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Best Reason Not to Frame It Yourself: Contessa Art Gallery & Frame

Best Reason Not to Frame It Yourself: Contessa Art Gallery & Frame
PHOTO BY Bret Brookshire

Kerbey Lane's oldest business is also perhaps its most inconspicuous. Ex-Marine reservist and East Austin native Alex Calderon bought the little white house across from the all-night eatery in 1969 and set out across Texas to find moldings ranging from vintage Vatican to metallic pink. His three boys, Alex Jr., Ray, and Mark, inherited their father's magic eye for locking in an image, whether it be a framed Lance Armstrong jersey, a note from Lady Bird Johnson, or all those rock & roll posters so popular in the live music capital. Ay carumba!

Contessa Art Gallery & Frame
3705 Kerbey, 512/454-5119, contessagallery@sbcglobal.net

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