Custom White Picture Frame for Pat Steir Artwork

Posted on November 10, 2020 by Bethany Hughes

Best Pat Steir Custom Float Frame, Made by Frames and Stretchers NYC

Custom White Picture Frame for a Pat Steir Print

One of the most rewarding parts of working with fine art conservation and offering the best custom framing and canvas stretching in New York City, New Haven CT and Miami, is the opportunity to work one-on-one with clients and collectors to create beautiful designs for each artwork. 

We cherish being able to protect and preserve each artwork’s longevity and archival quality while creating innovative and modern framing designs that will leave a lasting impression in any collection. 

It was an absolute pleasure to build a custom white picture frame for this gorgeous Photogravure aquatint pochoir print by the legendary American painter and printmaker Pat Steir. To create this framing project, we used maple hardwood painted in white and added museum glass to achieve supreme clarity. Then, we float mounted the print on museum board using Japanese paper hinging and rice paste. This style of hinging ensures the artwork will not be damaged in the process, while providing a reinforced seal that will secure the artwork for generations to come. 

All of our artisan conservation techniques are executed with the utmost care and respect for your artwork and fully reversible, should you wish to change the design in the future your artwork will always be protected.

Come take a visit at our Frames and Stretchers studios to compare framing options in Lower East Side, located within the historic Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Education Center. Our designers are happy to provide recommendations for the best archival materials and expert craftsmanship with all varieties of framing preferences and have years of experience to discuss which framing or stretching solutions will complement your piece best. 

Need an on-site installation for your project? Our team of professionals is experts in fine art installation and international shipping logistics. We are experienced in creating the best custom-fitted art crates to protect valuable works for travel, and have worked with countless galleries, museums and institutions with verified 5 star results and reviews. 

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For all your art delivery, installation, and shipping needs our Art Delivery Van and team of professional fine art handlers is at your service

Our team also specializes in creating the very best art restorations, interlocking and keyed stretchers, hand carved and gilded frames, plexiglass frames, shadowbox, welded steel, bronze and aluminum frames, and round, oval, circle, closed corner frames and of course, any custom shaped frames and stretchers you can imagine! Looking for something more? We love customizing our frames, stretchers, and services exactly to our client’s wishes.

Our team and Art Delivery Van will be happy to meet you at your convenience to assist with any fine art delivery or on-site installation. At all of our Frames and Stretchers studios in New York City, New Haven CT and Miami, we strive to make sure our clients will be completely satisfied, with our personal service and impeccable framing and stretching designs that will fit perfectly and look amazing in your space. 

Have any further questions about how we can assist you with your fine art conservation, framing, or canvas stretching project? Please Contact Us Here for a quote, or give us a call at (347) 705-0081 - We look forward to speaking with you about your next project!

Posted in #Art Delivery Van, #Frames and Stretchers, aquatint, archival framing, conservation techniques, Floater frames, gallery white frames, Japanese Paper Hinging, Pat Steir, photogravure, pochoir print, Rice Paste, The Clemente

Perimeter Mounting for Art on Paper

Posted on October 27, 2020 by Bethany Hughes

At Frames and Stretchers, conservation of artwork is our trademark and top priority. One of our conservation techniques to ensure the damage-free and archival framing of delicate works on paper is called Perimeter Mounting.


Archival Perimeter Mounting for this personal letter dated 1996

We use Japanese paper and secured a binding around the piece with a series of expert folds. Applying rice paste to the Japanese paper adheres the artwork safely and securely to the matboard. This ensures no part of the artwork directly receives any glue or treatments that could cause discoloration or fading over time.

When we frame works on paper using Perimeter Mounting with the Japanese paper and rice paste method, the final results will be the highest quality conservation framing, 100% archival and reversible, should you wish to change the framing style over time. 

best-preservtion-conservation-framing-perimeter-mounting-by-frames-and-stretchers-nycPreparing folds with Japanese Rice Paper for Archival Perimeter Mounting 

We are proud to offer the best custom picture framing and museum quality conservation for works of all mediums, shapes and sizes. For this project using Perimeter Mounting, our client wanted the maximum surface area of the paper to be showing, with a custom matboard chosen to compliment the tones of the original piece. 

Watch below for an in depth look at how we created Perimeter Mounting for this handwritten heirloom on paper.

Our team created this custom Perimeter Mounting for a personal letter on paper, using 100% archival and damage-free conservation techniques

Have any questions about the right framing options for your piece? One of our framing experts would be happy to speak with you about your project. We have the best reputation for conservation framing and canvas stretching in New York City, New Haven, and Miami.

All of our frames and stretchers are fully customizable to exactly your wishes. We also offer the most trusted fine art shipping logistics for US and International travel, custom-fitted art crates, and our Art Delivery Van for the white-glove delivery and installation of artwork directly to your home, office, or gallery. 

Please feel free to connect with us by calling 
347-705-0081, or we also have the option for our loyal and new clients to book a free Video Consultation with one of our framing team members, who will be happy to provide recommendations and answer any questions relating to your next custom framing or stretching project. 


Custom Perimeter Mounted artwork, ready for framing in our Lower East Side Studio in the Clemente Building, 107 Suffolk St, Suite 303

We would love to see you at any of our studios located in New York City; New Haven, Connecticut; and Wynwood Miami! 

Contact Us Here for a quote and ensure your artwork and memories will be preserved with the utmost care, respect, and conservation for your project. We look forward to speaking with you!

Posted in #Frames and Stretchers, archival framing, Art conservation, art delivery van, Art on Paper, Custom Framing, Damage-Free Mounting, Japanese paper, Matboard, nyc, Perimeter Mounting

Tschabalala Self Illustrates a "Bodega Run"

Posted on September 14, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Frames and Stretchers knows how to do stretchers! Take for example these eight, eight-foot interlocking stretchers we just had custom-built for the artist Tschabalala Self. After the group of mixed media works on canvas were stretched in our studio, they were transported to the artist’s New Haven, CT studio. From there they were shipped to her current exhibition, “Bodega Run” which is on view at the Pilar Corria Gallery in London through September 17.

Tschabalala Self mixed media art on canvas black female artist             Artist Tschabalala Self with two of her canvases ready to head to her studio

Tschabalala Self is originally from Harlem. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bard before completing her MFA at Yale in 2015. Highly successful for a recent graduate, Tschabalala was represented at this year’s Frieze Art Fair by the Italian based T293 Gallery which specializes in presenting emerging international artists. She has been featured in numerous publications including Art in America, The Guardian, Hyperallergic, and the New York Times.

Interlocking stretchers art handling

The stretchers awaiting the artwork and the artwork being prepared for delivery

Self’s practice involves a primarily mixed media approach. Her works on paper are often collage or assemblages and the works that we stretched involved paper images sewn onto a fabric backing. These individual pieces are being shown in as part of an onsite installation in the gallery. Tschabalala addresses the image of the black female body as seen in our culture. The aptly named Self explains, “My subjects are fully aware of their conspicuousness and are unmoved by their viewers. Their role is not to show, explain, or perform but rather “to be.” In being, their presence is acknowledged and their significance felt. My project is committed to this exchange, for my own edification and for the edification of those who resemble me.” *

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Installation image from "Bodega Run" at the Pilar Corrias Gallery London (image courtesy of the gallery)

Frames and Stretchers enjoys a symbiotic relationship with our partner company Art Delivery Van. Their team provided he transportation to New Haven en route to London. We look forward to future exciting collaborations like this one!


Posted in #Art Delivery Van, #contemporary art, #Tschabalala Self

Puppetmaster Manuel Moran Champions Latino Theater in PR and on the LES

Posted on June 20, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Manuel Moran is a major force in puppet theater and the Latino art community and we’re fortunate to share with him an affiliation with the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center here on the Lower East Side. He recently brought us a great framing project. Moran’s latest film is a documentary called “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” about the origins of puppet theater in the Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It provides a unique insight into the work of many prominent pioneers and puppet companies from the two countries. We framed his poster for the movie with our usual high-standard museum board and glass along with black hardwood moldings.

Manuel Moran Títeres en el Caribe Hispano poster framing
The framed poster for Titeres en el Hispano

A native of Puerto Rico, Moran is an actor, director, producer and puppeteer. He is the founder and Artistic Director of SEA, Society of the Educational Arts, Inc. with offices in Puerto Rico, Florida and New York City. SEA is the first Puerto Rican organization dedicated to the arts in education with simultaneous operations in Puerto Rico and the United States. Its objective is to offer a real entertainment alternative, with cultural value and educational quality for kids, youth and adults through bilingual educational programs like workshops, seminars, theater and other cultural and artistic events. Moran is the recipient of numerous awards and his positions and affiliations include being the Vice-President of UNIMA (Union Internacionale de la Marionnette), the oldest international theater organization in the world and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Clemente. He lives and divides his time between New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

puppeteer actor director Manuel Moran
Puppeteer, actor and director Manuel Moran

BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest is a month long, city-wide festival of Puerto Rican artists working in film, theatre, poetry, dance, music and the visual arts in New York City. “Titeres en el Caribe Hispano” had its US debut at Teatro SEA during the BORIMIX festival here at the Clemente last November. We look forward to working more with this super talented man!

Manuel Moran Títeres en el Caribe Hispano puppet theater documentary movie posterPoster for the film from its premier


Posted in #Art Delivery Van, #Frames and Stretches, #Rivington, #the Clemente, #Williams New York

Fragmented Reality in Pinar Du Pre's Stunning Portraits

Posted on May 04, 2017 by Alison Pierz

Pinar Du Pre Turkish Artist Portrait Painting Contemporary Pop Art
An intense, "Jugendstil Pop-Art" figure from Pinar Du Pre


Frames and Stretchers is thrilled to have the opportunity to once again be working with the art of Pinar Du Pre. We are in the process of building stretchers to stretch a selection of her vibrant canvases that will be featured in her upcoming solo exhibition, Snapshots II at the Emmanuel Fremin gallery in Chelsea. Once done, the paintings will be transported to the gallery courtesy of Art Delivery Van.

Pinar Du Pre Fragmented Portrait Painting

Powerful portraiture in texture, pattern and color

 Pinar Du Pre is an Austrian/Turkish painter whose current body of work is comprised of colorful, gilded, fragmented portraits. An autodidactically trained artist, Du Pre takes her inspiration from numerous sources including the artists of Vienna Künstlerhaus and Wiener Werkstaette, Pop Art, contemporary virtual reality and the tension between human perception and scientific fact. As homage to her many influences she refers to her style as "Jugendstil Pop-Art". Pop Art was stimulated by the iconography of materialism and the mass culture of its time. Similarly, Pinar’s work addresses the concerns of our twenty-first century culture, specifically the fragmented pixilation that we are exposed to through digital technology. Her work differs from Pop in that her “snapshots” are more intimate in their subversive intent. 

Pinar Du Pre Gold Leaf portrait painting

A provocative image surrounded by gold 

Pinar addresses the differences between our perceived notions of realty and “actual” realty; how we see ourselves versus how the rest of the world sees us, the inner versus the outer self. Her use of materials also crosses the boundaries between the virtual and real. “Building on the synthetic intensity of digital art”* she paints with a blend of tangible media: acrylics, printed elements and epoxy glass, highlighted by bright metallics.

Du Pre’s growing success at both gallery shows and art fairs is testament to the fact that her figurative representations resonate with a contemporary audience. These strong, larger than life renderings are also distinctively beautiful!


Pinar Du Pre, Snapshots II opens May 11 and runs through June 17 at Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, 547 W 27th St #510, New York, NY 10001. 

An opening reception will be held May 11 from 6-8pm.

Posted in Art Delivery Van, Chelsea Gallery, Custom Framing, Emmanuel Fremin, Gold Leaf, Painting, Pinar Du Pre, Portrait

Abstract Movement in the World of Alyson Butterfield

Posted on April 15, 2017 by Erick Rios

Last week we got a framing order for a large Alyson Butterfield piece and were impressed with her abstract art. Her color play and shape usage allow the viewer to make highly personalized interpretations of art. We framed this piece with a gray stained Wenge wood frame. Next we floated the piece with Japanese paper and rice paste. Since the frame design and piece were both large scale, we added a strainer and used Optium Museum Acrylic instead of Museum glass. The end result was outstanding. 

Alyson Butterfield original artwork.

Alyson's journey through creating has been an interesting one filled with multi-medium experimentation. Besides painting, she creates photographs, collages, prints, and drawings. Her career began in the Bay area where she attended California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Following graduation, she traveled throughout Europe exploring and further improving her art. Upon her return, she moved to Seattle where she taught at Cornish College of the Arts. After taking a brief break from creating, she moved to Oakland and resumed her craft. Fueled by mystery, emotion and play Alyson's works are large scale investigations of humanity through movement. 

 Frames and Stretchers in the Lower East Side framing an original Alyson Butterworth piece.

Alyson has exhibited extensively throughout the Southwest and the Bay over the course of her career. Currently she resides in Escondido, California and can be reached for inquiries on her website. The artwork was installed by Art Delivery Van. To keep up with our daily projects, follow us on Instagram, or stop by for a quote to see the workshop in action.

Posted in abstract art, abstract painting, Alyson Butterfield, Art Delivery Van

Wonder Woman Street Style Painted Canvas

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Erick Rios

Wonder Woman Close Up:

This week at Frames and Stretchers,  we stretched a canvas of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Christina Angelina, also known as Starfighter, created the painting. Christina is based in Los Angeles although her work can be seen all over the country. Gal Gadot was also impressed with the canvas. She posted a picture of the canvas on her Instagram account with the caption: "This #WonderWoman mural from #SDCC2016 by @starfightera is unbelievable!"

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Image from Gal Gadot's Instagram

The Canvas: 

 The canvas is 90 inches x 90 inches. We custom built the stretcher and Art Delivery Van delivered it to New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center. Christina Angelina was a marathon runner before she began making street art. She has several pieces around Los Angeles, and continues to paint more. Christina's artwork has a distinct style. She uses shadowing to create super realistic street art using mostly women as her subjects. Her painting of Gal Gadot falls into that style with her facial expression and eyes seeming to stare right through you. Christina used spray paint to create the Wonder Woman portrait. The canvas was also shown at San Diego Comic Con before it was shipped to us.

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The journey from stretcher to New York Comic Con. 


We are big fans of the canvas at Frames and Stretchers and proud of the work we've done. Head over to our Instagram to see more pictures and make sure you go see Wonder Woman when it comes out. Watch the trailer below.

Posted in art delivery van, Christina Angelina, clemente building, custom framing, frames and stretchers, gal gadot, Jacob Javits Center, lower east side, new york comic con, nycc, Starfighter, wonder woman