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Creative collaboration creates gift



Two extremely talented, artistic people worked together to create a unique piece of artwork out of some vague ideas from us.

The idea started with: What should we give our granddaughter for a wedding gift? Next, we looked at the photo of the proposal, but we were not there in person. Ideas flew around — what about a beautiful, original frame: Could we be in the photo? Who could help us bring our ideas to life?

We know a very talented glass artist — maybe a frame created just for the photo?

We talked with Barbara Sussman of Prescott Valley, and her answer was, “Sure, I can do something.”

So, off to Barbara’s glass studio we went with our photo in hand. Barbara found the perfect color to complement those in the picture, bringing in the blue hues of the ocean, sky, and the granddaughter’s dress.

Okay, that was step one, but we were still not part of the event. The Frame and I and Ida Kendall was our next stop — of course, she could put the grandparents into the photo!

After a few visits to both Barbara and Ida, and their visits with each other, the photo was perfect and the glass frame had some more colors added to the corners — beautiful!

Now, how to put it all together with a mat and backing — oh, no, you can’t put hangers on the glass frame! Well, The Frame and I, experts that they are, figured it out, came up with the most beautiful final product including a mat that had an inner blue edge and a narrow wooden frame that brought together the flower colors.

A few weeks later, we presented the gift, and as they opened it, we can still hear the screaming and see their delighted smiles!

We are so fortunate to have access to such talent right here in Prescott and Prescott Valley.

Thank you, Barbara Sussman, Ida Kendall and The Frame and I.

— Paul and Shirley Baskin,

Prescott Valley

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