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Staff Highlight: Corina Willette

Corina has been a fun-loving, creative, and loving energy at The Art Place for seven years! We are celebrating her in this blog post before she attends graduate school this fall at SUNY New Paltz in New York. You may have seen Corina up front in the gallery, helping you with a framing design, but she is also a hard worker behind the scenes at The Art Place.

After graduating from the New Hampshire Institute of Art in 2011, Corina joined The Art Place team, and began to learn the art of framing. Corina knows all the ins and outs of custom framing design, and even took another job at a high-end gallery in New York City to frame valuable works of art. Corina really shines when it comes to color–I’ve seen her paint over imperfections on used frames, matching the color and texture of the original perfectly. But what she enjoys most is bringing her knowledge of color up front to our customers.

If you’ve had Corina help you create a framing design before, you know that she is a great listener–always keeping in mind the customer’s vision for their unique work of art. But when it comes time to make the piece shine, she pulls out all the stops to find the best frame choice, mat color, and layout to make the artwork really sing. It’s no surprise that Corina has this gift, as she is an artist herself.

Portrait study by Corina Willette

You may have seen Corina’s miniature painting on display at The Art Place, but she also paints large oil paintings, which is what she will be focusing on in her studies at SUNY New Paltz. Corina seeks to portray the “relationship of being human” in these expressive paintings. Her work ranges from portraits, to landscape, to object studies.

The Art Place has been so lucky to have Corina for the past seven years, but we are so excited to see what you accomplish at graduate school, and how your art career evolves and grows. Thank you, Corina, for all your hard work! We will miss you.

Staff Highlight: Betty Kanca

I’d like to introduce you to Betty Kanca, or “steady Betty” as we call her at The Art Place. Betty works behind the scenes in our custom framing department, and she knows all the ins and outs of custom framing, including advanced conservation framing, and needlework framing. Betty always seems to have a trick up her sleeve to help with particularly challenging projects. She is such an important member of our team.

Betty has worked for over 20 years at The Art Place, and received her Certification from Professional Picture Framers Association in 1992. But even before coming to  New Hampshire and working at The Art Place, Betty was a skilled framer in Connecticut. To become a Certified Picture Framer, you have to be proficient in all types of framing, have an extensive education of conservation framing and materials, and take a rigorous test. Betty has always kept her certification up-to-date, which means she continues to review new framing techniques and guidelines.

At The Art Place, Betty’s favorite place is at the mat cutter. She spends hours at a time standing at this huge piece of equipment, and creating precisely cut mats for a variety of artwork. From single, double, and triple stacked mats, to reverse bevel and multiple openings, Betty tackles each project she is given by making exact measurements and carefully checking each mat for blemishes and scratches so that every customer comes away with a product they love.

Like most of the staff at The Art Place, Betty has a strong creative side. She paints with watercolor in her spare time, and is an active member of the Governor Wentworth Arts Council. You may have noticed some of her artwork during their silent auction at The Art Place in May.

With her extensive knowledge of custom framing, and hard-working attitude, we are so lucky to have Betty on The Art Place team!