Riverfront Times

Best Frame Shop - 2012

Pace Framing

Excellent frame work renders itself invisible; foregrounding and complementing artwork, a superior frame compels one's eyes toward the centerpiece at hand, and only later (if ever) reveals itself as a product of expert craft. This fine balance is precisely what Sandra Marchewa (an accomplished artist) and her business partner Paul Young have specialized in for the past seven years — guiding artwork toward its best possible framed life, which they produce on-site. Ever knowledgeable about wood types, quality metals, mattes and the assorted benefits of glass versus Plexi, Marchewa and Young offer detailed consultation on how to best situate and memorialize one's precious item — be it a vintage photograph, an ephemeral drawing on wilted newsprint or a crumpled keepsake with little more than personal worth. Their willingness to see the broader spectrum of art and give it its most elegant due is in large part a result of the shop's dual function as a gallery. Until this summer, when it held its last exhibit, Pace was also home to PSTL, an intimate exhibition space showcasing some of the most inventive, experimental and compelling work in town by local artists. While PSTL's close is deeply lamented, Marchewa and Young's first-rate sensitivity to quality fine art — let alone the fine art of framing — remains a reliable and invaluable constant.

Review: Eden Harris Out of the Woods, by Jessica Baran, Riverfront Times, May 2010

Review: Eden Harris Out of the Woods, by Ivy Cooper, Beacon Art Critic, St. Louis Beacon, May 2010

Review: Daniel McGrath What Pictures Want, by Jessica Baran, Riverfront Times, March 2010

Review: Daniel McGrath What Pictures Want, by Ivy Cooper, Beacon Art Critic, St. Louis Beacon, March, 2010

Daniel McGrath What Pictures Want, by Stefene Russell, Saint Louis Magazine's Arts Blog, March, 2010

Review: Peter Pranschke Commission Release Party
, by Jessica Baran, Riverfront Times, February, 2010

Peter Pranschke Commission Release Party
, by Byron Kerman, Sauce Magazine, January 2010

Peter Pranschke is an artist whose work occupies a curious overlap where the joyful meets the sick. Not sick as in disturbed, but sick as in physically ill. His previous projects have included cartoonish drawings of himself receiving dialysis and sculptures made from used pill bottles. Through a welter of pain, Pranschke somehow manages to transmit a certain childlike elation. So it goes with his latest commission: two-dimensional Band-Aid people, absolutely adorable creatures made from a variety of bandages. His new show at PSTL Gallery @ Pace Framing offers up his collection of attempts to complete the commission, and so provides a window (in a window gallery) on the artistic process, and also a play group of cute little characters that aim to ease your boo-boos.

Review: Bruce Burton Observation and Formulation, by Ivy Cooper, Beacon Art Crtic, St. Louis Beacon, July 2009

Review: Bruce Burton Observation and Formulation, by Jessica Baran, Riverfront Times, July 2009

Pace Framing and PSTL Gallery to Move, by David Bonetti,  St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 2009

Pace Framing and its small window-front gallery, PSTL (pronounced “pistol”) will be moving from its North Grand Boulevard address to 3842 Washington Boulevard. The new site is only three blocks away from its current location, just half a block West of the Contemporary Art Museum and the Pulitzer Foundation. Pace estimates that it will be settled in by Feb. 10, but suggests those needing their services call to be sure of its working location. The new building is a two-story modernist structure designed by local mid-century modernist Isadore Shank. The new location will give both the frame shop and the gallery more space. The first show at PSTL, photographs by Byron Kerman, will open March 6. 314-531-4304.

Pace Framing: A Moving Picture, by Lisette Dennis, St. Louis Arts Examiner, March, 2009

Best Frame Shop-Pace Framing, by Bonnie Spinola, Riverfront Times- Best of 2008- 9/25/08-10/01/08  Volume 32 # 39

For a small space, Pace Framing packs a big punch. The always-charming Sandra Marchewa (who is also an accomplished artist) and her business partner Paul Young have operated Pace at its Grand Center location since 2007, after first occupying a basement space in the Philip Slein Gallery for two years. Since its relocation, Pace has truly blossomed. The shop offers a range of services, carries standard and specialty frames (such as museum-quality and hand-finished frames) and caters to every budget. All framing is done on-site. But what really sets Pace apart is the PSTL (Pace St. Louis) window-front gallery adjacent to the shop. PSTL showcases work from local artists in an inviting and accessible space, and the artists seem more approachable within the friendly confines of Pace. Marchewa and Young don't accept commissions on sales, either: The gallery exists as a labor of love — which is evident in everything Pace does.

Screen Testes: Before there was You Tube, there was Brett Williams, By Malcolm Gay, Riverfront Times, June 2008.

A-List, Saint Louis Magazine, 2006

Formerly located under the shingle of the Elliot Smith Gallery, PACE FRAMING now operates from the basement of the local gallery (Philip Slein) that best continues Smith's legacy. The gallery is where the best artists in town want to show, and the basement is where many of them get their work framed. The pace is deliberate, the craft exacting, the service warm and the product museum-grade.