Spend Locally: Saper Galleries and Custom Framing

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Trinket boxes and vases from Saper Galleries and Custom Framing that would make wonderful holiday gifts.

If you’ve got a hard-to-shop for person on your Christmas list this year, check out Saper Galleries and Custom Framing. The world-renowned, award-winning brick-and-mortar art gallery features an ever-changing inventory of art displays and custom matting and framing services.

Gallery Owner Roy Saper prides himself on his business being a one-stop-shop for unexpected, unique gifts. “A beauty of artwork as a gift is that it is not consumed or put away and forgotten, but rather is displayed, viewed, and enjoyed every day, forever,” he said. 

Saper created a cheat-sheet of his top five gift ideas in the store, including hand-blown glass vases from Hebron in the Palestinian West Bank. “From this region of difficulty comes the beauty that we are displaying at Saper Galleries and that hundreds have purchased as gifts and for themselves to view always,” Saper said. 

Other popular hand-blown glass vases and pitchers come from Californian artist Rick Hunter. Michigan-themed art is always a favorite, with prints and paintings of Michigan artist Kathleen Chaney Fritz – whose work is filled with lakes, dunes, and Mackinac Island. Wooden boxes made of cocobolo wood from Costa Rica, including nested boxes make the list, as well as hand-painted, wooden boxes by Brazilian artist Monica Martinez. 

Gift certificates for professional custom matting and framing services make a unique gift for those with photos, letters, art, awards, and memorabilia in storage. Since Saper’s been around since 1978 and seen many other galleries come and go in that time, the business has years of testimonials, customer referrals, and handwritten thank you cards from happy customers, who Saper now calls family.

“Every student who wrote me a thank-you note for a presentation I gave to their class may be happy to know that not only did I read each of their letters, but I have them all saved as they are precious gifts that I appreciate and value,” said Saper. “Just as I do every single transaction that we’ve had here – the many tens of thousands of works of art and framing services we’ve provided to people throughout the globe.”

Saper Galleries and Custom Framing is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free parking at the rear entrance (433 Albert Avenue). Customers can preview a majority of the inventory on their website and purchase orders over the phone or via email. Same-day service is provided for shipping orders, and curbside pickup is also available. 

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