My grandfather grew up in a small town in North-Eastern Germany. He was an accomplished illustrator, even as a teenager, and drew many political cartoons but he was forced to quit high school by the Nazis. After fleeing Germany, he worked as part of a group helping Jewish refugees escape Europe. Because many countries had a quota on refugees, they had to hire unscrupulous ship captains and bring the refugees in under cover of darkness. The group pretended to be a sea sports club so they could practice and people wouldn’t be suspicious of the boats. Later in life, he would go back and draw many of his stories from that time. This is a drawing he made that depicts the Dora, which transported 480 refugees from Germany and Holland in August 1939.
Crazily enough, we are actually in the middle of moving right now, but once things settle down again, I have some posters I’ve wanted to get framed for ages and I will definitely be bringing them by.
Adele G., Artist & Art Gallery Owner in Sausalito,
Craig & Robin H.
I had some custom framing done with these folks, and hands down, the quality is second to none.
Also, if you are looking for some old school San Francisco images, these are the guys to come see.
“What can I say? These guys are simply the best framers in San Francisco. But they are much more than framing specialists, they are artisans and designers that understand how to make art POP and how to visually make your pieces fit any setting. It’s like getting a design consultant for free.
And if you ever need anything for your office they can really give you a hand and not make it look like the typical industrial crap that you see in most business settings. The price is right and the workmanship is outstanding. They are the only framers I would ever work with.
Greg Kunin, President
“I hired Bennett and his company twice: First, to research and create an archive and photographic display to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the opening of the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City and second, to research and create a photographic display for the dedication of “The Ronald Reagan Suite” in a 6,000 square foot suite which encompassed the enitre top floor of the Tower of the Century Plaza.
In both projects, Bennett and his team went above and beyod what was expected in doing extremely thorough research and creating very high quality pieces which were integral to the success of these projects. His team became passionate in the subjects of the projects and found images that were far beyond our expectations and created a very dynamic story to our exhibits. He was very skilled in recommending matting, framing and the over all look and display of the pieces to maximize their impact.
The images for the 30th Anniversary project told the story of the construction and significant events in the history of the Century Plaza. After their installation, there was no doubt that these images enhanced the guest experience at the hotel as there were always people looking at them in detail and following the story line as I would walk through the halls in my daily course of business. These images established a personality to the hotel and helped guests understand that they were enjoying a piece of history and a part of the glamour of the Century Plaza by staying there.
The Ronald Reagan Suite was dedicated by Nancy Reagan and she thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the displays on the walls and telling stories about the events depicted in them. This suite had served as part of the “Western White House” during President Reagan’s second term and he and Mrs. Reagan were the firts guests to check into the Tower when it opened. The dedication was covered by CNN and many of the entertainment shows and on wire services and newspapers worldwide. Bennett worked closely with President Reagan’s staff and the Reagan library to obtain images and to have all the images and copy approved before we completed the final pieces. His display depicted the many phases of the President’s remarkable life from boyhood through college, his radio announcing days, acting career, SAG union President, Governor of California and, of course, two terms as U.S. President.
Both of these projects were very successful in large part to the hard work and passionate attention to detail of Bennett and his team.” February 11, 2010
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Director of Marketing
Century Plaza Hotel
Over the years, I have been in a number of Company buildings that were remodeled and redecorated and I can say honestly that I have never seen a finer job. What you have chosen has created a most relaxing and pleasant working environment for our people”
Bennett’s judgment and artistry in the handling of such objects might well be described as “State Of The Art” and it is always a pleasure to work with him.