The artwork armorists of Framing Palace safeguard masterpieces and mementos with high-quality, custom frames. Master framers meticulously mat a favorite portrait, landscape, or cousin between comfortable backings and glass coatings bound by mouldings culled from a huge selection of colors and materials. Archival matting, conservation clear glass, and acid-free backing protect prized possessions from destructive elements and deconstructive critics. Additionally, tiered frames, multiple matting options, specialty shadow boxes, and canvas-stretching services add three-dimensional character to otherwise existentially barren walls. The experienced art ambassadors tread gently when handling cherished objects, carefully securing artifacts, sports memorabilia, and high-end masterpieces in their decorative denizens.
FastFrame's artistic staff beautifies the boundaries of photographs, paintings, and collectibles with custom frames, and edifies the brains of patrons with explanations of the framing process. Sizes include 8"x10" ($49), 11"x14" ($69), and 12"x18" ($89), but prices for frames typically range from $100 to $500. Visitors navigate a show room full of varied frame samples (many of which adorn the walls); view a senses-shattering array of mat boards, textures, and fabrics; and imagine how striking frames could accent their dioramas of stuffed hamsters acting out Les Misérables. FastFrame’s 30-day design guarantee ensures that patrons are satisfied with their selections, and the shop’s lifetime craftsmanship guarantee promises that frames will never disintegrate into space dust.
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.
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.
The master framers at James L. Pierce have more than thirty years of experience, offering a wide variety of quality commercial and custom hand-finished frames. Notable clientele who have relied on their expert framework include the Baltimore Museum of Art, the C. Grimaldis Gallery, and the American Visionary Art Museum, as well as Hollywood film director John Waters. Prices range from $7 to $300 per square foot (plus glass and usually a minimum of four feet required) for high-end custom frames, ensuring a mount to suit the needs of museum collectors as well those just looking for an excuse to showcase their children's expert finger paintings.
What began as a children's portrait studio in 1985 has evolved into Fotographia—an independently owned photography studio where veteran shutterbug Bob Grichuhin captures images of the whole family. Grichuhin has earned certification as a master photographer through the Professional Photographers of America. His work has been recognized by institutions such as the Maryland Professional Photographers Association, and he has served as a judge for a print competition held by the Delaware Professional Photographers organization.
In addition to family portraits and wedding photography, Grichuhin memorializes the smiles of high-school seniors. He snaps his way through both in-studio and outdoor sessions, traveling to a variety of locations or using the natural lighting in his own portrait park—a garden more floral and inviting than a welcome mat painted with Monet's Water Lilies.