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Located in the heart of downtown Morgan Hill, Colibri Art and Framing has been providing excellent design services and quality framing since 2005. In 2016, Dan and Kathy McCranie purchased the business with the intent of adding a professional gallery and a goal to make Morgan Hill an arts destination in the Bay Area. Over the next three years, they expanded the business by adding talented people to the Colibri team, a new state-of-the-art production facility, and in 2020 a dedicated professional art gallery. 

OUR TEAM

We have a wonderful group of people waiting to help you!

Learn more about our dedicated and talented Colibri team and how they can assist you.

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Dan and Kathy McCranie

Owners

Dan and Kathy have been residents of the South County area of Silicon Valley for almost 40 years. For most of those years, Dan was involved in high-tech management, predominantly in silicon chips. Beginning in 2011, the McCranie family began a slow process of disengaging from large high-tech companies and engaging in new, local enterprises. To that end, they created the restaurant Ladera Grill in downtown Morgan Hill and are now in the process of creating an additional mixed-use, multistory retail facility in downtown Morgan Hill.

 

The purchase of FastFrame™, and the subsequent conversion of that business to Colibri Art and Framing, is a continuation of their dream to provide interesting and high-quality dining and non-dining retail businesses for the Morgan Hill community.

 

The couple enjoys both adventure travel and, when not on the road, quality time with their four dogs. Dan’s hobbies include photography, painting, and hiking; Kathy enjoys walking, needlepoint, and reading.

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Ellie Honl

Gallery Director

Ellie is an artist originally from the Midwest who now calls Morgan Hill her hometown. Ellie has a Master of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Iowa and a BA in studio art from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Along with working in several art museums and galleries, she also worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Arizona State University and Indiana University where she taught undergraduate and graduate students. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally and is in several national collections.

 

Ellie joined Colibri in 2017 and found that her background in printmaking, book arts, and sculpture made a natural fit for frame design and conservation framing. In 2018, she was promoted to general manager and she has since overseen the expansion of Colibri's production facility and most notably the formation of Colibri's professional art gallery. 

 

In her free time, Ellie loves spending time with her family, learning new things, exploring the Bay Area, and doing home improvement projects with her husband Michael.

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Brie Pena

Gallery Assistant / Curator

Brie brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to Colibri which include an internship as Gallery Assistant at San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, assisting artists of all levels in learning mediums and tools for art making at the now closed University Art Center in San Jose, and the Studio Art Program Coordinator and liaison for NUMU Los Gatos. Brie’s experience working with artists has enabled her to create fun opportunities where artists and community come together. During her time in university, Brie curated shows featuring her peers in the public art space at San Jose State University.  

Under the pseudonym Brie Janae Blue; Brie is also an Abstract Process Painter. She holds a BFA in Fine Art from San Jose State University and has a permanent studio / residence in San Jose with her Fiancé, Daniel and their three cats.

 

In her spare time she enjoys the genres of true crime, paranormal and horror podcasts and tv shows, and cooking, eating and spending time with her fiancé and their family.  

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Abigail Dunnivan

Art Handler / Framer

Abigail is a talented and successful pastel artist who also does commission artwork. In addition, Abby is an accomplished artist in the field of watercolor, charcoal, and pen and ink.

 

At Colibri Art and Framing, Abby puts her extensive knowledge of color, design, and composition to great use in working with our customers to create truly unique custom products that enhance the art being framed.

 

Working as a successful commission artist AND at Colibri Art and Framing provides little free time for Abigail. When she is able to take some time off, Abigail enjoys riding and working with her horses as well as nature photography.

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Ursula Cruzestevez

Framemaker

Ursula is from Morgan Hill and grew up doing woodworking with her father.

This early experience has given her a knack for frame making.

 

She studied art in school and her attention to detail and color matching is excellent. Ursula currently displays her artistic talent through special effects makeup and sewing her own costumes.

 

In her free time, she loves to exercise and watch movies.

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Jack Gonzales

Art Handler / Framer

Jack is a visual artist who graduated in 2012 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. Since graduating, he has worked as a freelance artist who has painted murals and commissioned pieces, created logos and designs, helped create a monthly Artwalk for the community of Alameda, curated artwork for different establishments, taught painting classes and has finally come back to his hometown of Morgan Hill to raise his son with his loving wife.

 

Currently, he is the framing manager and designer here at Colibri. During his time off, he helps with his family’s elderly home care business and has been venturing into real estate with his brothers. He also enjoys basketball, music and movies, curating and reselling vintage and trending fashion, creating original artwork, and being present as his son continues to grow.

Amanda Santiago

Framer / Designer

Amanda is a Framer, Designer and lifetime student and teacher of the visual and performing arts.  Her favorite mediums include acrylic, oil, 12 string acoustic guitar, piano and traditional beadwork.  She has a strong background in mathematics that brings a graceful simplicity to complex designs and projects; having studied engineering management in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University and visual and performing arts at Gavilan College. 

 

With three years of framing experience,  Amanda is able to draw from a well developed knowledge base of framing techniques, both traditional and modern, to create lasting heirlooms that you and your family will treasure for generations to come.

 

Amanda is passionate about bringing the fine arts to Morgan Hill and making art available and accessible to all of our residents and neighbors.  She participates in local commissions promoting art, culture and literacy and can often be found working with local artists to encourage, promote and recognize their talent.