“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill
This year, Eastlake is celebrating 30 years of helping Central Oregonians transform their art into framed masterpieces. We’ve seen everything from Chagall paintings to an Egyptian papyrus to paint brushes that someone’s grandmother used to paint with. And we’ve been working with the same all-women staff for almost two decades now.
So, what does it take to survive in business for more than 30 years? Debbie Spicer, owner of Eastlake Framing, would tell you it requires a fundamental, yet simple, philosophy: love what you do, do it with integrity and remember to always give back.
Under Spicer’s leadership, Eastlake Framing has developed a retail footprint that is three times the size of an average frame shop in the US. It has been recognized as the small business with the best consumer-marketing program in the country by the Photo Marketing Association/Professional Picture Framing Association (PMA/PPFA). Eastlake Framing was also recognized as Bend’s 2008 Distinguished Small Business of the Year.
Spicer’s recognition as a business owner is due in large part to her charity. Spicer believes people want to do business with companies who are interested in enhancing the community. Eastlake contributes annually to over 40 local organizations and causes.
Her latest contribution has been a year long venue for Central Oregon’s best photographers to showcase their work at Eastlake’s Artist Spotlight Events. You’re invited to come celebrate our 30th anniversary with us at the grand finale event, Friday, December 12, from 5-9pm. You’ll get to meet all of our featured artists while enjoying an evening filled with live music, catered drinks and hors d’oeuvres, anniversary cake, and fine photography.
Here’s the low-down on the artists who will be in attendance:
Stuart L. Gordon is an Oregon-based landscape photographer who sees the camera as a tool to express his personal vision of and emotional response to the beauty of the natural world. Much of his work focuses on the landscapes of Central Oregon. His archival prints have been exhibited at several collective and solo shows. He’s also been featured in Landscape Photography Magazine and is a contributor to Getty Images.
Mike Putnam is an Oregon-based photographer who uses a large format view camera to produce large beautiful fine art prints. Much of his work focuses on the landscapes of Central Oregon. World-class fine art prints are always his goal when shooting and his camera allows Mike to make larger, more intricately detailed prints than are possible with other camera formats. His fine art prints can be found in countless corporate and private collections across the United States. Read our interview with him here: http://eastlakeframing.com/mike-putnam-photography/
Ric Ergenbright has been a travel and landscape photographer for more than four decades, and has worked on assignment for National Geographic, Life, U.S. News, Audubon, Reader’s Digest, Outdoor Photographer, and many other publications, magazines, books, calendars, corporate reports, national ads and televisions shows. He has received many prestigious awards and is one of the few contemporary photographers represented in the book and exhibit, Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic. Ric is currently pursuing higher perspectives of the world through powered paragliding and remote controlled aerial photography while also working on his next major books. Learn more about him on our blog post: http://eastlakeframing.com/ric-ergenbright-photography/
Hadley McCann is a landscape photographer based in Sisters, Oregon. The camera was his constant companion as he traveled the globe during his twenty-nine year career as a Special Agent with the FBI and later as Director of the Global Security Investigations Group for the Walt Disney Company. Hadley’s work captures the varied beauty of Central Oregon, as well as sights from his world travels and reflects his belief that a photograph is the tangible expression of a moment, memory and soul. Read our interview with him here: http://eastlakeframing.com/former-fbi-special-agent-and-landscape-photographer-hadley-mccann-captures-the-beauty-of-the-metolius/
A big thank you to all of the artists and everyone who has supported us for the past 30 years. We’ll see you at our grand finale show!