Jessie Allen Cooper, Proprieter
What is a Cooper?
Cooper maker of barrels, minstrel, carpenter, handyman of
the town or village. As you all know Cooper is a widely used
word and has been recently used as first name, a car, a tire
or a hockey helmet. Cooper means Barrel Maker!...
It took me over thirty years to understand and embrace the
Cooper name and at one point I did make a oval-shaped frame for
Leonardo Di Caprio, found on my art web site at cooperartscom.
In the fifth grade my teacher was creative and inspiring.
He taught us how to write in a Egyptian hieroglyphic lettering
font. I don't know if this affected anyone else in the class
but for me it was one of the first creative experiences that
Working with my hands seemed to come natural to me. Music
and art interested me as a child, and to this day drive my creativity.
However I had a woodshop teacher that would have a tremendous
impact on my life. His name was Mr. Hublow and God bless this
steadfast, maybe a little warped but kind hearted man, who is
no longer with us. Mr. Hublow was the man that showed me the
craft of woodworking, thus creating my first experience of being
Mr. Hublow was an eighth and ninth grade woodshop teacher,
carpenter, ball busting, and insightful man, that at times threatened
and sometimes used a large paddle with holes drilled in it to
get across his point. ("That is that a", one of his
preludes to a thought) I have to say that the man was respected.
His manner of teaching was kind of like being in a military boot
camp, but it did work, and to his favor I still have all my fingers
and hands. Mr. Hublow's shop was fully equipped with power tools,
including a full sized table saw, lathes, planers and all the
finest shop tools of the day.
Being around wood had a tremendous impact on me. The smell of
different woods, the smell of varnish, oils and other finishing
supplies that at times I still use, became ingrained into my
consciousness. I made several pieces of furniture and turned
bowls on the lathe in Mr. Hublows class. To this day I still
use his words of wisdom while working with my framing companions.
I wrote a poem called Since I first touched
Click to read the poem
The home in which I grew up, located in Everett, Washington was
medium sized with a good large upstairs. My brother and I turned
it into our own psychedelic black light art gallery by painting
on the walls and putting black light posters everywhere.
Music and art were always important to me and influenced me
as much as woodworking, however that's another story.
In high school I took a class called carpentry taught by Mr.
Reeber, this class was designed to turn young men into carpenters.
During those two years we built a house, a garage, and some cabinets.
I took carpentry in my junior and senior years of high school
and at the end of those two years the fifteen or so guys that
took the class had acquired two years toward becoming a union
After high school I worked in a cabinet shop for several months
and at Nord Doors for two years, which at the time was the largest
door making company in the world.
The next seven or eight years my life were totally dedicated
to music studies learning to write, record, and perform. Spending
six years going to first community college and completing my
studies at Western Washington University. After attending college
I went on the road for several years performing throughout the
Northwestern United States and Canada.
Being into performance and music composition
I came to LA with a folder of art and all the possessions we
had loaded into my van. Like all the rest of us that came here
from somewhere else looking for fame and fortune. I had just
gotten married and moved here with my new wife Linda Cooper.
Linda is a nurse and was really supportive of me getting a job
that would go with my music.
So with my carpentry and art background I wondered what type
of job would go with my music carrier. Mind you, this was almost
twenty four years ago. I had the idea of getting a job as a picture
framer. After scouring around the Santa Monica -Venice, California
area, I was hired by Salvatore Orlando, the owner of a local
frame shop called Artists and Others. I worked running Artists
and Others for a couple of years. An accolade must be given
to Sal for being incredibly supportive of me not only as framer
but as a musician.
In the early 1980's I went to work for Art Services.
My job at Art Services was very unique as I worked directly
under Manny Silverman and the best design staff in the city.
My job was the head fitter and problem solver.
Art Services has always been known for serving
the rich and famous. The large staff there did framing for virtually
everyone in the movie and music business of stature, as well
as many galleries, collectors and museums.
While in the back room at Art Services on Melrose
I cut my teeth working in fast paced situations and with a interesting
clientele, including Billy D. Williams, Farrah Faucet, Billy
Wilder, Gemini, and in Steve Martins home.
One Saturday an appointment was made for me to fit
one of Silvester Stallone's Chigals into a finely crafted large
gold leaf frame. I was told at that the piece was worth an undisclosed
large fortune. At the time its value would have bought a nice
home in Beverly Hills. The appointment was set and in the back
room came a very large body guard, stating there's a piece in
the jeep from Sly and I don't want to touch it. His paranoia
kinda got to me but what do you say to a guy like that. I said
no problem!... The piece was left with me and later when he came
back to pick the piece up he had me carry the Chigal and put
it into the truck. Sly had installed fear into this sherman tank
of a guy.
At one point after working at Art Services
for a couple of years, Manny Silverman took me into his office
and we decided that it was time for me to move on. At that time
I started getting jobs working as a independent contractor. One
of my first jobs on my own was going into Marsha Weismans home
and changing out the Plexiglas on all of her works on paper from
regular Plexiglas to UV filtering Plexiglas. (now deceased Marsha
is Norton Simons Sister and for many years was married to Fred
Weisman). Art Services supplied me with all the materials
and I brought in all my own tools and performed the work right
there in her home on her dining room table. She owned the finest
collection of works on paper that I had ever seen in one place.
Marsha was a true patron of the arts.
Soon after working at Marsha Weisman's I was hired
by Larry Bell to fit his show at the Laguna Art Museum circa
1985. I spent days on the floor fitting his vapor drawings in
Since I left Artists and Others several years
before I was continually doing jobs on my own. After the Larry
Bell show I was in business. J. Cooper Picture Framing was now
a fledgling start up business. In the beginning I started up
on my shop floor with a vice, hammer, and a old Morso Chopper,
(the machine that cuts the 45 degree corners). In the beginning
I had little work and I would have to go borrow Sals mat cutter
to cut mats.
For the next ten years I did framing and music. Working
by day as a framer and by night as a musician. Building a name
as the guy that could frame anything; special finishes, fabrications
As the years past, I gradually became more and more
known as a framer. By the mid 90's I landed my first real show,
Charles Garabedian "The Labors Of Hercules", for the
LA Louver Gallery. Over the last twenty three years J. Cooper
Picture Framing has framed thousands of pieces of art, including
dozens of gallery shows, as well as framing for collectors, doctors,
attorneys, the rich and famous and regular folks.
One of the things that I have enjoyed doing the most
is taking an artist from having art and not knowing how to frame
it, all the way to doing their own show. In relationship after
relationship J. Cooper Picture Framing has become a very important
part in taking an artist from being talented to being a success
To date I Jessie Allen Cooper owner of J. Cooper Picture
Framing along with many key support contractors have been responsible
for framing over 20,000 pieces of art.
The special treatment that you receive at J. Cooper
Picture framing is second to none. If we've worked for you in
the past many thanks. If we haven't worked for you and what your
looking for is quality and service in a safe environment for
you and your art, give us a call.
All The Best, Jessie Allen Cooper
A partial client list:
Marc Flanagan, writer for TV including Tracy Uhlman
Blake Byrne, Top 200 contemporary collector
Marina Day, Artist many styles framed and hung six shows
Stas Orlovski , Artist/Art Teacher
Chuck Sloan, producer
Kim Light, collector and gallery owner
Lydia and Charlton Heston, re-framed dozens of pieces for personal
collection. An accolade must be given to Lydia Heston for her
fine photography work. Being the wife of a star is not easy and
in her case her husbands fame far overshadowed her own creativity.
Mark Helliger her electronic photo curator is responsible for
bringing her photos to life. I Designed, framed, crated, worked
with museums and curators in shipping making sure art arrived
at destinations safely.