Everyone has a story… and every story is a journey.
And what better way to relate a story than with art. The art and products you’ll see here are a part of my journey. The journey that began with photography and the love of Paris… Paris, Texas that is. My story began in 2003 with my love of photography and of Paris. Adding my own perspective, I came up with the Paris, Texas items in my online store. Starting out, I began framing my photos to save money and really enjoyed taking a simple photo and transforming it into a beautiful piece of art by framing it. Art just looks better framed.
I began custom picture framing with the supervision of Zach Saffle and his parents, Bob & Judye. In 2006, I attended an Art & Framing school in Atlanta, GA. I was hooked and knew I wanted to go into the framing business. Seeing the joy on someone’s face when you present them with a well-framed piece of their very own art only makes the process that much more enjoyable.
One day I receive a call from an amazing and wonderful couple that I and Jeff call family (that’s another story and may be in one of my blogs soon). Velberta Carr was calling to say she and Mel were sending a gift. She explained that they had done some research on what would be necessary to have a state of the art custom picture framing shop. They were sending a Mat Wizard which is a computerized matboard cutter. This was beyond my wildest dreams considering I was just stepping out on my own and still cutting mats by hand. I cried with joy for at least an hour. And when it arrived several weeks later, I was still in awe. God works miracles in and through people every day. This couple has and continues to be an example of what God can do when you follow Him. (And that’s a lot of other stories.)
I purchased Saffle Gallery in January 2008 and moved in to the newly remodeled Nine East Plaza (the old Famous Shoe Store building) in October of that year. I sold a wide variety of retail merchandise as well as custom picture framing. From jewelry and purses to Paris Souvenirs and home decor, there were gifts of all kinds. Among the items were scarves, shawls, floral arrangements, lamps, clocks, original works of art by local artists, hand-made wooden bowls, Paris souvenirs, aprons, magnets, postcards, name brand furniture and the list goes on.
Creating a piece of history in beautiful downtown Paris, Texas was a dream come true. But, as with many businesses starting out, it became overwhelmingly difficult to maintain a large retail space in the face of economic downturn. Paris Framing and Designs retail location at 9 East Plaza closed. Retail locations around Paris, Texas still carry my designs and products as well as this online store. I still do custom picture framing for family and friends and occasional special projects. It will always be a talent God has blessed me with and I believe will continue to use.
Mary J. Faber