Ken and Pat Baur, Owners
Ken and Pat have over 25 years experience in owning and operating successful retail businesses. They created Framing Concepts with the goal of offering a stimulating environment that demonstrated the beauty of art and proper framing. The business has evolved into a decor resource reaching far beyond framing and art, and now includes two showrooms, a framing service in Chicago's Merchandise Mart, a Corporate division operated by Pat, and various framing services for professional photographers and designers throughout the region.
Ken wears many hats at FCG. He makes the business run smoothly, oversees all galleries, and participates in designing and framing. Ken also operates a framing consulting business called KB Consulting to help other framers navigate tomorrow's changing industry.
Childhood Ambition: To run a sub 4 minute mile
Interior Identity: Metropolitan Noir
Soundtrack: "Notting Hillbilly's"
Hobbies: Golf, Gardening
Wildest Dream: Walking the entire Yellowstone National Park
Biggest Challenge: Being patient
Perfect Day: Any day I don't have to leave the house
Top Movies: Pursuit of Happiness, Saving Private Ryan, Shawshank Redemption
Inspiration: Those I've met that had difficult childhoods but still worked hard to have a positive, successful life.
Who he'd like to meet: Michael Jordan
Favorite picture on the wall: "Wine Cellar" - I like the rhythm, it looks alive.
Owner & Chesterton Designer
Framing Since 2001
Pat is the designer and manager of our Chesterton gallery, as well as the head of our business division, Corporate Concepts.
Childhood Ambition: To make it this far
Interior Identity: Cottage Casual
Soundtrack: James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel, Harry Chapin...
Hobbies: Scrapbooking, playing with grandchildren
Wildest Dream: A day at a really good spa
Biggest Challenge: Raising Two Children
Perfect Day: Sleep until I wake up on my own
Top Movies: Any romantic comedy - the Thin Man series
Top Books: Great Expectations, The Birth Order Book, biographies
Inspiration: People - I believe I can learn something from anybody
Who she'd like to meet: Warren Buffet
Favorite picture on the wall: "Don Quixote" because the frame looks like the artist painted it to match the picture
Brian Boedeker, CPF
Framing Since 1999
Brian is the manager of our 3,000 sq. ft.
state-of -the-art production facility.
His CPF status allows him the ability to create quality projects which do not compromise the value of the art. Brian and his team complete over 90% of all projects in 10 days or less!
Childhood Ambition: To be a bachelor
Interior Identity: Luxe Lodge
Soundtrack: ESPN Radio am 1000
Hobbies: Golf, basketball, kids (not necessarily in that order)
Wildest Dream: To be on the PGA tour
Biggest Challenge: Golf, Getting through the holiday season in production
Perfect Day: Play 36 holes of golf and the kids sleeping in
Top Movies: Ace Ventura, Wayne's World, Anchorman
Inspiration: My wife and children
Who he'd like to meet: Tiger Woods, and Michael Jordan
Favorite picture on the wall: "Signed Cubs Sweatshirt" because it says "If it takes forever.."- Go Cubs!
Crown Point Designer
Framing Since 2010
Kat brings a passion for art to the framing world.
Childhood Ambition: To make a difference Interior Identity: Metropolitan Noir Soundtrack: Jazz and Blues Hobbies: Painting, Galleries Wildest Dream: Traveling the World Biggest Challenge: Patience Perfect Day: Days when I get things done Top Movies: A Very Long Engagement, The Royal Tenenbaums Inspiration: Every beautiful thing I see Who she'd like to meet: Georgia O'Keefe Favorite picture on the wall: "2264" because of it's modern style and vivid color.
Framing Since 2012
Lucas is our newest Frame Designer. He brings artistic & musical talents to FCG.
Childhood Ambition: To be a Rock Star Interior Identity: Metropolitan Noir Soundtrack: Indie Rock / NPR Hobbies: Playing with my band, softball, golf, craft beer Wildest Dream: To make a living off my art or music Biggest Challenge: Graduating college being dyslexic Perfect Day: Any day with the people that I love Top Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Royal Tenenbaums, Almost Famous, GhostbustersInspiration: Humanity Who he'd like to meet: Paul McCartney or Marcel Duchamp Favorite picture on the wall: Solitude by Robert Klunk - "It looks like it could be set in a Wes Anderson film."