title: Alexandria Art and Framing
html_text: For more than two decades, Alexandria Art and Framing's knowledgeable staffers have meticulously enveloped and conserved images with expert framing services that transform personal memorabilia into elegant artwork. Elegant rectangles line store walls in an array of shapes, colors, and styles—including gold frames with antique appearances and stained wood etched with ornate motifs. Alexandria Art and Framing's artisan picture enhancers put their passion into practice to beautify each image with mat boards, mouldings (from such brands as Larson-Juhl and Roma Moulding), and box frames, a specialty of the frame shop. From valuable baseball cards to blue ribbons from hot-dog-eating contests to poster-size family portraits, any piece of artwork can be skillfully encased before proudly displayed.
The Framing Studio and Art Plus Frame carries an assortment of custom framing options, including wood, aluminum, and other materials. Using only acid-free materials, the shop's staff can lend elegance to prints with conservation framing, linen mats, and custom brass and aluminum plaques. For lonely frames with nothing to hold, the studio also stocks prints from several fine-art distributors, including Charles Bibbs, Washington Green, and Rod Chase. The shop's photo-restoration services rejuvenate even the most faded screenshots of Lewis and Clark's live blogging. Many services can be completed in as little as one hour.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they do workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.
Backed with a quarter-century of experience in the framing industry, the artisans at Lorton Art and Framing enshrine artworks and keepsakes within a spectrum of custom materials. Eco-friendly frames and matting can encircle posters, and preservation glass protects sentimental masterworks for the harmful glare of sunlight or a laser pointer. For clients looking for more things to frame, purchasable works from local artists grace the gallery's walls alongside prints from renowned artists from across the known universe. Future Picassos can also develop their creative skills in all-ages art lessons at the Lorton location.
If museum hopping is your thing, don't skip over Washington's International Art Gallery and Custom Framing, which features exhibits everyone will enjoy.
Make the trip to this museum even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you feel like saving gas, opt for public transportation, with stops conveniently located at Farragut North Metro (Red), Farragut West Metro (Blue, Orange), and Mcpherson Sq Metro (Blue, Orange).