As the recession deepened, Metro Art & Frame owner Bo Okuyan found that demand never slackened for one market of art collectors: parents. Mr. Okuyan's business savvy caught the attention of the New York Times' Michael Winerip in 2010, who noted that a steady supply of finger paintings and crafts had caused Bo to rethink his definition of art. “All kids are artists, that’s how we look at it now,” he said. Whether upgrading fridge-hung stick-figure portraits to a permanent gallery or framing a more traditionally priceless painting, Mr. Okuyan and his staff begin with a complimentary consultation, tailoring each project to fit home or office aesthetics and personal style. Metro Art & Frame's acid-free mats center photographs, oil paintings, or post-modern puddles of spilled milk in an ornate, gold-leafed frame or elegant black one. Five types of glass and two flavors of plexiglass guard sensitive paintings from light damage with UV protection, and the shop's selection of contemporary and classic prints lets patrons fill in the gaps in their home galleries.
A part of the Big Apple Art Gallery family, Bob's Frame Shop boasts a fully ensured, skilled staff that custom frames items of all dimensions right in the studio. Their services range from basic framing—which comes in a choice of 8,000 different styles—to specialty shadow boxes, which immortalize 3-D memorabilia such as a graduation cap or a treasured sports jersey belonging to the hockey-obsessed family dog. The experts outline pictures with cotton, linen, and silk mats, which are sliced with a computerized mat cutter for shapes and letters contoured to precise specifications. Delivery to the surrounding neighborhood is available, and the accommodating establishment welcomes customers seven days a week.
Before the archivists of Art and Framing Gallery begin a project, they slip on pairs of cotton gloves. By sheathing their hands, they guard against fingerprints and finger-paints. Their dedication to museum-quality workmanship shines through each project, whether it's a same-day framing job or a standard three- to seven-day order.
In Art and Framing Gallery's showrooms, walls display more than 3,000 frame samples and acre upon acre of mats. Ready-made framed mirrors and artwork also share this space, which connects to in-house workshops. Here, craftsmen cut custom glass and piece together each project. They skillfully preserve artwork and portraits and excel with projects that require special care. They encase delicate antiques in UV-protective glass and display sports jerseys in cases that ward off wrinkling and grass stains.
Jadite Gallery has been finding homes for wall decor for more than 30 years. That includes common works such as paintings, photographs, diplomas, and mirrors, as well as less common wall-hangings such as shadow boxes, needlework, delicate pieces in need of conservation framing, and high-end interdimensional portals. In fact, unique orders are their specialty, and the designers on staff encourage clients to request a price quote no matter how strange they think their job might be. The artists are armed with more than 4,000 framing options and acid-free materials, and are also equipped to assist with canvas stretching and floating mounts.
The staff at 14th Street Framing Gallery knows that you don't often choose what you cherish—it might be a photo, a sports jersey, or even a series of jewelry pendants. You can, however, choose how to present it. The shop has been matching coveted items to chic displays since 1978, drawing from a library of hundreds of matting and moulding styles. Staffers can preserve common two-dimensional keepsakes such as posters, prints, and paintings as well as specialty 3-D items and fabrics using shadow boxes.
In addition to their custom framing services, staffers repair frames brought from home or resize them to fit new pieces of art. Their attention to detail enables them to cut and rejoin even delicate antique frames that cracked after their portrait subjects outgrew them. For customers who want to arrange their own mementos or peruse home decor, the store supplies scrapbooking materials and prints.