Nainsook Framing and Art arrives in La Mesa Village

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The saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person,” is well demonstrated in the new business of Dan and Roz Oserin. Already owners of Pret-a-Porter Salon in La Mesa, the couple celebrated the grand opening on October 30 of Nainsook, their new art and frame shop located in La Mesa Village.

The Roserins have enjoyed the flexibility and connection with the community for the last 18 years with Pret-a-Porter.

The saying, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person,” is well demonstrated in the new business of Dan and Roz Oserin. Already owners of Pret-a-Porter Salon in La Mesa, the couple celebrated the grand opening on October 30 of Nainsook, their new art and frame shop located in La Mesa Village.

The Roserins have enjoyed the flexibility and connection with the community for the last 18 years with Pret-a-Porter.

“Now, with Roz’s passion for art and the resurgence of new businesses coming into the Village of La Mesa, we felt like the time was right and that we would be providing several services that would enhance downtown La Mesa,” Dan said. 

The Oserins recognize that there will be certain challenges in their new business. “There are always growing pains as you try to find the right employees, not over or under-hire, and the greatest will be the learning curve about the industry itself. 

“Although we’ve run Pret-a-Porter for 18 years, there are great differences in the structure of these two companies.”

Nainsook Framing and Art is sure to please and support the artist community. The shop’s name is an idea of Roz’s, who wanted something that would be meaningful and unusual. Nainsook is a Sanskirt word meaning “eye pleasure” or pleasing to the eye.

I felt that this definition would encompass everything that we do–from the beautiful art that hangs in our gallery to our promise to each client to help them create a custom frame that will enhance and protect their artwork for years to come,” said Roz. 

The shop will feature custom framing, art classes and workshops, and rotating local artists’ work in the gallery. Custom framing is available for any art or memorabilia that clients want to protect, enhance and display. 

 “This can range from a watercolor to a Stradivarius violin, from your mother’s hand sewn needlepoint to your son’s football jersey.” Said Roz.  

The Wednesday evening wine and paint classes, which they’ve called “Creative YOU!” are targeted for the person who has never picked up a paintbrush but just wants to try it out and have fun. On Monday evenings at the shop, there will be off Monday evenings, there will be a series of four classes each month for watercolor, acrylic painting, oil painting and colored pencil.

On Sundays, the Oserins will offer fun workshops on subjects such as “Drawing on the Right side of the Brain, “Alcohol Ink” and “Understanding Color Harmony.”

Nainsook Gallery will also offer new artists’ work each quarter.  

The current show features pieces in watercolor, oil, fiber and photography by several artists including Mary Russo, Michael Field, Stephanie Bedwell, Paul White, Linda Mullen, Kevin Park, and Mike Heftner. 

Roz Oserin said that the shop intends on being the “go-to” framing store where clients will receive individual attention and a wide variety of pricing as well as design choices.

“We hope to become a hub for artists and art lovers,” she said.

Nainsook will stay open on Friday and Saturday evenings so that those dining at Farmer’s Table across the street (formerly San Filippo’s) will be able to stop in before dinner to check out the latest art on display in the gallery. In fact, the Oserins had chosen the local for the shop because of the proximity to the restaurant and the abundance of parking.

“There is definitely a revitalization going on in downtown La Mesa and we are excited to be part of it,” Dan said.

Nainsook Framing and Art is located at 8131 La Mesa Boulevard.