"Kathy has helped me tremendously.
I particularly love Ava Art's framing service because when I attempted to do framing myself, I found I just didn't want to do it. It was sapping me creatively. I just wanted to take my pictures. Kathy lets me do what I love without the hassle of framing. She's knowledgeable, incredibly competent, and a pleasure to work with. And, my clients love her too."
Karen J. Rodgers, Portrait & Event Photographer
Karen J. Rodgers Photography
“I love Kathy's artistic sense.
When she looks at a photo, she draws out colors and makes the final framed product flow with its environment. It makes all the difference. I've found that while I might think I'm good with color, Kathy comes up with ideas I wouldn’t have imagined.
She's eliminated hours of time, and the client is getting a better product. Working with Kathy makes us look professional and top notch. She's taken a huge weight off of our shoulders.
Kathy has a way of making you feel good about ideas and choices. If you say what you think you want and she has a different idea, she can present her thoughts in a way that still makes you feel good. I've also appreciated how Kathy promotes the photographers with whom she works at trade shows and other venues.
You can tell that Kathy loves what she does and is passionate about it. She's innovative and original, and has a positive energy about her that spills onto her clients. I would definitely recommend Kathy Skarvan and Ava Art to any photographer."
Lynne Damianos, Principal, Commercial and Architectural Photography
"Kathy provides that final touch."
“Because of the personal nature of my work -- relationship portraits that reveal the connections between people -- the final product demands framing that enhances its unique flavor. Kathy provides that final touch. I can put these photographs that are so important to my clients into Kathy's hands and know they're going to be treated with respect and artistic integrity.
One client was a family with two small children. They couldn't easily visit either a studio or a frame shop—it would have been chaos. Kathy and I went over to their house to discuss framing. The walls were an unusual color and some already framed pieces needed to be matched. By having all the mats with her and the frames available, Kathy was able to put together a package that would have been impossible to choose outside of the context of the client's home. The family loved the results.
For another client, Kathy suggested a very large mat for a very small photo. The woman wasn't sure, so Kathy said, "If you don't like it, I'll re-do it." The client decided to try it, and now says that every time someone walks into her office, they're blown away by the artistic and unusual treatment. And, I appreciated Kathy's commitment to getting it right and being willing to re-do things.
I have recommended Kathy to many clients and photographers. The overall positive atmosphere that she exudes enhances the entire process of framing, and clients feel they're getting something very special. I feel like she's a real partner in my business. If you want to enhance that one-on-one relationship with your clients by bringing in a framer who will help your work look beautiful, Kathy's the one to call.”
Gretje Ferguson, Photographer
Gretje Ferguson Photography
“I am thrilled with the amazing quality of Kathy’s work, and
I am thrilled to be working with her!
Kathy brings a comfortable working relationship and a collaborative attitude to our business partnership that goes far beyond taking orders. We've developed into a real team. She appreciates the treasured family portraits I create, and she pulls out all the stops to preserve them and show them off in a variety of styles. She gets so excited about the images, and when she brings them back to me she feels like she almost knows my clients from seeing their faces. In the end, when a client looks back on the experience of working with us, they feel very good about it.”
Alyse Gause, Fine Art Portrait Photographer and Printmaker
Alyse Gause Photography
“Kathy thanks for delivering the frames on time for the Open Studios day.
They've received loads of compliments and look FABULOUS."
Andrea Joliat, Photographer
Andrea Joliat Photographer