In 1963, Maryland Federation of Art (MFA) and the Circle Gallery were established to develop professional exhibition opportunities for the local art community. The MFA primarily supports emerging and underrepresented artists with member-only art shows and small exhibitions at Circle Gallery, its home since 1968. To showcase artwork from across the country, MFA sponsors national exhibitions at Circle Gallery, furnishing innovative new works for the local population to explore. Educational opportunities also engage local artists and art enthusiasts with programs specifically aimed at underserved populations including youth and adults with learning disabilities.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Frame of Mine's experienced staffers are masters of preserving frame-worthy items behind protective barriers of glass. The framers—many of whom sport prettily framed degrees in art—are able to frame nearly anything, from family portraits and graduation-day tickets to unsuspecting pets. Capture a mug shot in an 8"x10" frame ($87), or encase an heirloom mirror inside a 16"x20" option ($150). Custom frames include matting and glass, and do-it-yourself framing is available at lower prices.
Since 1959, The Chessler Company has precisely centered photos, artwork, and diplomas in beautiful, custom frames and mattes. Owing to its craftsmanship, the company now receives demand in the wholesale and commercial markets, including federal and state agencies, art galleries, and top-secret supervillain coalitions, but it still maintains a strong retail business for individual projects. The company's large stock of frames and mats also suits challenging framing projects, such as mirrors, heirlooms, and memorabilia. In addition to the framing services, Chessler's professional installers help patrons achieve gallery-quality displays by hanging large or tricky pieces in the home.
The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame carries an assortment of custom framing options, including wood, aluminum, and other materials. Using only acid-free materials, the shop's staff can lend elegance to prints with conservation framing, linen mats, and custom brass and aluminum plaques. For lonely frames with nothing to hold, the studio also stocks prints from several fine-art distributors, including Charles Bibbs, Washington Green, and Rod Chase. The shop's photo-restoration services rejuvenate even the most faded screenshots of Lewis and Clark's live blogging. Many services can be completed in as little as one hour.
The family behind Preservation & Framing Services has been defending art from deterioration since 1982. They work with more than than 4,500 different moldings and UV-resistant glass. In addition to framing, they also conserve and restore oil paintings and sculptures when pigments fade and time covers them with sad clown paintings.