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.
Before the archivists of Art and Framing Gallery begin a project, they slip on pairs of cotton gloves. By sheathing their hands, they guard against fingerprints and finger-paints. Their dedication to museum-quality workmanship shines through each project, whether it's a same-day framing job or a standard three- to seven-day order.
In Art and Framing Gallery's showrooms, walls display more than 3,000 frame samples and acre upon acre of mats. Ready-made framed mirrors and artwork also share this space, which connects to in-house workshops. Here, craftsmen cut custom glass and piece together each project. They skillfully preserve artwork and portraits and excel with projects that require special care. They encase delicate antiques in UV-protective glass and display sports jerseys in cases that ward off wrinkling and grass stains.
Nestled between Soho and Little Italy, Posteritati’s expansive gallery space invokes the golden age of cinema with more than 9,000 black-and-white and Technicolor movie posters. Petite placards and wall-length signboards span decades and genres that range from the once-popular film noir to the criminally overlooked fettuccini western. Colorful books on cinema arts round out Posteritati's collection and share space on the gallery’s dark hardwood floors with a rotating array of autographed handbills signed by producers, writers, and stars such as Lena Horne. The shop regularly hosts shows and poster exhibitions that revolve around central screen themes such as politics, romance, and actors’ relationships with antagonizing laugh tracks.
Modern & Contemporary Fine Art Website featuring over 5000 Artists. In business for over 30 years, we are active fine art buyers & sellers and frequently hold online art auctions. In-House Framing & Shipping. Paintings, Prints, Photographs, and Sculpture. Located in Long Island City, NY - Gallery by Appointment.
Staff Size: 11?25 people
Average Duration of Services: Four+ hours
Brands Used: Apple, Epson, Hewlett Packard, DeWalt, Ryobi, and more
Pro Tip: Leave your troubles at the door, be ready to work and be inspired. Also we are here to help, just ask.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Free street parking
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: The workspace and members' gallery
Recommended Age Group: Adults
Sure, Con Artist Collective boasts a gallery and work area. But it's the community aspect of the space that Director Oscar Brown champions. "[Members] can expect a very welcoming and uplifting experience," he says "We make it a point to try and . . . connect them with another person in their field so they have a chance to collaborate." At the collective, creatives come together to make art, put on group shows, and enjoy social events. Artists can indulge creative impulses of any kind with an arsenal of tools, from a four-color silk screen press to power washers and Apple computers. Members can also sell their wares through the collective's website, gallery, and storefront. Click here to view Con Artist Collective's press page.