Palmer Square

Store Spotlight

Kathleen Maguire Morolda, Owner, Cranbury Station Gallery

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Your shop has been on Palmer Square for 22 years. We happen to know this makes you the “longest single-owned independent store” on the Square. What does that mean to you?

It means to me that my decision all those years ago to open a second location, in addition to my original one in Cranbury, NJ, was a great one. Being a long-time tenant on the Square has given me the opportunity to not only grow my business through a solid customer base, but to establish some very good business relationships, as well as friendships. I’m thankful too, that Palmer Square Management has always supported me and allowed me to find a "home" here on the Square.

You are a painter and feature your watercolors in the gallery. Who are some other artists and what pieces of art can people expect to find?

Yes, my personal work focuses on landscapes, as well as notable buildings on Princeton University’s campus. I also have a holiday series, which people collect each year. Other artists we feature include Sydney Neuwirth, a long time Princeton resident, Charles McVickers, and Victoria Salvano. We also show a large assortment of antique prints.

We’ve heard you can frame anything---from medals of honor to bridal bouquets. What other types of sentimental items have your clients asked you to frame?

Some of the sentimental favorites we have framed include letters from very famous people, as well as love notes, mother's recipes and grandmother's earrings. We were also selected over 20 years ago to do all the framing for Einstein's home when Paramount Pictures filmed the movie IQ here in town. But the most emotional items I ever framed were after 9-11. Some of those included loved one’s personal items, from cuff links, police badges, and even a fire fighter's helmet.

Are there any tips you could share when it comes to hanging art?

Museum standards for hanging artwork are that your screw eyes should be installed 1/3rd down the back of your frame. The wire should have a 2- 2 ½ " slack. This is considered to give the proper tilt of the artwork. Artwork should be hung at eye level to the average person living/working in the home/office. Artwork for dining rooms and waiting rooms should be hung lower since most of its viewers will be seated.

Many large corporations have called upon your expertise. What services do you offer them?

We love working with both small companies and large corporations. We can provide the artwork or frame what they already have. We also offer design consultation which includes placement of the finished artwork, pick-up, delivery and installation.