Gardens 26 years ago & I've been on the framing team for 14 years.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

To control my work from home.

What's your favorite thing you've ever framed?

A piece with an 8-layer mat. 

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, who would it be?

Blake Shelton

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Vocal, Picky, Aggressive

If you had to be an animal, what would you be?

Dog, because my dog is always there waiting for me.

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would that be?

Anything from Hu Hot.

Any Hobbies or interests we don't know about?

Sewing & painting.


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