Ampersand Projects is an artist-owned and operated custom frame shop, graphic design studio, & vintage retail store. We have a strong commitment to sustainability with most of our picture frame mouldings being American made and eco-friendly. Our creative services also include photo digitization and restoration, archival printing, and custom stationery design. We’re always up for a challenge, so if you have a project in mind that’s outside the box, come and see us in the rear of the solar-powered Spoke Works building at N. Union & Elm Streets in Lambertville, NJ.
who we are
Lauren and Darren McManus are the co-creators, dreamers and artists behind Ampersand Projects. We are seekers and makers of beauty and we hope to share this passion with others through our studio, frame shop and retail store.
Please come for a visit, pick our brains, let us bring beauty into your world, too!
Darren is a painter, collector, avid “Coast to Coast” listener, and staunch humanist. He has made a career of sharing his love of art and design as a professor and gallery director at Raritan Valley Community College. Visit his studio at Ampersand Projects – he’s always dreaming up something new.
Lauren is an artist, environmentalist, and unyielding optimist. In 2012 she merged her passions for paper-cutting and community to create an eco-friendly stationery business called Love by Leya. She’s also a Certified Professional Picture Framer. Visit the workshop at Ampersand Projects to see what she can do for you.