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Fine Canvas Prints Aims to Preserve Phoenix Artwork with Ultramodern Technology

Matthew Owens and Glen Allen discuss what they want to try scanning next: Negatives? Sculptures? Bigger frames? Transparencies? Black light reflective images?

"We haven't seen much that we can't do," Owens says, pointing to the 10-foot mega scanner in the center of Fine Canvas Prints' studio in North Phoenix.

The two talk rapidly about huge concepts and technical details like they're picking up a years-long conversation that is rarely heard or understood outside this office. They toss around jargon like "tri-lineal scan," "depth of field," and "K-7 inks." Owens wears beat-up sandals, Hawaiian shirt, Panama hat, short shorts, and a nice gold watch. Allen prefers a business casual look, topped with ear gauges and a black fedora.

Together, these men aspire to make fine arts prints respectable again, while using some of the world's most holy shit!-inducing scanning technology [our words, not theirs] to archive and promote local visual artists.

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Tye Rabens