More than just a master developer, photography-lab owner Emanuel Dimitri Volakis is an accomplished artist whose works hang in museums from Napa Valley to Padua, Italy. As deft with old-school silver gelatin printing as he is capable with new media such as digital photography and painting on computer monitors, Volakis offers museum-quality printing, scanning, matting, and framing services for both professional and amateur photographers. He also hosts introductory- and advanced-level darkroom classes and rents out a 400-square-foot photo studio.
For 20 years, the husband and wife team at Fine Art & Frame have brightened local walls with posters, original art, and frames. Their cheerful, colorful shop is a hub for art aficionados. Crafters and artists can drop by to chat with owner, Maureen, who designs and sells jewelry out of the shop. Hanging in grids from the bright green walls, a collection of paintings, photography, and etchings by local artists can go home with shoppers for a trial run—if the piece doesn't suit your style or match your dog's eyes, it can go back to the store. The staff can also elevate two-dimensional items into artful wall displays with professional framing services. Their frame styles run the gamut from ornate mouldings with bright mats to spare, modern wood or metal.
Over the past 25 years, Cheap Pete’s framers have honed their technique to a science, creating high-quality framing for any type of artwork, document, or object. Four Bay Area locations stock a huge selection of ready-made frames, including environmentally friendly options crafted from sustainably harvested pine or bamboo. Collage frames display a multitude of photos, showcasing favorite family memories or charting the development of a tiny infant into an adult-size infant. Customers can also create DIY frames with a large selection of framing tools and supplies.
Cheap Pete’s custom-framing services give customers the choice of more than 300 styles of mouldings, five types of glass, and a rainbow of mat colors. Shadowboxes display three-dimensional objects such as sports jerseys, matchbox cars, or exhibitionistic human beings. The shop also stretches canvases onto canvas bars, readying them to be hung at home or on the walls of a gallery.
As an artist, Jay Joya views frames as pieces of art in and of themselves. He salvages old barn wood and rustic scraps to craft frames that he paints by hand. In addition to the details he puts into his custom borders, Joya's acid-free matting and high-quality glass and acrylic ensure works of art remain preserved for years. A stock of more than 80 sizes of ready-made frames is always at hand to frame pieces in any style, from landscape to portrait to panorama. Beyond art and photography, Joya and his staff help clients frame or shadowbox items such as mirrors, heirlooms, and perfectly cooked steaks.
After consulting with customers and getting a feel for their decorative style, the experts at Marin Frames preserve small and large pieces using custom-selected mat and frame choices. The staffers specialize in works on paper, painted canvases, and inkjet prints, but they can arrange all manner of pieces thanks to a full stock of classic frames, thick frames, and sleek, contemporary shadowboxes. The Marin Frames team also offers delivery and hanging services for people with abnormally tall walls and shrunken arms.
A work of art relies on many components to maintain its integrity. Aside from the canvas and the struggle the artist went through to get Billy to stop hogging all the blue paint, the piece will require a frame to be respected as a finished product. At Ringseis Designs, the framing crew works with custom mouldings and archival techniques to protect and enhance artwork, analyzing each piece before selecting matting and frame combinations that draw attention to intended focal points. They also protect 3-D objects, protecting keepsakes in shadowboxes and preserving sports jerseys in textile cases.