PICTURES AND WALLS — Shown is the Picture Your Walls shop, which is currently located in Eden, but will be moving to Hamburg by October.
HAMBURG — Satirist and essayist Jonathan Swift said that “walls have tongues and hedges have ears.”
Whatever room it may be, the walls will tell a story; the color of the paint, the photographs and the memorabilia make up a room’s personality.
Eric Adams, the new owner of Picture Your Walls, provides a multitude of services and products to help a wall speak.
The store is an artist gallery that also provides custom framing, wall decor solutions, photo enhancement and restoration and is an outlet wholesale supplier to artists and photographers.
“I’m helping them with their memories [and] with their treasures,” said Adams, who is both a member of the Village Business Advisory Council and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.
He is not an artist, but he said that he “loves the arts, learning the arts and [is] hungry to help the artists.”
Picture Your Walls, which is currently located at 8260 East Eden Road, will be moving to 184 Buffalo St. in Hamburg by October. Adams said that he hopes to have a soft opening by the beginning of November.
“I’m looking forward to being that presence of art [in Hamburg],” he said. Adams said that he is excited about relocating to Hamburg, since “[the village] is coming alive.”
IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER — A customer came to Picture Your Walls with the request to have five knives from the “Rambo” films framed. Photos submitted by Eric Adams.
The owner said that the other main reason Picture Your Walls is moving is “location, location, location. There will definitely be more foot traffic.”
The art gallery currently features 20 different artists. “One of the things I’m proud of is the diversity,” Adams said, adding that the shop offers numerous themes and genres of art for a variety of customer tastes, regardless of the budget.
For those who are seeking to purchase more expensive art, Picture Your Walls offers the opportunity to lease art or begin a rotation program, similar to the concept of leasing a vehicle.
Custom framing is not limited to a photograph or painting. Some of the objects customers have brought into the shop included a painting with an African elephant ear for the canvas, an original Picasso plate and, for a “Rambo” fanatic, the knives of each film collected and lined up in a neat row.
Picture Your Walls also does various other types of features and is looking to do more, once the shop reopens in the village of Hamburg, according to Adams.
On Oct. 12, 2012, the business hosted an event called “Art of 12,” which featured 12 artists on display at J.P. Fitzgerald’s. Adams said that he hopes to hold a similar event, in the future.
A new feature the owner said he would like to incorporate, once the move is completed, is to have artists come to the gallery and hold educational classes about various art and techniques.
Adams said that the purpose of decorating or presenting memorabilia is to tell an individual’s story. The business’s stated goal is to “picture your walls your way.”
For more information about this business, visit www.pywwny.com
or call 992-9147.