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Anthi Frangiadis Brings Art, Architecture and Community Together in Marion, Massachusetts
Article and photos, unless otherwise noted, by Eric Hurwitz.
created on 5/18/2018.
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Anthi Frangiadis displays an example of her keen sense of art and
architecture at her
business, Anthi Frangiadis Associates in Marion, Mass.
The spirit, vision and myriad art
and architectural services that Anthi Frangiadis Associates offers in
Marion, Mass., paints and constructs a small
business picture that owner Anthi Frangiadis can truly call her own
under one roof.
Combining architectural needs for
commercial, residential and mixed use with a comprehensive art showroom,
it could be said that Anthi's business, itself, is a piece of marvelous
art -- which ties in with her philosophy: "From a
seed thought, magnificent structures can evolve."
The store is beautifully designed and laid out -- metaphorically
speaking, as a unique
primary independent aesthetic function in the form of a business.
Plenty to choose from for the home or office at Anthi's store.
Hundreds of paintings and other artistic
expressions can be
found at Anthi's showroom. Additionally, many pieces
are made from clay, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, stone
and wood. All art work is for sale, order or
commission and is also showcased at the online store
for those who can't make it to the
store (although it is highly recommended to visit Anthi Frangiadis Associates!).
Unique to architectural firms, art is clearly a big part of Anthi's business.
"We carry art pieces for a few different reasons." said Anthi. "I am a
creative person and love being surrounded by these works. With art and
architecture, I love helping
people find their needs -- they make all the difference to me."
"heart" of Anthi's offices, the front room and the Drawing Room are
open to the public and, together, offer
events, demonstrations, paints and wallpapers (from the highly regarded
English company, Farrow & Ball), unique lighting, fabric
and tile, upholstered furniture and artisan's
original work from throughout New
Entrance to the Drawing Room at Anthi Frangiadis Associates.
Ashley Briggs, a Marion resident whose "You Are a
Hero!" artistic creation is
featured as part of the Commemoration Outdoor Art Installation exhibit
at the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich, Mass.,
enthuses about Anthi's business.
"I love this place," said Briggs. "She has wonderful events, new
artists, and demonstrations that I love. I come here to buy
gifts. Every time I am here, I want to bring something home! The
great thing about the store is you can buy items that are
unique with each one telling a special story."
Anthi, as the sole business owner of Anthi Frangiadis Associates, is a
model study of
focus, skill and experience in her chosen fields. She graduated from
the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, R.I., in 1996
with a bachelors degree in architecture and a bachelors degree in fine
arts with a concentration in art history.
"I went to RISD, which is known as an art school, for architecture,"
said Anthi, an Onset, Mass., resident. "Kind of the best of both
She is a member of the American Institute of Architects,
Boston Society of Architects and American
Planning Association with community affiliations to the Cape Cod
Chamber Regional Chamber of Commerce
and the American Independent Business Alliance.
Anthi's decision to open up a business in Marion six years ago seems
compatible with the
town that often looks like the ultimate scenic landscape painting. A
quiet south coastal
Massachusetts community with beautiful coastal scenes, Marion combines what looks like
Mother's Nature's own
artistic painting with a town's mission to keep things quaint in a
traditional New England way.
Sometimes the journey is as wonderful as the destination, and that's
certainly the case driving through downtown Marion to arrive at Anthi
Associates. Instant New England
travel memories seem to happen from virtually every perspective en
route to Anthi's storefront...
Harbor in Marion.
The sleepy, but interesting downtown offers things to do to complement
visiting Anthi's business with little mom and pop shops, a few places
to eat, and the wonderful Marion General Store (not pictured here) with
its traditional mix of general store items and fresh meats.
Turning the corner onto Spring St. reveals a
classic-tree lined American small town street with big old homes,
historic municipal buildings and Anthi's most welcoming storefront.
Anthi Frangiadis Associates on Spring St. Photo supplied by Anthi Frangiadis.
The town is nearly silent on this particular evening, but one step into
Anthi Frangiadis Associates reveals warm conversation going on over
some wine, cheese and light jazz music in The Drawing Room. Bobbi Heath, an
accomplished artist from Westford, Mass.,
recently held a well-attended workshop in The Drawing Room, as part of
Art Week (a statewide event produced by the Boch Center and presented
by the Highland Street Foundation). Heath has a
love coastal and harbor scenes in
the United States and Europe, as well as painting still life subjects.
Artist Bobbi Heath.
Observing the master artist create a drawing.
Bobbi's next project involves painting tailor-made coastal paintings
for those who can't get to their desired locations.
"Painting coastal memories... lots of people love nature but don't have
enough time or are unable to get there," said Heath. "I can work with
people to create their favorite spots."
Events like Bobbi's take place year-round in The Drawing Room at
Anthi's business -- perfect for those wanting to learn about, or share
the love of art in a
relaxing informal setting. The room looks part art studio, part
architectural firm with paintings, blueprints and supplies packing the
small but efficient space. At any
one of the Drawing Room events, it wouldn't be unusual to see many of
the masters who created the art.
Bernie Klim, an
artist and educator with a fine arts degree from the Massachusetts
College of Art in Boston, Mass., has many displays of his art work
at Anthi's store...
Artist Bernie Klim with one one of his displays.
A closer look at Bernie Klim's art work.
Mary Ross can
often be seen at Anthi's store. She is 90, and has a passion for, and
expertise in collage and
landscape art. She is a longtime resident of Marion and very confident
of her abilities.
"I am good and can say that because I am 90," said Ross, with a laugh.
"I can't stop (drawing) and don't have to retire. This is what I enjoy
Mary Ross, a long-time Marion resident and artist.
Anthi's business also ties in perfectly with the Marion Art
a not-for-profit established in 1957 with a mission to promote the
and performing arts in town. The history of the Marion Art Center is
as many famous writers and artists from the "Gilded Age" came to the
area to share ideas and each other's company, including Henry James and
Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore. The Marion Art Center features a
permanent collection of portraits by Cecil Clark Davis. To this day, a
remarkable percentage of local residents are involved with the Marion
MAC Board Member Jennifer Wolfe Webb and her husband Davis had a
renovation done at their Marion home by Anthi. They think the world of
"She is a special person and talented at so many things," said Webb.
"We love having her in town, as she adds so much to our community."
Anthi, humble in nature, appreciates the community, client and customer
accolades, but is also thankful that she can have own business as
not only a job but as a lifestyle.
"I just love accenting the blend of art and architecture," said Anthi.
located at 11 Spring Street, Marion MA, 02738. Tel. 508-748-3494.
Web site: http://www.anthif.com Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/AnthiDrawingRoom.
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