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75th Anniversary Celebration of TCIA: Association Solicits Shared Stories and Pictures

By , June 27th, 2013

Congratulations to the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) on its 75th Anniversary! Since 1938, the association has grown in membership to more than 2,200 commercial tree care firms today. Their mission to advance the tree care business, with a focus on safety and best practices, not only benefits businesses in the industry, but also consumers. (Think rescue following storm power outages…)

Of course we enjoy highlighting an association anniversary, but TCIA is celebrating in a way that we value especially, since it reflects an appreciation for history, leadership and service.  As part of their 75th association anniversary, they are soliciting individuals to pass along stories and pictures related to the tree care industry over the last 75 years. Staff members are compiling this rich history of the tree care industry to celebrate the shared experiences of its members.

One Of A Kind is certainly a company that honors history and appreciates the joy in discovering tangible moments from the past so they can be relived. Part of the fun is never knowing what will turn up to become a treasure. And the packrats become the heroes! It’s rare to step back and take a look at a rich corporate history, let alone the shared history of an entire industry. Asking for submissions allows TCIA to preserve and reflect a collective experience that will inspire and enlighten.

TCIA reminds, “Your history is our history.” Therefore, the 100th anniversary artwork that Lawrence Romorini created for longtime TCIA member Bartlett Tree Experts takes on even greater significance for One Of A Kind. This retrospective, featured on our website, is part of a great American industry, which honors its past, celebrates its present and looks forward to an exciting and important future. Cheers to TCIA!

Be sure to also visit our 75th Anniversary page, featuring some of the amazing works of art that we have created over the years.

Client Spotlight: Happy 110th Anniversary, Andersen!

By , June 25th, 2013


It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Andersen unveiled their centennial artwork. What an amazing project this was! Lawrence Romorini and I were fortunate to visit the company’s Bayport, Minnesota headquarters—where it all began in 1903 on the St. Croix River–and collaborate with their Centennial Project Manager Stacy Einck, who provided all the great material to transform Andersen’s story into 7.5 ft. x 5 ft x 11 in. lobby art. (more…)

Remembering Grammy: Mrs. Jessie Swendiman

By , June 21st, 2013


Guest post from Shelley Swendiman.

As I look at the collage created for my grandmother, Jessie Swendiman, and at each individual, carefully placed piece, I am once again reminded of how this beautiful visual representation of my Grammy’s life conveys how special she was to our family. (more…)

How Will You Top This Year’s Father’s Day Gift?

By , June 17th, 2013


For  Father’s Day 2014, enjoy the anticipation. Commission One Of A Kind to create a work of art from the most special moments of his life– perhaps a vintage passport, cherished sport tickets, favorite family beach photo, university logo, a book of matches from that special restaurant, an award, ID badge, business card, golf ball–the mementos of a life well lived. (more…)

Happy National Doughnut Day!

By , June 7th, 2013


Got Donut??  Happy National Doughnut Day to all, as we remember Dunkin’ Donuts, our wonderful past client, who honored Robert Rosenberg, son of the founder, upon his retirement with One Of A Kind art. The 3-dimensional collage commemorates the company’s amazing story that began in 1948 with the Open Kettle Restaurant, renamed Dunkin’ Donuts in 1950 after their original creative donut, designed to “dunk.” In addition to photos, ads and awards, 3D within the art includes an actual paddle that mixes the dough, a coffee cup, and a miniature box of donuts. All kinds of Dunkin’ Donuts surround this sweet story.

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