Dr. Margarita Benítez, Director of "La Fundación Puertorriqueña de las Humanidades", San Juan, Puerto Rico, recently asked Frames and Stretchers Co-Founder Miguel Trelles to create a silkscreen homage to the recipient of the “Humanista del Año 2018” (2018 Humanist of the Year) award, Dr. Carmen Dolores Hernández Badillo.
The framed print "Humanist of the Year" at the Frames and Stretcher's studio
For the past 38 years, Dr. Hernández Badillo has been an extraordinary presence in Puerto Rico’s cultural scene, assiduously contributing weekly book reviews, feature articles and “perspectivas” to the island’s largest newspaper El Nuevo Día. Dr. Hernández, El Día’s literary critic, has also published several books, among them the seminal Puerto Rican Voices in English, addressing key figures of the Nuyorican literary movement.
Master printer Fernando Suárez, left along with Trelles and the printmaking team
Trelles printed the "Humanist of the Year" silkscreen edition honoring his Mother Carmen at the workshop of EFS Designs Inc. Run by master printer Fernando Suárez, EFS specializes in high end fabric silkscreen printing. EFS and Frames and Stretchers Factory share building space in Smith Street, Gowanus. This collaboration was especially meaningful to both Suarez and Trelles as they both attended Boricua College many years ago, Suarez as a student and Trelles a facilitator.
Frames and Stretchers is expanding! We're ready to open our third location in the exciting Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca. Our newest showroom will be part of the downtown art hub NYA Gallery / newyorkart.com and will be located at 7 Franklin Place.
The entrance to NYA Gallery
NYA Gallery / newyorkart.com started 8 years ago as an iPhone APP and is now an international artist hub and website for promoting artists from around the world and exposing them to the world. Newyorkart.com will make its physical debut as part of the NYC art scene in early spring with a massive 9000 Sq. Ft, 3 Level Arts center in the middle of TriBeCa at the corner of 7 Franklin Place and 373 Broadway. The space will include 20 artist's studios, art (and wine!) storage space, and a second gallery, Gallery 104 - founded by artist Shane Townley. We are really excited to join this amazing community!
The grand opening for the center will coincide with New York Armory Week 2019 and take place on March 7 from 6-9 pm. The event features DJs, wine tasting, catered food and of course, artwork from 100 Local, National and International Artists. Come meet, mingle and check out this awesome facility!
Building out the studio spaces at 373 Broadway
Frames and Stretchers will be providing all of our regular services from this new location. A full selection of frame molding and materials samples will be available and NYA Gallery's professional staff will be on hand to guide you through the design process. You can also procure our stretcher, crating and logistics services there as well. See you downtown !!
Frames and Stretchers is coming to SCOPE! Following our appearance in November at The Other Art Fair, we're bringing our expert packing, shipping and delivery logistics to the innovative SCOPE art fair. We'll also be offering our museum quality framing services along with a surprising and outstanding collection of artworks for sale!
Our team packing and servicing artists and collectors at a recent art fair
SCOPE was the first satellite art fair to run concurrently with New York's Armory Show and is celebrating its 19th edition during Armory Week 2019. SCOPE New York will welcome 60 international exhibitors as it returns to its Chelsea location at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The fair will continue its legacy of critically-acclaimed VIP Programming, a focused schedule of events, and talks.
Our white glove installation service
We're excited to take part after our most recent art fair success. We'll be onsite installing for booths and helping galleries with their on the spot framing emergencies. We'll also be providing all of the necessary services art collectors need when purchasing and investing in a work of art. Whether a local New Yorker or an out of town visitor we'll help make your purchase run smoothly. We will be offering our exceptional high-quality custom frames to enhance and protect your fine artworks as well as transport - delivery or shipping - and installation services. In addition, you can enjoy our exhibited selection of fine artworks from the likes of Tschabalala Self, Katherine Bernhardt, Swoon, Murakami, Shepard Fairey, and Keith Haring among others! If you're making the rounds during Armory Week, come by booth #111 and say Hi!
Our custom art crating and canvas stretching
SCOPE 2019 Hours:
VIP Preview Thursday, March 7, 6pm - 9pm
Friday, March 8, 11am - 8pm
Saturday, March 9, 11am - 8pm
Sunday, March 10, 11am - 7pm
If you have art, then you need our "Master Racks" fine art storage custom solutions! We can provide and install custom-built art storage to help organize and protect your art. Whether you're an artist, gallery, or serious collector, as long as you have art that needs storing, Frames and Stretchers has a solution for you.
Flat and upright storage for all of your 2D artworks
Frames and Stretchers Factory at 610 Smith Street on the border of Gowanus and Red Hook in Brooklyn is the heart of our handcrafted woodworking division. We opened this venue last spring as the space where we create our custom Legacy interlocking canvas stretchers. Since then we've continued to expand our product line to include sculpture pedestals, art shipping crates and our newest addition, art storage crates. These crates come with service that includes a visit to your art studio, gallery or home to determine your needs. Our master craftsmen will then get to work designing, milling and assembling exactly what you've specified - storage crates for all of your artworks that are not on display. Finally, our art handling team will deliver and install your new organization and storage system.
Close up view of one of our custom crafted storage units
At the risk of bragging, we think our master carpenter is the best in the business! Our team works on superior milling equipment and our art handlers have delivered and installed amazing works of art from major artists like William Kentridge, Kaws, Alex Katz, and even Andy Warhol! So you know we're a team you can trust. Please feel free to contact us at any of our 3 locations: Lower East Side, Gowanus or TriBeca for a quote and to discuss your project. And don't forget, we also do superior museum quality custom framing and stretching too!
If you're looking for industry-leading quality interlocking keyed stretchers (American Traditional Stretchers) at a competitive price and even faster turnaround than Simon Liu, Preston Hand Built Artist Stretchers or Barronarts you've come to the right place! Frames and Stretchers Factory is located at 610 Smith Street on the Gowanus / Red Hook border in Brooklyn, convenient for all artists and galleries in this thriving art community and beyond. We offer superior interlocking canvas stretchers, as well as art shipping crates, pedestals and more with all the logistics needed to get your stretchers to you.
Our master craftsman working on our highly specialized machinery
Our Legacy line interlocking keyed stretchers are created on our amazing precision milling machine, one of only two existing in the world! They're made from super strong, yet lightweight basswood and can be built to accommodate any size artwork. You won't believe your eyes when you see these masterly crafted works of art! All come with hardwood keys for the four outside corners as well as for all necessary crossbars. We also offer primed or unprimed canvas and linen and stretching so we can help you with your painting project from start to finish. We offer local delivery with flat rates to Manhattan, many areas of Brooklyn and Long Island City. Extra large stretchers can be built on site and installation is available on request. If you're not nearby, no worries, our logistics team will get your stretchers shipped to you fast and competitively priced. We even ship internationally.
An oversized stretcher being assembled on site at a gallery
Our many satisfied clients include David Krut Projects / William Kentridge, James Cohan Gallery, Anna Zorina, Bryant Toth Gallery, the Ford Foundation and numerous artists, interior designers, and private collectors of all levels. Need yet another reason to choose Frames and Stretchers? Check out our outstanding museum quality custom framing - something you won't get from other stretcher manufacturers! We offer floater frames for works on canvas as well as unique designs for all types of works on paper. Our expert team will work with you to design the perfect frame for your unique work of art. Stop in at one of our three locations. In addition to our Brooklyn factory, you can find our showrooms in the historic Clemente Building on the Lower East Side and at our newest location in the NYA art center on Broadway in Tribeca, Manhattan.
Stretchers ready to send out for an artist's gallery show.
Frames and Stretchers is introducing new products and services for galleries, artists and art lovers! In addition to our museum quality custom framing services and Legacy interlocking canvas stretchers, we're now able to pack, crate and ship your artwork locally or globally. We create custom wood art crates with all appropriate packing materials tailored with special attention and care to your individual work of art.
Assembling one of our custom crates for international shipping
Our past projects have included framing awesome artworks by Kaws, Mr. Brainwash, Elaine de Kooning, Alex Katz, William Kentridge and even Warhol! Our numerous satisfied clients include artists like Lisa Lebofsky, Victor Rodriguez, Antonio Santin, and Vicky Barranguet, galleries including David Krut Projects, James Cohan Gallery, Anna Zorina, Bryant Toth Gallery, Foundations like the Ford Foundation and real estate developers, interior designers, retail venues and private collectors of all levels. Contact us via email or phone or stop in for a visit at either of our locations to find out how we can make your project happen! We do it all, start to finish!
Artwork packed, crated and ready for shipping
Once your artwork is perfectly stretched or expertly framed, our talented team of woodworkers will build your unique high-quality wood art shipping crate and our shipping logistics team will expertly attend to all the shipping details whether domestically or internationally. As well as crating and shipping services we offer local delivery within the tri-state area through our partner Art Delivery Van. We offer two easy flat rates; $80 (+ tax) curbside and $160 (+ tax) door to door in Manhattan, parts of Brooklyn and Long Island City. And if you need installation we've got that covered too! We look forward to hearing from you!
Frames and Stretchers' home base, the Clemente on the Lower East Side is gearing up for eMeLe-K!
MeLe-K is a yearly project curated by Rodger Taylor and Miguel Trelles, paying cultural homage to Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy. The weeklong "thing" seeks to provide a forum for Afro-Latinos, African Americans and all who believe in Dr. King's life example and respect his memory. Artists and audiences are invited to engage in artistic exchanges while celebrating the U.S. Civil Rights movement and the tremendous contributions Afro-Latinos make to society.
The festival includes the following events:
MON / JAN 14 @ 8:00 PM
Duo: Miguel Zenón & Marcus Gilmore
THURS /, JAN 17 @ 8:00 PM
Staged Reading: La Greña
Written by Julissa Contreras
FRI / JAN 18 @ 7:00 PM
ArTalk moderated by Alexis Mendoza
8:30 PM Artists Reception: eMeLe-K
SAT / JAN 19 @ 8:00 PM
Concert: Afro Souls Sounds
THABISA and Trio
SUN / JAN 20 @ 11:00 AM
Worship: The Dewitt Reformed Church
Rev. Dr. Michael Edwards, Senior Pastor
280 Rivington Street
MeLE -K runs from January 14 -20. All events to be held at Teatro LATEA (except Sunday, Jan. 20), 2nd Floor, The Clemente, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington & Delancey), accessible via J/M/Z and F trains to Essex/Delancey