Framing Mode & Gallery bolsters art collections and local artists alike inside its custom framing shop and art gallery. Framing artisans with more than 20 years of industry experience craft custom picture borders fitted to each piece's dimensions, using metal and wood frames, ultraviolet protective glass, and built-in rocket boosters to befuddle would-be art thieves. A collection of framed original works—including posters, limited-edition signed prints, and paintings—stands ready to cover blank household walls. The shop invites painters, metalworkers, and mashed-potato sculptors to display their works inside its gallery space, which hosts events to promote the inspired pieces of local artists.
For the past 65 years, the professional framers at Flax Art & Frame have protected memories and precious artwork with a host of high-quality materials and a well-honed technique. The master picture preservers mat and encircle everything from photos to artifacts with eye-catching products such as vibrant Vivids colored metal frames, elegant Ansley wooden frames or sophisticated archival document frames, which are perfect for holding diplomas or red badges of courage. Though the pricing for each custom framing job varies based on size and the needs of each client, framing an 8”x10” photo with a black wooden frame and clear conservation glass costs approximately $110.25, and a similar job for an 18”x24” poster costs approximately $219.56.
At Accentric Custom Framing’s Bucktown location, frame experts walk customers through a wide range of mantel-worthy framing options. Specializing in custom jobs, the staff ably handles projects both big and small, matting and preserving everything from group portraits to family heirlooms, such as a baby’s birth certificate of authenticity. Each craftsperson possesses an artistic eye and can match pieces with frames of the perfect color, material, and size.
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The border buffs at The Frame Factory showcase their mastery of symmetrical shapes by encasing art and memorabilia in artfully resplendent rims. With more than 1,000 wood and metal frames to choose from, creative customers can help design their own trimmings (prices vary based on size and selection), whereas time- or budget-crunched clients can pick from a vast selection of ready-made frames and pre-cut mats (starting at $46 for a 16"x20" piece of art).
Lake View Art Supply's staff of enthusiastic artists channels knowledge accumulated over 20 years in business and a passion for creation to direct patrons toward the ideal aesthetic tools. The shop was founded when the owners began discussing the inconvenience of going downtown to obtain art supplies and the dangers of carrying red paint past bovine crossing guards. Goods from brands including Louvre and Liquitex parade along gleefully crowded shelves, and a variety of easels, watercolors, and sketching supplies brings up the rear. Shop services have expanded over the years to include custom framing, information about local art classes, and guidance as to which Three Stooges film is making the Mona Lisa smile. Proud parents of paintings unveil works alongside pieces from other local artists inside the Lake View Art Supply gallery.