Wednesday, July 13, 2016
[Photo by Lola Sáenz]
Mascot Studio, a custom frame and fine art shop, is leaving its home of 35 years (25 years at No. 328) on East Ninth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue in the weeks ahead.
Peter McCaffrey said that he is relocating to Chelsea in collaboration with Pratzon Art Restoration, 122 W. 26th St.
We asked McCaffrey for more details about the move.
"I was offered a share in a space with a painting restorer I know personally, and that is coming at the right time for me," he said. "It will not be a retail environment but in a building with other creative companies."
McCaffrey's lease on Ninth Street is up in September.
"It has been difficult the last few years. Many of my old clientele have moved on and the influx of a more transitory population has affected my custom framing business," he said. "Selling art is another challenge, but I think the mindset of 'inexpensive and disposable' has become the norm as new residents come and go."
Through July, the shop is having a sale on frames, prints and some of McCaffrey's own work.
As he wrote on a Facebook post: "I am excited and overwhelmed by the prospect of the next phase. Thank You All! for the years of loyalty and support. See you in Chelsea."