A family-owned business for more than 39 years, Matted and Frame Art personalize each customer interaction by custom fitting and designing frames for artwork, photos, and more. Just like purchasing a fashionable circus tent, the price goes up with size increases—a typical 8”x10” custom frame is $75. Stock frames, such as an 8"x10" preschool-diploma holder, run at $17.50, and a 16"x20" best-friend tribute collage outliner is $27.50. Frames come with all conservation materials, including glass matting, backing, and black-metal moulding on stock frames to be sure that art is preserved long after the walls it hangs on are rendered useless by holograms.
As the recession deepened, Metro Art & Frame owner Bo Okuyan found that demand never slackened for one market of art collectors: parents. Mr. Okuyan's business savvy caught the attention of the New York Times' Michael Winerip in 2010, who noted that a steady supply of finger paintings and crafts had caused Bo to rethink his definition of art. “All kids are artists, that’s how we look at it now,” he said. Whether upgrading fridge-hung stick-figure portraits to a permanent gallery or framing a more traditionally priceless painting, Mr. Okuyan and his staff begin with a complimentary consultation, tailoring each project to fit home or office aesthetics and personal style. Metro Art & Frame's acid-free mats center photographs, oil paintings, or post-modern puddles of spilled milk in an ornate, gold-leafed frame or elegant black one. Five types of glass and two flavors of plexiglass guard sensitive paintings from light damage with UV protection, and the shop's selection of contemporary and classic prints lets patrons fill in the gaps in their home galleries.
A part of the Big Apple Art Gallery family, Bob's Frame Shop boasts a fully ensured, skilled staff that custom frames items of all dimensions right in the studio. Their services range from basic framing—which comes in a choice of 8,000 different styles—to specialty shadow boxes, which immortalize 3-D memorabilia such as a graduation cap or a treasured sports jersey belonging to the hockey-obsessed family dog. The experts outline pictures with cotton, linen, and silk mats, which are sliced with a computerized mat cutter for shapes and letters contoured to precise specifications. Delivery to the surrounding neighborhood is available, and the accommodating establishment welcomes customers seven days a week.
Jadite Gallery has been finding homes for wall decor for more than 30 years. That includes common works such as paintings, photographs, diplomas, and mirrors, as well as less common wall-hangings such as shadow boxes, needlework, delicate pieces in need of conservation framing, and high-end interdimensional portals. In fact, unique orders are their specialty, and the designers on staff encourage clients to request a price quote no matter how strange they think their job might be. The artists are armed with more than 4,000 framing options and acid-free materials, and are also equipped to assist with canvas stretching and floating mounts.
A.I. Freidman's meticulously organized shelves and displays teem with equipment and supplies for artists of almost every medium. Pick your perfect paint wand, such as a set of four Princeton natural-bristle brushes ($2.88–$21.48) and dapple canvases with rich pigments such as Winton oil colors ($3.13–$9), whose blues are bolstered by cadmium and cobalt, and greens are enhanced with kryptonite. A 12-pack of charcoal ($7.49) creates soft lines and shadows, and an X-Acto standard knife chest's three handles and seventeen blades allow precise artistic slices ($29.59). For artists dabbling in the third dimension, a spectrum of polymer clays, such as a 30-color Sculpey sampler ($20.79), molds to any artistic aspiration, such as Technicolor busts of Spiro Agnew. In addition to art supplies, A.I. Freidman offers custom framing, tabletop frames, mementos, home furniture, and more.
The framing specialists at Galleria on Third design and build artful borders to accentuate and protect works of art. Visitors receive warming welcomes from the natural woodwork of the shop's façade. A consultation with a skilled craftsman helps determine the ideal frame for a piece, from antique mouldings to shadow boxes and electric fences to hold in mischievous portraits. In addition to providing museum-quality framing and matting services for posters and family photos, the frame emporium displays an eclectic selection of original artwork by notable contemporary artists. Galleria on Third also supports charities through annual benefit shows.
After apprenticing with master framers in Yorkshire and London, Heba Elbanna opened Tresorie, where she designs custom frames that archive cherished memories and reflect her clients' unique tastes. Drawing on nine years of French matting experience, she carefully applies transparent watercolor washes and hand-inked lines around matted works of art. This technique, which first arose in the late 18th century, was nearly quelled by the Industrial Revolution, a time of great societal change when the rise of precise machinery made hands obsolete. Fortunately, 20th-century artists revived the French matting technique, and today Heba often incorporates the classic designs into the framing of modern art pieces as well as contemporary photographs.
When she isn't painting delicate lines, Heba and her staff source frames from Larsen-Juhl and Roma Moulding, which come in styles ranging from slim and minimalistic to wide and ornate. Staffers can protect photographs and prints with simple, clear glass as well as museum quality, UV-resistant glass that reduces glare from grouchy portraits. In addition to cutting single, double, and multi-windowed mats, Heba also displays three-dimensional pieces—such as antique pipes and fans—inside specially designed frames. Customers can view Heba's handiwork on her online gallery and peruse samples of her French matting.
Sam's Art & Framing preserves and stylishly showcases photos, prints, portraits, and memorabilia with expert care. Sam invokes more than 30 years framing experience to craft each frame by hand on the premises. Choose from thousands of molding and mat-board samples to enshrine a child's artwork or an overturned parking ticket. Framing
options are virtually limitless, but as an example, about $70 can get you a 20"x24" frame with glass, backing and hanging hardware, and a basic diploma will run about $100.
The staff at 14th Street Framing Gallery knows that you don't often choose what you cherish—it might be a photo, a sports jersey, or even a series of jewelry pendants. You can, however, choose how to present it. The shop has been matching coveted items to chic displays since 1978, drawing from a library of hundreds of matting and moulding styles. Staffers can preserve common two-dimensional keepsakes such as posters, prints, and paintings as well as specialty 3-D items and fabrics using shadow boxes.
In addition to their custom framing services, staffers repair frames brought from home or resize them to fit new pieces of art. Their attention to detail enables them to cut and rejoin even delicate antique frames that cracked after their portrait subjects outgrew them. For customers who want to arrange their own mementos or peruse home decor, the store supplies scrapbooking materials and prints.
One Hour Framing Shop in New York City’s Midtown has been in the business of professional framing for over thirty years. That means the dedicated team on hand knows a thing or two about the art of framing, whether that means an ornate gold gilt frame custom-fitted for a rare work of oil on canvas, or a box for sports memorabilia and precious family keepsakes. Each order is given equal care and relies only on the finest materials and craftsmanship; everything from prints and paintings to sports jerseys and display items are meticulously fitted and mounted. Along with several other locations across New York, this East 40th Street outpost is small but well-appointed, with hanging sections of dozens of frames to give customers a sense of their potential finished purchase, and – as the name indicates – many jobs can be done in an hour.
The family behind Decor Art Gallery has been crafting custom frames and culling fine artwork since 1987. In addition to swaddling cherished memories with elegant mouldings and mats, the store’s staffers offer printing, stretching, and repair services. When they aren't protecting memories behind panels of conservation glass, they fill the gallery’s expansive windows with distinctive home decor, including portraits of stylized dogs, paintings of impressionistic dancers, and maps of the mythological city of Philadelphia.
Clients may never hang their pictures in a museum, but don't tell the framers at Columbus Art Gallery that. With more than 20 years of experience, the skilled frame technicians custom craft all shapes of wooden and metal frames and pair them with regular or museum-quality glass—all designed to display and protect precious heirlooms. Guests can seek the perfect frame by shopping the Gallery's inventory of more than 3,000 frames or begin their art collection by browsing through the selection of lithographs, art blocks, and oil paintings.
For more than 20 years, the artisans at Westside Frame Shop have been framing photos, artwork, and heirlooms with archival materials and conservation techniques. In their skilled hands, diplomas don distinguished accoutrement such as double-matted frames and wooden laminated plaques, while shadow boxes shelter antique objects and sports memorabilia. The framers can also stretch needlework for display and craft custom mirrors for outsmarting Medusa.
JMC Custom Framing Inc’s experienced framers serve customers with advice on a variety of custom-framing projects. They provide personal attention to the idea of art and its exhibition, manufacturing frames by hand with 100% American-made materials. They gladly help customers re-create and frame mirrors, prints, or objects with custom jobs.
At Right Angle, owner Pablo Godoy and his staff of skilled artisans complete each framing project in-house at one of three locations. They use museum-quality materials such as anti-reflective glass, Bainbridge cotton, and acid-free mat-boards. Using moulding styles by Larson-Juhl, the shop provides handsome settings for everything from treasured paintings to family heirlooms such as your grandpa's favorite chair.