Both a framed work of art and a finicky antique cannon add a lot of personality to a living room at the simple expense of a few holes in the wall. Maximize aesthetics while minimizing structural damage with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get $100 worth of framing services at Santa Barbara Frame Shop & Gallery, located in the Arlington Plaza.
In business for more than 20 years, this local frame shop and gallery boosts wall moxie through custom-framing services that enlist a wide array of moulding, mat, and glazing options. During a consultation, skilled designers confer with images, artifacts and activated magic mirrors to dream up a border that suits the client’s desires. After devising a plan, a frame guru utilizes a computerized mat cutter to bevel an acid-free mat before shielding it with UV- or anti-reflective glass to keep framing projects looking dapper through marathon dinner parties. Patrons can frame a cherished 8”x10” portrait in a basic frame ($60+) or with a mat, UV glass, and backing ($75+) or embellish a bland mantel with an 11”x14” self-portrait that a beloved chimney sweep painted with wet soot and his toes ($95+, including mat, UV glass, and backing).
Santa Barbara Frame Shop & Gallery
The seasoned craftsmen and designers at Santa Barbara Frame Shop & Gallery take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their forms—from artworks and diplomas to posters and dog-eared time-share brochures. They draw on a selection of hundreds of frames, selecting one to match your keepsake before enhancing it with a precision-cut mat and non-glare glass. As a testament to the framers’ acumen, walls throughout the shop showcase local artists' paintings, serigraphs, and photos, each fitted within its own regal frame.