. This is how--The Starving Artist became a picture framing store. With the increased business and lack of space in their 19th street store they decided it was time to move to a better location. In the fall of 1971 the new store opened on 17th street. Two years later, Jean's husband, Bill Ross, begun helping with the framing. For 34 years The Starving Artist had called 17th street our home.
They found that many of their students wanted to frame their artwork and could not find proper framing at the large local frame stores. Gren who had been in the framing business in Fullerton in the late 1940's and 50's offered to make frames for his students and the local artists who came to him for advice.
He found that many of the local collectors were looking for a more creative place to get their artwork framed.
Febuary 2014, The Starving Artist has moved again, this time to 2346 Newport Blvd. [go to map to see directions]
Yes! The Starving Artist has been serving our friends in the Costa Mesa (Southern Califorina) area for over 48 years.
As our logo titles says--"We can frame anything....Frameable" and we have framed almost everything that will fit into, on a frame or display for our friends.
** People always ask about the ship's bell over our front door that greeted everyone who enter our store.
This bell has greeted customers at a picture framing gallery for over eighty years, for the first thirty nine years the bell graced the front door of Dick & Dorthy Kuln's picture framing store in Corona Del Mar. When the Kuhn's retired from the framing business they presented the bell to The Starving Artist, as the oldest framing shop in the area, when they retired. We have maintained the tradition of welcoming our customers with the bell over our entrance.
That's the story of the bell.