Art collectors protect their pictures the same way that crime bosses discipline their children—by having them framed. Guard your pictures before they take a fall with today's Groupon: for $39, you get $100 worth of custom picture framing at Framing Dames in Scarborough.
Owner Catherine Hawthorn designs custom framing to showcase artwork’s best qualities and complement home decor. The framer’s acid-free materials conserve still lifes, needlepoint, and Magic Eye masterpieces with museum-quality longevity (starting at $89.95 for a certificate-size piece framed with acid-free mat and glass). For long-owned art in need of refreshing, Hawthorn updates mats, liners, and frames for aesthetic upgrades better suited to its owners’ current style and display choices. To specifically match framing to a room’s colour scheme, clients may bring paint chips, pillows, fabric samples, or the family dachshund into the studio for an expert consultation. The Framing Dames also raises funds to benefit Haiti, Japan, and other causes and hosts a gallery for local artists’ work. Classes in a variety of mediums for creators ages five to adult, and a stock of creative supplies keep the local artwork index from falling to dangerous lows (this Groupon is only valid for custom framing).
Touting a degree in Fine Arts, Framing Dames owner Catherine Hawthorn helms art classes and assists her customers in tastefully preserving their work and memorabilia with custom framing. Adults and kids aged 6–13 can learn how to draw, paint, and sculpt in a variety of classes and workshops, then hone their creative skills at home through a wide selection of art supplies available for purchase. On the framing side of the shop, the crew encloses two-dimensional masterpieces or napkins commemorating a first taste of nachos in acid-free materials designed for museum-quality protection. Three-dimensional objects, such as jerseys, can also be preserved by framing with matte and glass. In support of her community and charities, Catherine keeps a gallery dedicated to local artists and works to raise funds for organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. She shows off her skills and shares her vast knowledge in her webinar series.