Marjorie Lucas of Ahwatukee will frame just about anything.
Anyone who doubts that can consider this: At her mobile residential-commercial business, A Custom Picture Frame, at 16013 S. Desert Foothills Parkway, she even framed a pair of pink boxer shorts from the wardrobe that was standard for inmates at the old Tent City jail.
The boxers framed in a shadowbox – Lucas’ specialty – were signed by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who had decided to have inmates wear them
But celebrity boxers don’t even skim the surface of the wide variety of her subjects.
“I frame mirrors, diplomas, canvas artwork, prints, drawings and portraits,” Lucas said. “I specialize in designing shadowboxes of all types. I have designed them for horse lovers, golfers, military officers, hairdressers and brides.”
Her subjects have included jerseys, baby christening gowns and bouquets and she has framed them with an equally wide variety of 400 designer moldings.
AZ Spine & Disc owner Dr. Angie Christopher turned to Lucas for the pink-boxer shadowbox.
“Marjorie is who I go to for my framing needs,” Christopher said. “Her work is creative and high quality. Before knowing her, we used one of the large framing shops in Scottsdale to frame some of my husband’s former pro baseball jerseys. The cost was about three times as much as she charges.
“I would assume that not having an expensive store front and sales staff helps save on price,” she added. “This is a win-win for me. As a business owner, I always try to support small local businesses when possible. I will continue to use Marjorie Lucas with A Custom Picture Frame for my future framing.”
Lucas also offers a large selection of molding for bathroom vanity mirrors.
“I can bring the samples to you so you can match them to your décor. I also can send you samples by text or email to review beforehand. This makes it so much easier to choose your moulding selections without having to guess at it,” Lucas said, adding she also works with builders.
Lucas moved to Arizona in 2012 and before that owned four businesses, starting with a needlecraft and framing business in her 20s.
“There are not many crafts that I have not tried my hand at – crochet, crewel, sewing, English smocking, tatting, calligraphy, rug hooking, stained glass, macramé,’ designing needlecraft books as well as custom framing,” she said. “I decided to continue with only custom framing and a few years ago I had the opportunity to learn painting, which I have fallen in love with.”
Lucas hopes to one day have her own studio and art gallery.
“I hope one day to own my own studio and art gallery. I have enjoyed painting contemporary, landscapes, and holiday items. I enjoy all aspects of painting and look forward to combining my painting with custom framing. I believe my love for creativity will be a definite plus for my business.”