The predominate color theme of the home is black and white. The kitchen cabinets are black, and even the mullions in the windows have been meticulously painted black.
Paradoxically, Frank loves to be surrounded by color, and it shows in the vibrant art on the walls and colorful art glass displayed on furniture, in the living room bookcase and inside several glass-front cabinets in the kitchen.
“I buy what I like,” she says smiling. “Some pieces were $15, and others were $500, but you would have difficulty identifying which is which.”
The provenance of each art piece she owns is well-known by Frank, and she can talk at length about each artist and their career. St. Louis artists represented in her home include Marion Steen, Sam Stang, and art glass from the Third Degree Glass Factory. But, art also has been acquired from extensive travels and art shows.
Frank herself is an artist. Several of her early works are displayed, as are a few portraits she did, but most have been presented to friends as gifts.
Pointing to a stylized portrait she painted, she says it is her Amedeo “Modigli-ronnie,” inserting her own first name into that of the famous painter Amedeo Modigliani. He is known for his portraits characterized by elongated faces, necks and figures.
A hobby of collecting art glass perfume bottles takes up four shelves of a glass cabinet. Each bottle is more fanciful in its design and color palette than the next.
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