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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.
created on 5/18/2018.
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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.
Plenty to choose from for the home or office at Anthi's store. Photo credit: Corinna Raznikov Photography.
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."
Anthi in front of her new store in New Bedford. Photo credit: Corinna Raznikov Photography.
"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
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. 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
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.
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
at Anthi's store...
Artist Bernie Klim with one one of his displays.
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
located at 36 North Water St., New Bedford, MA. Tel. (508) 992-3494.
Web site: http://www.anthif.com Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/AnthiDrawingRoom.
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