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 $49, you get $120 worth of custom framing at J.B. Picture Framing Studio in Blaine.
J.B. Picture Framing Studio spruces up paintings and photos and preserves memorabilia for posterity. A member of the Professional Picture Framers Association, owner Joe Weinbeck oversees such specialty jobs as securing athletes' jerseys behind glass. Pear-juggling school diplomas can cling to one of hundreds of colors of archival-quality mats from brands such as Peterboro, Crescent, and Bainbridge. The studio's selection of mouldings also numbers in the hundreds and spans a multitude of styles and colors. J.B. Picture Framing Studio does all work on-site, from enclosing oil paintings in thick wooden borders to mounting needlework so it doesn’t have to be stapled to the mantle.
While prices vary widely depending on frame size and material, matte selection, and other custom options, a typical 16”x20” framing job may run about $50, while an extravagant mask task could cost up to $400. Customers can seek advice on hanging paintings, as well as tips for protecting them from light, humidity, acid, mold, and Antiques Roadshow fanatics.
JB Picture Framing Studio
Within his private studio, Professional Picture Framing Association member Joe Weinbeck handcrafts elegant frames to protect oil paintings and prints. Equipped with conservation framing know-how and hundreds of frames from six different suppliers, Joe introduces artwork to new habitats that shelter the pieces from harmful UV rays and hostile eye contact. Archival-quality mats from Peterboro and Crescent give diplomas or photographs the space they need, and four grades of glass or acrylic glazing protect wandering fingers from sticky globs of paint. Joe can also showcase his talents with large-format framing for epic Led Zeppelin posters or blown-up versions of Robert Plant's braces-laden middle school photo.