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  • The Triangle’s premier framer since 1968
  • Gallery featuring local and nationally known artists
  • Distinctive museum quality framing
  • Archival and conservation materials
  • Region’s LARGEST selection of picture frame mouldings, including unique lines exclusive to our shop
  • Museum glass
  • University specialists in framing for Duke, UNC, Central, State, Durham Tech, and other schools for projects large and small.
  • Professional corporate services
  • All work done on site in our large, light-filled workroom.

 

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Whether you have museum quality artwork to display in your corporate office, or a drawing by your child that you’d like to preserve forever, we can help you find the perfect frame.  We have the best selection of frame mouldings, mats, fabrics and glass in North Carolina–many of them exclusive to our shop.  Our expert staff is happy to help you discover just what you’re looking for, whatever your budget.We have framed everything you can think of, from kimonos to important historical documents to sports memorabilia.  We deal with over 70 suppliers, manufacturers and craftspeople to bring you the best selection from around the country, and around the world. We use the best conservation quality, archival materials, and offer a variety of glazing materials which can protect your artwork from harmful UV rays.  We specialize in Museum Glass, which provides not only the utmost in protection, but also is practically invisible.

Frequently Asked Questions

I have no idea what I want, and you have such a big selection.  How will I ever make a decision?

We have our 80 years combined experience  at the shop so we are experts at guiding you to frame you’ll love at a price you’re comfortable with.

 

What kind of things do you frame?

In short, anything and everything. Although we frame many museum pieces, much of the work we frame are family pieces, diplomas, children’s artwork, needlework, posters, sports memorabilia . . . anything that has value to you!  Our prices are extremely competitive. The key difference between us and a big box chain store is that we have a much better selection in all price ranges, use archival materials, and have knowledgeable staff with years of experience to help you.  In fact, any staff member who would  help  you has a bachelors or masters degree in fine art.

Do you frame mirrors?

Yes!  We can frame any sized mirror using exactly the moulding you want—you’re limited only by your imagination!

 Where do you get your materials?

We use over eighty different suppliers from all over the country to bring you the most exciting, beautiful and best-value mouldings to our customers.  In fact we are the exclusive Triangle retailers for some lines.

 

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Do you do the work on the premises?

Yes, your work never leaves our gallery until it is finished.  The work is installed in our large, natural-light filled work room.

 Do I need to make an appointment?

If you’ve found someone you’d particularly like to work with, please call ahead and schedule an appointment if you’d like But you’ll be in good hands with whomever you encounter.

What about conserving an old or damaged piece?

Bring the piece in to the gallery and we can discuss options.  We work with outstanding local conservators who can pick up and deliver the work at the gallery and offer free estimates.  We do not take a commission or a referral fee for these services.

Why doesn’t the gallery have hardwood floors, white walls and pretentious staff who only dress in black?

We’re going for that Durham feel with exposed brick and some of our original architectural features. We want to keep our overhead low so that our customers and artists get the best value for their money.  We are in one of Durham’s cool neighborhood retail spots,  right next to the Green Room pool hall (featured in the movie Bull Durham), and near the wonderful Watts Grocery and Palace restaurants and local hangout Cup A Joe, just a few blocks from Whole Foods.

 

Here is a partial of the fine companies we represent:

  • Frames by Edward Wright–the region’s finest finished corner frames
  • Larson Juhl featuring the Biltmore line inspired by the Asheville landmark
  • House of Troy picture lights
  • Fine Art Framing American Hardwood and hand-guilded floater frames
  • Albert Litter
  • Wesley Allen American Hardwood hand-finished frames
  • Roma handcrafted in Italy
  • Prisma hand cast acrylic frames
  • Period Frames, specializing in handcrafted quartersawn arts and crafts oak
  • Bravura
  • Amci Regence
  • Munn
  • Thanhardt Berger
  • Foutiou
  • Bella
  • Nurre Caxton
  • Nielsen wood and metal moudlings
  • Clark Metal Mouldings
  • Designer Metal Mouldings
  • Bainbridge museum rag mat boards with artcare technology
  • Crescent matboards
  • Rising rag museum matboards
  • Peterboro conservation and museum boards
  • Small Corp Museum Acrylic Cases
  • Jonah Frameworks
  • Max
  • Shenandoah
  • Specialty Fabrics
  • Studio
  • Turner
  • Nelson
  • Omega
  • Guerrini Italian inlaid wood frames
  • Bella Italian inlaid wood frames
  • Animaux
  • Inline Custom Oval Frames
  • AMPF
  • G & G
  • International Moudlings
  • ASF handcrafted American hardwood frames and welded steel frames
  • Tru Vue Conservation UV, Non-glare and Museum Glass
  • Artglass
  • Decor
  • CDNV
  • C & J
  • Artisan Frameworks