We are Charlie and Mari Barnes who opened our shop in 1985 in the Ravinia Business District. Today we are located on Old Skokie Road, still in Highland Park. Through the years framing technology has advanced, our frame choices have increased, but our focus of providing good old fashioned quality framing has remained constant.
Our services include but are not limited to the following...
Custom Mirrors bevel and straight
Canvas photo and painting stretching
Jersey and memorabilia framing
Needlepoint blocking and stretching
Frame cut down and repair
Custom matting including lettering and graphics mounting and matting with fabric
Sources for restoration
Sources for photo restoration
Ketuba acetate wrapping
Hanging service references
We believe custom framing is as much about lifestyle as it is decor. People frame art and items that represent their history, like family photos, medals from military service and grandma's doilies. Whether you're framing a memento or a piece of art, custom framing is furniture for your wall and it shoud have the same long lasting qualities as any piece of furniture in your home.
Don't know what kind of glass to use or how to frame your precious spoon collection? Ask Charlie. Charlie is a CPF or certified picture framer with the Professional Picture Framers Association. So give Charlie a call or email with any questions you might have about framing.
It's the use of ph neutral rag mat board which may have a buffering agent added to extend the life of the mat and guard against acidity present in the environment.
Paper art tends to expand and contract with changes in humidity due to the season. This is common so always hinge fine art from the top (dry mounting will ruin the value) and learn to love the fluctuations.
Exposure to light, direct or indirect can fade anything and everything. The best glass is museum which eliminates glare and UV, but there are also other types of glass that help with fading and or UV. Forget non-glare, it just makes your picture fuzzy. And yes, sometimes regular glass is just fine.
Custom framing has many variables, the frame chosen, will it be matted, what type of glass etc.. So take the time to come in, it's the only way you will know you are paying for what you want.
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We are open Monday thru Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Weekends and evenings by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment today!