What do retired basketball star Michael Jordan and TV legend Oprah Winfrey have in common?
Both were honored by gifts from One of a Kind Art Studios in Silver Spring. Founded by Lawrence Romorini of Chevy Chase, the studio specializes in three-dimensional commemorative art.
His latest creation was unveiled Oct. 19 in Reston, Va., at the headquarters of the American Society of Civil Engineers. It commemorates the group’s presidents from the first 10 years of the millennium with more than 100 miniature photos, news articles, publications, and memorabilia.
“It’s physically three dimensional,” Romorini said. “It’s not Photoshop. It’s almost a sculpture.”
He said each piece takes hundreds of hours, including brainstorming, interviews with the client or their associates, and retouching memorabilia. Clients are also presented with a rough black and white mock up. Prices start at $3,500, but the cost is based less on size and more on how much work is involved in creating the piece.
“We have done commemorative pieces for major executives around the country,” he said.
Romorini started the studio in 1985 after transitioning from the advertising world where he worked as an art director. He and his team, including studio director Donna Rome, former director of newsroom administration for USA Today, have been commissioned by the Chicago Bulls to commemorate their 500th consecutive sellout game, Jordan upon his retirement, and KingWorld Productions for Winfrey’s birthday.