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Anthi Frangiadis Brings Art, Architecture and Community Together in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Article and photos, unless otherwise noted, by Eric Hurwitz. Article created on 5/18/2018.

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Anthi Frangiadis, owner of The Drawing Room at Anthi Fragiadis Associates in New Bedford, Massachusetts
Anthi Frangiadis brings a keen sense of art and architecture to her business, Anthi Frangiadis Associates in New Bedford, Mass. Photo credit: Corinna Raznikov Photography.

The spirit, vision and myriad art and architectural services that Anthi Frangiadis Associates offers in New Bedford, 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, which recently moved from nearby Marion, is beautifully designed and laid out -- metaphorically speaking, as a unique primary independent aesthetic function in the form of a business.

Art, furniture and books at Anthi Associates in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Plenty to choose from for the home or office at Anthi's store. Photo credit: Corinna Raznikov Photography.

undreds 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."

Anthi in front of her new store in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
Anthi in front of her new store in New Bedford. Photo credit: Corinna Raznikov Photography.

As the "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), several cabinet lines, unique lighting, fabric (including a full line of Kravet & Duralee Fabrics at competitive prices), tile, upholstered furniture and artisan's original work from throughout New England.

Plenty for the home and office at Anthi Frangiadais Associates in New Bedford, Mass..
Plenty for the home and office at Anthi's store. Photo credit: Corinna Raznikov Photography.

Ashley Briggs, a Marion resident whose "You Are a Hero!" artistic creation was 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."

A most beautiful store in the heart of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
A most beautiful store in the heart of New Bedford. Photo credit: Corinna Raznikov Photography.

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 worlds."

Anthi Frangiadis offers architectural services at her business, Anthi Associates in New Bedford, Mass.
Anthi works on an architectural design. Photo credit: Corinna Raznikov Photography.

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.

It's not uncommon to experience some wine, cheese and light jazz music at a Drawing Room event. As an example, Bobbi Heath, an accomplished artist from Westford, Mass., held a well-attended workshop in The Drawing Room, showcasing her love coastal and harbor scenes in the United States and Europe, as well as painting still life subjects.

Bobbi Heath teaches an art workshop at Anthi Frangiadis Associates in Marion, Massachusetts
Artist Bobbi Heath.

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 showcased at Anthi's store...

Artist Bernie Klim and his art work at Anthi Frnagiadis Associates in Marion, Massachusetts
Artist Bernie Klim with one one of his displays.

Barnie Klim's art work at Anthi Frangiadis Associates in Marion, Massachusetts.
A closer look at Bernie Klim's art work.

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.

The Drawing Room at Anthi Frangiadis Associates is located at 36 North Water St., New Bedford, MA. Tel. (508) 992-3494. Web site: Facebook fan page:

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