Staff Photo: Sue Ann Kuhn-Smith ---- Aaron Reed's artistic styles include impressionism, realism and abstract.
For almost a decade, Aaron Reed has been selling his artwork at festivals up and down the East Coast and across the South. Now that he and his wife, Gabrielle, have opened their new business, Reed's Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery, the couple hopes to be a bit more settled.
"My son is going on 16 months now and me being on the road all the time takes me away from my family," Reed said. "We wanted to start a business and build a clientele so I won't have to be on the road."
Reed's Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery recently opened at 984 S. Main St. (at the corner of Pine Log Road) in the heart of Olde Town Conyers. The business offers custom framing for artwork, photos and other items. It also serves as a gallery for Reed's art.
Reed's four main subject matters, created in colored pencil and acrylic paint, include jazz, sports, love and family.
"Those are the most important things in my life right now," Reed said. "If you want to sum up everything about my artwork, it's that I really want to capture the moment and create subject matter that everyone can relate to."
Scenes in Reed's art include couples dancing or sharing a glass of wine, a mother holding her child, a man playing the piano, a father and child talking.
"I pretty much paint from how I feel and how I think someone could relate to it," Reed said.
Reed's interest in art developed after he took an art class in high school in his hometown of Albany and won Best in Show in the local Kiwanis Club art contest.
A self-taught artist who holds a degree in marketing from Valdosta State University, Reed said he first sold some works at a home show set up by his mother during his college days. In his senior year in college, Reed met Atlanta artist Sidney Carter, who mentored him and helped Reed get accepted into the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta.
"That's when I decided that I really wanted to do it for a living," Reed said.
Reed then earned acceptance into major art shows and festivals and spent close to a decade on the art festival circuit.
He married Gabrielle in 2011 and they are proud parents to a son, Christopher.
Reed said he and his wife looked at opening the gallery in several locations such as Buckhead and Midtown, but decided they wanted to be close to home.
Reed said the business specializes in custom framing that "makes a piece come alive." Reed's Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery offers roughly 100 moldings to choose from and Reed is not limited to framing artwork. He said his high-end, affordable framing is also available for items such as diplomas or even t-shirts.
"I'd like everyone out there to give us a shot," Reed said. "If they come here, we'll give you the best quality and the best price."
Reed's Custom Framing & Fine Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, and Sundays and Mondays by appointment. To reach the business, call 770-761-0905, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.reedsframingandgallery.com.