Without the shelter of a frame, college diplomas and family portraits are easily recruited for crayon-testing exercises and substitute napkin duty. Shield hanging masterpieces with today's Groupon: for $45, you get $100 worth of custom framing at Art Center Supply Store near Center City Shopping Center.
Art Center Supply Store's two classically trained master framers have 25 years of experience in matting, mounting, and encasing treasures. Acid-free, museum-quality conservation matting and framing preserves prints of baby's first whitewater rafting trip while inhibiting future wear and tear. Framing prices vary widely based on object and size, running from $3.95 per foot to $60 per foot for handmade Italian framing materials. Art Center’s border buffs also perform dry mounting, a technique reserved for water-sensitive prints in which heat bonds the artwork and mounting board together, similar to when a flock of rubber ducks fly too close to the sun.
Shrink-wrapping services protect revered works from the deteriorating effects of time and the haughty omnipresence of oxygen. Art Center’s framers heal fractured frames and splintered shells and apply the finishing glass touch to macaroni-art shadowboxes. The store also showcases a permanent kaleidoscopic display on its front awning decorated by a local graphic artist.
- The Art Center is a really great place to go pick out art supplies and get tips from people who actually do art. – Daniel C., Insider Pages
- Everyone here has a great knowledge of not only what stuff is and what it's used for, but also what's in, what's out, and what's been mistakenly called something else. – Celia M., Yelp, 9/4/09